Fifteen Chemistry Students Receive NSF Fellowships

Danielle Randall
April 28, 2016

The Department of Chemistry is pleased to announce that fifteen of its students (a group consisting of current and admitted graduate students, current undergraduate students, and alumni) have been named recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. 

"The Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a vital part of our efforts to foster and promote excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics by recognizing talent broadly from across the nation," said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF assistant director for Education and Human Resources. "These awards are provided to individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements, and they are investments that will help propel this country's future innovations and economic growth."

Awardees -- chosen from close to 17,000 applicants -- represent a diverse group of scientific disciplines and from all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and territories. The group is diverse, including 1,077 women, 424 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 62 persons with disabilities, 35 veterans and 627 senior undergraduates.

The new fellows come from 488 baccalaureate institutions -- 104 more institutions than in 2010, when GRFP began awarding 2,000 fellowships each year.

Former NSF fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering, have become leaders in their chosen careers and been honored as Nobel Laureates. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents and are selected through the NSF peer review process.

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and in STEM education.  The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education.  NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, and veterans to apply. NSF also encourages undergraduate seniors to apply.

Congratulations to our 2016 Recipients!

Current Graduate Students (5)

Lindsey Backman (Drennan) 

Sophie Bertram (Bawendi)

Alexander Hull (Field)

Corey Kaminsky (Surendranath)

Louis Papa (Shoulders)

Admitted Graduate Students (5)

Samuel Allon

Gregory Cleveland

Nathan Klein

Mari Saif

Henry Tran

Current Undergraduate Students (2)

Lily Chen

Reuben Saunders

Undergraduate Alumni (3)

Jakob Dahl (2015)

Jennifer Hope (2012)

Tabitha Miller (2015)