Awards and Recognitions for Stoppel Lab Members
09/2023: Marisa Pacheco was awarded one of two $1000 UF ChE 2022-2023 Fahien Teaching Awards for her commitment and effort serving as a Supervised Teacher in Dr. Ranga Narayanan's Advanced Mathematics graduate level course in Fall 2022.
09/2023: Hannah Bagnis was awarded a $1000 Travel Award from LatinXinChE to attend the 2023 AIChE Annual Meeting and present a poster at the LatinXinChE symposium on Wednesday, November 8, 2023.
09/2023: Axianax Merone was awarded an UG Excellence Scholarship and Hannah Bagnis was awarded an UG Research Excellence Award at the at the UF ChE Annual Award Banquet!
09/2023: Asha Rao was awarded a 2023 UF ChE GRACE Symposium Poster Presentation Award!
08/2023: Hannah Bagnis was accepted to present an oral presentation at the inaugural LatinXinChE Virtual Symposium
07/2023: Adelyn Richgels and Hannah Bagnis were chosen as 2023-2024 UF University Scholars
07/2023: Marisa Pacheco published her 1st first author research paper in Advanced NanoBiomed Research! This work was supported by Henry Lutz, Jostin Armada (BS, 2022), Nickolas Davies, Isabelle Gerzenshein, Alaura Cakley, and Dr. Bruce Spiess and the DoD CDMRP Discovery Award.
06/2023: Lauren Eccles and Jasmine McTyer received Travel Awards from the UF Graduate School to aid in their attendance at the 2023 Gordon Research Conference on Silk Proteins and Transition to Biotechnologies
05/2023: Hannah Bagnis and Dr. Stoppel were awarded an NIH Diversity Supplement to Dr. Stoppel's NIH R35 MIRA Award to support Hannah's summer research as part of the UF SURF Program
05/2023: Marisa Pacheco and Jasmine McTyer received the Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority Fellowship from GRC to support their attendance at the 2023 Gordon Research Conference on Silk Proteins and Transition to Biotechnologies
05/2023: Lauren Eccles was named a 2023-2024 Tau Beta Pi Fellow! Congratulations Lauren on this prestigious award!!
12/2022: Lauren Eccles and Jasmine McTyer officially join the Stoppel Lab as PhD students! We are so excited to have them as part of our team!
12/2022: Marisa Pacheco and Lauren Eccles published a review paper entitled Progress in silk and silk fiber-inspired polymeric nanomaterials for drug delivery with help from Nickolas Davies, Jostin Armada, Alaura Cakley, and Isiri Kadambi over summer 2022.
11/2022: Jostin Armada, an undergraduate in the Stoppel Lab, won 3rd place in his division at the AIChE Student Regional Conference research-based Poster Competition!
10/2022: Marisa Pacheco was selected as an AIChE Women in Chemical Engineering Travel Award Winner! Mari will receive free registration to the 2022 AIChE Annual Meeting in Phoenix, AZ and $800 award! Congratulations, Mari!
09/2022: Asha Rao, Monique Bernier (BS, 2022), Jostin Armada (BS, 2022), and Jonathan Valentin were awarded Undergraduate Scholarships at the UF ChE Award Banquet! Congratulations!
09/2022: Marisa Pacheco was awarded a UF ChE Peer Mentoring Award at the UF ChE Award Banquet! Congratulations!
08/2022: Dr. Stoppel and the Stoppel Lab team were awarded an NIH R35 MIRA Award of over $1.8M over 5 years to support the lab's efforts toward Leveraging biodiversity and utilizing genetic engineering to expand the structure and function of silk fibroin biopolymers for biomedical applications
08/2022: Dr. Stoppel, along with Dr. Akito Kawahara and a national team of researchers were awarded a 5 year NSF IntBio Award entitled IntBIO: Collaborative Research: Silk Protein Innovation and Novelty (SPIN) : integrating across disciplines to decipher silk fiber evolution
06/2022: Collaborative work between Joshua Peeples (PhD, ECE May 2022, Zare Lab) and Julie Jameson resulted in an accepted manuscript at BME Frontiers entitled Jointly Optimized Spatial Histogram UNET Architecture (JOSHUA) for Adipose Tissue Segmentation. Undergraduate BME student Nisha Kotta (BS, May 2022) contributed to the successful completion of this work as well!
5/2022: Marisa Pacheco was selected to participate in the SEC Emerging Scholars Program for the 2022-2023 academic year! This program will help her explore and prepare for her future career in academia, engineering education, and research! Mari is one of 5 students selected to participate from the University of Florida! Congratulations, Mari!
05/2022: Nickolas Davies was awarded a Summer Research grant stipend from the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), which is a short-Term Institutional Research Training Grant (T35) to support his Medical Student Research Program (MSRP) project for Summer 2022! Nick also received financial support for his professional development and conference attendance over the next year! Congratulations, Nick!
5/2022: Marisa Pacheco was selected to be a UF Chemical Engineering PhD Peer Mentor Leader for the 2022-2023 academic year! This award comes with extra support for Mari to travel to conferences!
05/2022: Asha Rao and Emily Fussell were chosen as 2022-2023 UF University Scholars!
5/2022: Julie Jameson (PhD, 2022) and Marisa Pacheco are awarded UF Department of Chemical Engineering Excellence in PhD Research Awards! Congratulations to both of them! Masters student, Cong Sun was also awarded a UF Department of Chemical Engineering Master's Student Excellence in Research, Teaching and Service Award! Congratulations, Cong!
4/2022: Julie Jameson is hooded and her PhD is conferred as the first PhD student in the Stoppel Lab! Julie's next step in her career is a joint postdoc with UES, Inc. and the Wright-Patterson Airforce Base in Dayton, OH! Julie successfully defended her PhD on March 14, 2022. Congratulations, Julie!!
4/4/2022: Marisa Pacheco and Elizabeth Aikman are both awarded 3-year National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships through the NSF GRFP! These awards recognize their dedication and commitment not just to science and research, but to the broader impact this work has on our community. We are so incredibly proud. Together, Mari and Elizabeth make up 12% of the current UF students awarded this fellowship (2/17 current UF student awardees). They are also the only current UF Chemical Engineering PhD Awardees for the 2022 cycle.
4/2022: Julie Jameson (PhD, May 2022) is awarded the UF Graduate Student Mentoring Award in April 2022. This award is administered by the UF Graduate School! Congratulations, Julie! The Stoppel Lab undergraduate and graduate students have benefited so much from your hard work and dedication! Read more about it here!
3/15/2022: Julie Jameson (PhD, May 2022) is awarded an Association for Academic Women’s (AAW) Emerging Scholar Award!
3/4/2022: UF Undergraduate students Emily Fussell and Asha Rao are selected to participate in the UF University Scholars Program for the 2022-2023 academic year!
11/2021: Elizabeth Aikman joins the lab as a PhD student
10/20/2021: Collaborative efforts between Julie Jameson (PhD, 2022) and Marisa Pacheco, with support from Henry Nguyen and Edward Phelps (UF BME) led to the acceptance of a review paper entitled Recent Advances in Natural Materials for Corneal Tissue Engineering! Congratulations team!
7/1/2021: Prof. Whitney Stoppel was awarded the William P and Tracy Cirioli Term Professorship in the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Florida! Dr. Stoppel is incredibly grateful for the generous contributions to this foundation and the financial support this Professorship will provide to support professional development, undergraduate student research awards, and graduate student research activities in the Stoppel Lab.
07/2021: Julie Jameson's (PhD, 2022) 1st first author manuscript and the first manuscript authored by a Stoppel Lab PhD student was accepted for publication, entitled Estimating kinetic rate parameters for enzymatic degradation of lyophilized silk fibroin sponges! Congratulations to the team!
03/2021: Dr. Stoppel, in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Spiess (Anesthesiology) were awarded a 2020 DoD CDMRP Discovery Award!
3/2021: Undergraduate students Nisha Kotta (BS, BME 2022) and Isabela Torres (BS, ChE 2022) are selected to participate in the UF University Scholars Program for the 2021-2022 Academic Year! Congratulations!
08/15/2020: Marisa Pacheco is awarded the UF Kirkland Fellowship to support her transition to UF as a PhD student!
4/30/2020: Julie Jameson (PhD, 2022) was awarded the Attributes of a Gator Engineer Award for Leadership for the 2019-2020 academic year! Considered the greatest distinction of any student award given by the Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering, these awards are given to students that exemplify what it truly means to be a Gator Engineer. You can read more about it here!
3/5/2020: Undergraduate students Caroline Hamric (BS, 2022) and Monique Bernier (BS, 2022) are selected to participate in the UF University Scholars program for the 2020-2021 academic year! Congratulations, Caroline and Monique!
3/12/2019: Undergraduate student Kelly Bukovic (BS, 2020) is selected to participate in the UF University Scholars program for the 2019-2020 academic year! Congratulations to our first University Scholars Student!
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