Penn State is home to 14 new NSF graduate researchers

August 27, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State is home to 14 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients in 2009-10. These students join 16 prior recipients already enrolled in the University's graduate degree programs. The NSF program supports outstanding graduate students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

The following students make up the 2009 class of new fellows at the University: Thomas Bentley, ecology; Gabriel Caceres, astronomy; Gregory Ciccarelli, electrical engineering; Nicole Constance, human development and family studies; Alisha Fernandez, energy and mineral engineering; Beth Irwin, entomology; Andrei Israel, geography; Logan Kistler, anthropology; Rebecca McCauley, geosciences; Abdalla Nassar, engineering science and mechanics; John Parkinson, biology; Maia Rabaa, biology; Laura Weyrich, biochemistry, microbiology and molecular biology; and Dimitri Vaughn, chemistry.

According to the National Science Foundation's Web site, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program is "the oldest graduate fellowship program of its kind with a history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, a one-time $1,000 travel allowance and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. or foreign institution of graduate education they choose."

The NSF GRFP will be accepting applications for 2010-11 fellowships via Fastlane, the NSF's official online information and business transaction center. The application deadlines begin on Nov. 2.

For additional information on the NSF GRFP, contact Barbara A. Struble, director of the Graduate School's Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration, at or (814) 865-8122.

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