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Chemical Engineering alumnus Wesley Michaels wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Wesley Michaels who graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2016 has won the highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This annual competition of the National Science Foundation supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science and engineering. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of stipend and graduation tuition support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. As part of the application process, applicants have to submit a research statement describing their plans for future research, along with three supporting reference letters. An important component of the selection process is not only outstanding academic record, but also clear demonstration of research productivity and future potential. Approximately 2000 fellowships are awarded each year by NSF in all areas of science and engineering.

Wesley is currently a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. He is studying the morphology and conductive properties of charged polymer complexes, which have applications in alternative energy and optoelectronics. During his time at Lehigh, Wesley worked on independent research with Dr. Jonas Baltrusaitis, using computational tools to investigate novel catalyst designs and processing techniques for sustainable sources of carbon-based fuels.


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