|Graduate students earn fellowships, awards
Ph.D. students Sixian You, Jamila Hedhli, and Guillermo Monroy recently earned selective fellowships and awards from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
You (top photo) was selected for the 2017 CSE Fellowship -- awarded to eight students annually -- for her research project, “Quantitative Imaging of Breast Cancer Progression Using Multimodal Optical Microscopy and Machine Learning.” The fellowship provides a half-time research assistantship in addition to a tuition waiver, and fellows present their research at the annual CSE Symposium in April.
Hedhli (center photo) and Monroy (bottom photo) each earned Beckman fellowships for their projects, “Adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stem cells as a novel therapy to treat and reverse vascular diabetic complications” and “Longitudinal tracking, verification, and characterization of human middle ear bacterial biofilms using optical coherence tomography,” respectively. The Beckman fellowship allows graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary research with Beckman faculty members.
Hedhli also was chosen for the Tissue Microenvironment (TiMe) traineeship, a recently established program at Illinois that is supported by a grant from the National Institutes of Health. It funds the trainees for up to two years each, with an annual stipend of more than $23,000.
Monroy also earned the Bob Bilger Graduate Student Award, presented by the Speech and Hearing Science department at Illinois to students studying the auditory system. It is awarded based on academic merit, as well as the research’s potential for continued progress.
Story by Katharina Rains, 2016 communications intern in Bioengineering
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