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Kaitlyn Bacon, Camden Cutright, Emily McGuinness and Chris Cooper Selected to Receive NSF Fellowships

Ph.D. graduate students Ms. Kaitlyn Bacon (co-advised by S. Menegatti and B. Rao) and Mr. Camden Cutright (co-advised by J. Genzer, S. Khan, and S. Menegatti), alum Emily McGuinness (B.S. ’16) – now at Georgia Tech in Materials Science – and graduating senior Chris Cooper have been selected to receive Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

According to the NSF web site, “…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 United States institutions.”

Furthermore, “….the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.”

During the 2016-17 academic-year competition, NSF received over 13,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers.

Congratulations to the students for this prestigious honor!