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Jun 20, 2017
Forty undergraduates recently were awarded scholarships through the office of undergraduate research's summer undergraduate research funding (OUR SURF) program. These scholarships support undergraduate research, scholarship, entrepreneurial, performance, or visual art projects in the summer months. A total of $39,000 in funding was contributed by the following 11 colleges/programs: Allied Health Sciences Community Health Sciences CSUN Engineering Fine Arts Honors Liberal Arts Nursing OUR-UNLV Provost's office Sciences A full list of recipients is available online. To learn more about their projects, attend the Summer Undergraduate Research Forum on Aug. 9.  

May 10, 2017
Justin Zhan (Computer Science) and Paul Oh (Mechanical Engineering) received a $600,000 award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) Site in Big Data at UNLV. Zhan is the principal investigator on the project; Oh is the co-principal investigator. The RET in Big Data will help close the critical gap in workforce training in big data by providing middle and high school teachers with first-hand knowledge in conducting big data research, the opportunity to learn new teaching skills, and experience developing lesson plans for classroom implementation. The funding will help cover six-week stipends for teacher participants, in addition to travel costs to present their research at the National Science Teacher Association conference and the expenses for classroom materials and supplies.   

May 5, 2017
Pouya Shojaeishahmirzadi (Mechanical Engineering) recently was awarded the 2017-18 UNLV Graduate College STEM Fellowship. Shojaeishahmirzadi is pursuing a doctoral degree in mechanical engineering. Professor Woosoon Yim is his advisor. The UNLV Graduate College STEM Fellowship is granted over four semesters to support newly admitted doctoral students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and health sciences.    

Apr 28, 2017
Kwang Kim (Mechanical Engineering) was presented the prestigious Harry Reid Silver State Research Award at the 2017 UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony. The award was created in 2001 to honor longtime U.S. Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada and to recognize faculty who have performed research that is both highly regarded and responsive to the needs of the community and state. The award carries a $10,000 stipend. The award is open to full-time faculty members who are engaged in significant research that meets one or more of the following criteria: Directly and positively affects the economic growth and development of Nevada Addresses a pressing social need in the community and/or region Demonstrably advances significant scholarship in an academic field of knowledge

Apr 27, 2017
Tyler Stalbaum (Mechanical Engineering) was awarded the 2017 Graduate Regents' Scholar Award for UNLV at the UNLV Academic Achievement Award Ceremony April 19. The award is based on distinguished academic accomplishments, leadership ability, and service contributions as a registered NSHE student, as well as on the recipient’s potential for continued success. The award is given to only one graduate student at each NSHE university and carries a $5,000 cash stipend.    

Dec 23, 2016
Darrell Pepper (Mechanical Engineering) just returned from a visit to King Abdulaziz University - Rabigh, located near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, where he served as a member of the ABET engineering accreditation team for evaluating their engineering programs. The main campus in Jeddah has more than 82,000 students.

Dec 20, 2016
Lily Sender (Mechanical Engineering) became the first Rebel women's soccer player in program history to earn NSCAA All-America honors after her breakout senior season. UNLV women's soccer's record-setting season continues to be rewarded as Sender was named to the NSCAA All-America Second Team, announced by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) on Dec. 2.  Sender is the first Mountain West player to be named an All-American since 2012. Overall, it's the 15th time the league has placed a player on NSCAA's All-America teams, but Sender is just the second player from a current Mountain West team to earn the honor in the league's history. The full NSCAA All-America teams can be found online.  

Apr 14, 2016
Szu-Ping Lee (Physical Therapy) received a $13,505 grant from the Mountain West CTR-IN and National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health for his “Prosthetic Assessments of Gait and Mobility in Individuals with Lower Limb Loss” research study, which will explore functional mobility and limb loading during locomotor activities among people with lower extremity amputations. Janet Dufek (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences) and Edward Neumann (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) are co-investigators, while Guogen Shan (Environmental and Occupational Health) and Joon Lee (Mechanical Engineering) are collaborative contributors.  

Feb 8, 2016
Paul Oh (Mechanical Engineering) and his team of UNLV researchers and students are being featured in the Nova special, "Rise of the Robots," which will air  at 9 p.m. Feb. 24 on Vegas PBS. In spring 2015, UNLV's team, [email protected], competed in the international Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) robotics challenge, placing eighth in the world. “Rise of the Robots” follows the engineers and teams of DARPA as their robots compete in real-world challenges designed to eventually have robots replace humans in disaster relief situations. The program investigates the cutting-edge technologies that are advancing robotics as never before … and the enormous challenges that the robots still face.   Paul Oh, Lincy Professor for Unmanned Aerial Systems at UNLV, is part of the mechanical engineering department in the Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering and an internationally renowned expert in robotic and autonomous systems. Oh leads UNLV's team of post graduate researchers and industry partners, as well as graduate and undergraduate students.

Oct 1, 2015
Gary Cerefice and Ralf Sudowe (both Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences) and Alexander Barzilov (Mechanical Engineering) received a nearly $400,000 grant from the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission to establish the UNLV nuclear science and engineering fellowship program. Beginning fall 2016, the new four-year program will award at least four Ph.D. fellowships and two master of science fellowships to train students for careers in nuclear and radiation-related fields. The program’s goal is to expand the nuclear expertise and workforce available in Southern Nevada. The awards are designed to groom top-tier graduate researchers who can collaborate with faculty to develop and initiate new research efforts. As these efforts flourish, fellowship students will transition into research positions, the awards will be used to recruit new researchers, and the program will grow. The application cycle for the fellowship program is scheduled to begin January 2016.