Each year the National Science Foundation encourages applications for the Graduate Research Fellowship, a fellowship that provides three years of support in a graduate program ($34,000/year stipend along with a $12,000/year cost of education allowance that covers tuition and fees; and opportunities to engage in international research collaborations and professional development. The Fellowship must be used at an accredited US institution of graduate education.
The Graduate Fellowship started in 1952 and 42 past Fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates. More than 450 became members of the National Academy of Sciences. Among past recipients of this fellowship are Steven Chu, former US Secretary of Energy; Sergey Brin, Google Founder; and Steven Levitt, Freakonomics co-author.
This year, more than 13,000 students applied and 2,000 Graduate Fellowship awards were made. Among these are 17 applicants who received (or will receive) a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona and seven of them are UBRP Alumni. So congratulations to Alison Comrie, David Porfiro, Avery Lane, Kari Hernandez, Paola Lopez, Amy Pribadi, and Cesar Medina! In addition, 16 applicants who received their bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona received “Honorable Mention” in the competition, and four of these are UBRP alums! Congratulations to UBRP alums, Jordan Brock, Joshua Kochanowsky, Sarah Schwenck and Ivana Vasic! It is a great privilege to work with such talented people and they make us very proud!