Eight graduate students with Chemistry department ties were awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships in 2014.Most are first year students in lab rotation:
• Emilia Joelle Groso
• Melissa Lee
• Kyle Andrew McDonald
• Rachel Leah Merzel
• Kendra Souther
The other awardees are:
• James Roderick Bour, part of Bart Bartlett’s research group
• Jarrett Johnson in the Chemical Biology program
• Aaron Michael Konopko, part of Brent Martin’s lab.
Each Fellowship provides three years of support usable over a five-year period. For each year of support, NSF provides a stipend of $32,000 to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the degree-granting institution.
These prestigious NSF fellowships are awarded to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. Among the 2000 awardees nationally, 1,069 are women, 382 are from underrepresented minority groups, 55 are persons with disabilities, and 37 are veterans.