Another Award to a CREST Undergraduate PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Friday, 10 June 2011 06:35

Melissa Cruz-Acuña, a CREST Industrial Biotechnology undergraduate (IRG2), has been recently informed that she won the Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials (EMPM) Division Gilbert Chin Scholarship. This prestigious scholarship will be awarded officially during the TMS 2012 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March of next year.  The EMPM Division of TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) confers annually only one scholarship that consists of $2,000 and is available to "an undergraduate students in their sophomore and junior years, who are studying subjects in relation to synthesis and processing, structure, properties, and performance of electronic, photonic, magnetic, and superconducting materials as well as materials used in packaging, and interconnecting such materials in device structures." Additionally Melissa will receive $500 more to attend and personally accept the award at the TMS Annual Meeting. This is the very fist time that a UPRM student receives this award and the third time that a UPRM student received a prestigious scholarship granted by TMS.

Melissa works in Prof. Oscar Perales' group under the direct supervision of CREST graduate student Sonia Bailón. Prof. Perales leads CREST IRG2 on non-toxic quantum dots for cancer therapy. During the summer of 2011 Melissa is participating in the MIT Summer Research Program (MSRP) in Dr. Moungi Bawendi's research group on the synthesis of a maleimide oligopeptide-based ligand.

Congratulations to Melissa and her mentors!

Melissa at MIT Melissa y Sonia
Melissa at MIT during the summer of 2011. Sonia Bailón (left) and Melissa in Dr. Perales' lab.
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