Nano-Student Researcher Ashley Fejleh receives the Edward L. Whitbeck Memorial Award, UALR’s top award as the most outstanding senior!


Ashley just graduated with a bachelor of science degree in environmental heath science with a minor in biology last Saturday.

A little about Ashley:

A graduate of Rogers High School, Ashley came to UALR as a student athlete. She graduates as a member of the UALR Nanotechnology Center.

She took part in cancer research using uniquely designed

nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes as potential drug carriers and delivery vehicles for anti-tumor agents, as well as another tissue engineering project for bone growth. A knee injury ended her volleyball

and track and field careers, but instead she became a Donaghey Scholar. She has co-authored three published articles regarding tissue engineering for bone growth and the cancer fighting research and mentors high school students interested in nanotechnology. She also volunteers

at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

A four-year recipient of the Harambee Award for minority students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, Fejleh was recently awarded the Martha Couch Givens Memorial Award and the Environmental

Health Sciences Outstanding Graduating Senior Award. And Fejleh was featured on UALR’s 2009-2010 “Difference of Degree” advertising campaign.

As this year’s Whitbeck Scholar, Fejleh’s name will be engraved on a plaque at the Donaghey Student Center and she wore a silver robe and medallion, leading her class during commencement ceremonies.

Source: UALR News


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