Brandi Klingerman | July 3, 2018
University of Notre Dame student Margo Waters has received the first Woodward Family Endowment for Excellence in NDnano Undergraduate Research.
The endowment is named after the Woodward Family and it will fund Waters’ 2018 NDnano Undergraduate Research Fellowship (NURF) in the lab of Prakash D. Nallathamby, research assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and affiliated member of NDnano.
In discussing the endowment, Alan C. Seabaugh, Frank M. Freimann Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of the Center for Nano Science & Technology at Notre Dame (NDnano), said, “Each year, NDnano engages undergraduates to advance research and development in the center. Students gain valuable skills in cutting-edge projects, and together we answer questions needed to write future research proposals. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the Woodwards in providing this NURF fellowship. Thanks to their support, we are able to strengthen the NURF program and NDnano’s mission to broaden understanding, engage the next generation of researchers, and promote the greater good.”
Through the Woodward Family Endowment, Waters will work on two distinct research projects with Nallathamby and Paul Helquist, professor of chemistry and biochemistry: nanoparticles that target different cancer tumors and antimicrobial nanoparticles. The aim of Waters’ tumor-targeting research is to create magnetoelectric nanoparticles that can be stimulated to release their therapeutic agent at the cancer site. With the antimicrobial work, the goal is to create multifunctional antibacterial nanoparticles as coating materials for orthopedic implants. Altogether, this research will allow her to advance her laboratory skills and build an understanding of, cell tissue culturing, drug delivery methods, and nanomaterials synthesis.
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