Graduate Students Awarded Eugene M. Isenberg Scholarships

February 20, 2014

Ten graduate students have received Eugene M. Isenberg Awards for the spring semester. Eugene M. Isenberg, a 1950 alumnus and retired CEO of Nabors Industries, Inc, and his wife Ronnie, established the gift.

The scholarships are awarded to graduate students who demonstrate academic merit and a commitment to the integration of science or engineering with management. The scholarships of up to $10,000 apiece annually are intended to prepare recipients for leadership roles in high-tech ventures, corporate research and development, technically oriented businesses and other entrepreneurial initiatives. With these 10 new scholars, a total of 135 Eugene M. Isenberg Awards have been granted since 1995.

The recipients are doctoral students Timothy S. Gehan, chemistry, Ryan Guggenmos, accounting, Daniel R. King, polymer science and engineering, Michael Prokle, industrial engineering and operations management, Sandra M. Robinson, animal biotechnology and biomedical sciences, Sara Saberi, operations and information management, Javier Sabogal, environmental conservation, Akshaya Shanmugam, electrical and computer engineering, Bicheng Wu, food science, and Xiaohui Yang, finance.

Successful applicants must complete at least one semester of graduate study at UMass Amherst with a grade point average of at least 3.2, have an interest in the integration of business fundamentals with science and or engineering, show intent to build on past accomplishments and explore the commercial potential of research or projects and have strong written support from a graduate advisor.