Purdue Engineering students offered prominent research awards

As sought-after fellowship and award announcements filter into universities around the country, the Purdue College of Engineering is seeing a strong showing among its students.

Because some award announcements are received on a rolling basis and others are routed through non-College channels, Purdue Engineering maintains a running list that is frequently updated and also offers an online form for submissions.

In its 2023 Award Offers and Honorable Mentions List, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) lists the names of nine Boilermaker awardees, as well as three honorable mentions and five alumni recipients.

GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support, including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the institution. It is the country’s oldest fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various STEM fields.

Current Purdue Engineering students who have received NSF fellowship offers:

  • Mary C. Arnhart (ME graduate student)
  • Jacob M. Halpern (NE undergraduate student)
  • Kevin Jay Kaufman-Ortiz (ENE graduate student)
  • Abbey Koneru (MSE graduate student)
  • Carly A. Mendenhall (ME graduate student)
  • Nathaniel J. Nauman (ECE graduate student)
  • Mikayla A. Roach (BME graduate student)
  • Liam J. Robinson (AAE graduate student)
  • James R. Wolfinbarger (CE graduate student)

Purdue Engineering alumni who have received NSF fellowship offers:

  • Rebecca L. Cantrell (CE undergraduate student; now an MS student in water resources engineering, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Samuel Heath (ChE undergraduate student; now an MS student in ME, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Joshua Q. Kosnoff (BME undergraduate student; now a PhD student in BME, Carnegie-Mellon University)
  • Nicole C. Rote (ME undergraduate student; now an MS student in AAE, University of Southern California)
  • John N. Vergados (ChE undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ChE, Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Engineering students who have received Honorable Mentions:

  • Sanjay S. Garimella (ChE undergraduate student)
  • Alex S. Ozbolt (ECE graduate student)
  • Aubrey E. Quigley (ChE undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ChE, University of Texas at Austin)

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (NDSEG) is administered through the Department of Defense. The competitive program awards fellowships to promising U.S. scientists who intend to pursue doctoral degrees in science and engineering disciplines relevant to the defense mission.

NDSEG fellowships last for three years and pay full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend ($38,400 annually), a $5,000 travel budget during the fellow’s tenure for professional development and up to $1,200 per year in health insurance.

Engineering students who received NDSEG fellowships:

  • Christopher Dean (ChE graduate student)
  • Elizabeth M. Frazier (BME graduate student)
  • Layton W. Howerton (AAE graduate student)
  • David R. Nickel (ECE graduate student)
  • Lance J. Parson (CE graduate student)
  • Liam J. Robinson (AAE graduate student)
  • Rebekah L. Travis (ME graduate student)

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship Program provides awardees with the tools required to pursue their STEM education and begin their careers in a prestigious civilian position with the Department of Defense.

SMART Scholars receive full tuition and education-related expenses, a stipend between $25,000-$38,000 per year depending on degree level, health insurance, a miscellaneous allowance of up to $1,000 per academic year, internships, mentors and placement at a DoD facility upon degree completion.

Purdue Engineering SMART Scholarship recipient:

  • Annie Sun (ChE graduate student)

In addition to these recently announced national fellowships, many other prominent fellowships are earned by Engineering graduate students. Visit the fellowships webpage for a complete list of national, international and university fellowships achieved by students within the College of Engineering.