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Graduate student receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award

Jincheng Du, associate professor of materials science engineeringJessica Rimsza, a first-year graduate student in materials science and engineering, was awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to further her research. Rimsza is the second student from the College of Engineering to win the award and the eighth UNT student.

Rimsza has been working with  Jincheng Du, right, associate professor and graduate advisor, on a project aimed at developing improved materials for semiconductors. The project is funded by the Semiconductor Research Corporation. She says she plans to use her NSF stipend, which amounts to up to $90,000 over a five period, to pursue research on glass-based systems.

Earlier this year, Jennifer Williams, a graduate student in electrical engineering became the first student from the College of Engineering to win the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  

The program is open to students pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive up to $30,000. They also receive international research and professional development opportunities.

Rimsza earned a bachelor’s degree in materials science and engineering from the University of Arizona in December 2011, after three and a half years of study. While at UA, she worked in Renee Corrales’ lab developing liquids for semiconductor cleaning. Earlier this year her research was published in the Journal of Computational and Theoretical Chemistry.

As Rimsza was finishing her undergraduate degree, Corrales suggested she consider working with Du at UNT for her graduate work. Corrales and Du previously worked together at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash.

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Posted on: Thu 02 August 2012

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