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NSTC students Mikhael Soliman and Abraham Vázquez-Guardado were each awarded the UCF Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Completion Fellowship for spring 2018. The fellowship includes a stipend of $10,000, tuition coverage, and paid individual health insurance. The fellowship was awarded to 13 students university-wide.

Mikhael is a Ph.D. student in Dr. Laurene Tetard’s group. He is also a doctoral candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department at UCF. His research focuses on nanoscale materials characterization of chemical and physical properties of plants and plant-derived materials for applications such as bio-energy and sustainable agriculture.

Abraham Vázquez-Guardado is a Ph.D. candidate in the Optics and Photonics program of the College of Optics and Photonic (CREOL) and member of the Nano-Optics group led by Dr. Debashis Chanda. His main research work focuses on enhanced light-matter interactions in hybrid plasmonic systems in chiral environments with applications in label-free chirality biosensing.