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Graduate students awarded research and creativity fellowships

Fellowships Awarded to Graduate Students
By Lauren Clark, 

Fifty-four graduate students at USC have been selected out of 152 as the first recipients of the Support to Promote Research and Creativity (SPARC) Graduate Research Fellowship, with funded grant projects encompassing topics from improved solid oxide fuel cell performance to body mapping for guitarists.  

The SPARC fellowship is a new program which was created this year by the Office of the Vice President for Research.  

“The SPARC Graduate Research Fellowship program benefits USC’s graduate students not only by providing financial support for research and creative projects, but also by providing an opportunity to train students in the art of grant writing,” said Prakash Nagarkatti, vice president for research.

The 2013 fellowship recipients are spread across nine schools and colleges at the university.  Awardees will be recognized at the 2013 Graduate Student Day Awards Ceremony, Friday, April 12, at 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Russell House Ballroom. 

SPARC Graduate Research Fellowship recipients can receive up to $5,000 to fund research or creative projects.

2012-2013 SPARC Awards

Name Department or Program
Nirupam Aich Civil Engineering
Ali Asghari Tabrizi Civil Engineering
Bridget Bachman Marine Science
Brandi Ballard Creative Writing
Katie Becofsky Exercise Science
Gina Besenyi Health Promotion Education and Behavior
Katherine Boatman Art Studio
William Chance Chemistry
Xin Chen Mechanical Engineering
Qingsu Cheng Biomedical Engineering
Mabel Cristina Cuellar Azcarate Civil Engineering
David Dangerfield History
Pamela Davis Epidemiology
Erin Derrick Geological Sciences
Sanorita Dey Computer Science and Engineering
Emily Garnett Communication Sciences and Disorders
Brittany Garvin Teaching and Learning
Odell Glenn Jr. Chemical Engineering
Robert Greeley Geography
Charity Griffin School Psychology
Han Han Biological Sciences
Benjamin Haywood Geography
Huacheng He Pharmaceutical Sciences
Daniel Hughes Biological Sciences
Anshika Jain Biological Sciences
Chia-Hua Lin Philosophy
Jeffrey Makala English
Ali Masood Political Science
Riane Miller Criminology and Criminal Justice
Amira Osman Health Promotion Education and Behavior
Otis Owens Health Promotion Education and Behavior
Seo Yeon Park Anthropology
Tyler Parry History
Caroline Peyton History
Rebecca Reid Political Science
Emily Rendek English
Lawton Roberts Biomedical Sciences
Arpit Saxena Exercise Science
Danielle Schoffman Health Promotion Education and Behavior
Alma Sehic Music Performance
Yanfeng Shen Mechanical Engineering
Kimberly Shorter Biological Sciences
Heather Smith Mathematics
Megan Southern Public History
Carole Sox Hospitality Management
Fred Tabung Epidemiology
Zhenhua Tian Mechanical Engineering
Falon Tilley Exercise Science
Benjamin Toscano Biological Sciences
Stan Trembach Library and Information Science
Siwei Wang Mechanical Engineering
Grandon Wilson Biological Sciences
Charlton Yingling History
Jia Zhao Mathematics

This story originally appeared in the USC Times