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Master of science student Jainil Shah won the Duke BME Excellence in MS Studies award at graduation in May 2011. Shah, who is advised by professors Martin Tornai and Anuj Kapadia, was selected because of his exceptional academic performance and outstanding research. His research was summarized on a poster titled "Detailed Characterization of 2D and 3D Scatter to Primary Ratios (SPRs) for different geometries of Breast," and presented at the SPIE Medical Imaging Conference in 2011, and the BME...
Julien Brun, a 3rd year doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering, won a NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship for her research titled "Using Satellite Data to Characterize the Role of Tropical Cyclones in the Eco-hydrology of the Southeast United State." Brun is studying under Professor Ana Barros.
Electrical and computer engineering doctoral student Sehoon Lim took third place in the Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics' 9th Annual Meeting poster contest. Lim, who is working with Professor David Brady, won for his research on compressive holography. He aims to enable snap-shot holographic tomography using compressive sensing
Chris Grigsby, a 4th year biomedical engineering doctoral student working for Dr. Kam Leong has won a BD Bioscience Research Grant. He'll receive $10,000 for his project, titled "Oral Delivery of the Factor VIII Gene: Immunotherapy for Hemophilia A." The BD Biosciences grants are intended to reward and enable research through funding for innovative experience to advance the scientific understanding of disease.
Mechanical engineering graduate student Genevieve Lipp has won the E. Bayard Halsted Scholarship from the Duke Graduate School. This is a highly competitive scholarship—only one or two are awarded each year—and is reserved Duke undergraduate alumni who are now pursuing graduate studies at Duke. Genevieve, who graduated in 2010, was a Pratt Fellow and worked on harvesting energy from ocean waves with Associate Professor Brian Mann. She is now working towards her doctorate. The Halsted...
Fourth year graduate student Kaoru Ikuma has won the 2011 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentoring from the Duke Graduate School. She was selected by committee of graduate deans, faculty, and graduate students from a highly competitive pool of nominees in recognition of her consistent record of good mentoring practices. Kaoru is studying with Assistant Professor Claudia Gunsch, and her research focuses on the genetic evolution of bacteria following their exposure to environmental contaminants...
Fifth year biomedical engineering student Ali Saaem was elected as a Graduate Young Trustee on Duke’s Board of Trustees last week.  Read the full story in the Duke Chronicle at: <http://dukechronicle.com/article/gpsc-picks-ali-saaem-graduate-young-trustee>. He will serve a two-year term and can vote in his second year. Ali’s goals are to improve financial aid for students, improve campus safety and to help with Duke’s goal to become more international. Congratulations, Ali. We...
Spring 2011 - Mechanical engineering graduate student Greg Hardy has won an East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes Fellowship. The EAPSI program provides U.S. graduate students in science and engineering with first-hand research experience in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore or Taiwan; an introduction to science and science policy; and exposure to the society, culture and language.
Spring 2011 - Natalya Brikner and Jaclyn Lautz, both second-year mechanical engineering graduate students, have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 each year, $10,500 a year for tuition and fees, a one time $1000 for international travel, and opportunities for international research and professional development.
Spring 2011 - Mark Juhas, a biomedical engineering graduate student working with Nenad Bursac, won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship for his project titled “Role of Integrins in Tissue Engineered Model of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.” The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 each year, $10,500 a year for tuition and fees, a one time $1,000 for international travel, and opportunities for international research and professional development.