Hunter Morera receives Alfred P. Sloan scholarship

May 20, 2020

CSE graduate student Hunter Morera received a scholarship from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) program. This scholarship was put in place as means to “diversify the U.S. Ph.D. degree-holding workforce by increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented minority doctoral students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).” Morera was nominated for this award by the director and faculty of University of South Florida's University Center of Exemplary Mentoring (UCEM).

The scholarship allowed Morera to attend the Institute on Teaching and Mentoring in Atlanta Georgia in October of 2019. “This was a great opportunity to meet other minority PhD students from around the country,” Morera said. “I attended talks on a variety of subjects from publishing papers to pursuing careers in academia. My first experience with research was as an undergraduate student and was the main reason I decided to pursue my PhD.” 

Morera said he is “looking forward to continuing with [his] research and [is] very appreciative to the Sloan Foundation for supporting [him] in this pursuit.”