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Tripathy Fellows Honored for Outstanding Research

Award Consists of $6,500 Stipend

Senior graduate student Rahul Tyagi is congratulated by Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney for being a co-winner of this year’s Tripathy Memorial Endowed Graduate Fellowship Award.

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UMass Lowell doctoral candidates Rahul Tyagi in the Chemistry Department and Rahul Panchal in the Plastics Engineering Department won the 2008 Tripathy Memorial Endowed Graduate Fellowship Awards in recognition of their academic accomplishments and multidisciplinary research in the areas of materials science and polymer science. Each award consists of a $6,500 research stipend for the summer.

Tyagi’s research involves an environmentally benign approach to synthesizing polymeric materials used for delivering cancer drugs. Panchal’s study focuses on a potential solution to the industrial problem of monitoring and measuring polymer shrinkage, which is one of the biggest concerns in the plastics injection-molding process. This work has resulted in the filing of an application for a provisional U.S. patent.

Now in its sixth year, the fellowship is given in memory of the late Sukant K. Tripathy, an internationally recognized leader and renowned researcher in materials science and the founding director of the Center for Advanced Materials. He was a professor of chemistry and also served as the University’s provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs.

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Senior graduate student Rahul Panchal receives his Tripathy Fellowship check from Executive Vice Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney.