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 2024 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 13 honorable mentions and four 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 includes 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:

  • Ana Laura Claure Dips (BME graduate student)
  • Arjun J. Grama (ECE graduate student)
  • Sydney Hummel (ChE graduate student)
  • Kyra R. Keenan (BME graduate student)
  • Xavier Isaiah Morgan-Lange (ME graduate student)
  • Levi Darian Reyes Premer (ME graduate student)
  • Chizaram G. Ugboh (ME graduate student)
  • Ryan Thomas Villarreal (IE graduate student)
  • Madelyn J. Whitaker (BME graduate student)

Purdue Engineering alumni who have received NSF fellowship offers:

  • Grace Crim (ECE undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ECE, Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Geoffrey M. Hopping (ChE undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ChE, Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Siddharth R. Nathella (ME undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ME, Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • Yug Rao (ECE undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ECE, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)

Engineering students who have received Honorable Mentions:

  • James Robert Baxter (ME undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ME, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • Paige Beck (ME undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ME, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Brennan Birn (ME undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ME, University of California, Berkeley)
  • Kevin D. Boes (ME graduate student)
  • Sophia R. Dasaro (ABE graduate student)
  • amuel T. Elkin (ECE graduate student)
  • Harrison Lippie (ChE undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ChE, University of Texas at Austin)
  • Mariah Katherine McDonald (BME undergraduate student)
  • Ryan M. Meister (BME graduate student)
  • Peter Joseph Menart (ECE graduate student)
  • Coleman B. Thompson (ENE graduate student)
  • Kyle York (AAE graduate student)
  • Shlomi Zilberman (ECE undergraduate student; now a PhD student in ECE, Michigan State University)

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 pursuing 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 ($43,200 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:

  • Andrew Schramka (ECE graduate student)
  • Matthew Thompson (MSE graduate student)
  • Kevin Boes (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 (DoD).

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 recipients:

  • Nicholas Scherschel (MSE graduate student)
  • Michael Thoenen (MSE graduate student)

In addition to these recently announced national fellowships, many other prominent fellowships are earned by our engineering graduate students. Visit our Fellowships Webpage for a complete list of many national, international, and university fellowships achieved by our students!