Seniors, Alumni Named NSF Fellows

April 16, 2013

Five Harvey Mudd College seniors—Kenny Buyco, Kyle Carbon, Kacyn Fujii, Andrew Loeb and Kiley Sobel—were awarded prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, which recognize outstanding students pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Eight recent HMC graduates also received NSF fellowships. One HMC senior and eight alumni received honorable mention.

The award includes a three-year, annual $30,000 stipend, $12,000 for tuition and fees, international research opportunities and the freedom for fellows to conduct their own research at an accredited U.S. institution of their choosing. For meritorious applicants who do not receive fellowship awards, the NSF awards honorable mention, considered a significant academic achievement.

Buyco plans to study civil engineering at the California Institute of Technology, Carbon will study aeronautics and astronautics at Stanford University, Fujii will study electrical and electronic engineering at Stanford University, Loeb will study applied mathematics at Cornell University, and Sobel will study human-computer interaction at the University of Washington.

The following alumni were also fellowship recipients:

Alumni Research Area of Study Graduate School
Thomas Aldrich ’12 Chemical Synthesis Northwestern University
Lilian de Greef  ’12 Human-Computer Interaction University of Washington
Marie Godla ’11 Biomedical Engineering Cornell University
Jennifer Iglesias ’12 Applied Mathematics Carnegie Mellon University
Alicia Schep ’11 Genomics Stanford University
Tselil Schramm ’12 Algorithms and
Theoretical Foundations
University of California,
Brian Soe ’12 Mechanical Engineering Stanford University
Mary Van Vleet ’12 Chemical Theory, Models and
Computational Methods
University of Wisconsin,

HMC senior Martha Cuenca (civil engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) earned honorable mention. Also receiving honorable mention in the 2012 competition were the following alumni:

Alumni Research Area of Study Graduate School
Alix Chan ’12 Chemistry of Life Processes Harvard University
Lea Hagen ’10 Astronomy and Astrophysics Pennsylvania State University
Karen Heinselman ’12 Electronic Materials Cornell University
Alice Paul ’12 Industrial Engineering and
Operations Research
Cornell University
Stuart Pernsteiner ’12 Software Systems and
Software Engineering
University of Washington
Louis Ryan ’12 Applied Mathematics Harvard University
Brian Stock ’09 Ecology University of Washington
Edward Wang ’12 Human-Computer Interaction University of Washington

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality and diversity of the nation’s base of science and engineering candidates. Fellows are seen as crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation’s technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well being of society at large.

Program participants are expected to become experts who contribute significantly to research, education and innovation in the STEM fields. Past fellows include Google founder Sergev Brin, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and numerous Nobel Prize winners.