2012 UROP Awards & Eloranta Research Fellowship Recipients

Sara Nelson, Staff Associate, Research Initiatives, UAAP


Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards

This year’s Outstanding UROP Mentor Awards were presented to:

  • Assistant Professor Tanja Bosak (Earth, Atmospheric, & Planetary Sciences)
  • Graduate Student Halil Tekin (Electrical Engineering & Computer Science)

Recipients were selected from UROP students’ nominations of research mentors who have demonstrated exceptional guidance and teaching in a research setting.

Randolph G. Wei UROP Award

The Randolph G. Wei UROP Award is presented each spring to the undergraduate who has made the most outstanding contribution in undergraduate research at the interface of the life sciences and engineering. The Wei Award Committee selected:

  • Anupong Tangpeerachaikul ‘12, who was nominated by Prof. Alice Ting, Chemistry

The Randolph G. Wei UROP Award was established in October 1986 in memory of Randolph G. Wei, a member of the MIT Class of 1987, who had majored in biology and chemical engineering and was an active UROP participant.

Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

The Peter J. Eloranta Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships are awarded to MIT undergraduates for interesting and novel research of student-initiated ideas developed outside the normal curriculum. Each fellowship provides $6,000 for the student to conduct their summer research in any field. This year’s recipients and their projects selected by the Eloranta Fellowship Committee are:

  • Mark Kalinich ’13 (10), Knocking Down Paralysis: Using siRNA Therapeutics to Transiently Downregulate PTEN and SOCS3 for Neural Regrowth
  • Michele Pratusevich ’13 (18), DJDancer: Bringing Gestures to Live Music Composition and Performance
  • John Romanishin ’12 (2), Dynamically Reconfigurable Flywheel Actuated Magnetic Cube Robotics
  • Graham Van Schaik ’12 (3), Science Captivates Minds: Science for South Carolina's Students
  • Sheila Xu ’14 (21S), An Interpretivistic Approach to the Deaf Economy

The Fellowships were established in 1969 thanks to a gift from the late Dr. Edwin H. Land, founder of the Polaroid Corporation and inventor of instant photography. The Fellowships were created in memory of Peter J. Eloranta, the only son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Vaite Eloranta. Mr. Eloranta was an employee of the Polaroid Corporation and member of the MIT Class of ‘68.