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Donald M. and Janet C. Bernard Fellowship

The Donald M. and Janet C. Bernard Fellowship was created for PhD students in one of the University of Rochester’s engineering or science disciplines.  The goal of this fellowship is to recognize outstanding achievement for one of our graduate students in these fields, as evidenced through their coursework and their dissertation research work. The Fellowship provides a $3K stipend top-off of the student’s existing stipend, as well as a tuition award, and is for a one-year duration.

Nominations for this fellowship are solicited from programs in engineering and the sciences, including: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, and Optics; Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics, and Physics.  Each program is allowed to nominate one PhD student currently in their 2nd or 3rd year of graduate study.  These nominations, which consist of the student's CV along with 2 letters of recommendation, are evaluated and the awardee selected by the Dean of Graduate Studies. Evaluation is based on the documented record of outstanding academic and research achievement as well as evidence of leadership; mentoring and teaching accomplishments; engagement with the field; and any outreach to the community.