Venkatraman has been awarded a 2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowship
Prahatha Venkatraman, a graduate student in the Department of Biological Sciences, has successfully renewed and has been awarded a 2015 Faculty for the Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation in recognition of her leadership capabilities and scientific talents. The fellowship supports women scientists from developing countries through one-year grants of up to $50,000 to enable them to pursue doctoral and post-doctoral studies in scientific and engineering disciplines at leading universities. After completion of their studies, fellows return to their home countries to contribute to economic, social and technological advancement through further research, teaching and serving as role models for other women, according to the foundation. Venkatraman, who is from Chennai, India, is a part of Professor Yuk Fai Leung's research team at Purdue University. She is working with a zebrafish model to find new ways to improve vision and treat retinal degeneration. She was awarded with the same fellowship in 2014, and was one of the 84 recipients from 30 developing countries to pursue studies in 36 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in 64 host universities in 12 countries. More information is available at Faculty for the Future.
Article and photo provided by Associate Professor Yuk-Fai Lueng.