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J. Emiliano Deustua, Ph.D. student in the Piecuch group, awarded prestigious fellowship

J. Emiliano Deustua, a Michigan State University Ph.D. student working in the Piecuch Quantum Chemistry and Physics research group, was recently awarded the very competitive and prestigious Phase-II Molecular Sciences Software Institute (MolSSI) Software Fellowship by the institute’s Science and Software Advisory Board.

This Phase II award is an extension of MolSSI’s Phase I Fellowship, which Deustua received last summer and ran from July 1 to Dec. 31, 2018. The Phase II award, which began in January, will extend Deustua’s support by 18 months, through June 30, 2020. This is the first time one of these high-profile fellowships has been awarded to an MSU student.

“It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious fellowship,” Deustua said. “Being recognized for my work and having access to funding is a great privilege, especially for an international student such as myself. I am deeply thankful to the Molecular Sciences Software Institute for this great opportunity.”

The Phase II award is only awarded to Phase I Fellows, who show significant progress during the first phase and propose new ideas for the 18-month extension period.