McKelvey School of Engineering graduate student Garrett Roell has been accepted into the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program, a prestigious research opportunity funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.

The program will allow Roell, a PhD student in the lab of Yinjie Tang, professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering at Washington University in St. Louis, to conduct a portion of his doctoral thesis research at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. There, Roell will pursue research focused on understanding metabolic regulation for efficient biofuel production from non-food crops.

The program, which is intended to advance participants’ doctoral theses, provides travel support and a monthly living stipend. Roell is one of 65 graduate students in this cohort.

“The DOE Office of Science provides the scientific foundation for solutions to some of our nation’s most complex challenges, and now more than ever we need to invest in a diverse, talented pipeline of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs who can help us build a brighter future,” said Harriet Kung, deputy director for science programs in the Office of Science. “These outstanding students will help us tackle mission-critical research at our labs as this experience helps them begin a successful and rewarding career.”


The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 140 full-time faculty, 1,387 undergraduate students, 1,448 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.

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