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Jordyn Ting, a bioengineering graduate student, works in the Rehab Neural Engineering Labs with McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty member Douglas Weber, PhD, where her work focuses on investigating the spared connection between the motor cortex and muscles.  Ms. Ting is one of twelve University of Pittsburgh students who were awarded a 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This is the highest number of students to receive this competitive award since 2015 when the University had a total of 13 recipients. An additional sixteen Pitt students also earned an honorable mention.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is designed to ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. GRFP supports the graduate study of U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents attaining research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education at institutions located in the United States. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 as well as a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees.

Dr. Weber is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh with secondary appointments in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Department of Rehabilitation Science and Technology, and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

Congratulations, Ms. Ting!

Illustration:  Rehab Neural Engineering Labs (Ting)/McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine (Weber).

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University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering News Release