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WashU engineers net notable NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Four Engineering students and two alumni have been offered the highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

The program supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the United States. The fellowship comes with a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance, opportunities for international research and professional development and the opportunity to conduct his or her own research. Previous fellows include former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin and numerous Nobel Prize winners.

For the 2018 competition, NSF received more than 12,000 applications and made 2,000 award offers. Recipients include 1,156 women, 461 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 75 persons with disabilities and 27 veterans. Nearly 1,500 students received honorable mentions, which is considered a significant national academic achievement.

The new fellows from WashU are:

Amy Brummer, who earned a bachelor’s in chemical engineering in 2015, currently a doctoral student at Georgia Institute of Technology;

Brittany Brumback, a PhD student in biomedical engineering;

Audrey Dang, a PhD student in energy, environmental & chemical engineering;

Makai Mann, who earned a bachelor’s and master’s in systems science & engineering in 2016, currently a doctoral student at Stanford University;

Emily Ramey, a senior earning a bachelor’s in physics and a master’s in computer science, who plans to begin graduate school at WashU.

Mary Olivia Gail Richardson, who earned bachelor’s degrees in biomedical engineering and computer science in 2017.

Those receiving honorable mentions include:

Kinan Alhallak, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering;

Bryce Bagley, a senior majoring in computer science and applied science (systems science & engineering);

Jeremy Eekhoff, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering;

Molly Klimak, a doctoral student in biomedical engineering;

Huy Lam, who earned a bachelor's in biomedical engineering 2016, currently a doctoral student at the University of California, San Diego;

Zachary Rouse, who earned a bachelor's in mechanical engineering 2016, currently a doctoral student at Cornell University.


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