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Twelve Clark School Students Awarded Prestigious NSF Research Fellowships

Twelve Clark School Students Awarded Prestigious NSF Research Fellowships

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Twelve University of Maryland (UMD) A. James Clark School of Engineering 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. The Clark School students receiving NSF fellowships represented half of the awardees across campus, with another 12 receiving fellowships from other colleges and departments. An additional four Clark School alumni attending graduate school at other institutions across the nation were also selected.

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.

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 Clark School graduate and undergraduate students enrolled at UMD who were awarded 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships:

  • Catherine Irene Birney, Environmental Engineering
  • Sylvie Adams DeLaHunt, Aerospace Engineering
  • Robert Fievisohn, Aerospace Engineering
  • Willa Claire Ellison Freedman, Materials Science and Engineering
  • Erin Shannon Hylton, Environmental and Water Resource Engineering
  • Sudabeh Jawahery, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Cody Jacob Karcher, Aerospace Engineering
  • Eric Francis Kazyak, Mechanical Engineering
  • Elaine Marie Petro, Aerospace Engineering
  • Thomas Edward Pillsbury, Aerospace Engineering
  • Lisa Hoban Tostanoski, Bioengineering
  • Nelson Javier Yanes, Aerospace Engineering

Below are the names of the Clark School alumni awarded 2014 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships who will attend graduate school at other universities:

  • Lauren Finkenauer, Mechanical Engineering (attending graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University)
  • Richard Matthew McCutchen, Computer Engineering
  • Michelle Hilary Rosen, Mechanical Engineering (attending graduate school at Harvard University)
  • Sean Chandima Weerakkody, Electrical Engineering (attending graduate school at Carnegie Mellon University)


May 12, 2014

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