Seniors, Alumni Garner NSF Fellowships

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Two Harvey Mudd College seniors are recipients of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, which recognize outstanding students pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering. Seven recent Harvey Mudd graduates also received the prestigious fellowships.

Three seniors and three alumni received honorable mentions.

The fellowship supports graduate students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. Recipients are awarded three years of research support, including an annual $34,000 stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance. Fellows also have access to collaborative research opportunities abroad through the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide initiative and professional career development with federal internships provided through the Graduate Research Internship Program. This year, the NSF awarded 2,000 GRFP fellowships from 13,000 applicants.

The undergraduate fellows are undertaking a range of post-graduation endeavors. Physics major Jonas Kaufman (studying materials research/materials theory) will pursue a PhD at UC Santa Barbara, where he will conduct computational materials science research. Connie Okasaki (mathematical sciences/mathematical biology) will attend the University of Washington to get a master’s/PhD in quantitative ecology and resource management. “I hope to use mathematical and statistical modeling to study topics such as invasive or endangered species management and sustainable use of our ecological resources,” Okasaki says.

The following Harvey Mudd alumni also received NSF fellowships:

AlumniResearch AreaGraduate School
Coline Devin ‘15Robotics and Computer VisionUniversity of California-Berkeley
Kaitlyn Dwelle ‘15Chemical Theory, Models and Computational MethodsMIT
Helen Fitzmaurice ‘10Atmospheric ChemistryUC Berkeley
Eun Bin Go ‘15Chemistry of Life ProcessesJoan and Sanford I. Weill Medical College of Cornell University
Jennifer Rogers ‘16Bioinformatics and other InformaticsUniversity of Washington
Vivian Steyert ‘15Mechanical EngineeringPrinceton University
Shannon Wetzler ‘16Chemical Measurement and ImagingUniversity of Michigan Ann Arbor
Harvey Mudd Alumni NSF Fellowship Recipients

For meritorious applicants who do not receive fellowship awards, the NSF awards honorable mention, considered a significant academic achievement. Seniors Nathaniel Leslie (physics and astronomy/theoretical physics), Calvin Leung (physics and astronomy/atomic, molecular and optical physics) and Micah Pedrick (mathematical sciences/applied mathematics) each received an honorable mention, as did the following alumni:

AlumniResearch AreaGraduate School
Cody Crosby ’15Biomedical EngineeringUniversity of Texas at Austin
Sherman Lam ’16Mechanical EngineeringCarnegie-Mellon University
Dylan Stow ’13Computer EngineeringUniversity of California-Santa Barbara

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. Former NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering, become leaders in their chosen careers and been honored as Nobel laureates.