2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows

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NSF GRFP recipients

Congratulations to our current students and alumni who have received prestigious 2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards and Honorable Mentions. 

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend and a cost of education allowance to the institution. 

2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFP) recipients – Robert Lavroff and Yessica Nelson 

2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships (GRFP) were awarded to graduate students Robert Lavroff (Alexandrova group) and Yessica Nelson (Spokoyny group). (Pictured right) 

2022 Honorable Mentions by NSF, also a significant national academic achievement, were accorded to graduate students Rita Aksenfeld, Luca McDermott Catena (Garg group), Zachary Schuman (Liu group), Lily Taylor (Rodriguez group), Miranda Villanueva (Backus group), Dominick Witkowski (Garg group), Carolyn Wu (Quinlan group). 

2022 NSF Honorable Mention recipients – Rita Aksenfeld, Luca McDermott Catena, Zachary Schuman, Lily Taylor, Miranda Villanueva, Dominick Witkowski, Carolyn Wu.

Our alumni also received recognition this year! 2022 NSF GRFP’s were awarded to undergraduate alums Emily Dunn ‘22 (Neuhauser group), Daniel Dela Cruz Fuentes (California State University alum, post-baccalaureate researcher in the Rodriguez group) now at the Scripps Research Institute, Garrett Kukier ’22 (Houk group) soon to be graduate student at UC Berkeley or Stanford, Jenna Molas ‘20 (Kaner group) now at Yale University, Alexander Umanzor ‘20 (Spokoyny/Houk groups) now at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. 

Alumni 2022 NSF GRFP fellowship recipients – Emily Dunn, Daniel Dela Cruz Fuentes, Garrett Kukier, Jenna Molas, Alexander Umanzor.

 Honorable mentions were accorded to alumni Fadi Alsarhan ‘21 (Spokoyny group) now at the University of California, Berkeley, Daniel Lin ‘20 (Nelson group) now at the University of Southern California, Oscar Molina ‘20 (Courey group) now at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jeremy Shek ‘20 (Backus group) now at the University of California, San Diego, and Indya Weathers ‘19 (Chanfreau group) now at the University of Chicago. 

Alumni 2022 NSF Honorable Mention recipients – Fadi Alsarhan, Daniel Lin, Oscar Molina, Jeremy Shek, Indya Weathers. 

 Penny Jennings, UCLA Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, penny@chem.ucla.edu.