DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

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PhD student Santiago Vargas (Alexandrova group) is first UCLA student in nearly 20 years to receive a prestigious DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship.

A first-year theoretical/computational chemistry graduate student in Professor Anastassia Alexandrova’s group, Santiago is conducting research on molecular qubits. His hope is to work on bridging computational chemistry with cutting-edge machine learning and automation techniques in the field of quantum computing. 

Santiago received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and physics (cum laude) from Harvard College where he conducted research with Professor Alan Aspuru-Guzik. As an undergraduate, Santiago worked heavily on international development with projects in Engineers Without Borders and Soccer Without Borders.

Established in 1991, the Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF) provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing doctoral degrees in fields that use high-performance computing to solve complex science and engineering problems. Notably, the fellowship offers the opportunity to conduct a four-month practicum at one of 21 DOE national laboratories. 

The program fosters a community of energetic and committed Ph.D. students, alumni, DOE laboratory staff and other scientists who want to have an impact on the nation while advancing their research. Fellows come from diverse scientific and engineering disciplines but share a common interest in using computing in their research.

Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry,