ChBE department awarded graduate fellowships through U.S. Department of Education

Vanderbilt’s chemical and biomolecular engineering department was recently awarded fellowships through the U.S. Department of Education in the area of advanced materials through the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) program.

Each fellowship covers full tuition and provides an annual stipend of up to $30,000 for up to five graduate students for three years.

The ChBE GAANN fellowship application deadline is Dec. 15, 2009. Award notification will be made by March 1, 2010 and the student enrollment decision deadline is April 15.  Associate professor Clare McCabe is the GAANN program director.

Women and minority students are strongly encouraged to apply.  Applications from non-chemical engineering bachelor students with strong backgrounds in chemistry and mathematics also are encouraged.

The focus of the Vanderbilt ChBE GAANN is in the broad area of advanced materials which involves the design, synthesis/fabrication, characterization, and/or simulation of molecular systems with new or unique functionalities, often targeted for specific applications.  Faculty expertise encompasses hard and soft materials, including polymers and nanoparticles, for a wide range of applications in fields including microelectronics, energy, the environment and medicine.