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Students Awarded Prestigious Research Fellowships

May 9, 2014
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Niambi Wilder 301-405-0763
Lee Tune 301-405-0235

University of MarylandCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – Twenty-four University of Maryland graduate and undergraduate students have been awarded National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, the most prestigious fellowship awarded by the NSF and the oldest fellowship of its kind. Thirteen of these are current UMD graduate students and 11 are graduating seniors, four of whom will pursue their graduate education at Maryland.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are awarded to outstanding graduate students enrolled in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines at accredited US institutions and to undergraduate students who intend to pursue a research-based graduate degree in those disciplines.

"The University of Maryland is honored to have our students recognized by such an esteemed organization, including 17 who are, or will be, pursuing graduate studies at UMD," says Charles Caramello, dean of the Graduate School at UMD.  "The support these fellowships provide will help our students generate new knowledge and make significant contributions to research and innovation in science and engineering for years to come."

The UMD Fellows' graduate fields of study vary from Physics to Anthropology, but their appreciation for the opportunity to further their research is the same across the board.

"It is an honor and a privilege to be a 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award recipient," says Education PhD student Emily Rosenzweig, who also holds a prestigious Flagship Fellowship in the UMD Graduate School. Ms. Rosenzweig focuses her research on student motivation and self-regulated learning. "This award will enable me to develop interventions that motivate students to read STEM materials."

Recognizing the recipients' outstanding potential to contribute to the vitality and diversity of the US science and engineering enterprise, the three-year NSF Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $32,000 plus a cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees of $12,000. It also provides fellows with opportunities for international research and professional development and with freedom from other obligations while conducting their research.

Below are the names of the UMD graduate and undergraduate students awarded 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships:

  • Sarah Elizabeth Ahlbrand, Life Sciences - Cell Biology
  • Marcus Carter, Chemistry - Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and Nanochemistry
  • Robert Fievisohn, Engineering - Aeronautical and Aerospace
  • Willa Claire Ellison Freedman, Engineering - Materials
  • Andrew L. Ninnemann, Psychology - other (specify) - Clinical
  • Elaine Marie Petro, Engineering - Aeronautical and Aerospace
  • Thomas Edward Pillsbury, Engineering - Aeronautical and Aerospace
  • Emily Quinn Rosenzweig, STEM Education and Learning Research - Science Education
  • Kiersten Jean Ruisard, Physics and Astronomy - other (specify) - Accelerator Physics
  • Carl Frederick Sabottke, Life Sciences - Neurosciences
  • Lisa Hoban Tostanoski, Engineering - Bioengineering
  • Victoria Camille Westmont, Social Sciences - Anthropology
  • Jasmine Lyn Wheeler, Psychology - Industrial/Organizational
  • Catherine Irene Birney, Engineering - Environmental
  • Sylvie Adams DeLaHunt, Engineering - Aeronautical and Aerospace
  • Erin Shannon Hylton, Engineering - other (specify) - Water Resource Engineering
  • Sudabeh Jawahery, Engineering - Chemical Engineering
  • Emily Aster Jones, Life Sciences - Molecular Biology
  • Yasmin Kadry, Life Sciences - Biophysics
  • Cody Jacob Karcher, Engineering - Aeronautical and Aerospace
  • Eric Francis Kazyak, Engineering - Mechanical
  • Christopher Bennett Riley, Life Sciences - Ecology
  • Julia Marie Ruth, Geosciences - Geophysics
  • Nelson Javier Yanes, Engineering - Aeronautical and Aerospace