Graduate Student Spotlight
ten usf students RECEIVE FULBRIGHT U.S. STUDENT PROGRAM AWARDS
A record ten University of South Florida (USF) students have been awarded grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to spend the 2022-23 academic year abroad teaching English, undertaking an independent research project or pursuing graduate study. Congratulations!
Three of the ten students, pictured above, are current doctoral students and another three are recent graduate alumni.
MPH student wins biosecurity competition
Congratulations to College of Public Health MPH student Nick Cropper, who was part of a three-person international team to win the Next Generation for Biosecurity Competition.
The competition was sponsored by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) in partnership with several other global health security organizations. NTI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan global security organization based in Washington, D.C., focused on reducing nuclear and biological threats imperiling humanity.
Doctoral student veteran receives Tillman Scholarship
Congratulations to doctoral student veteran Rio Tate, who recently received a 2022 Tillman Scholarship through the Pat Tillman Foundation! A College of Behavioral & Community Sciences doctoral student and United States Air Force veteran, Tate is one of only 60 US service members to earn this national recognition.
PH.D. STUDENT AWARDED department of defense scholarship
Congratulations to Physics Ph.D. Student Noah Schulz, who was awarded a scholarship under the Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program. The SMART Program, funded by the Department of Defense (DoD), is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students.
Ph.D. Candidate awarded NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship
Congratulations to Ph.D. Candidate Natalia López Figueroa, who was awarded a Margaret A. Davidson Graduate Fellowship administered by NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management!
"The two-year fellowship begins August 1, 2022 and will support López Figueroa’s dissertation work on Cassiopea in the Jobos Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (JBNERR) in Puerto Rico... The hallmark of this fellowship is a professional development, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Reserve mentors will help students network and make connections with the broader coastal management community. Fellows will also have regular training webinars and in-person training courses on searching for a job, project management, and leadership. Lopez-Figueroa is one of 18 fellows in this cohort announced by NOAA."
Presidential fellow receives fulbright award
Congratulations to Presidential Fellow Stephan Hassam (Ph.D. Candidate, History), who received a Fulbright Award for the 2022-23 academic year!
Mr. Hassam provided a brief description of his research: "While the Roman period is well documented in Sicily, it is less so in late antiquity. To understand the social and economic transformations on the island after the fall of the Roman empire, it is necessary to bring minor archaeological sites into dialogue with villas, ports, cities, and the routeways that connect them. My project uses spatial analysis to examine changes in spatial relationships of minor late antique sites through time to provide a nuanced vision of shifting landscapes after the fall of the Roman empire. Furthermore, the digital technologies used to map these sites and their inclusion in a GIS also serves to digitally preserve and disseminate this cultural heritage. The resultant map of lesser-known sites in eastern Sicily will be an excellent resource to scholars for research and local cultural heritage practitioners to plan and carry out management projects."
Graduate Students Recognized by NSF GRFP
Two USF graduate students have received accolades from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), which recognizes outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievement in science and engineering research. Congratulations!
NSF GRFP 2022 Awardee
College of Marine Science
USF Advisor: Tim Conway
NSF GRFP 2022 Honorable Mention
College of Marine Science
USF Advisor: Ali Graham
Ph.D. Student Awarded American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship
Prisca Lin, PhD Student
The American Heart Association (AHA) has awarded a two-year predoctoral fellowship to Prisca Lin, a PhD student in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine. The award will go towards her project titled “Defining a Factor Induced Endothelial Tubulogenesis, Sprouting, and Pericyte Recruitment.”
Graduate Students Honored at 2022 Student Research Award Luncheon
Pictured left to right: Gary Oliver, Aditya Chakraborty, Amanda Lewis, Jing Chen, Niralibel Patel, Nataly Innamorato, Angkana Lertpoompunya, Niveditha Nerlakanti, Leanne Stepchinski, Jonathan Rodriguez, Callie Hill, Dr. Ruth Bahr
Graduate Student Researchers were honored during the 2022 Student Research Award Luncheon, held in Discovery Hall in USF Research Park on April 25, 2022.
View details on the winning 2022 USF Graduate Research Symposium presentations here.
View details on the winners of the 2021 USF 3MT® Competition presentations here.
Winners Named for the 2022 Provost’s Award for Outstanding Teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Graduate Assistant Oustanding Teaching Award!
Category: Arts and Humanities
Winner: Anna Stepanyan
Category: Education/Business/Social Science
Winner: Yeseul Kim
Honorable Mention: Khalia Jenkins
Category: Health/Medicine/Behavioral Science
Winner: Carlyn Vogel
Honorable Mention: Kailey Rinaldi
Winner: Jing Lin
Honorable Mention: Sadhu Moka
Doctoral Students on Multidisciplinary Cancer Research Teams
Mariyah Pressley (left) and Fargam Neinavaie (right)
Two papers from University of South Florida researchers demonstrate the emerging and strong collaborations between USF, Moffitt Cancer Center, Maastricht University, and Delft University of Technology.
Authors include Fargam Neinavaie, doctoral student in Integrative Biology; Arig Ibrahim-Hashim, M.D., doctoral student in Integrative Biology; and Mariyah Pressley, PhD candidate in Medical Engineering. The integrated multidisciplinary teams that contributed these two papers span continents, whole fields of biology and cancer, and career stages.
Read the full article from the College of Arts and Science's The HUB.
Recent Ph.D. Graduates selected as finalists for the ‘Nobel Prize of Supercomputing’
Left to Right: Jonathan Willman and Kien Nguyen Cong
A team of computational physicists and computer scientists led by researchers from the University of South Florida has reached a new milestone in supercomputing and was selected as a finalist for the field’s most prestigious award.
The team, led by Ivan Oleynik, professor in USF’s Department of Physics, along with recent Ph.D. graduates Kien Nguyen Cong and Jonathan Willman (pictured), utilized the 200-petaflop Summit supercomputer at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the fastest supercomputer in the U.S., to explore how carbon atoms behave at extremely high pressures and temperatures.
Read more from the USF Newsroom.
USF 3 Minute Thesis® Winners Announced
Left to Right: Aditya Chakraborty, Jing Chen, Minglu Sun
The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce the 2021 USF 3MT® Competition Winners:
First Place: Aditya Chakraborty
Title: A Data-Driven Analytical Process to Monitor Pancreatic Cancer Survival Time
College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Mathematics & Statistics
Major Professor: Chris P. Tsokos
Runner-up: Jing Chen
Title: Membrane Proteins: Starting From a Binary Switch
College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Cell Biology, Microbiology & Molecular Biology
Major Professor: Libin Ye
People's Choice: Minglu Sun
Title: The Effect of the Drug Abuse Prevention Programs on Domestic Violence
College: Arts and Sciences
Major Professor: Andrei Barbos
PhD Students Part of Team Awarded 12th Annual Cade Prize
Photo by Cade Museum: SPKL, LLC of Tampa, Florida won the 2021 Cade Prize for their invention, rbSEE blood flow monitor
The Cade Museum for Creativity & Invention has announced SPKL, LLC of Tampa, Florida as the winner of the 2021 Cade Prize, one of FL's most prestigious for innovation for their invention of a non-invasive blood flow monitor. The team includes Electrical Engineering PhD students Arindam Biswas, Abdul Mohaimen Safi, and Sadhu Moka.
Meet USF's first PhD Student in Genomics
USF College of Public Health (COPH)'s first doctoral student in genomics, Jan Dahrendorff, shares his journey in a new video from USF Health. “Because of the interdisciplinary nature of genomics, you are able to work with people from so many different backgrounds together as a team. It’s a very good experience,” Dahrendorff says, “I think in terms of career outlooks, you have so much flexibility and are able to do and research what you want.”
Learn more about Dahrendorff and the genomics program on Youtube.
Meet the 2021-22 Fellowship Recipients
The Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to introduce many of our 2021-22 Fellowship Recipients. Learn more about the Fellows here.
NSF GRFP and McKnight Fellow makes USF history as first Black woman Ph.D. graduate in Computer Science and Engineering
Shamaria Engram, PhD
Dr. Shamaria Engram has made USF history as the first Black woman to graduate with a doctorate in Computer Science and Engineering. While at USF, Engram received a number of prestigious fellowships and held a cybersecurity internship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory. She has since accepted a full-time position at the Lincoln Laboratory.
Read more about Dr. Engram's story here.