PITTSBURGH – Eleven University of Pittsburgh students and four alumni were awarded the 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Eleven Pitt students and four alumni also received honorable mentions.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is designed to ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The
program recognizes and supports outstanding students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 as well as a
$12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees.
The fellowship program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The support accorded NSF Graduate Research Fellows nurtures their ambition to become lifelong leaders
who contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching.
Among this year's Pitt cohort, eight undergraduate and graduate students were awarded fellowships, joined by two Swanson School alumni now in graduate school. Four undergraduate and graduate students and one alumnus received honorable mentions. Mary Besterfield-Sacre, the Swanson School’s Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, attributed this year's increase in winners from engineering to a strategically focused mentor-mentee program.
“The program diversity among this year’s Swanson School NSF fellows is thanks in great part to Bioengineering Professor Pat Loughlin for working with each department to identify strong candidates and faculty mentors to help them build winning portfolios,”
Dr. Besterfield-Sacre said. “The NSF Graduate Research Program is incredibly competitive and we’re especially proud that undergraduates make up half of our fellows.”
Current Pitt students who were awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship are seniors from:
- Swanson School of Engineering:
Abraham Charles Cullom (civil and environmental engineering), Vani
Hiremath Sundaram (mechanical engineering and material science), Adam Lewis
Smoulder (bioengineering) and Henry Phalen (bioengineering); and graduate students Megan
Routzong (bioengineering), Monica Fei Liu (bioengineering), Angelica Janina Herrera (bioengineering) and Sarah
- Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts &
Sciences: Graduate students Brett
Baribault Bankson (psychology), Stefanie Lee Sequeira (psychology) and Alaina Nicole McDonnell (chemistry).
Current Pitt students who received honorable mentions are from:
- Swanson School of Engineering: seniors Anthony Joseph O’Brian (chemical and petroleum engineering), Anthony
Louis Mercader (mechanical engineering and material science), Zachary Smith (electrical and computer engineering); and graduate student Maria Kathleen Jantz (bioengineering).
- Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences: graduate students Amy
Ryan (chemistry), Kathryn
Mae Rothenhoefer (neuroscience), Andrea Marie Fetters (biological sciences), Mariah
Denhart, (biological sciences), Timothy Stephen Coleman (statistics), Hope Elizabeth Anne Brooks (biological sciences), Mary
Elizabeth Rouse Braza (geology and environmental science).
Alumni who were awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship include Thomas
Robert Werkmeister (engineering science) and Luke Drnach (bioengineering) from the Swanson School, and Julianne Griffith (psychology and sociology) and Aleza
Wallace (psychology) from the Dietrich School.
Alumni who received honorable mentions include Corey Williams (bioengineering) from the Swanson School, Sarah Elise Post (biological sciences), Hannah Katherine Dollish (neuroscience and Slavik studies)
Bullard (chemistry), the latter three from the Dietrich School.
Visit https://www.fastlane.nsf.gov/grfp/Login.do for a full list of fellows and honorable mentions and to learn more about the Graduate Research
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Amerigo Allegretto, University Communications, 4/6/2018
Contact: Amerigo Allegretto