Environmental Engineering PhD candidate Christina Kang-Yun has been selected to receive the Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for her dissertation research titled “Characterization of the genetics of metal regulation in methanotrophs”. Her research objective is to delineate the genetics underlying metal uptake in methane-oxidizing bacteria in order to fully utilize them for environmental and medical applications.
The Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship is a prestigious award granted by the Rackham Graduate School, and supports outstanding doctoral students who have achieved candidacy and are actively working on dissertation research and writing that are unusually creative, ambitious and impactful.
Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student, Wenyu Gu, has been selected to receive the ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award by Rackham Graduate School. This award recognizes highly accomplished graduate students who have produced exceptional dissertations of outstanding scholarly quality in their field of study.
Gu’s dissertation is titled, “Metals and Methanotrophs: 1. Genetic and Biochemical Characterization of the Uptake and Synthesis of Methanobactin; 2. Bioinformatic Analyses of the Effect of Rare Earth Elements on Gene Expression.”
The ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award is presented to students with exceptional and unusually interesting research work. Each year, Rackham invites faculty to nominate outstanding dissertations produced in their programs. The nomination dossiers submitted are then read and discussed by a review panel of faculty members who identify the finalists. Then, members of the Michigan Society of Fellows read the finalists’ dissertations, review their merits, and select the winners.
There will be an award ceremony honoring the winners on Tuesday, April 24.