MSUToday
Published: April 15, 2015

MSU sees largest class of National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows awarded

Contact(s): Stephanie Cepak Honors College office: (517) 355-2326 scepak@msu.edu, Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore Honors College office: (517) 35-2326 jacks174@msu.edu, Karen Klomparens Graduate School office: (517) 353-3220 kklompar@msu.edu

Nineteen National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows from Michigan State University have been selected for 2015 – the largest class of fellows for MSU since the program began in 1952.

An additional 19 were named honorable mentions for MSU.

“We at the Graduate School are proud of all our fellowships recipients,” said Karen Klomparens, dean of the MSU Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education. “Thank you to all the faculty who assisted these students. It is wonderful to see our numbers of NSF Graduate Research Fellows continue to grow.”

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the country’s oldest graduate fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields.

“Michigan State University is a top 100 research institution and the Honors College is proud to play a part in crafting a passion for research in our undergraduate students,” said Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, dean of the MSU Honors College. “Congratulations to the 19 fellows named this year, and to those who have served as their research mentors.”

Below are the names of the 19 students awarded a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship:

  • Julia Miller, a recent graduate of the MSU Honors College now studying environmental biology at Cornell University.
  • Laura Carroll, a recent graduate of the MSU Honors College now studying microbial biology at Cornell University.
  • Michaelyn Lux, a recent graduate of the MSU Honors College now studying chemistry at Cornell University.
  • Jeffrey Schachterle, a graduate student at MSU studying microbial biology.
  • Adam Ingrao, a graduate student at MSU studying ecology.
  • Kileigh Browning, a graduate student at MSU studying ecology.
  • David Zoltowski, an Honors College senior studying electrical engineering.
  • Thomas Heuser, an Honors College senior studying materials science and engineering.
  • John Suddard-Bangsund, an Honors College senior studying materials science and engineering.
  • Mariyam Isa, a graduate student at MSU studying biological anthropology. Isa previously earned her bachelor’s degree from MSU and was a member of the Honors College.
  • Victoria Breeze, a graduate student at MSU studying geography.
  • Derrick Stobaugh, a graduate student at MSU studying psychology.
  • Nomar Gonzalez-Santini, a graduate student at MSU studying electrical engineering.
  • Clarice Esch, a graduate student at MSU studying ecology.
  • Ryan Reynolds, a recent graduate of the MSU Honors College now studying chemistry at Northwestern University.
  • Jessica Holberg, a recent graduate of the MSU Honors College now studying civil engineering at Purdue University.
  • Jacob Ludwig, a recent graduate of the MSU Honors College now studying chemistry at the University of Michigan.
  • Yvonne DePorre, a recent graduate of MSU now studying chemistry at the University of Michigan.
  • Sarah Balgooyen, a recent graduate of the MSU Honors College now studying environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin.

NSF Graduate Research Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

The Graduate School is the principal advocate for graduate, graduate professional, and post-doctoral education at Michigan State University, and promotes the quality and visibility of these programs to the world.

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship Office at Michigan State University, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes. The Honors College serves academically talented, committed students who wish to pursue and achieve academic excellence.

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