University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

School of Freshwater Sciences

Students receive Dissertation Fellowship Awards

Graduate students Marcia Silva and Dena Hammond-Weinberger have each received a 2011-2012 Dissertation Fellowship Award from the UWM Graduate School.

The competitive fellowships are awarded annually to exceptional UWM doctoral students with dissertator status. The awards provide recipients with a $15,000 stipend and tuition for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Both students say the fellowship will allow them to focus their energies in their final year of doctoral work. “I can dedicate my time to working on my dissertation and writing publications, which will help me advance in my professional life,” says Silva.

Silva and Hammond-Weinberger are both conducting their doctoral research at the School of Freshwater Sciences (SFS). Silva, a Civil Engineering student, is researching the source, fate, and transport of bacteria at Milwaukee beaches. Her co-advisors are Sandra McLellan, a senior scientist at SFS, and Hector Bravo, an associate professor in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Hammond-Weinberger is a Biological Sciences student who is using a zebrafish model to research the role a gene known as Cabin1 plays in nervous system development. Her advisor is Ava Udvadia, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and adjunct assistant professor at SFS.