Five current students and a recent alumnus of the Department of Physics received prestigious National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, which recognize outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program logo

“I’m so happy to see our students honored with prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowships that acknowledge their hard work in their research endeavors and in the classroom,” said  Amitabh Varshney, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS).

Across the university, 29 undergraduates and recent alumni were among the fellowship winners announced by the NSF. As a result, UMD ranks ninth in the nation and second in the Big Ten for the number of fellows who received their bachelor’s degrees at the university.

The college’s 17 awardees include eight current undergraduates with CMNS majors, three recent alumni who received bachelor’s degrees in CMNS majors, and six current graduate students enrolled in CMNS programs (one of whom is also a recent graduate).

Undergraduate student fellowship recipients:

Alumni fellowship recipients:

NSF fellows receive three years of support, including a $34,000 annual stipend, a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate degree-granting institution, international research and professional development opportunities, and access to a supercomputer.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces 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 U.S. institutions.

Since 1952, NSF has funded more than 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants. Currently, 42 fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates, and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences.


Read about the other CMNS recipients here.
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