Twenty Rice students are among the 2,000 students chosen from 12,000 applicants for the 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Three ECE students are amont them.
The program recognizes and financially supports students early in their careers who have the potential to be high-achieving scientists and engineers. A high priority for NSF and the GRFP is to increase the diversity of the science and engineering workforce, including geographic distribution and the participation of women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans.
ECE Graduate Students Chad Byers (Applied Physics), Evan Everett, and Paul Haugen received 2012 fellowships.
NSF GRFP also gave honorable mentions to ECE Graduate Students Jason Holloway and Robert LiKamWa.
NSF graduate research fellows will receive support for three years of graduate study leading to research-based masterâ€™s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science and engineering relevant to the NSFâ€™s mission. In addition to an annual stipend of $30,000 for the students, NSF will provide an annual cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to their graduate school.
â€śThe NSF GRFP is one of the nationâ€™s most prestigious awards for students in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics),â€ť said Paula Sanders, dean of graduate and postdoctoral studies at Rice. â€śIn addition to these new recipients, Rice has 33 current graduates who are NSF GRFP awardees.â€ť
Since its inception in 1952, the NSF GRFP has funded 46,500 fellows; 30 of them became Nobel laureates and 440 became members of the National Academy of Sciences.