Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program, US Department of Education

Molecular Engineering for Sustainability and Health (MESH)

The Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering (ChBE) is pleased to offer fellowships through our GAANN: MESH Program for qualified students to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering. These prestigious awards are funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and provide fellowship support to graduate students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and intend to pursue careers in teaching and/or research. This program aims to better prepare PhD students to be successful in today’s teaching and/or research environment. Another goal of the program is to enable students from traditionally underrepresented and underserved groups to pursue doctoral degrees in chemical engineering, while also preparing them to become leaders in academia and industry.

These prestigious GAANN Fellowships carry a stipend of up to $37,000 per year (based on financial need) and access to additional travel funds to support the development of a professional network. The fellows undergo a formal training in engineering pedagogy that prepares them for higher education and research careers, which includes taking graduate-level courses in the Department of Engineering and Science Education, as well as a supervised teaching experience in an undergraduate-level chemical engineering course.

Current GAANN Fellows

Stephanie Beitle, PhD Candidate
Advisor: Prof. Sarah Harcum
Project: Growth rate of iPSC cells used in human health therapeutics.

Missoury Wolff, PhD Candidate
Advisor: Prof. Eric M. Davis
Project: Soft Biocomposites for Drug Delivery and Tissue Engineering

Previous GAANN Fellows

Dr. Abenazer Darge
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow at Oak Ridge National Labs (Oak Ridge, TN)
Advisor: Prof. Scott Husson (Clemson)
Project: Rapid field detection of uranium and other heavy metals for environmental control