Monday, April 4, 2016

2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has named 2,000 individuals as this year's recipients of awards from the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), 26 of whom are from the University of Minnesota:

  • Daniel Ackerman: Life Sciences - Ecology
  • Rafael Aguilera: Psychology - Social
  • Constance Brooks Anderson: Chemistry - Chemical Catalysis
  • Jessica Lynn Bair: Psychology - Personality and Individual Differences
  • Majel Ruth Baker: Psychology - other (specify) - Women in STEM
  • Mackenzie Kate Callaway: Engineering - Biomedical
  • Colleen Doyle: Psychology - Developmental
  • Samantha Kaye Ehrenberg: Engineering - Mechanical
  • Christopher Todd Ertsgaard: Engineering - Electrical and Electronic
  • Rachel A Foster: Psychology - Developmental
  • David Justin Goldfeld: Chemistry - Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry
  • Callie Gustafson: Life Sciences - Developmental Biology
  • Ellie Hofer: Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging
  • Ummul-Kiram Kathawalla: Psychology - Developmental
  • Jacob Alexander Kautzky: Chemistry - Chemical Synthesis
  • Nathan Doyle Klein: Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging
  • Christopher Korenczuk: Engineering - Biomedical
  • Ryan William Matzke: Mathematical Sciences - Algebra, Number Theory, and Combinatorics
  • Gillian McDonald: Engineering - Mechanical
  • Courtney Marie Olson: Chemistry - Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism
  • Alec John Petersen: Engineering - Environmental
  • Brianna Marie Reid: Psychology - Developmental
  • Hannah Seungyeon Seo: Engineering - Chemical Engineering
  • Rachel Soble: Life Sciences - Microbial Biology
  • Trevor Keith Stephens: Engineering - Mechanical
  • Christina Makoto Zdawczyk: STEM Education and Learning Research - Technology Education

About the Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Since 1952, NSF has provided fellowships to individuals selected early in their careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. GRFP is critical to NSF's overall strategy of developing the globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure the nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation.

A high priority for NSF and GRFP is increasing the diversity of the science and engineering workforce, including geographic distribution, and the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans. GRFP offers fellowship awards directly to applicants selected through a national competition.

GRFP provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution). That support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in science or engineering.

Fellows have opportunities for international research collaborations through the Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) initiative and professional career development with federal internships provided through the Graduate Research Internship Program (GRIP). GRFP also supports NSF's Career-Life Balance (CLB) Initiative (NSF 13-099). For more information about all of this year's recipients, visit