Congratulations to CDT Madeline Ryu (Life Science '19) for being awarded the 2019 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF)! The NSF GRFP helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.
Madeline Ryu was born and raised in San Jose, CA. She is a Life Science Major and Nuclear Science Minor at the United States Military Academy at West Point. Throughout her academic career, she has worked with COL F. John Burpo in the Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory at West Point, where she has co-authored publications on her work with aerogels and nanofibers, which have various biological, medical, and chemical applications. Her research is focused on enhancing the capabilities of biosensors through biologically templated nanomaterials. She has also worked in labs across the world such as in Seoul, South Korea with Sogang University's Biometric Lab (in collaboration with Harvard University's Disease Biophysics Group) and in Australia with the Australian Army Malaria Institute. Madeline is also a Goldwater Scholarship recipient. Upon graduating from the Military Academy, she plans to pursue a medical degree to become a doctor in the Army. Madeline has received the NSF GRFP through which she can potentially pursue a Materials Science and Engineering degree at Stanford University. She has already been accepted to the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine.