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32 Students Score NSF Fellowships

Another sign of NC State’s upward trajectory: a record-breaking 32 NC State students earned prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation this year. An additional 26 received honorable mention.

Recipients include 17 students who have completed or will soon complete their undergraduate degrees at NC State:

  • Conor James Benson, aeronautical and aerospace engineering
  • Preston Cornelius Bowes, materials science and engineering
  • Taylor Marie Courtney, chemistry of life processes, University Scholars Program
  • Mia de los Reyes, astronomy and astrophysics, Park Scholar, Churchill Scholar
  • Denae Ford, engineering education
  • Alexandra Fraik, genomics, Park Scholar, University Scholars Program
  • Jillian Claire Hattaway, developmental biology, Goodnight Scholar, University Scholars Program
  • Heidi Klumpe, bioengineering, Goldwater Scholar, Park Scholar
  • Catherine Grace McVey, food animal behavior and welfare, Goldwater Scholar, Caldwell Fellow, University Honors Program
  • Mark Menesses, mechanical engineering, Caldwell Fellow, University Honors Program
  • Jacob Garner Monroe, environmental engineering
  • Gabriela Quinlan, ecology, Park Scholar, University Scholars Program
  • Jaclyn Elizabeth Smith, cell biology, Caldwell Fellow, University Scholars Program
  • Meredith Ruth Spence, entomology
  • Gretchen Louise Stokes, ecology, Udall Scholar, Park Scholar, University Scholars Program
  • Vinicius James Taguchi, environmental engineering
  • Sara C. Troutman, environmental engineering, University Scholars Program

In addition, 15 Graduate Research Fellows who earned their undergraduate degrees at other institutions have chosen to conduct their graduate studies at NC State:

  • Olivia Nicole Caretti, marine biology
  • Stephanie Grace Cone, biomedical engineering
  • Alexandria Cruz, materials science and engineering
  • Megan Elizabeth Ennes, science education
  • Fallon Elise Fowler, entomology
  • Kristen Elizabeth Garcia, electrical engineering
  • Tyler Wayne Goode, mechanical engineering
  • Dmitry Olegovich Grinevich, biochemistry
  • Jamora Anice Hamilton, entomology
  • Margaret Andrews Holland, mathematics education
  • Christine Victoria Mennicke, mathematical biology
  • Carl Joseph Meunier, chemistry
  • Andrea Stewart, natural resources
  • Hillary Justine Stoll, environmental engineering
  • Samantha Brooke White, mechanical engineering

The program is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, recognizing outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited institutions in the United States. Since 1952, the NSF has funded 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of over 500,000 applicants. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners and members of the National Academy of Sciences.

Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 allowance for tuition and fees, 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. Two thousand fellowships are awarded each year.