2015 NSF Fellows

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In a field of 16,000+ applicants, seven current & former Chemistry & Biochemistry graduate & undergraduate students receive 2015 NSF GRFP Fellowships & two graduate students receive NSF Honorable Mention. 

Graduate students Marco Messina (Maynard Group), Kelsey Scharnhorst (Gimzewski Group), Matthew Voss (Schwartz Group), and undergraduate students Avalon Dismukes (Kaner Group) and Christina Jayson (Koehler Group) were awarded a 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP). Honorable Mention by NSF, a significant national academic achievement, was accorded to graduate students

Rafal Dziedzic

(Spokoyny Group) and

Bryan Simmons

(Garg Group). 


Seth Axen

(B.S. Biochemistry ’08) and

Claire Chiyu Chen

(B.S. Biochemistry ’12) were also selected to receive 2015 NSF Fellowships.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship. The GRFP Fellows receive three years of support within a five-year fellowship period, $34,000 annual stipend, $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution. Read more here.
NSF 2015 Montage

1st row: Avalon Dismukes, Christina Jayson, Marco Messina, Kelsey Scharnhorst

2nd row: Matthew Voss, Rafal Dziedzic, Bryan Simmons, Seth Axen

Not pictured: Claire Chiyu Chen