PhD Student Alon Greenbaum Received a Fellowship Award from The Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Ph.D. student Alon Greenbaum, under the mentorship of Professor Aydogan Ozcan, joins the 42 recipients of the prestigious 2013 International Student Research Fellows awarded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
Alon Greenbaum received his B.S. degree in Tel Aviv University. In 2010, he started his Ph.D. program in UCLA and joined the BioPhotonics Laboratory of Professor Ozcan specializing in lens-free on-chip microscopy. He is a recipient of the 2013 SPIE Optics and Photonics Education Scholarship and was awarded a 2-year Summer Chancellors Award for Ph.D. studies by UCLA for years 2011-2012.
“This is the first time in the history of our school of engineering and the only HHMI fellowship award that UCLA got this year,” shares Professor Aydogan Ozcan.
The HHMI has identified that international students’ challenge is funding their research to complete their graduate program in U.S. universities. In 2011, HHMI established the International Student Research Fellows to support international graduate students who are on their third, fourth and fifth year of their graduate program and are not entitled for fellowships and training from federal grants. This is at a stage when they have chosen their advisor, determined a research project and have exemplified excellent laboratory skills.Since its inception, HHMI now supports 140 students from 35 countries whose research study include biology, chemistry, physics, math, computer science, engineering, and plant biology as well as interdisciplinary research. The award provides a fellow up to 3 years of support.