Elsa Koninckx Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship

Event Date: May 3, 2019
(MAY 3, 2019)- CISTAR congratulates Elsa Koninckx, a CISTAR Graduate Fellow at Northwestern University, as she has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and the Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship aims to support students in research-based Master’s and Doctoral degrees in STEM fields. Recipients of the Graduate Research Fellowship receive three years of support. Koninckx was selected for this fellowship upon submitting her research on Transition Metal Catalyzed Oligomerization at Higher Temperatures. This selective award is given to 2,000 students annually, from a pool exceeding 12,000 applicants, and is valued at approximately $138,000. Graduate students may only apply for this award one time.

The Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship is granted to no more than ten individuals each year. Koninckx will spend six months at Ghent University in Belgium during the upcoming 2019-2020 academic year. During this time, she will participate in collaborative research with various prominent figures in the field of hydrocarbon processing.

Koninckx has also received various awards for presentations relating to her research with CISTAR. She recently earned one of the two top prizes for her poster at the 2019 North American Symposium on Chemical Reaction Engineering. In addition, Koninckx earned second place last fall in CISTAR’s ‘Perfect Pitch’ competition, in which CISTAR fellows are given 90 seconds to pitch their research poster to industry members.