NSF Names Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients

April 6, 2016
The National Science Foundation awards 2016 graduate research fellowships.

2015 GRFP awardee William A. Tarpeh -- a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley, Department of Environmental Engineering -- studies new technologies for making fertilizers and disinfectants from human urine.

Credit: William Tarpeh

The National Science Foundation names 2,000 individuals from a diverse group of scientific disciplines as 2016 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awardees. The recipients were selected from among 17,000 applicants and include 1,077 women, 424 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 62 persons with disabilities, 35 veterans and 627 senior undergraduates, according to the NSF.

GRFP 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 science or engineering. Former NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering, have become leaders in their chosen careers and been honored as Nobel laureates.

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