Engineering grad students win NSF fellowships

Nine Purdue Engineering graduate students have been awarded 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. They were selected from a pool of more than 12,000 applicants.

The awardees are:

  • Trevor Bird, Mechanical Engineering
  • Kathryn Ann Clements, Mechanical Engineering
  • Julianna Sun Ge, Engineering Education
  • Casey Allen Hooker, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Nicolae C. Iovanac, Chemical Engineering
  • Taylor Allison Lee, Mechanical Engineering
  • Juan Ojeda Romero, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Adarsh Patra, Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering
  • Katherine Riley, Mechanical Engineering

The prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program offered 2,000 fellowship awards this year. The group of awardees is diverse, including 1,156 women, 461 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 75 persons with disabilities, 27 veterans and 780 who have not yet enrolled in graduate school. The program recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers and supports their graduate research training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

The award provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period: $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. The support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in a STEM field.