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Chris Wilkerson: 2023 November Student Spotlight

Nov. 17, 2023—The Graduate School recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and hard work in their scholarly pursuits, research, and community involvement. We would like to recognize the following student: Chris Wilkerson, a 67-year-old graduate student in Vanderbilt Graduate School’s MLAS program, is set to release his second book based on his military service titled “It...

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A Conversation With Alumnus Sonia Boyapti

Jul. 15, 2022—Justin Gung, Assistant Director of Leadership Annual Giving & Alumni Engagement, spoke with Sonia Boyapti about her time at Vanderbilt and how she remains involved in her Alma Mater.  Justin: What was your area of concentration at the Graduate School? What are you focused on now? Sonia: After receiving a master’s degree in biomedical engineering...

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May 2022 Student Spotlights

May. 17, 2022—This month, we are celebrating the following Graduate School students for their achievements! Hari Srinivasan; an incoming Ph.D. student in neuroscience– , has been named to the 2022 cohort of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship Program for New Americans. This merit-based graduate award for immigrants and children of immigrants provides 30 fellows annually with...

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2022 Graduate School Endowed Awards

Apr. 26, 2022—Congratulations to all Graduate Students who have received these prestigious awards! We look forward to celebrating you and your accomplishments. EDWARD FERGUSON JR. GRADUATE AWARD The Edward Ferguson Jr. Graduate Award provides scholarship awards to support graduate students at the Graduate School who demonstrate excellence in research. The $5,000 award provides financial support to deserving...

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March 2022: Celebrating our Students

Apr. 26, 2022—This month, we are celebrating the following Graduate School students for their achievements! Jacob Steenwyk Earlier this month Jacob L. Steenwyk, a PhD candidate in Biological Sciences, was selected as a recipient of the Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award. This award, announced earlier this month by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, recognizes outstanding achievement...

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Graduate Students in Engineering Awarded Eisenhower Fellowships

Jan. 27, 2020—Five engineering Ph.D. students were recently awarded Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowships, earning awards of up to $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration. The fellowships were awarded to: Will Barbour, civil and environmental engineering Charles Doktycz, civil and environmental engineering Derek Gloudemans, electrical engineering and computer science Yanbing Wang, civil and...

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Postdoc Profiles: Katrina Leaptrot

Jan. 17, 2020—Katrina Leaptrot is a postdoctoral researcher in the Chemistry Department in the McLean Research Group where she analyzes lipids and related biomolecules via ion mobility-mass spectrometry. She is also developing analysis methods with liquid chromatography-ion mobility-mass spectrometry for quantification of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in aqueous samples exposed to non-aqueous phase liquid waste. A native of...

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Ph.D. candidate’s op-ed featured in Washington Post

Dec. 20, 2019—An opinion piece written by Jon Meacham, Carolyn T. and Robert M. Rogers Chair and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science, and Michael E. Shepherd, a Ph.D. candidate in political science was featured in the Washington Post this week. The piece, “Republicans face political risks on impeachment. But history shows not all is lost,” discusses...

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Postdoc Profiles: Tom Folland

Sep. 19, 2019—Tom Folland is a postdoctoral researcher in the Caldwell Lab in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt, where he works on creating optical components for manipulating infrared (thermal) radiation. “Tom is truly an exceptional researcher,” said Joshua Caldwell, associate professor of mechanical and electrical engineering, and Tom’s primary mentor, “and is without doubt the best...

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