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Graduate Fellowship

MIPSE sponsors competitive fellowships to students participating in the Graduate Certificate in Plasma Science and Engineering (PSE). The fellowships may be awarded to incoming or current students. The fellowships provide a $4,500 research fund for enhancing the fellow's graduate experience.

The application period for the 2022-2023 Fellowship year is now closed; application procedures are listed below (for reference only).

Current MIPSE Fellows

2022-2023 academic year

  • Marco Acciarri: NERS, U-M; advisor – S. Baalrud
  • Nicholas Ernst: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick
  • Julian Kinney: NERS, U-M; advisor - C. Kuranz
  • Florian Krüger: ECE, U-M; advisor – M. Kushner
  • Chelsea Tischler: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Foster
  • Gina Vasey: CMSE, MSU; advisors – B. O’Shea, A. Christlieb

Past MIPSE Fellows

2021-2022 academic year

  • Khalil Bryant: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – C. Kuranz
  • Alex Hoffmann: CLaSP, U-M; advisor – M. Moldwin
  • Yi Luo: ECE, MSU; advisor - P. Zhang
  • Jordyn Polito: ChemE, U-M; advisor – M. Kushner
  • Brendan Sporer: NERS, U-M; advisor – R. McBride
  • Tyler Topham: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Foster
  • Collin Whittaker: Aero, U-M; advisor – B. Jorns

2020-2021 academic year

  • Sneha Banerjee: ECE, MSU; advisor - P. Zhang
  • Daniel Carpenter: CLaSP, U-M; advisor – S. Lepri
  • Eli Feinberg: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – C. Kuranz
  • Codie Fiedler Kawaguchi: ME, U-M; advisor – E. Johnsen
  • Steven Lanham: ChemE, U-M; advisor – M. Kushner
  • Zhenyu Ma: CEE, U-M; advisor – H. Clack
  • Akash Shah: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – R. McBride
  • Leanne Su: Aero, U-M; advisor – B. Jorns

2019-2020 academic year

  • George Dowhan: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor - R. McBride
  • Asif Iqbal: ECE, MSU; advisor – P. Zhang
  • Jinpu Lin: NERS, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick
  • Raul Melean: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – C. Kuranz
  • Chenhui Qu: ECE, U-M; advisor – M. Kushner
  • Brandon Russell: ECE, U-M; advisor – L. Willingale
  • Christopher Sercel: Aero, U-M; advisor – B. Jorns
  • Lucas Stanek: CMSE, MSU; advisor – M. Murillo

2018-2019 academic year

  • Austin Brenner: Aero, U-M; advisor - I. Boyd
  • Zachariah Brown: Aero, U-M; advisor – B. Jorns
  • Kenneth Chung: Civil Engineering, U-M; advisor – H. Clack
  • Forrest Glines: Astro/CSE, MSU; advisor – B. O'Shea
  • Amina Hussein: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick
  • Agnit Mukhopadhyay: CLASP, U-M; advisors - D. Welling, M. Liemohn
  • Yeimy Rivera: CLASP, U-M; advisor – S. Lepri

2017-2018 academic year

  • Paul Campbell: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick
  • Ryan Dewey: CLASP, U-M; advisor – J. Raines
  • Marcel Georgin: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – B. Jorns
  • Janis Lai: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Foster
  • Al-Ahsan Talukder: ECE, MSU; advisor – Q. H. Fan
  • Robert Vandervort: Applied Physics, U-M; advisors – P. Drake, P. Keiter
  • Benjamin Wachs: Aero, U-M; advisor – B. Jorns

2016-2017 academic year

  • Abigail Azari: CLASP, U-M; advisor – M. Liemohn
  • Keegan Behm: NERS, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick
  • Shadrach Hepner: Aero, U-M; advisor – J. P. Sheehan
  • Yao Kovach: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Foster
  • Juliusz Kruszelnicki: NERS, U-M; advisor – M. Kushner
  • Omar Leon: Applied Phys., U-M; advisor – B. Gilchrist
  • Sarah Spitzer: CLASP, U-M; advisor – S. Lepri
  • Alexander Vazsonyi: Aero, U-M; advisor – I. Boyd

2015-2016 academic year

  • Neil Arthur: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Foster
  • Jeffrey Fein: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Holloway
  • Scott Hall: Aero, U-M; advisor – A. Gallimore
  • Manan Kocher: AOSS, U-M; advisor – S. Lepri
  • Gregory Meece: Physics/Astro, MSU; advisor – B. O'Shea
  • Alexander Rasmus: Applied Phys., U-M; advisors – C. Kuranz, P. Drake
  • Anthony Raymond: Applied Phys., U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick, Alexander Thomas

2014-2015 academic year

  • David Dang: Aero, U-M; advisor – I. Boyd
  • Joshua Davis: AOSS, U-M; advisor – P. Drake
  • Gautham Dharuman: ECE, MSU; advisor – J. Verboncoeur
  • Chuanfei Dong: AOSS, U-M; advisor – S. Bougher
  • Amanda Lietz: NERS, U-M; advisor – M. J. Kushner
  • Grant Miars: EECS, U-M; advisor – Brian Gilchrist
  • Gang Kai Poh: AOSS, U-M; advisor – J. Slavin
  • Ingrid Reese: Aero, U-M; advisor – B. Longmier
  • Patrick Tracy: AOSS, U-M; advisor – J. Raines
  • Wesley Wan: AOSS, U-M; advisors – C. Kuranz, P. Drake

2013-2014 academic year

  • Maria Choi: Aero, U-M; advisor – I. Boyd
  • Ethan Dale: Aero, U-M; advisor – B. Longmier
  • Frans Ebersohn: Aero, U-M; advisor – B. Longmier
  • Archis Joglekar: NERS, U-M; advisor – A. Thomas
  • Michael MacDonald: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – P. Drake
  • Scott Rice: ECE, MSU; advisor – J. Verboncoeur
  • David Yager-Elorriaga: NERS, U-M; advisor – R. Gilgenbach
  • Tony Zhao: NERS, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick

2012-2013 academic year

  • Carlos Di Stefano: AOSS, U-M; advisors – P. Drake, C. Kuranz
  • Horatiu Dragnea: Aero, U-M; advisor – I. Boyd
  • Zhaohan He: NERS, U-M; advisor – A. Thomas
  • Roxanne Katus: AOSS, U-M; advisor – M. Liemohn
  • Sonal Patel: NERS, U-M; advisor – R. Gilgenbach
  • Daniel Winklehner: Physics, MSU; advisor – D. Leitner
  • Calvin Zulick: NERS, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick

2011-2012 academic year

  • Iverson Bell: EECS, U-M; advisor – B. Gilchrist
  • Franklin Dollar: NERS, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick
  • Kentaro Hara: Aero, U-M; advisor – I. Boyd
  • Sarah Nowak: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Foster
  • Ian Rittersdorf: NERS, U-M; advisor – Y. Y. Lau
  • Will Schumaker: NERS, U-M; advisors – A. Thomas and K. Krushelnick
  • Sang-Heon Song: NERS, U-M; advisor – M. Kushner
  • Laura Spencer: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – A. Gallimore
  • Adam Steiner: NERS, U-M; advisor – R. Gilgenbach

2010-2011 academic year

  • Iverson Bell: EECS, U-M; advisor – B. Gilchrist
  • Matthew Franzi: NERS, U-M; advisor – R. Gilgenbach
  • Cyril Galitzine: Aero, U-M; advisor – I. Boyd
  • Channing Huntington: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – P. Drake
  • Christopher McGuffey: NERS; advisor – K. Krushelnick
  • Will Schumaker: NERS, U-M; advisor – A. Thomas
  • Laura Spencer: Applied Physics, U-M; advisor – A. Gallimore
  • Benjamin Yee: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Foster
  • Peng Zhang: NERS, U-M; advisor – Y.Y. Lau

2009-2010 academic year

  • Paul Cummings: NERS, U-M; advisor – A. Thomas
  • David French: NERS, U-M; advisor – YY. Lau
  • Cyril Galitzine: Aero, U-M; advisor – I. Boyd
  • Matt Gomez: NERS, U-M; advisor – R. Gilgenbach
  • David Liaw: AOSS/EECS, U-M; advisor – B. Gilchrist
  • Bradley Sommers: NERS, U-M; advisor – J. Foster
  • Calvin Zulick: NERS, U-M; advisor – K. Krushelnick

Application Procedures for the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Nominating Applicants for Graduate Admission:

We encourage offering Fellowships to incoming applicants to attract the best candidates to the University of Michigan and Michigan State University.

Requirements are:

  1. Student will enroll in a PhD program.
  2. Student is likely to enroll in the graduate certificate in PSE. Funding beyond the Fall 2022 semester requires the student to enroll in the PSE graduate certificate. (MSU nominations – contact M. Kushner on this requirement.)
  3. Faculty advisor is a member of MIPSE.
  4. Student is being offered admission to UM/MSU with at least the equivalent of a 50% research assistant or fellowship.

Nominating Current UM/MSU Students Who Are Not Now (or Have Not Been) Fellows:

Requirements are:

  1. Student is enrolled in a PhD program.
  2. Student is enrolled in or will enroll in the graduate certificate in PSE. (MSU nominations – contact M. Kushner on this requirement.)
  3. Faculty advisor is a member of MIPSE.
  4. Student is being supported with at least the equivalent of a 50% research assistant by combinations of GSRA, fellowship or GSI.

Nominating Current Students Who Are Now (or Have Been) Fellows:

Requirements are:

  1. Student is making (excellent!) progress towards his/her PhD degree.
  2. Student has already enrolled in the graduate certificate in PSE and is making progress towards completing the certificate. (MSU nominations – contact M. Kushner on this requirement.)
  3. Faculty advisor is a member of MIPSE.
  4. Student has been and will continue to be supported with at least the equivalent of a 50% research assistant, fellowship or GSI.