WPI Student Wins Prestigious Graduate Fellowship

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WORCESTER, Mass. Rebecca A. Kupcinskas of Worcester, Mass., a graduate student in biomedical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, has been awarded a three-year fellowship for advanced study from the National Science Foundation. The award includes funding for a 12-month stipend plus an annual cost-of-education allowance. Kupcinskas plans to use the fellowship to support her doctoral studies. Her graduate research and course work focus primarily on medical sensors and instruments.

NSF Graduate Fellowships offer recognition and support to approximately 1,000 graduate students in all fields of science, mathematics and engineering. Of these, about 150 are made in the Minority Graduate Competition and 850 in the Graduate Competition.

Kupcinskas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert P. Kupcinskas, Jr. of Millbury, Mass., graduated from Millbury Memorial High School and received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering with biomedical interest with high distinction from WPI in 1995. She was the co-captain of the varsity swim team for the 1995-96 season and a member of Eta Kappa Nu, the electrical engineering honor society, Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Last year, Kupcinskas received the Goddard Fellowship, a one-year award, given by WPI, that provides full graduate school tuition and a stipend.

"Rebecca Kupcinskas was an ideal candidate for this prestigious NSF Graduate Fellowship," says Robert A. Peura, professor and head of the Biomedical Engineering Department. "She was an exceptional undergraduate student who finished a demanding four-year program in three years at the top of her class. Her goals are to develop a career in biomedical research and teaching, using her engineering skills to benefit society. She will be working for a doctoral degree in biomedical engineering at WPI, with a strong affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute is an independent technological university founded in 1865.