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Utica Center for Science and Industry graduate receives over $140,000 for research through fellowship and grant
Henry Ford II/UCSI graduate receives more than $140,000 for research through fellowship and grant
Posted on 03/10/2022
Danielle Maxwell PhotoUtica Center for Science and Industry graduate receives over $140,000 for research through fellowship and grant.  

A passion for science and a love of lifelong learning was sparked at a young age for 2015 Henry Ford II and Utica Center for Science and Industry graduate, Danielle Maxwell.  

“My experiences at UCS provided me with a foundation to follow my higher education goals,” Maxwell said. 

A third-year University of Michigan Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate and Master’s student in the Post-Secondary Science Education program with U of M’s School of Education, Maxwell conducts chemistry education research for Professor Ginger V. Shultz. Chemistry education research focuses on the teaching and learning of chemistry. 

“My UCS teachers challenged and encouraged me to pursue all of my interests, providing unwavering support at every step along the way,” Maxwell said.  

“I still use many of the concepts and skills that I learned from my UCS teachers within my research.” 

Maxwell is conducting a study in aims of understanding how undergraduate Latinx students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions develop science identities, and how racialized experiences may influence this development.  

To support her study, Maxwell received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) in 2020 with $138,000 in stipends and tuition. The NSF GRFP is a prestigious fellowship awarded to approximately 2,000 research-focused master’s and doctoral students in the natural, social and engineering sciences each year.  

This February, she was also awarded a $3,000 Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant by the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School.  

Through the funding provided by the NSF GRFP and Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant, Maxwell will have the resources and funds necessary to continue her graduate education and research at U of M by supporting her travel and participant compensation expenditures for her study.