UChicago Biosciences graduate students Amanda Keplinger (Cell and Molecular Biology, Advisor: Alexander Ruthenburg), Hannah Martin (Neurobiology, Advisor: Ruth Anne Eatock) and Jaeda Patton (Genetics, Genomics and Systems Biology, Advisor: Joseph Thornton), have been awarded 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. This highly competitive fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.
The NSF also recognized the six following UChicago Biosciences graduate students with honorable mentions: Elena Cortes (Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Advisor: Engin Ozkan), William Koval, (Ecology & Evolution, Advisor: Gregory Dwyer), Adam Krahn (Cell and Molecular Biology, Advisor: Benjamin Glick), Heather Macomber (Neurobiology, Advisor: Mark Sheffield), Sarah Paracha (Cell and Molecular Biology, Advisor: David Pincus) and Diane Schnitkey (Biophysical Sciences, Co-Advisors: Rama Ranganathan and Michael Rust).
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program annually awards approximately 2,000 new fellowships and 1,500 honorable mention recipients out of a pool of about 12,000 applicants. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, in addition to opportunities for international research and professional development.