Two undergraduate students awarded fellowships from the Woodward Family Endowment for Excellence in NDnano Undergraduate Research

Erin Neu NURF 2021

University of Notre Dame students Erin Neu and Jackson Vyletel have each received fellowships from the Woodward Family Endowment for Excellence in NDnano Undergraduate Research. 

Through the endowment, Erin Neu, a chemical and biomolecular engineering major, will work in the lab of Donny Hanjaya-Putra, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering and NDnano affiliated faculty member. Their work will involve engineering biomimetic materials to control stem cell morphogenesis. Neu has previously worked with Hanjaya-Putra on a 2020-2021 NURF winter session project in which they studied vascular morphogenesis patterns

Jackson Vyletel NURF 2021

Jackson Vyletel, a chemical engineering major, will utilize the fellowship to research targeting therapeutics through supramolecular affinity in the lab of Matthew Webber, associate professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering and affiliated member of NDnano. 

In discussing the endowment, Alan Seabaugh, Frank M. Freimann Chair Professor of Electrical Engineering and director of Notre Dame Nanoscience and Technology (NDnano), said, “Once again, NDnano is able to foster collaborative, engaging, and multidisciplinary undergraduate research because of the great generosity of the Woodward family. With their support, the NURF program and NDnano are better equipped to support students and faculty in their aim to shape the future of research by broadening understanding and promoting the greater good. We are thrilled to encourage and witness the promising work of Erin and Jackson.”

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