Seven University of Arkansas students have received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. The students include five graduate students and two undergraduates.
First awarded in 1952, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships are designed to recognize students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To date, 142 University of Arkansas students have received a National Science Foundation fellowship.
“To be selected for this nationally prestigious graduate recognition and support, these University of Arkansas students must have engaged in extensive research, have thrived academically, and have given back to their communities,” U of A Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said in a statement. “The selection process is rigorous. Recipients must compile the highest possible record in both course work and research as well as demonstrate the broader impact of the work they are doing and hope to do. The University of Arkansas extends an enthusiastic congratulations to these students. This recognition places them among the very top STEM student researchers in the country. Their successes reflect well on them, their research mentors, their departments and colleges, the university, and the state, and their future work will no doubt benefit us all.”
The fellowships are worth $34,000 per year and can be renewed for up to three years. Students’ institutions also receive $12,000 per year to offset tuition costs. In total, one year of the fellowship amounts to $322,000 for all seven students. If all renew for three years, that total increases $966,000.
The seven University of Arkansas students selected for the fellowships include:
- Tobias Dwyer, chemical engineering, Rogers, Arkansas
- Andrew Larey, biomedical engineering, Hot Springs, Arkansas
- Julia Loshelder, civil engineering, Flower Mound, Texas
- Jason Steck, mechanical engineering, Little Rock, Arkansas
- Garrett Tatum, civil engineering, Van Buren, Arkansas
- Natalie Von Tress, biological engineering, Arlington, Texas
- Simon Tye, biological sciences, Kearney, Nebraska