Monday, April 21, 2014

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

Forty-five UMD students were among the 2,000 fellowship winners announced by NSF earlier this month. Of those, 15 hailed from CMNS, including four current graduate students, three current undergraduate students, and nine alumni who recently received their bachelor’s degrees in CMNS majors. UMD ranked sixth nationally in the number of fellowships received by current and recent undergraduates, behind Harvard, Cornell, MIT, Harvard and Stanford.

“I am very proud of the outstanding accomplishments of the young research leaders in our college,” said CMNS Dean Jayanth Banavar. “With this highly competitive and prestigious NSF fellowship, our current students and alumni have the potential to make high-impact discoveries in their disciplines.”

CMNS graduate student fellowship recipients:

    • Sarah Ahlbrand, biological sciences
    • Marcus Carter, chemistry
    • Kiersten Ruisard, physics
    • Carl Sabottke, biological sciences

CMNS undergraduate student fellowship recipients:

    • Emily Jones, biological sciences and computer science
    • Christopher Riley, environmental science and policy-biodiversity & conservation
    • Julia Ruth, physics

CMNS alumni fellowship recipients:

    • Brian Barrett (B.S. ’11, mathematics and biological sciences), graduate institution: University of Texas at Austin
    • Robert Blum, (B.S. ’12, physics), graduate institution: Yale University
    • Lauren Kreeger, (B.S. ’12, biological sciences), graduate institution: University of Texas at Austin
    • Richard McCutchen, (B.S. ’11, mathematics and computer science), graduate institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • Jemilat Salami, (B.S. ’09, biochemistry), graduate institution: Yale University
    • Jane Schulte, (B.S. ’11, biochemistry), graduate institution: University of Pennsylvania
    • James Thierer, (B.S. ’11, biological sciences), graduate institution: Johns Hopkins University
    • Laura Weber, (B.S. ’12, biological sciences), graduate institution: Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

NSF fellows receive three years of support from the agency, including a $32,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution, international research and professional development opportunities, and access to a supercomputer.

The NSF received more than 14,000 applications for the 2014 competition and made 2,000 fellowship award offers. The students awarded graduate research fellowships are a diverse group of individuals. Among the awardees, 1,069 are women, 382 are from underrepresented minority groups, 55 are persons with disabilities and 37 are veterans.

--University of Maryland/College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences--

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