By Jennifer Hunter
Special to the Rice News
A record 17 graduate students at Rice University have been named 2022 Fellows of the National GEM (Graduate Education for Minorities) Consortium. The fellowship creates opportunities for graduate students to pursue career paths in industry or academia through connection with employers and universities.
“As a GEM alum, I am excited to see a record number of GEM Fellows at Rice,” said Rice President Reginald DesRoches. “My GEM Fellowship was instrumental in allowing me to pursue graduate studies and exposed me to an incredible network of mentors who remain friends and colleagues today.”
In the four decades since the consortium’s founding, GEM has helped thousands of students in engineering and natural sciences identify opportunities for career pathways in industry and academia, and supported them in securing funding for graduate education.
“We are thrilled to share this news, and look forward to seeing all that these students will accomplish during their time as fellows,” said Seiichi Matsuda, dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies. “We are grateful for our strong partnership with the GEM Consortium, which introduces Rice to terrific young scholars and provides them with valuable connections to industry.”
GEM Employer Fellows:
Employer fellows are awarded full tuition and fees from Rice University. Additionally, a GEM employer sponsor provides $16,000 toward stipend and an internship.
Brianna Barrow, Ph.D., Computer Science. Sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
Kevin Beckford, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering. Sponsored by The Aerospace Corp.
Morgan Brinson, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering. Sponsored by the 3M Co.
Omoikhefe Eboreime, Master of Computer Science. Sponsored by Adobe.
Raul Garcia, Ph.D., Computational Applied Mathematics and Operations Research. Sponsored by MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Johaun Hatchett, Ph.D., Applied Physics. Sponsored by MIT Lincoln Laboratory.
Adan Mireles, Ph.D., Applied Physics. Sponsored by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Armando Moreno, Ph.D., Biochemistry and Cell Biology. Sponsored by COWEN.
Felix Quintana, Ph.D., Computer Science. Sponsored by Intel Corp.
Stephen Simko, Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering. Sponsored by NASA.
Carlos Taveras, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering. Sponsored by Adobe.
Jason Uwaeze, Ph.D., Computer Science. Sponsored by IBM Corp.
Luis Victor, Ph.D., Applied Physics. Sponsored by NASA Headquarters.
GEM Associate Fellows
Associate fellows are awarded full tuition and fees from Rice University and get stipend from their adviser.
Josue Casco-Rodriguez, Ph.D., Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Maximilien DeLeon, Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering.
GEM University Fellows
University fellows are awarded full tuition and fees from Rice University.
Reba Georgetown, Master of Chemical Engineering.
Ashley McFarlane, Master of Bioengineering, Applied Bioengineering.