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Engineering Student Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

  Rawan Almallahi
  Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Student Rawan Almallahi. Photo courtesy of Carlos Landa, Cullen College of Engineering.

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Student Rawan Almallahi received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.

Almallahi previously has distinguished herself by attending the Harvard-Amgen Scholars Program, an immersive 10-week residential program in Cambridge, MA for students pursuing research in biotechnology. She has also received the Frank L. Worley, Jr. Scholarship, which selects student leaders who intend to pursue a career in chemical engineering.   

Dr. James Schafer Wins NEH Summer Stipend Award

James Schafer 
James Schafer, associate professor of history. Photo courtesy of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

Dr. James Schafer, associate professor of history in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, was recently selected to receive the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Stipend Award for his project titled "The American Medical Profession, Militarization, and the State in the First World War." The NEH Summer Stipend program is extremely competitive. This year over 800 applications were received, and only eight percent were funded. NEH awarded $21.7 million to 208 humanities projects.

"NEH grants matter in the many communities we serve around the country--in preserving cultural heritage, supporting local cultural organizations, and helping teachers teach and students learn," said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. "Our grants also matter at the national level, where they preserve our history and acquaint people more deeply with our cultural and political traditions. In making the humanities accessible to all Americans, NEH serves the common good."


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University News

History Ph.D. candidate Daniel Mendiola was recently awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study in Central America. He will conduct dissertation research in Guatemala and Costa Rica during his fellowship year under the direction of Dr. Susan Kellogg. His dissertation is tentatively titled "Constructing Imperial Spaces: Spain, the Mosquito Kingdom, and the Dual Conquests of 18th century Central America."

Dr. Jose Luis Contreras-Vidal, professor of electrical and computer engineering in the Cullen College of Engineering, was currently recognized by the National Science Foundation for his non-invasive, sensor-lined cap that forms a brain-computer interface which could one day potentially control prosthetic limbs.

A team of five UH Ph.D. and M.S. graduate students from UH's Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences won first place in the Imperial Barrel Award Program of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists Gulf Coast Section competition. Read the full story

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