iCons Student, Joshua McGee, Selected for Coveted UMass and NSF Awards

Joshua McGee 2021 | iCons Student

We are proud to share that iCons senior, Joshua McGee ’21 (iCons Biomedicine/Biosystems track), a Chemical Engineering major, has been selected as a 2020 UMass Rising Researcher and a 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow (GRFP).

Josh’s research proposal was based on his honors thesis and iCons capstone work. Working with Dr. Sarah Perry of UMass Chemical Engineering, Josh’s proposal is for the creation of a microfluidic platform to improve nanoparticle synthesis and characterization, in order to speed up the development of nano-based cancer therapeutics. An additional objective is the creation of a “tumor--on-chip” to eliminate or reduce animal models required to characterize such therapies.

Josh plans to use the fellowship to support his studies at Boston University where he will be starting a Ph.D. program in Biomedical Engineering in fall 2021. Josh is originally from Pepperell, MA.

The UMass Rising Researcher program celebrates students who excel in research, scholarship, or creative activity.

The NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support.