Four School of Science Seniors Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
Three School of Science seniors have been awarded highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The awardees and the fields that each will study in graduate schools are:
Tanya Townsend, Chemistry major (Chemistry – Chemical Catalysis) Attending: Yale University
Em Schnorr, Physics major (Geosciences – Glacial Seismology) Attending: University of California, Santa Cruz
Rebecca Santorella, Mathematics major (Mathematical Sciences – Applied Mathematics) Attending: Brown University
Shirley Bao Wang, Psychology major and Statistics minor (Psychology – Clinical Science) Attending: Harvard University
In addition to these four science students, Chemistry alumnus William McDermott (now in graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) received an honorable mention.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program supports the graduate study of U.S. citizens, nationals, and permanent residents attaining research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education at institutions located in the United States.
The 2017 Fellowship selection was intensely competitive. Over 13,000 applications were submitted, and 2,000 individuals were selected for awards through a national competition. Fellowship awardees were selected through the NSF peer review process.
Awardees represent a wide range of scientific disciplines and come from all states, as well as the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and territories. The group of 2,000 awardees is diverse, including 1,158 women, 498 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 75 persons with disabilities, 26 veterans, and 726 undergraduate seniors. The awardees come from 449 baccalaureate institutions.
The Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a critical program in NSF’s overall strategy to develop a globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure the nation’s leadership in advancing science & engineering research and innovation. Former NSF fellows have made transformative breakthroughs in science & engineering, become leaders in their chosen careers, and been honored as Nobel laureates.
The Graduate Research Fellowship Program 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 & engineering.
For More Information
- News Article Featured on TCNJ Homepage
- National Science Foundation press release
- List of 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awardees
- More about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
- TCNJ School of Science Support Program for Student Applicants to the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
- Tanya Townsend student profile
- Rebecca Santorella selected as a national Goldwater scholar