Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Four Climate & Space Students Win Achievement Awards

Posted: December 5, 2016

Four Climate & Space Students Win Achievement Awards

Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering is very pleased to announce that four outstanding students in our department were the recipients of achievement awards this year.

Earlier this year, recent Climate & Space Ph.D., Dr. David Wright was awarded the Richard and Eleanor Towner Academic Achievement Prize by the College of Engineering. The prize is presented to the outstanding graduate student (Master’s or Ph.D. students) in each degree program. Criteria considered by the department awards committee include student’s active participation in research, leadership and academic performance (GPA). Dr. Wright was supervised by former CLaSP Professor Derek Posselt.

Also early this year, a fifth-year Ph.D. student Yang Li was awarded a Barbour Scholarship by the Rackham Graduate School. This year is the centennial celebration of this prestigious scholarship that has produced highly visible female leaders in Asia. The Barbour Scholarships were endowed at the University of Michigan in 1917 by Levi Lewis Barbour for women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the area formerly known as the Orient (encompassing the lands extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east) to study modern science, medicine, mathematics and other academic disciplines and professions critical to the development of their native lands. Yang is a student in Professor Allison Steiner’s group. 

Mary Morris, a fifth-year year Ph.D. student in CLASP just received Honorable Mentions in the highly competitive Richard and Eleanor Towner Research Prize for Ph.D. students of the entire College of Engineering. This is a college-level competition across departments for Ph.D. graduate students who are on track to receive their degree between May and December 2017. It is intended to highlight the innovation and creativity demonstrated by our Ph.D. students, and will reward their outstanding research achievements. As part of the competition, Mary presented her research at the 2016 Engineering Graduate Symposium held on November 11. Mary’s advisor is Professor Chris Ruf.

Yi-Hsuan Chen, a second-year Ph.D. student in CLASP, has recently been awarded a Rackham International Student Fellowship and the Chia-Lun Lo Fellowship by the Rackham Graduate School. According to the Rackham website, “the Rackham International Student Fellowship assists outstanding international students, particularly those who may be ineligible for other kinds of support because of citizenship” and “nominees must have a strong academic record, be making good progress toward the degree, and demonstrate outstanding academic and professional promise.” Yi-Hsuan is working with Professor Xianglei Huang.

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