By  Jennifer McManamay

The Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia School of Engineering has welcomed the firstGaden, Gainer and Kirwan fellowship recipientsto Grounds. The first-year Ph.D. students met two of the fellowships' namesakes, retired chemical engineering professors John Gainer and Donald Kirwan and their wives, and Jenny Gaden, wife of the late Elmer Gaden, at a lunch in the students' honor. Also attending were department chair Bill Epling and their faculty advisorsMatt Lazzara,Chris HighleyandGaurav “Gino” Giri. The fellowship recipients are Prince Verma (Kirwan Fellowship), William Hart (Gainer Fellowship) and Greg Grewal (Gaden Fellowship). The fellowships, created in 2018 through donations in honor of Gaden, Gainer and Kirwan, will support the graduate students during their first year. The fellowships provide additional funding to bring talented Ph.D. students to the chemical engineering program, boosting the volume and impact of the department's research while enriching undergraduate education as teaching assistants and mentors.