Prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship Awarded to CREST Alumna PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 01 April 2012 14:43

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Nayomi Plaza, outsanding UPRM and CREST alumna, has been selected to receive a 2012 National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Fellowship. Her selection was based on her outstanding abilities and accomplishments. This is the last and most prestigious award in a long list of recognitions that Nayomi has received. Currently she is graduate student in the Materials Science Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Co-advised by Dr. Joseph Jakes and Prof. Donald S. Stone, she is now conducting fundamental studies on a moisture-activated shape memory effect in thin wood slivers at the Forest Products Laboratory. This is an enthralling topic with implications in battery membrane research and further understanding of wood-water detrimental phenomena.

At age 16 Nayomi joined Prof. O. M. Suárez's group to work in her Science Fair project. After graduation from high school she was admitted in the UPRM Mechanical Engineering program. She kept working in Prof. Suárez's group in diverse projects and outreach activities until her graduation in December 2011. In this successful path, Nayomi won numerous awards including two First Prizes in the TMS annual poster competitions and a TMS scholarship. Inspired by these experiences, Nayomi wishes to eventually join the academia and train the next generations of STEM students.


Nayomi as a high school student

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