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NSF grant expands CWRU-directed program to promote gender equity in STEM faculty positions

A program to promote gender equity in academic science and engineering careers across universities in northern Ohio is being expanded to western Pennsylvania.
With a new three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advance Program, Case Western Reserve University will lead an effort to develop, share and evaluate approaches and policies that lead to more women in full-tenured professorships in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

EECS PhD candidate receives best student presentation award from Ohio chapter of the American Vacuum Society

Subrina Rafique, a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, won the best student presentation award at the American Vacuum Society Ohio Chapter meeting in October for her research investigating the synthesis of wide band gap semiconductor materials b-Ga2O3 rods (Eg ~4.6-4.9 eV), which are applicable for solar-blind photodetectors, chemical sensing and high power electronic devices.
Her paper, “Synthesis of Wide Bandgap β-Ga2O3 Rods on 3C-SiC-on-Silicon,” was co-authored by her PhD advisor Hongping Zhao, assistant professor of electrical engineering and computer science; electrical engineering doctoral student Lu Han, and Christian A. Zorman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.  

Sign up to volunteer for Engineering Challenges Carnival

Volunteers are needed to inspire young minds at the Engineering Challenges Carnival during Engineers Week in February.
Volunteers will have the opportunity to encourage children to consider STEM fields as career options by working with them on demonstrations and hands-on activities.
The Engineering Challenges Carnival is Saturday, Feb. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Thwing Center ballroom.

CWRU ranks among nation’s top institutions for percentage of undergraduates who study abroad

For the first time in its history, Case Western Reserve ranks among the nation’s top 40 doctorate-granting universities in the percentage of its undergraduates studying abroad, according to a new report.
With nearly 45 percent of its undergraduates studying abroad in academic year 2013-14, Case Western Reserve tied for the 20th spot with Boston University in the “Open Doors 2015 Report on International Educational Exchange.” The publication annually names the top 40 doctorate-granting universities; this year marks Case Western Reserve’s first-ever appearance on the list.

Macro PhD student wins DOD SMART Scholarship

Michelle Leslie, a PhD candidate studying macromolecular science and engineering, has been awarded a Department of Defense Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship, along with Shannon Smith, a senior studying math and music.
Case Western Reserve represented well in the SMART Scholarship competition this year, with awards also going to chemical engineering major Lauren Anderson and mechanical engineering major Diana Illingsworth.