Student & Postdoc Honors News

  • May 3
    2017
    The UCSB Materials Department congratulates four Ph.D. graduate students for recently being named 2017 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellows.  Rhys Kennard, Brandon Leu, Sean Murray, and Claire Weaver are first years in the Materials Ph.D. program.  Upon receiving the NDSEG Fellowship, Claire  Weaver said, "I am so proud of the UCSB Materials... read more »
  • Jul 8
    2016
    Update: An article on the student-led diveristy symposium at TMS 2016 is featured in the June issue of Journal of Materials.  This story was originally published on May 10, 2016.  Materials Department graduate students Wennie Wang, Natalie Larson, and David Hwang organized a day-long symposium, “Transforming the Diversity Landscape,” at the TMS 2016... read more »
  • Jun 13
    2016
    Marissa Lafata, a Ph.D. student in Materials at UCSB, recently received the International Symposium on Superalloys Scholarship from TMS.  Funding for the scholarship is provided by the Organizing Committee of the International Symposium on Superalloys. Only two scholarships are awarded each year and they are available to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in... read more »
  • May 25
    2016
    Tom Nizolek, a Materials Ph.D. student, was awarded the Agnew National Security Fellowship and will be be joining the Materials in Dynamic and Radiation Extremes Group (MST-8) at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). The Agnew fellowship sponsors a postdoctoral researcher pursuing "cutting-edge experimental, theoretical, computational science, and engineering research aligned... read more »
  • May 2
    2016
    The Materials Department at UCSB would like to congratulate our Winter 2016 Ph.D. graduates and welcome them into the Materials Alumni family. We caught up with each of these graduates to learn about the exciting steps they will be taking as they embark on their careers.  Lars BjaalieUnderstanding and Engineering Two-Dimensional Electron Gases in... read more »
  • Apr 1
    2016
    We would like to congratulate our Materials Ph.D. students who have been selected as 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Fellows:  Joshua Bocarsly, Seshadri Group Douglas Fabini, Seshadri Group Jennifer Selvidge, Bowers Group From the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program website:  "The Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a vital part of our... read more »
  • Mar 28
    2016
    Jaclyn Avallone, a Materials Ph.D. student, received a Gold Certificate in the Young Scientist Competition at the Ultrafine Grained Materials (UFG) IX Symposium at the 2016 TMS Conference.  Jaclyn is one of two Gold Certificate winners for best oral presentation. All of the students and post-docs who participated in the compeition were within three years of receiving... read more »
  • Mar 28
    2016
     Anastasia Patterson received a poster award at the American Physical Society (APS) spring meeting held early in March. Neil Dolinsk also received a poster award at the American Chemical Society (ACS) spring meeting held during the same time.   Anastasia won third place in the 2016 Journal of Polymer Science poster prize, selected from 160 posters in the Division of... read more »
  • Jan 13
    2016
    Materials Ph.D. students Malinda (Mandi) Buffon and Megan Butala each won a poster award at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies 2015, held in Honolulu, HI in December. Mandi won an award for her poster on "Nanograined half-Heusler TiNiSn for thermoelectric applications" in the topic area of Materials & Nanoscience and Megan won an award for... read more »
  • Jan 6
    2016
    Written by Materials Ph.D. student, Chelsea Catania. The article orginally appeared in the online magazine "ImpactMania". To read the entire story, please click here.  Unfortunately, it is accepted that the pipeline in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is leaky—a term referring to the unintended loss of trainees from the disciplines;... read more »
  • Nov 9
    2015
    Thomas (Tom) Nizolek and Jaclyn (Jackie) Avallone, Ph.D. candidates in Materials have been awarded the 2014 Buehler Technical Paper Merit Award for Excellence and the Jacquet-Lucas International Metallographic Award. The award-winning paper provides an overview of a unique accumulative roll bonding technique used to synthesize bulk nanolaminates of Cu and Nb. The paper... read more »
  • Jul 3
    2015
    Graduate student Luke Rettbert received an Excellent Poster Award during the closing banquet of the 123HiMAT-Advanced High-Temperature Materials Committee's 1st International Conference, 123HiMAT 2015, held June 29 - July 3 at Hokkaido University in Sapporo, Japan.  His poster, titled Rejuvenation of Ni-Based Superalloys René N5(SX) and GTD444(DS), was voted one of the... read more »
  • Jun 26
    2015
    Graduate Student Alan Liu was awarded the Best Student Presentation Award at the 2015 Electronic Materials Conference for his presentation, "Record Lifetimes of GaAs Based Lasers Epitaxially Grown on Silicon." Student awards are given annually by the Electronic Materials Committee for the presentations at the EMC Conference. Student papers are judged on scientific content... read more »
  • Apr 3
    2015
    UCSB Materials graduate student Christopher Proctor has been awarded a 2015/16 Whitaker International Program Scholars post-doc grant to develop organic electronic devices for the treatment of neurological disorders at the École Nationale Superieure des Mines de Saint-Étienne in Gardanne, France. The Whitaker International Program sends emerging leaders in U.S. biomedical... read more »