BUnano Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship

BUnano Center awards up to ten Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships per year to outstanding Boston University doctoral students conducting independent research under the mentorship of nanoscience and nanotechnology researchers at BU.

In 2018 seven graduate students were awarded the fellowship. The students come from diverse backgrounds: Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

  • Yimin Huang (Chem)
  • Gwendolyn Hoffman (BME)
  • Shwan Javdan (BME)
  • Nourin Alsharif (ME)
  • Andrew Martin (BME)
  • Panagis Samolis (ECE)
  • Daniel Jackson (Chem)

This Fellowship is modeled after BUnano’s successful Cross-disciplinary Training in Nanotechnology for Cancer (XTNC) Program, which was created with funding from the NIH National Cancer Institute.  The Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship Program supports outstanding doctoral students dedicated to the exploration of interdisciplinary nanoscale science and its practical applications to benefit society in the broad areas of medicine, energy, nanomaterials and nanofabrication.  Given the interdisciplinary nature of nanoscience, these fellowships are appropriate for doctoral students from a variety of scientific, medical, and engineering disciplines.  Cross-Disciplinary Fellows are required to collaborate with mentors from different fields.

BUnano Cross-Disciplinary Fellows will be part of a community of researchers with unique educational and networking opportunities.  In addition to research, Fellows will participate in a variety of activities including coursework, symposia, and community outreach to help prepare them for leadership roles in the realm of nanotechnology.

The BUnano Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship Program is open to PhD and MD-PhD students at Boston University who have completed at least one year in their home department or school and can demonstrate that participation in this Fellowship Program will advance the goals of their research.  Students representing a broad range of disciplines in science, engineering, and medicine are encouraged to participate, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Once admitted to the program, Fellows are required to take one course focused on nanotechnology or nanomedicine, broadly defined, to gain an overview of nanoscience applications in medicine, energy, or fabrication, depending on individual research interests.  Students are also required to participate in a monthly journal club.  Each Fellow will receive graduate stipend support and up to $750 to attend relevant conferences or other appropriate professional activities during their time in the Cross-Disciplinary Fellowship program.


Current PhD students in their second or third year who have shown exceptional scientific talent and are committed to a specific research project in the area of nanoscience or nanotechnology are eligible to apply.  The interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology makes this fellowship applicable to talented students from a broad spectrum of disciplines from the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Medicine, and the College of Engineering.

This BUnano program is supported in part by the Colleges of Medicine and Engineering, the Cancer Center, Departments of Chemistry, Materials Sciences and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering.

For more information about Cross-Disciplinary Fellowships, please contact Program Manager Brenda Hugot.