Monday, June 29, 2015

GROW Awards

GROW Award Winners 2015

Two U of M National Science Foundation Fellows Receive Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) Awards

Scientists and engineers in the U.S. increasingly need to be able to collaborate, cooperate and communicate with their peers around the world. To help prepare today’s graduate students to be successful in this era of globalization, the National Science Foundation (NSF) created the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) program.

The program – provided in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development – awards NSF Fellows with an international travel allowance to engage in collaborations with leading researchers and facilities around the world. Fellows submit a lengthy application – including an explanation of how the international collaboration will enhance the Fellow’s professional network, as well as how the proposed research fits into the Fellow’s graduate degree program and career goals.

The following U of M graduate students recently received GROW Awards:

Louis Prahl

Louis Prahl, Ph.D. student in Biomedical Engineering, will spend four months at the Institut Curie in Paris, France collaborating with Dr. Matthieu Piel, a worldwide leader in cell mechanics and microfabrication. He will learn new methods developed to study the migration of cancer and immune cells for his dissertation Microfabricated Environments to Study Glioma Cell Migration and Invasion  under the direction of David Odde.  

Gerald Presley

Gerald Presley, Ph.D. student in Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, will spend a year at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in Bellville, South Africa, which houses a state-of-the-art proteomics research facility. His time at UWC will give him hands on experience operating proteomics research tools. Presley’s dissertation research on the biochemical mechanisms of fungal wood decay is under the direction of Jonathan Schilling.

Congratulations, Gerald and Louis!