Jarod Gregory, a student in the College of Engineering and Applied Science ACCEND Program, received an Honorable Mention for the 2013 Goldwater Scholarship. Jarod is currently pursuing his baccalaureate degree in chemical engineering and his master's degree in environmental engineering. He has performed co-op work at Duke Energy. Jarod was one of a group of students who competed in the United States Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Sustainable Design Expo contest. Jarod took a leadership role in the research field and began his own research project in 2013 in collaboration between the environmental and biomedical engineering departments. Jarod is set to graduate with both his BS and MS in Spring 2015. After graduation, he wants to pursue either a research position as an environmental engineer or continue school to obtain his doctorate degree.
Ryan Makinson is a 2011 graduate from Emory University with a major in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology. While at Emory, most of his research experiences concerned the effects of stress on the body and psychopathology. During his sophomore year, he worked for Dr. Charles Nemeroff studying depression and CRH. In 2009, he worked in a lab at the University of Sydney conducting immunology research on the liver. During his junior and senior year, he worked at Yerkes National Primate Research Center with Dr. Mark Wilson and Dr. Mar Sanchez studying the consequences of psychosocial stress, estradiol and polymorphisms in the serotonin reuptake transporter (SERT) gene in female adolescent Rhesus monkeys. After graduating Emory, he spent a year working with Dr. Kari Eddington at UNCG studying cognition in depressed patients. He is currently a graduate student at UC studying how stress affects the expression of genes linked to psychiatric illness.
Annette Volk, a graduate student studying Mechanical Engineering, earned an Honorable Mention for the 2012-2013 NSF GRFP. She received her bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Evansville last spring. Volk will graduate with her masters degree in 2014 and plans to pursue work towards her PhD in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) at UC.
Harrison Gray earned an Honorable Mention for the 2012-2013 NSF GRFP. After receiving his bachelor's degree at the University of California-Santa Cruz, he decided to pursue graduate studies at UC. His field of study is Geomorphology.
Derrell Acon is a Master's student in CCM studying Voice. He has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. student award for 2013-2014 to study in Italy.
Bill Weir is a PhD student in the Classics Department and a recipient of a Fulbright Study/Research Grant. Bill will be traveling to Cyprus for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Will McIlwain is a 2013 Rangel Fellow. The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a program that aims to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers in the Foreign Service in which they can help formulate, represent and implement U.S. foreign policy. The Rangel Fellowship is a highly competitive program that selects only 20 Fellows nationwide. In addition to the Rangel Fellowship, Will has also received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship and the William J. Clinton Scholarship to study at the American University in Dubai. He is one of the 2013 UC Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence recipients.