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Graduate students Le Zhou and Shashank Saraf have been awarded UCF’s Graduate Research Excellence Fellowship.

The UCF College of Graduate Studies presents the fellowship annually to outstanding graduate students who have excellent research backgrounds and proposals for the thesis or dissertation phase of their graduate degree programs. The fellowship is a supplement to the students’ graduate research assistantship.

The award is worth up to $2,000 for the 2014-15 academic year.

Saraf is a member of Dr. Sudipta Seal’s research group. His interests include interaction of the nanoparticle in liquid-solid environment, its kinetics and thermodynamics, and its implication in biology.

Zhou is a member of Dr. Yongho Sohn’s group. He is currently researching phase transformations in Ni-Mn-Ge alloys for magnetocaloric applications.