McKelvey Engineering students, alumni receive recognition from NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Two students won an NSF fellowship and several students and alumni received honorable mentions

Molly Olten 

Evan Morris and Kyle Puckett have been offered a highly competitive National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

Morris earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in 2022 and is a doctoral student in biomedical engineering in the McKelvey School of Engineering, and Puckett is expected to graduate in May with bachelor’s degrees in applied science and in computer science.

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. The fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $37,000 along with a $16,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the opportunity to conduct their own research.

In 2024, NSF made more than 2,000 fellowship offers to applicants. Nearly 2,000 applicants received honorable mentions, which is considered a significant academic achievement.

WashU students or alumni receiving honorable mentions include:

  • Edward Chandler, a doctoral student in computer science & engineering;
  • Daniel Cherenson, who earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in 2021 at WashU;
  • Miranda Copenhaver, who earned a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering in 2023 at WashU and is pursuing graduate studies at University of Michigan;
  • Rodolfo Keesey, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering;
  • Kaelyn Schloss, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering.

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