11 UCR Students Awarded National Science Foundation Fellowship

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UCR awarded fellowships for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics students pursuing research-based graduate and doctoral degrees.
By Brittney Carolina on May 16, 2018
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University of California, Riverside students received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research fellowship. Back row from left to right: Alejandro Gallegos, Natalie Fischer, Win Cowger, Julia Adams, and Isis Frausto-Vicencio. Front row from left to right: Shannon Sweitzer, Thien-Y Nguyen, Rosa McGuire, and Leticia Meza. David Paglinawan Silos

Eleven University of California, Riverside students received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research fellowship, the preeminent award program recognizing NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students pursuing research-based graduate and doctoral degrees at accredited institutions in the United States.
UCR’s Graduate Research fellows were among 2,000 awardees chosen from more than 12,000 applicants nationwide. From the 11 UCR students selected, four are undergraduates who will begin their graduate studies next fall, seven are graduate students at UCR, and one of the graduate students completed his undergraduate study at the university.
“Graduate Research fellowships are highly competitive and prestigious awards that underscore the potential UCR’s students possess as candidates for continuing their education and obtaining career opportunities in research and technical areas,” said Shaun Bowler, Graduate Division dean. “It is quite an accomplishment to compete and win an award or an honorable mention. This speaks volumes about the research skills and creativity of our students and the quality of our programs.”
The competition selects talented students from different demographic and economic backgrounds. The program is based on geographic distribution and considers diversity in the workforce, with the inclusion of candidates who have disabilities, underrepresented populations, women, and veterans.
Hillary Jenks, director of GradSuccess, and her team run GradEdge/JumpStart, a summer session that aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students in STEM graduate programs. Jenks said the program consists of a workshop series, mentorships, one-on-one writing consultations, …

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