McKelvey Engineering students, alumna win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Several McKelvey School of Engineering students have been offered the highly competitive National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

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 $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the opportunity to conduct their own research.

In 2020, NSF made more than 2,000 fellowship offers to applicants. More than 1,700 applicants received honorable mentions, which is considered a significant academic achievement.

The new fellows from McKelvey Engineering include:

  • Anna Marie Powell Eddelbuettel, who will earn a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering in May and will pursue graduate study at Princeton University;
  • Jacob Graham, who will earn a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering in May and will pursue graduate study in mechanical engineering;
  • Nicholas Matteucci, who will earn a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in May and will pursue graduate study in chemical engineering;
  • Alumna Sydney Katz, who earned bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering and in applied science from Engineering in 2018, is pursuing graduate study in aeronautical and aerospace engineering at Stanford University.

Fellows who are studying at McKelvey Engineering include:

  • Elisabeth Anna Jones, who earned a bachelor's degree from SUNY College at Geneseo and is a doctoral student in systems science & mathematics at WashU;
  • Xiaohong Tan, who earned a bachelor's degree from Purdue University and is a doctoral student in biomedical engineering at WashU;
  • Hannah Maria Zmuda, who earned a bachelor's degree from Washington State University and is a doctoral student in biomedical engineering at WashU;

Those receiving honorable mentions include:

  • Patrick Ryan Naughton, who will earn a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and computer science from McKelvey Engineering in May, who will pursue robotics and computer vision;
  • Erin Newcomer, who earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri, is a doctoral student in biomedical engineering at WashU;
  • Elizabeth Anne Sivriver, who will earn a degree in computer science and mathematics from Arts & Sciences in May and will pursue graduate study in the human-computer interface.


The McKelvey School of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis promotes independent inquiry and education with an emphasis on scientific excellence, innovation and collaboration without boundaries. McKelvey Engineering has top-ranked research and graduate programs across departments, particularly in biomedical engineering, environmental engineering and computing, and has one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country. With 140 full-time faculty, 1,387 undergraduate students, 1,448 graduate students and 21,000 living alumni, we are working to solve some of society’s greatest challenges; to prepare students to become leaders and innovate throughout their careers; and to be a catalyst of economic development for the St. Louis region and beyond.