Gradute student Carina Minardi awarded fellowship from NSF
December 3, 2012 – Carina Minardi, a second year chemistry graduate student in Professor Kaveh Jorabchi’s group was awarded a three year fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) in April 2012. The highly competitive fellowship is awarded to outstanding graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, aiming to strengthen United States’ leadership in these fields.
Carina received her Bachelors of Science from Chapman University (Orange, CA) in Chemistry and Biology in 2010. She also was an NSF REU participant in the summer of 2010 at James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA). During her undergraduate studies, Carina published four peer-reviewed articles on various projects ranging from biodegradation of crude oil to analysis of phenolic compounds in irradiated almond skins using mass spectrometry. Relying on her strong background in mass spectrometry, chemistry and cellular biology, Carina hopes to advance single-cell analysis instrumentation and methods during her graduate research. Single-cell analysis is an emerging field of study mainly due to the fact that an ensemble of cells is not homogeneous, and those subtle differences between cells yield major effects.
Carina’s award marks the first NSF fellowship in the chemistry department. It is truly an exciting time for the department, and this award will hopefully be one of the many that graduate students will receive in years to come.