Apr 6, 2016
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Three chemistry & biochemistry graduate students have received highly competitive 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards.   
In addition, four graduate students & two former undergraduate students received NSF Honorable Mentions.
Graduate students Priera Panescu (Maynard Group), Bryan Simmons (Garg Group) and Michael Yamano (Garg Group) were awarded a 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFP). 
Honorable Mentions by NSF, also a significant national academic achievement, were accorded to graduate students David Boyer (Group TBA), Jacob Dander (Garg Group), Erick Harr (Tolbert Group), and Morgan Howe (Garcia-Garibay Group). 
Alumni Kenny Chen (B.S.’14), currently a chemistry graduate student at MIT in the Matthew Shoulders Lab, and Vinson Lam (B.S. '15), currently working at Zymo Research Corporation and soon to be graduate student in Biological Sciences at UC San Diego, were also accorded Honorable Mentions. 
This year the NSF awarded 2,000 GRFP fellowships from 17,000 applicants.
The Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a part of the NSF’s efforts to foster and promote excellence in U.S. science, technology, engineering and mathematics by recognizing talent broadly from across the country.
"These awards are provided to individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements, and they are investments that will help propel this country's future innovations and economic growth,” said Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF assistant director for education and human resources in a press release.
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. 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.
For a full list of winners, visit the NSF GRFP awards list.
Top, from left: 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows Priera Panescu, Bryan Simmons and Michael Yamano. 
Bottom, from left: 2016 NSF Honorable Mention recipients David Boyer, Jacob Dander, Erick Harr and Morgan Howe.