Grad Fellowships

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The Biomimicry Fellowship Program, launched in collaboration with Great Lakes Biomimicry in 2012, is a training program for next generation innovators. Biomimicry Fellows are UA doctoral students who are supported through industrial assistantships with organizational sponsors, rather than through teaching assistantships or research grants. Over the course of a typical five-year doctoral program, Biomimicry Fellows dedicate up to 20 hours per week to advancing biomimicry initiatives within their sponsoring organizations.

To be eligible for a Biomimicry Fellowship, an individual must be admitted with intent to enroll in a doctoral program at UA. Oftentimes, a prospective Biomimicry Fellow will apply for admission to an academic program, and for a Biomimicry Fellowship, in parallel. Students in the first year of a doctoral program at UA may also be considered for Biomimicry Fellowships. To date, all Biomimicry Fellows have enrolled in UA’s integrated bioscience and polymer science doctoral programs, but other tracks are possible.

More details are provided in our Biomimicry Fellowship Program Info Packet.

Calls for applications for Biomimicry Fellowships will be announced on this page as positions come available. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Call for Applications:

For more information about Grad Fellowships: Contact Peter Niewiarowski, BRIC Principal Investigator / Director of Biomimicry Fellowships.

 

BRIC Fellows

Rebecca Eagle-Malone

Rebecca Eagle-Malone
Title: IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Research Specialty: Biomimicry education and plants in extreme environments
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: rse4@zips.uakron.edu


Sarah Han

Sarah Han
Title: IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: sih12@zips.uakron.edu


Daniel Maksuta

Daniel Maksuta
Title: IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Polymer Science
Email: ddm27@zips.uakron.edu


Sarah McInerney

Sarah McInerney
Title: IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Research Specialty: Identify and explore hurdles faced by industry during the adoption of biomimicry as an innovation tool
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: ssm70@zips.uakron.edu


Derek Schwarz

Derek Schwarz
Title: Polymer Science PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Polymer Science
Email: dbs41@zips.uakron.edu


Lamalani Siverts

Lamalani Siverts
Title: IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: ls129@zips.uakron.edu


Elena Stachew

Elena Stachew
Title: IB PhD Student,Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: ems191@zips.uakron.edu


Bernd Steklis

Bernd Steklis
Title: IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: bfs15@zips.uakron.edu


Colleen Unsworth

Colleen Unsworth
Title: IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: cku3@zips.uakron.edu


Hope Zimmerman

Hope Zimmerman
Title: IB PhD Student, Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: hlz2@zips.uakron.edu


BRIC Fellow Alum

Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens

Daphne Fecheyr-Lippens
Title: Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology


Stephen Howe

Stephen Howe
Title: Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: sph43@zips.uakron.edu


Bor-Kai(Bill) Hsiung

Bor-Kai(Bill) Hsiung
Title: Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology


Emily Kennedy

Emily Kennedy
Title: Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology


Banafsheh Khakipoor

Banafsheh Khakipoor
Title: Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: bk98@zips.uakron.edu


Ariana Rupp

Ariana Rupp
Title: Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: ak230@zips.uakron.edu


Kelly Siman

Kelly Siman
Title: Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: kes126@zips.uakron.edu


Adrian Tween

Adrian Tween
Title: IB PhD Student, Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Biology
Email: alt124@zips.uakron.edu


Michael Wilson

Michael Wilson
Title: Former Biomimicry Fellow
Dept/Program: Polymer Science
Email: mcw53@zips.uakron.edu