UAH students recipients of prestigious ALEPSCoR Graduate Research Scholars Program awards

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (May 12, 2014) — Six doctoral students attending The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) recently received prestigious awards from the Alabama Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ALEPSCoR) Graduate Research Scholars Program (GRSP). A total of 36 graduate students from seven universities across the state of Alabama are round nine GRSP awardees, receiving a total of $849,370.

"Part of being a graduate student is working with a mentor to learn how to be a future faculty member or researcher, and proposal writing is an important part of that process," said Dr. David Berkowitz, Dean, UAH School of Graduate Studies. "We are very excited these students are able to demonstrate their ability to write proposals that are funded. This will enhance their career opportunities and is a testament to the quality of the mentorship students have with our faculty."

Each of the six UAH graduate students wrote a proposal for external research funding in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) discipline. The student awards are being funded for the fall 2014 academic year. Students will work with their faculty advisors, during the award period. Additionally, students are expected to make formal presentations of their GRSP research findings at nationally recognized technical meetings and/or an Alabama EPSCoR meeting.

UAH students and their advisors are:

Students Advisors
William Gaillard Dr. Robert Lindquist
Lin Yang Dr. Lingze Duan
Rohit Dhariwal Dr. Sarma Rani
Hong Guo Dr. Jungpen Guo
Wonkyu Kim Dr. Jungpen Guo
Laxman Adhikari Dr. Gary Zank

The Alabama Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (ALEPSCoR) program is dedicated to the advancement of economic development via scientific and engineering research through a collaborative effort among the state's research universities.

The goal of the ALEPSCoR GRSP is to invest in Alabama universities to expand research output and attract eminent senior faculty and quality graduate students. The program's objective is to provide a highly trained workforce to fuel the growth of high technology companies in Alabama. For more information about ALEPSCoR GRSP, please visit:

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Midori Maloney


Joyce Anderson-Maples