Graduate Students Win Fellowship Awards

Jaimes, Ingato, Sameni won fellowships that will help with their graduate studiesThree Samueli School graduate students have received fellowship support from the UC Irvine Graduate Division.

Daniel Jaimes, mechanical and aerospace engineering, was one of only three UCI graduate students selected for the 2017 Faculty Mentor Program Fellowship. The award was created to increase the number of students who complete Ph.D. degrees and acquire faculty appointments; winners are chosen based on high potential and promise, as well as interest in an academic career. Jaimes, who researches renewable fuels and works with UCI’s Combustion Laboratory, will receive one year of fellowship support, including tuition and fees, as well as a stipend and travel allowance.

Graduate students Dominique Ingato, chemical and biochemical engineering, and Sara Sameni, biomedical engineering, won 2017 President’s Dissertation Year Fellowship Awards. Ingato researches nanotheranostics, the use of nanotechnology to integrate diagnostic and therapeutic functions into one system. She specifically investigates the development of cell-derived nano-carriers for biocompatible, targeted cancer therapy. Sameni uses advanced optical technology to develop biomarkers for early detection of brain diseases.

These awards help students in their final year of graduate study who plan to pursue teaching and research appointments. It assists them with completion of their dissertations and enhances their qualifications as candidates for university faculty positions. Like the Faculty Mentor Program Award, the President’s Dissertation Year Fellowships include full resident tuition and fees, as well as a stipend and an academic travel stipend.

- Anna Lynn Spitzer