CISTAR Graduate Fellows

CISTAR Graduate Fellows

Graduate students engaged with CISTAR research across all sites are called CISTAR Graduate Fellows. Our Fellows have unique opportunities to not only engage in cutting edge research but also have access to professional development opportunities, mentoring and outreach experience, and industry connections through the Center. Fellows are mentored to develop an Individual Development Plan (IDP) to identify career interests, strengths, and areas of challenges to meet their goals and become future leaders in the hydrocarbon economy.

CISTAR Fellow presenting poster to Industry

CISTAR Fellows working together at Fellows Institute event



Opportunities are available at Purdue University, University of New Mexico, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, and the University of Texas at Austin for graduate students studying chemical engineering, materials engineering, or chemistry. As a CISTAR Fellow, students are enrolled in a specialized CISTAR course that focuses on hydrocarbon-derived energy. Students also participate in the annual CISTAR Fellows Institute for specialized training to become excellent communicators and ethical leaders as well as interact with members from industry and CISTAR colleagues. 

CISTAR Fellow benefits: 

  • Participating in relevant research projects in catalysis, separations, and process design. 
  • Collaborating with a wide network of world-class researchers, advisors, and peers across five partner universities.
  • Networking with CISTAR industrial partners from across the oil and gas value chain. 

Opportunities to explore international research opportunities with optional global exchanges, research experiences, and industrial internships. 

Student Leadership Council

CISTAR’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) consists of graduate student representatives from each partner appointed by the faculty to represent the student body of the center. They work collaboratively with the Engineering Workforce Development team to plan professional development opportunities such as the Brown Bag Luncheons, and activities during the annual Fellows Institute, and provide their input to the National Science Foundation during site visits.

CISTAR Fellows News

Congratulations to our 2023 Poster Pitch and Poster Winners!

CISTAR Congratulates the following students for their outstanding poster pitch and posters at the 2023 CISTAR Biannual Meeting.

CISTAR Congratulates Ricem Diaz Arroyo and Sopuru A. Ezenwa on CISTAR Fellowships

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 CISTAR Fellowship Winners, Ricem Diaz Arroyo and Sopuruchukwu (Sopuru) A. Ezenwa. CISTAR awards two fellowships annually – both of which are funded by Purdue Chemical Engineering alumni: Dick Reitz and Bill Murray.

Announcing CISTAR's 2021 Biannual Meeting Perfect Pitch Winners

CISTAR's 2021 Biannual Meeting took place virtually October 13-15, 2021

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Student Leadership Council Members

Bo Wei Cynthia Chen portrait Bo Wei Cynthia Chen
SLC Chair
University of Notre Dame
Asha Ramanujam portrait Asha Ramanujam
Purdue University
Xinrui Zhang portrait Xinrui Zhang
SLC - Industry Liaison
Northwestern University
Luke Denoyer portrait Luke Denoyer
Education & Outreach Coordinator
University of New Mexico
Mariam Balogun portrait Mariam Balogun
Mentoring & Professional Development Coordinator
The University of Texas at Austin