Student & Postdoc Honors News

  • Apr 30
    Mark Turiansky, a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Van de Walle Computational Materials Group, was selected for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from a host of Nobel Laureates this summer in Germany. He is among 650 young scientists from throughout the world who will experience and contribute to the unique atmosphere of the 73rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting... read more »
  • Jul 19
    Materials Ph.D. Student Lauren Poole was recognized with an APS Early Career Speaker Award for her presentation at the 2022 Biennial APS meeting on Shock Compression of Condensed Matter. The meeting was held in Anaheim, CA from July 10 to July 15. Lauren’s talk was entitled “Dynamic mechanical behavior of co-continuous metal composites". Lauren is a PhD student in... read more »
  • Oct 19
    UCSB Graduate Students earn DOE awards to conduct their research at national labs Two UC Santa Barbara graduate students in the College of Engineering have received opportunities to conduct research at prestigious national laboratories operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Eli Zoghlin and Kamyar Parto are among 65 students nationwide selected... read more »
  • Sep 7
    Juan Chamorro, a postdoctoral researcher in UC Santa Barbara’s Materials Department, has received a Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (MPS-Ascend) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The prestigious fellowship amounts to $100,000 per year for up to three years. The program supports outstanding future scientists who will... read more »
  • Sep 1
    Mikayla Barry, a graduate student in Prof. Rachel Segalman's group, recently presented her work at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advanced Light Source (LBNL ALS) to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm.   Mikayla is researching the properties of advanced membranes for water purification using the ALS Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer to... read more »
  • Aug 20
    The Department is happy to announce the first recipients of the Bright Horizon Global Foundation Materials Department Service Awards. These annual awards recognize students and post-doctoral researchers within the Materials Department for contributions that help to improve our sense of community and to assist in the educational mission beyond expectations. We are... read more »
  • May 24
    Materials graduate student Caroline Reilly has been selected as a 2021 recipient of the University Award of Distinction, given to students who have contributed greatly to the quality of life by giving unselfish service to others within a particular area. She will receive the honor at the Virtual University Awards Ceremony on June 6th at 3:00PM. Congratulations Caroline!
  • May 11
    A CATALYST OF CHANGE Materials PhD student Julia Zuo receives Dixon-Levy Service Award from UCSB’s Graduate Student Association for her efforts to improve graduate student life Read More MEETING OF THE MINDS George Degen and Samuel Teicher are among thirty young scientists from the University of California invited to an annual meeting with dozens of Nobel Laureates... read more »
  • Mar 23
    Mitchell Bordelon in the Wilson group was honored with the Outstanding Dissertation in Magnetism Award from GMAG today. GMAG is the topical group focused on magnetism in the American Physical Society, and they recognize one to two students per year with this award. Mitchell's dissertation work titled "Magnetic Frustration and Quantum Disorder in Jeff=1/2 Lanthanide-based... read more »
  • Nov 2
    Three UC Santa Barbara scientists are among the one hundred fifty women nationwide who have been invited to the 2020 Rising Stars in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) Workshop. Esmat Farzana, a postdoctoral researcher in the Materials Department, Yating Wan, a postdoc in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department... read more »
  • Jun 4
    Victoria Christensen shares her experiences and suggestions on how to make the most of life under the work-at-home conditions generated by the Covid-19 pandemic in a recent piece written for the Ceramics Bulletin. She addresses not only handling coursework and research for an experimentalist with no access to labs, but also taking advantage of the opportunities to enrich... read more »
  • Apr 2
    The Materials Department would like to acknowledge our 2020 Graduate Student Fellowship Awardees The Department congratulates our NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipients and those who received honorable mentions.   Department Chair, Prof. Michael Chabinyc says, “The NSF fellowships recognize the research abilities of our students as well as their plans for educating... read more »
  • Mar 6
    Nicole Michelfelder-Schauser, a graduate student in the Segalman and Seshadri groups, has received the 2020 Frank J. Padden Jr. Award. The Frank J. Padden, Jr. Award recognizes a graduate student for "Excellence in Polymer Physics Research". This is the highest honor bestowed by the Division of Polymer Physics of the American Physical Society. Nicole was selected for her... read more »
  • Mar 5
    Two UC Santa Barbara Materials PhD students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from more than 40 Nobel Laureates this summer in Germany. Nicole Michelfelder-Schauser and Andrew Rowberg are among 660 young scientists from 100 countries selected to participate in the 70th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. This year’s meeting is dedicated to... read more »
  • Jan 10
    Dr. Xie Zhang, a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Van de Walle group, has been selected to receive the 2019 Early Career Award in High Performance Scientific Computing from the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC). The award recognizes early-career scientists who make high-impact and innovative contributions to science. Xie Zhang has produced... read more »
  • Sep 24
    University  of  California,  Santa  Barbara  graduate  student  awarded  Department  of  Energy      fellowship Lauren Smith, a doctoral student in Materials Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, has been awarded a Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) to support her research... read more »
  • Aug 19
    The Materials Department would like to acknowledge our 2019 Graduate Student Fellowship Awardees     Virginia Collier (NSF and NDSEG) Jacob Ewing (NSF) Steven Gomez (NSF) Eliovardo Gonzalez-Correa (NSF) Nolan Hendricks (SMART) Alexander Lygo (NSF) Caelin Muir (NSTRF) Tyler Pardue (NSF) Elias Sebti (NSF) Lauren Smith (DOE NNSA SSGF) Vincent Wu (NSF) Oey Yuzki (NSF) Julia... read more »
  • May 22
    Virginia Collier has been awarded both the 2019 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship, and has accepted the NDSEG fellowship. Her research focuses on the coupling of chemistry and mechanics, using computational techniques to understand the behavior of high-temperature materials in jet engines. As a... read more »
  • Mar 21
    Two UC Santa Barbara Materials PhD students will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and learn from more than 40 Nobel Laureates this summer in Germany. Joshua Bocarsly and Elayne Thomas, both fourth-year graduate students, are among 580 young scientists from 88 countries selected to participate in the 69th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting from June 31 to July 5.... read more »
  • Jul 16
    Materials Ph.D. Student Andrew Polonsky was recognized as one of three outstanding student lecturers at the 4th International Congress on 3D Materials Science.  This symposium was held in Helsingor, Denmark from June 10 - 13, 2018.  Andrew’s talk was entitled “Processing-Microstructure Relationships in Isolated Melt Pools of Electron Beam Melted Inconel 718”. Polonsky is... read more »
  • May 3
    The UCSB Materials Department congratulates four Ph.D. graduate students for recently being named 2017 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellows.  Rhys Kennard, Brandon Leu, Sean Murray, and Claire Weaver are first years in the Materials Ph.D. program.  Upon receiving the NDSEG Fellowship, Claire  Weaver said, "I am so proud of the UCSB Materials... read more »
  • Jul 8
    Update: An article on the student-led diveristy symposium at TMS 2016 is featured in the June issue of Journal of Materials.  This story was originally published on May 10, 2016.  Materials Department graduate students Wennie Wang, Natalie Larson, and David Hwang organized a day-long symposium, “Transforming the Diversity Landscape,” at the TMS 2016... read more »
  • Jun 13
    Marissa Lafata, a Ph.D. student in Materials at UCSB, recently received the International Symposium on Superalloys Scholarship from TMS.  Funding for the scholarship is provided by the Organizing Committee of the International Symposium on Superalloys. Only two scholarships are awarded each year and they are available to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in... read more »
  • May 25
    Tom Nizolek, a Materials Ph.D. student, was awarded the Agnew National Security Fellowship and will be be joining the Materials in Dynamic and Radiation Extremes Group (MST-8) at Los Alamos National Lab (LANL). The Agnew fellowship sponsors a postdoctoral researcher pursuing "cutting-edge experimental, theoretical, computational science, and engineering research aligned... read more »
  • Apr 1
    We would like to congratulate our Materials Ph.D. students who have been selected as 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Fellows:  Joshua Bocarsly, Seshadri Group Douglas Fabini, Seshadri Group Jennifer Selvidge, Bowers Group From the NSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program website:  "The Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a vital part of our... read more »