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28 Vanderbilt students named 2023 NSF Graduate Research Fellows

The National Science Foundation has selected 28 Vanderbilt students for its 2023 Graduate Research Fellowship Program. 

The NSF GRFP supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, STEM education and NSF-backed social science disciplines. 

Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $37,000 along with a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees, as well as access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students. 

Vanderbilt’s 2023 NSF GRFP scholars 

Madison Bates Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Patrick Kanan Darmawi-Iskandar Engineering - Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Malak Adel Elmessiry STEM Education and Learning Research - Science Education
Andrew Hanna Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Kush Hari Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Brennen Keuchel Life Sciences - Cell Biology
Shivam Mohite Mathematical Sciences - Applied Mathematics
Mariana Eleanor Smith Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Alexander D Stoneman Engineering - Chemical Engineering
Madison A. Veliky Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Morgan Nicole Struthers Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Ximena Leon Life Sciences - Evolutionary Biology
Madeline R. Spetz Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Jennifer Chinyere Obike Chemistry - Chemistry of Life Processes
Piper Cannon Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Nicole Taylor Marguerite Engineering - Chemical Engineering
Laura B. Richardson Engineering - Chemical Engineering
Michael Quan Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Alan A. Hurtado Life Sciences - Developmental Biology
Zane Joseph Parkerson Engineering - Chemical Engineering
Angela Michelle Totoro Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Amelia Muriel Soltes Engineering - Biomedical Engineering
Emily M. Harriott Psychology - Developmental Psychology
Kieran D. Nehil-Puleo Materials Research - Artificial Intelligence
Samantha Haun Schaffner Life Sciences - Evolutionary Biology
Rosseirys Noelia De La Rosa Social Sciences - Biological Anthropology
Kyle Edward Lira Chemistry - Analytical
Xavier Shemar Streety Chemistry - Chemistry of Life Processes

Additionally, five Vanderbilt students received an honorable mention designation for the program. 

Vanderbilt’s 2023 NSF GRFP honorable mentions

Nicholas Potteiger Comp/IS/Eng - Computer Systems and Embedded Systems
John E Peters Engineering - Mechanical Engineering
Olivia Nunn Life Sciences - Neurosciences
Caroline Bodnya Life Sciences - Developmental Biology
Benjamin Kenneth Blakley Chemistry - Chemical Measurement and Imaging

Since 1952, NSF has funded over 60,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants.  The application for 2024 Graduate Research Fellowships opens in July 2023. 

Those interested in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program or other competitive fellowships should contact Elizabeth Harrington Lambert, associate director of fellowships and scholarships at Vanderbilt.   

About the Career Center 

The Career Center supports all undergraduate students, graduate students (STEM, humanities and social science disciplines), postdoctoral fellows and Vanderbilt alumni up to two years after graduation.  

About the Fellowships Team  

The Fellowships Team supports all Vanderbilt students, postdoctoral fellows and alumni who are eligible to apply for awards that require institutional nomination. More information about supported fellowships can be found on the Career Center website.