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Maria Camila Aguilera-Cuenca Selected for Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship

March 29, 2021

Maria Camila Aguilera-CuencaMaria Camila Aguilera-Cuenca, third year graduate student in Professor Michael Neidig's group, has been awarded the Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship. The fellowship committee noted her exceptional research record as well as her clear commitment to mentoring, outreach and service to the department and the field of chemistry. 

"Camila is an outstanding student in our program who has excelled in her research on iron cross-coupling mechanisms and is active across numerous organizations at the university. She is highly deserving of this award and I am very fortunate to have her as a member of my group."
     - Professor Michael Neidig

The Donald M. and Janet C. Barnard Fellowship was created for PhD students that are in one of the University of Rochester’s engineering or natural science disciplines. All nominations are evaluated and the awardees selected by the dean of graduate studies. Evaluation is based on documented record of outstanding academic and research achievement as well as evidence of leadership; mentoring and teaching accomplishments; engagement with the field; and any outreach to the community.

The goal of this fellowship is to recognize outstanding achievement for one of our graduate students in these fields, as evidenced through their coursework and dissertation research work. The fellowship provides a $3,000 stipend, as well as a tuition award, and is for a one-year duration.

Congratulations Maria!


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