Thirteen current students and recent alumni of the University of Maryland’s College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS) received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, which recognize outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Across the university, 21 undergraduates and recent alumni were among the fellowship winners announced by the NSF.

The college’s 13 awardees include five current graduate students, four current undergraduates and four recent alumni.

**CMNS graduate student fellowship recipients:**

- Richard Barney, physics graduate student
- Joshua Chiel, physics graduate student
- Robert Dalka, physics graduate student
- Karen Gu, biological sciences graduate student
- Jameson O’Reilly, physics graduate student

**CMNS undergraduate student fellowship recipients:**

- Tyler Hoffman, mathematics major
- John Lathrop, mathematics and mechanical engineering dual-degree student
- Jesse Matthews, mathematics and chemical engineering dual-degree student
- Madison Plunkert, biological sciences major

**CMNS alumni fellowship recipients:**

- Samantha Litvin (B.S. ’16, chemistry)
- Elissa Moller (B.S. ’20, biological sciences)
- Scott Moroch (B.S. ’20, physics)
- Anna Seminara (B.S. ’19, biological sciences)

NSF fellows receive three years of support, including a $34,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees and access to opportunities for professional development available.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.

Since 1952, NSF has funded more than 60,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants. Currently, 42 fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates, and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences.

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**Media Relations Contact**: Abby Robinson, 301-405-5845, abbyr@umd.edu

**University of MarylandCollege of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences2300 Symons HallCollege Park, MD 20742www.cmns.umd.edu@UMDscience **

**About the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences**

The College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland educates more than 9,000 future scientific leaders in its undergraduate and graduate programs each year. The college's 10 departments and more than a dozen interdisciplinary research centers foster scientific discovery with annual sponsored research funding exceeding $200 million.