Three Loyola University Maryland students and alumni recently received prestigious fellowships and scholarships.
Cen-bi Liu, ’09, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship, which supports graduate students pursuing research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Liu, who majored in engineering and mathematics at Loyola, is currently pursuing an M.S./Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering at Rice University in Houston, Texas. The three-year award also includes an international travel allowance and access to the Teragrid Supercomputer, the world’s largest online system for open scientific research.
Anna Nguyen, ’12, recently received a DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering which will support her study of the enteric nervous system at the Natural and Medical Sciences Institute in Tubingen, Germany this summer. Nguyen, who is majoring in biology with a minor in chemistry, plans to enter medical school after graduation, focusing on immunohistology and pathology. Originally from Clifton, Va., Nguyen was inspired to study gastrointestinal health—of which enteric nervous system function is a part—by her father’s battle with and recovery from colon cancer. Hers is Loyola’s second consecutive DAAD Research Internship in Science and Engineering. Paul La Plante, ’11, received the award last year.
Michael Esteve, ’12, has been awarded a Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship from the Phillips Foundation, which supports student applicants who demonstrate activism, initiative, and leadership in advancing the ideals of Reagan-style Republicanism in their schools and communities. Esteve, a double major in French and political science from Bowie, Md., is chairman-elect of the Maryland Federation of College Republicans. As chairman, he will coordinate college student support for Maryland Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert Ehrlich and work to build networks between College Republican chapters, Republican clubs, and Republican Central Committees throughout the state. Loyola student Nicholas Centanni, ’10, received this award last year.
These awards follow the previously announced Fulbright Scholarship awarded to Francis Quottrone, ’09, which will support his study of the venom in wasps indigenous to Turkey.
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