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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Summary of Award

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 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 in the U.S. and abroad.  The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.


•·        Three years of support
•·        $34,000 annual stipend
•·        $12,000 cost-of-education allowance
•·        $1,000 one time international travel allowance
•·         TeraGrid Supercomputer access



Honors Program Director

Application Process Includes

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement Essay
  • Previous Research Experience Essay
  • Proposed Plan of Research Essay
  • 3 Reference Letters
  • Academic Transcripts
  • GRE scores - recommended, but NOT required

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Past CU Honorees

Kaitlin Dunn '17 - Electrical Engineering and Physics, University of Rochester

Taylor Lenney '17 - Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University

Emily Gonthier '16 - Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Leah Granger '16 - Mathematics and Chemical Engineering, Honorable Mention, North Carolina State University

Tyler Tuttle '16 - Mechanical Engineering, Honorable Mention, Michigan State University

Rachel Rosenthal '16 - Mechanical Engineering, Honorable Mention, Clarkson University

Skyler Canute '16 - Mechanical Engineering, Honorable Mention, Georgia Institute of Technology

Sergio Gallucci '16 - Aeronautical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University

Michael Lee '16 - Aeronautical Engineering, Duke University

Jacob Misch '16 - Mechanical Engineering, Honorable Mention, Georgia Institute of Technology

Ruisheng Wang '15 - Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University

Orion Kafka '14 - Mechanical Engineering, Northwestern University

Alexander Landauer '14 - Mechanical Engineering, Honorable Mention, Brown University

Eleanor Vane '14 - Biomolecular Sciences, University of Washington

Sydney Laramie '13 - Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University

Andrew Doyle '12 - Physics and Chemical Engineering, Honorable Mention, Stanford University

Mark Julian '12 - Chemical Engineering, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute

Timothy Kopp '12 - Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Honorable Mention, University of Rochester

Kathleen Lewicki '12 - Mechanical Engineering, Dartmouth 

Kyle Perline '12 - Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautical Engineering & Math & Physics, Cornell University

Kenneth Yancey '11 - Chemistry, Cornell University

Maria Lang '11 - Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan

Brent Pomeroy '10 - Aeronautical Engineering, University of Illinois

Eleanor (Davis) Deram '10 - Applied Math & Statistics & History, Honorable Mention, University of Texas

Andrew Davis Dec '09 - Applied Math & Statistics, Honorable Mention, MIT

Ryan Watkins '09 - Aeronautical Engineering, University of Michigan

Sayuri Yapa '09 - Mechanical Engineering, Stanford

Melissa Van Kleeck '09 - Chemical Engineering, Honorable Mention, Purdue University

Niall Mangan '07 - Biophysics, Harvard

Christy Petruzcok '07 - Chemical Engineering, MIT

Sam Gorton '06 - Chemical Engineering, Vermont

Nadeeka Yapa '05 - Electrical Engineering, Raytheon

Kirsten Griffiths '03 - Chemistry, Ph.D, University of Georgetown Law School