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Honors College Fellowships: Welcome

Honors College Fellowships

An Honors College Student Fellowship is a $1,500 grant given to a Commonwealth Honors student for pre-approved scholarly engagement that is overseen and guided by a mentor. Each fellowship must have a reading component, a writing component, and a speaking component. The student is expected to invest about 100 hours of focused effort. A single fellowship can be spread across twelve consecutive months, but cannot exceed. 

Please note: Students can only receive one (1) Honors College Student Fellowship.

The $1,500 grant is applied to a student's financial account. Typically, half of the award ($750) is disbursed at the start of the fellowship, with the second ($750) disbursed when the student satisfactorily completes the Final Presentation (15 minutes).

How to apply:

  1. Faculty mentor and student have already found each other: fill out the Faculty Mentor and Student Fellowship Application together 
  2. Faculty mentor has a project but needs help finding a qualified student: fill out the Faculty Fellowship Idea Application.  Honors students will be notified about the opportunity.
  3. Student wants a Fellowship, but needs help finding a faculty mentor: fill out the Student without a Faculty Mentor Fellowship Idea Application and the Fellowship team will help to identify a faculty mentor with an appropriate project

Submit applications and any questions to

Note: Presentations will be held on the first Wednesday of every month from 6:00PM-7:30PM. 4 presenters (max) at each Fellowship Group Presentation. A Zoom link will be given to you once your presentation date is confirmed. Use the Fellowship Presentation sign-up link below when ready to present. 

Faculty Research Fellowship Opportunities

*If interested, please contact the faculty member directly.  


Faculty Mentor Contact Information Faculty Department 

Fellowship Description (Click for more information)

Hsi-Wu Wong Chemical Engineering Waste Plastics Recycling
Murat Inalpolat Mechanical Engineering

P1) Vibration and acoustics transmission from 3D-printed micro-lattice structures 

P2) Design and controls of an automotive drivetrain test rig.

P3) Controls and dynamic modeling of electric motors for electric vehicles

Christopher Carlsmith History  Editorial Intern for History of Education Quarterly
Christopher Carlsmith History

Honors Student Archives Assistant for Hellenic-American Archives Project

Ann Kronrod Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Applying Language and Text Analysis to Learn about Consumers
Shanna Thompson Center for Program Evaluation Center for Program Evaluation Honors Fellowship
Seung Woo Son Seungwoo_Son@uml.edy Electrical and Computer Engineering A Study on Durability, Performance, and Efficiency of Time-Series Database 
Yan Luo Electrical and Computer Engineering Cloud-based Timeseries Database, Visualization and Analytics
Noah Van Dam Mechanical Engineering Computer Simulations of Multiphase and Reacting Flows
Shanna Rae Thompson Center for Program Evaluation  Center for Program Evaluation Honors Fellowship
Rahim Jindani Plastics Engineering 

Development of sustainable chemistries, for functionalization on advanced food packaging materials to improve longer shelf life, and support for nutritional variety to marginalized, and local communities.

Lei Chen Mechanical Engineering

Compact Microdrive and 3D-Printed Skull Cap System for Brain-machine Interface 

Juan Artes Vivancos Chemistry 

Single-Molecule Electrical Biodetection Of Biomarkers: Towards Rapid, Low-

Cost, Ultra-Sensitive Quantum Nano Biosensors For Health Screening

John McKenna Education

Special Education Services for Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disabilities: Investigations of Inclusive Practice and Parent/Guardian Perceptions.

Alan Wei Biomedical Engineering

Machine learning has been progressively making its way to impact clinical decisions, especially in cardiovascular cardiology (so-called preventive cardiology). While most current endeavors focus on epidemiological and genetic predictors, it is marginally to apply machine learning to investigate cardiovascular fluid mechanics' contributions to cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, this project aims to explore the feasibility of using machine learning to predict complications and adverse events in patients with single ventricle (SV) malformations, one of the most severe and complex heart defects at birth. We will leverage the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia-Georgia Tech (CHOP-GT) SV database, one of the largest academic SV databases in the United States (n = ~600).

Alan Wei Biomedical Engineering

The mock circulatory loop has been widely used to assess cardiovascular hemodynamics, optimize medical devices, and assist pre-clinical testing of innovative therapy. One key step in building a cardiovascular loop is the measurement of pulsatile flow/pressure waveforms, which changes with time. This project aims to design a customized system to measure the time-varying flow/pressures in a mock cardiovascular loop. This project is feasible for undergraduate students, as a similar project has been done by an undergraduate (see reference 1)

David Claudio Mechanical Engineering 

A community-based participatory approach to support the Schools-to-Community Centers movement in PR: Opportunities and Challenges

Ramaswamy Nagarajan Ramaswamy_Nagarajan​@​ Plastics Engineering

focuses on the development of sustainable dyes with near-infrared reflective (NIR) properties for army uniforms. The undergraduate students will work closely with PhD students on day-to-day basis. The RA’s will be thoroughly trained on various characterization instruments that are used regularly for carrying out the research.

Ramaswamy Nagarajan Plastics Engineering

focuses on the development of Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Harvesting Textiles. The undergraduate students will work closely with PhD students on day-to-day basis. The RA’s will be thoroughly trained on various instruments that are used regularly for carrying out the research.

Robert Forrant History The Lowell Latinx Archive
Alireza Amirkhizi Mechanical Engineering Investigation of Shock Mechanics and Development of Shock Tube Experimentation
Alireza Amirkhizi Mechanical Engineering Design of Equipment Triggering System for High Velocity Impact Experimentation
Anita Li Psychology Evaluating Computer Based Instruction Design Elements to Promote Effective Learning 
Ann Konrod Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation Analyzing Online Content to Learn about People
Silas Laycock Silas_Laycock​@​ Physics and Applied Physics Finding the Solar Apex: How was the velocity of the Solar system through interstellar space first measured? 
Michael Ross Chemistry Nanomaterials for Making Fuels Using Renewable Energy Nano-Bio Interactions with Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
Michael Ross Chemistry Nano-Bio Interactions with Intrinsically Disordered Proteins
Michael Ross Chemistry Designing New Classes of Light Absorbing Nanoparticles
Xinfang Jin Xinfang_Jin​@​ Mechanical Engineering Advanced Degradation Diagnosis of Lithium-Ion Batteries: Physics-Informed Machine Learning Software Development
Yanfen Li Biomedical Engineering Engineering Faculty Encouragement Study