Six students who earned their undergraduate degrees from the College of Engineering at Oregon State University — and one currently pursuing a graduate degree here — have been selected as fellows by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program).
The fellowship program is the country’s oldest that recognizes and supports outstanding students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees. Only 10% of applicants receive fellowships.
The NSF anticipates that fellows will become experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovation in science and engineering. They are expected to be crucial for the nation’s technological infrastructure and national security, as well as the economic well-being of society.
For the three-year duration of the fellowship, each fellow will receive an 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 freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.
2020 fellows who graduated from Oregon State’s College of Engineering:
* Marshall Allen (’18 B.S., Chemical Engineering), currently a doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Texas, Austin
* Adrian Hinkle (’17 B.S., Chemical Engineering), currently a doctoral student in environmental engineering at the University of California, Berkeley
* Rey Pocius (’19 B.S., Computer Science), currently a doctoral student in computer science/robotics at the University of Southern California
* Zöe Steine-Hanson (’19 B.S., Computer Science), currently a doctoral student in computer science and engineering at the University of Washington
*Jonathan Su (’18 B.S., Bioengineering), currently a doctoral student in bioengineering at Duke University.
* Justin Tran, (’17 B.S., Chemical Engineering), currently a doctoral student in chemical engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder
2020 fellow currently at Oregon State:
* Campbell McColley (’16 B.S. Chemical Engineering, Virginia Commonwealth University), currently a doctoral student in environmental engineering
According to the NSF, the program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their academic and professional careers. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin, and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt.
Since 1952, NSF has funded over 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants. To date, 42 fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates, and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences.
For more information about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program: https://www.nsfgrfp.org/general_resources/about
— Steve Frandzel