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Courtney Fox ’10 Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Courtney Fox ‘10 was named a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship is Fox’s second national award, as she received the Morris K. Udall Scholarship in 2009.

During her undergraduate career, Fox conducted research on fuel cells at NC State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, biosensors at Imperial College London, and nanoparticle manufacturing at Liquidia Technologies in Research Triangle Park. She also held an internship in nuclear fuel manufacturing with GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, and served as treasurer and regional conference co-chair in the campus chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

“The Park Scholarship has been an invaluable tool in my development as a researcher,” Fox says. “My collaborative efforts with Park Faculty Mentor Dr. Joe DeSimone in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering enabled me to be a part of what will certainly be world-changing science.”

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 and an allowance for tuition and international travel.

As a Fellow, Fox will pursue a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Stanford University in the fall where she plans to forge a relationship between a sensor research group in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Stanford Medical School to develop a biocompatible electronic skin sensor network for applications in prostheses.

~posted 2010.04.21