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Yong-Yu Jhan, a student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been awarded a fellowship to the Taiwan Ministry of Education. Jhan is currently in the second year of her doctoral program.

Students are selected for the fellowship based on academic achievement, research experience, research proposals and letters of recommendation. The fellowship supports a variety of majors including: business, history, politics, arts, education and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, and are awarded to 125 graduate students every year.

Jhan plans to use the funding to provide financial support for her studies and further her doctoral research project.

“I felt like I met the requirement for the fellowship and I felt it is a good opportunity for me to practice my research proposal writing,” said Jhan. “I am blessed that I have been given the opportunity to be awarded a fellowship that encourages me to work harder on my current research.”

Jhan has been working in Dr. Corey Bishop’s Pharmacoengineering Laboratory since last September, focusing her research on developing a stable and convenient drug delivery platform for pulmonary delivery. The lab’s goal is to explore combinational therapeutic formulations for cancer and infection diseases, including small molecules and gene therapy.

This year 17 engineering students received the fellowship and each recipient was awarded $16,000 per year for two years.