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Drexel Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 3, 2012

Five Drexel Engineering students have been chosen to receive fellowships through the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for their dedication and tremendous research, with another four students receiving an honorable mention. As GRFP Fellows, the awardees will receive three years of support, a $30,000 annual stipend, $10,500 cost-of-education allowance to the institution (anticipated to increase to $12,000 for 2012), international research and professional development opportunities and access to the TeraGrid Supercomputer to utilize for their research.

Dr. Joseph Hughes, Dean for the College of Engineering, says, “Drexel is proud to announce that our engineering students have been recognized with high distinction for their extraordinary work and research. This prestigious fellowship is awarded to students with an unmatched commitment and exceptional enthusiasm for their studies. Congratulations to our engineering students and everyone in the Drexel community that helped our students reach this achievement.”

The fellowship awardees include:
Brian Dolhansky (ECE, Advisor - Dr. Youngmoo Kim)
Kevin Knehr (MEM, Advisor - Dr. E. Caglan Kumbur)
Kristy Alana Jost (MSE, DNI, Advisor - Dr. Yury Gogotsi)
Jefferson A. Cuadra (MEM, Advisor - Dr. Antonios Kontsos) 
Alyssa Ann Bellingham (ECE, Advisor - Dr. Adam Fontecchio)

The honorable mentions include:
Jordan Scott Weaver (MEM, Advisors - Dr. Ulrike Wegst and Dr. Surya Kalidindi)
Nathan Christopher Rostad (CAEE, Advisor - Dr. Franco Montalto)
Jonathan Hubler (CAEE)
Alexander Nicholas Alspach (MEM, Advisor - Dr. Paul Oh)

The purpose of the NSF GRFP is to help ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the US and reinforce its diversity. 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 US institutions.