Edwin Torres Cuevas, CISTAR Graduate Fellow, Awarded 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship

Event Date: April 17, 2020

(April 17, 2020) Edwin Torres Cuevas, CISTAR Graduate Fellow, was awarded a 2020 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Torres is a second year PhD student at The University of Texas at Austin (UTA).

In 2019, the highly competitive honor received over 12,000 applications from students across the nation and only extended 2,000 award offers. According to the program solicitation, “the program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.”

The Fellowship will provide Torres with three years of support during a five-year fellowship period consisting of a stipend of $34,000 and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 for tuition, fees and other professional development.

Torres is currently researching how liquids interact with water and polymers and their effect on gas and water separations under the guidance of his advisors, professors Benny Freeman and Joan Brennecke. As part of the application process, Torres provided a personal statement and a research statement where he discussed how his research would impact society aside from the scientific aspects.

Torres plans to take advantage of the unique opportunities available to NSF Fellows. “The GRFP is a well-respected program both within the U.S. and worldwide, so I'm sure it'll open a lot of doors for me,” Torres  said. He also mentioned he would like to pursue an internship – in industry or national labs either in the U.S. or abroad – that the NSF makes available to their Fellows.

Torres is the second CISTAR Fellow to receive the award following the recognition last spring of Elsa Koninckx, a CISTAR Graduate Fellow at Northwestern University.


Above: Torres participated on a panel to share with high school students how they can pursue STEM opportunities at the non-profit organization, Código Austin, in Austin, Texas.