Victor Rivera-Llabres, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Rivera-Llabres’ research uses magnetic nanoparticles and magnetic fields to introduce anisotropic microstructures and microporosity to hydrogel scaffolds to enhance nerve regeneration.
“The fellowship is renowned among the scientific community, and I am extremely grateful of being chosen as a recipient,” Rivera-Llabres said. “Just the process of applying and completing the application is a growing experience, so I am extremely happy about this recognition and proactively working to fulfill my goals at hand.”
Rivera-Llabres obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, and joined the lab of Carlos Rinaldi, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Dean’s Leadership Professor, in the fall of 2019.
“The fellowship brings many resources to my current research and places me in a position in which I can more meaningfully address questions in the scientific community and my field,” Rivera-Llabres said. “I am confident that this fellowship will give me the opportunity to contribute to the academic advancement of science, engineering and humanity. I am very excited about what the future holds.”
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited institutions nationwide.