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TCNJ Students and Alumni Awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Five TCNJ School of Science seniors have been recognized by the highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  Two TCNJ seniors were awarded fellowships and three received Honorable mention awards.  The awardees are:

Fellowship Awardees

  • Ahmed Mahmoud, Biology major, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Gary Dickinson. Graduate school: Weill Cornell Medical College (Pharmacology)
  • Kristen Vogt, Chemistry major, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Joseph Baker. Graduate school: a tri-institutional PhD program in chemical biology between Weill Cornell Medical School, Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Rockefeller University

Honorable Mention Awardees

  • Adriana Mendizabal, Biology major, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Tracy Kress. Graduate school: University of California, Berkeley (Molecular & Cell Biology)
  • Kate O’Connor, Math major, Faculty Mentor: Dr. Cynthia Curtis. Graduate school: Rice University (Topology)
  • Allison Smith, Chemistry major, Faculty Mentor: Abby O’Connor. Graduate school:  University of North Carolina (Chemical Catalysis)

In addition to the above current student awardees, five TCNJ alumni received awards:

Alumni Fellowship Awardees

  • Brianna Santangelo, TCNJ Physics major, TCNJ faculty mentor: Dr. AJ Richards. Graduate School: North Dakota State University Fargo (STEM Education and Learning Research)
  • Christopher Stabile, TCNJ Mechanical Engineering major, TCNJ faculty mentors: Dr. Lisa Grega and Dr. Jeff Osborn. Graduate School: University of Pennsylvania (Mechanical Engineering)

Alumni Honorable Mention Awardees

  • Mattheus De Souza, TCNJ Chemistry major, TCNJ faculty mentor: Dr. Joseph Baker. Graduate School: University of Pittsburgh, Chemistry (Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry)
  • Emily DiMartini, TCNJ Biomedical Engineering major, TCNJ faculty mentor: Dr. Chris Wagner. Graduate School: Rutgers University New Brunswick (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Audrey Miller, TCNJ Biology major, TCNJ faculty mentor: Dr. Luke Butler. Graduate School: Princeton University (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology)

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) fields and in STEM education at institutions located in the United States.

The 2019 NSF Fellowship selection was intensely competitive. Approximately 2,000 individuals were selected for this national award from a pool of about 13,000 applicants. Graduate Research Fellowship awardees are selected through the NSF’s peer review process in which applications are reviewed by distinguished science faculty members from colleges and universities throughout the country.

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.


About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

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.


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