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Graduate School 2020 Founder’s Medalist: Thea J. Autry

May. 8, 2020—Thea Jean Autry, from Katy, Texas, is this year’s Founder’s Medalist for the Graduate School. She is graduating with a doctor of philosophy in English. Thea’s research and teaching focus on U.S. literature and visual arts of the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, with emphasis on theories of visuality, race, gender, sexuality, and cultural geography....

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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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2019 Gilliam Fellowship Recipients

Sep. 10, 2019—Three Vanderbilt graduate students and their advisors were recently awarded Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study: Neuroscience student Justin Avila and mentor Michelle Southard-Smith Biological sciences student Jacob Steenwyk and mentor Antonis Rokas Neuroscience student Kellie Williford and mentor Danny Winder Through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Gilliam Fellowships for Advanced Study supports diversity and...

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2019 Dean’s Award Students

Sep. 10, 2019—Eleven fourth year graduate students in the biomedical sciences have received the 2019 Dean’s Award for Exceptional Achievement in Graduate Studies. The students are (front row, L-R, back row, L-R) Margaret Axelrod Abigail Neininger Alejandra Romero-Morales Sheryl Vermudez Demond Williams James O’Connor Manuel Castro Matthew Cottam Matthew Wlekllinski Michael Doyle Azadeh Hadadianpour Read the full...

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Graduate student condenses energy research to take top prize at 3MT® competition

Apr. 5, 2019—Originally published in MyVU by Kate Derrick Apr. 5, 2019, 8:30 AM For the seventh straight year, Vanderbilt graduate students competed on March 29 to summarize years of research and discovery into a clear three-minute presentation as part of the annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition. Ibrahim Ahmed, a graduate student in electrical engineering, took...

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2019 Lai Sulin Scholarship

Mar. 8, 2019—In honor of his daughter Lai Sulin, Dr. Cheng L. Lai, a Vanderbilt Graduate School alumnus in chemical engineering, established this endowed scholarship in 2009.  This $5000 award recognizes excellence in research by a Vanderbilt PhD student in areas related to cancer.  The scope of the scholarship is inclusive of any discipline as long as...

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