Twelve Graduate Students Earn External Fellowships

October 21, 2019

Highly competitive national awards will help 12 new and returning Duke Engineering graduate students conduct research on campus

Each year, the Pratt School of Engineering encourages graduate students to seek support from external fellowship awards. Earning these competitive fellowships goes a long way toward helping emerging scientists conduct their research while raising Duke Engineering’s profile and research portfolio in turn.

This year, new and returning Duke Engineering graduate students nabbed 12 fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Idaho National Laboratory.

“Earning each of these fellowships is a highly competitive process," said Jennifer West, the Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering and Associate Dean for Ph.D. Education at Duke. “It is gratifying to see the talent and hard work of our exceptional doctoral students recognized at this level.”

Congratulations to This Year’s Recipients

Elise Adamson

Elise Adamson

Undergraduate Institution: University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Duke Faculty Advisor: Kafui Dzirasa
Department: BME
Fellowship: National Science Foundation, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Kevin Choy

Kevin Choy

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas at Austin
Duke Faculty Advisor: Sina Farsiu
Department: BME
Fellowship: National Science Foundation

Victoria D'Agostino

Victoria D'Agostino

Undergraduate Institution: Northeastern University
Duke Faculty Advisor: Nimmi Ramanujam
Department: BME
Fellowship: National Science Foundation

Gary Hu

Gary Hu

Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Duke Faculty Advisor: John Dolbow
Department: MEMS
Fellowship: Idaho National Laboratory

James Long

James Long

Undergraduate Institution: Rice University
Duke Faculty Advisor: Gregg Trahey
Department: BME
Fellowship: National Science Foundation

Helena Ma

Helena Ma

Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University
Duke Faculty Advisor: Lingchong You
Department: BME
Fellowship: National Science Foundation

Latifah Maasarani

Latifah Maasarani

Undergraduate Institution: University of Central Florida
Duke Faculty Advisor: Adam Wax
Department: BME
Fellowship: Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

Megan Madonna

Megan Madonna

Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University
Duke Faculty Advisor: Nimmi Ramanujam
Department: BME
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health F31

Robert Morhard

Robert Morhard

Undergraduate Institution: Carnegie Mellon University
Duke Faculty Advisor: Nimmi Ramanujam
Department: BME
Fellowship: National Institutes of Health F31

Grayson Rice

Grayson Rice

Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan
Duke Faculty Advisor: Charles Gersbach
Department: BME
Fellowship: Sloan Research Fellowship

Dahlia Rohm

Dahlia Rohm

Undergraduate Institution: Johns Hopkins University
Duke Faculty Advisor: Charles Gersbach
Department: BME
Fellowship: National Science Foundation

Paige Varner

Paige Varner

Undergraduate Institution: College of Charleston
Duke Faculty Advisor: Claudia Gunsch
Department: CEE
Fellowship: National Science Foundation