M.S. Student in Chemistry, Abigail Chiu, Receives an NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

Published: April 21, 2024
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Abigail Chiu, a second-year master's student in Chemistry, has earned recognition with an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). This prestigious program supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in STEM fields. Abigail has achieved notable milestones in her academic journey, including successfully defending her master’s thesis and gaining admission to the Ph.D. program in Integrative and Systems Biology. She has thrived under the guidance of Professor Woonghee Lee, focusing on developing computational software platforms for traditional herbal medicine and NMR metabolomics.

Her dedication to advancing scientific knowledge is evident through her research contributions, which include one co-first author paper, two co-authored papers, and a forthcoming sole first-authored paper. Abigail's excellence has been recognized with awards such as the Chancellor’s Award and the Robert Damrauer Award. As a first-generation Asian American student, Abigail has shown resilience and determination in her academic pursuits. Her passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in her outreach efforts and teaching assistantship roles, where she fosters an inclusive learning environment.