Ten Students, Alums Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

John Ovian '17 (CLAS) is one of a dozen current UConn undergraduate and graduate students recently named to the NSF's prestigious graduate research fellowship program. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
John Ovian '17 (CLAS) is one of a dozen current UConn undergraduate and graduate students recently named to the NSF's prestigious graduate research fellowship program. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently named ten University of Connecticut undergraduate and graduate students, and alumni to its prestigious graduate research fellowship program.

NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees.

This academic year, UConn’s Graduate School and Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships launched an incentive plan to encourage faculty to take a more active role in advising students who are eligible to apply for prestigious, nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships.

The oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the program provides a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance. Fellows also have opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research.

Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners; U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu; Google founder Sergey Brin; and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt.

Current Undergraduates

Diler Haji, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
John Ovian, Chemical Synthesis

Current Graduate Students
Donyeil Hoy, Biomedical Engineering
Ohan Manoukian, Biomedical Engineering
Hannah Morrow, Cognitive Neuroscience
Meghan Perdue, Cognitive Neuroscience

Alumni
Andrea DiVenere, Chemical Engineering
Anton Gudz, Green Chemistry and Catalysis
Milod Kazerounian, Formal Methods, Verification, and Programming Languages
Nicole Piscopo, Bioengineering