Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellows Program

Applications for the Year 2017 Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship are no longer being accepted. The application period ended at 12:00 PM Central Time on Friday, March 10, 2017.


In honor of Nadine Barrie Smith’s life and achievements, Nadine’s husband, Andrew Webb, established the Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fund, which provides fellowships to female engineering graduate students who are conducting research in the general field of medical imaging (e.g., ultrasound, optical, magnetic resonance) at the Beckman Institute. Preference for awarding the fellowships shall be given to students from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Up to two $4,000 fellowships will be awarded. The purpose of the fellowship is to pay for housing and/or other living expenses so that the selected student can remain on campus during the summer to conduct research in Beckman Institute laboratories.

Nadine Barrie Smith grew up in Chicago and came to the University of Illinois as an undergraduate student in 1982. She completed her bachelor of science (B.S.) in computer science in 1985, her master of science (M.S.) in electrical engineering in 1989, and her doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in biophysics in 1996. Nadine then served as a research fellow at the Harvard Medical School and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. In 1999, Nadine joined Penn State University faculty as a founding member of the Bioengineering Department. She also served as a member of the graduate program in acoustics. She rose to the rank of full professor. During this time, Nadine held a visiting appointment in the Department of Radiology at the Leiden University Medical Center.

Nadine was an internationally renowned researcher in the fields of therapeutic ultrasound and non-invasive drug delivery and was a senior member of IEEE and a member of the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. She also was a tireless supporter of promoting the role of women in engineering and science and established many educational programs at Penn State University to this end.

  • In order to be eligible for a Nadine Barrie Smith Memorial Fellowship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a current or newly accepted female graduate students in engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Be performing research in the general field of medical imaging (e.g., ultrasound, optical, magnetic resonance)
  • Be currently conducting research at the Beckman Institute or scheduled to begin their research within the laboratories of faculty members at the Beckman Institute
  • Have demonstrated academic excellence

Application Instructions for the Nadine Barrie Smith Fellows Program →