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De Novo Fellowships

The De Novo Fellowship encourages underrepresented STEM students to participate in a research project. 

This prestigious fellowship is awarded to outstanding students from underrepresented groups in the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering to work on well-crafted research projects with faculty mentors who are committed to increasing diversity in STEM. These fellowships provide student stipends for up to 10 weeks of full-time research plus conference expenses to present posters on their research in the following academic year.


See what our 2019 cohort of students are working on this summer:

Graduation Year: 2020

Major: Bioengineering

Advisor: Dr. I. Emre Araci

ProjectMicrofluidic Strain Sensor for Tissue Deformation Analysis

Graduation Year: 2021

Major: Electrical Engineering

AdvisorTokunbo Ogunfunmi

ProjectMachine Learning Applications

Amritpal Singh 2019

Graduation Year: 2020

Major: Electrical Engineering

MinorsComputer Science and Engineering/Mathematics

AdvisorKurt Schab

ProjectDistortion as a Metric for Evaluating Time-Varying Antenna Systems

Graduation Year: 2020

Major: Mechanical Engineering

AdvisorHohyun Lee

ProjectVerification of Occupancy Sensing Model for Residential Building Energy Saving

Graduation Year: 2021

Major: Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering

AdvisorChris Kitts 

ProjectAdvanced Robotic Arm Control and End-Effector Design

Requirements for the application:
(1) A description of the research project and the student’s role in it
(2) A student statement on how diversity benefits an engineering research environment
(3) A faculty letter of support that includes a statement on inclusivity in STEM.

Before applying for this fellowship, a student should discuss and develop a potential research project with her/his SoE faculty mentor. Selection will be based on the student’s application, the research project, and the faculty mentor’s statement on inclusivity in STEM.

Students must have good academic standing in their engineering major.

First-generation students, women, non-gender conforming students, students who identify as African-American, LatinX, Asian Pacific Islander, Native American, and/or Native Alaskan are especially encouraged to apply.

Applications are currently closed.

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