Taking It To The Top

How Far Can UNH Take You? Be Inspired By These Top Achievers

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Daniel Savage

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Imagine being able to build cars with a super strong, abundant metal material that’s 10 percent lighter than aluminum and 69 percent lighter than steel. Daniel J. Savage ’14, a mechanical engineering student, hopes to do just that with a research proposal that recently won a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. More >>

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Nicole Morin Jaskiewicz

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

A second year graduate student, Nicole Morin Jaskiewicz is researching sugar modifications of the proteins in cervical cancer cells, which may help the cells evade attack from the body’s immune system. Her work could open a new window into understanding how this type of cancer grows. Jaskiewicz is one of four UNH students to win a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014. Her research is now supported with an award of $32,000 for three years. More >>

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Andrea Jilling

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Andrea Jilling is researching how different types of soils provide plants with the vital nutrient nitrogen, and the results could help those working in agriculture to better understand nutrient management. A first-year graduate student in natural resources, Jilling was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She is one of four UNH winners of the fellowship in 2014. More >>

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Tim Marquis

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

For the first time ever, three UNH students — all New Hampshire residents — have been awarded the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, the premier national award for undergraduates in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) majors. Timothy Marquis ’15, of Nashua, has been studying the reproductive neuroendocrinological hormones of the sea lamprey under the mentorship of Prof. Stacia Sower, whose lab he’s worked in since the beginning of his freshman year. More >>

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Avery Normandin

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Avery Normandin ’15, of Manchester, is among a record three UNH students to win the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, a $7,500 scholarship for undergraduates in STEM. He has worked in the lab of Cheryl Whistler, associate professor of molecular, cellular and biomedical sciences, since his freshman year. More >>

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Sonja Pape

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Sonja Pape ’14, a civil engineering major and undergraduate research assistant, is studying ways to use recycled materials in asphalt pavement to improve sustainability and reduce costs. Pape was awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in 2013, and was named one of four UNH students to win a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014. She is entering a Ph.D. program at North Carolina State University in the fall. More >>

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Herbie Smith

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

A native of Rocky Face, GA, who now calls Newmarket home, Herbie Smith ’15 plans to earn a Ph.D. and possibly an MBA en route to a career as a physicist and an entrepreneur. He was recently named one of three UNH students awarded a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for $7,500. More >>

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Shersingh Joseph Tumber-Davila

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation

The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation awards just 50 national scholarships each year to undergraduates who have committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care – and Shersingh “Joe” Tumber-Davila ’15 is among them. An environmental conservation major, he works at both the Stable Isotope Laboratory and the Earth Systems Research Center; is a teaching assistant, McNair Scholar, president of the forestry honor society (Xi Sigma Pi) and – well, that’s the short list. More >>

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J. William Harris

Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair

A professor of history, J. William Harris has been named the Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at the Roosevelt Study Center in the Netherlands for next fall. It is among the most prestigious awards that a faculty member can receive and will allow him to do in-depth research abroad. Harris will work on a book on the history of the American South since the Civil War.
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Tom Safford

Fulbright Scholar

An associate professor of sociology, Tom Safford received a Fulbright Scholar award to study science and coastal development planning in Santa Catarina, Brazil, next fall. Safford will collaborate closely with faculty members and graduate students at two universities in Santa Catarina -- Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina and the Universidade do Vale do Itajaí. More >>