Graduate students win NSF research fellowships

Lab research

Two graduate students in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering have won Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Kristen Van De Voorde is a first-year PhD student in the lab of LaShanda Korley, the Climo Associate Professor in the Department of Macromolecular Science and Engineering, and Assistant Professor Jon Pokorski. Her fellowship will support her research into the development of complex porous materials for directing cell growth in regenerative medicine.

Kristen Wek is a BS/MS student in Pokorski’s lab. Her research is focused on developing asymmetric magnetic materials via 3-D printing.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.