Seo awarded 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 4, 2016 - Hannah Seo, a first-year chemical engineering graduate student, received a prestigious fellowship award through the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). For the 2016 competition, NSF received close to 17,000 applications and made 2,000 award offers. The 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. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.

As part of her award, Seo will receive a three-year annual stipend along with a cost of education allowance for tuition and fees and opportunities for international research and professional development. Seo is co-advised by CEMS Professors Frank Bates and Samira Azarin and will conduct research on the blood-brain barrier and how to design polymers to seal damaged blood-brain barriers. Seo will also collaborate with the University of Minnesota Medical School and Stem Cell Institute on this research.

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