Students receive 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 06, 2020

Four students working in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are recipients of the 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowships. The fellowships will allow students to pursue graduate studies in the biomedical field.


New fellows include graduate students Dana Jenkins, Hattie Schunk, Mariya Shevchuk, and senior Joshua McCune.

Dana Jenkins is a graduate student advised by Dr. Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez. Her research investigates ways to improve the bone healing potential of polymer bone grafts by directing cell behavior.

Joshua McCune will graduate in 2020 with a B.S. in biomedical engineering. He works in Dr. Elizabeth Cosgriff-Hernandez’s laboratory, where he is developing an electrospun drug delivery system for a novel antimicrobial agent to treat antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections in orthopedic and dermal wound applications.

Hattie Schunk is a graduate student co-advised by Dr. Laura Suggs and Dr. Adrianne Rosale, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering. Her research is focused on introducing property control into synthetic biomaterials (specifically, peptoids) to develop selectively responsive substrates for applications in inflammatory disease biosensing.

Mariya Shevchuk is a graduate student advised by Dr. Nicholas Peppas. She is designing a system for temporally controlled delivery of growth factors for bone regeneration

The NSF graduate fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics who are pursuing research-based master's degrees and doctorates at accredited institutions in the U.S.

These fellowships will provide recipients with a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education.