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Graduate Students Capture Honors

Four engineering students have been selected to receive coveted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships from approximately 1,650 awards presented this year. The students are: Alexandra Cooper, a chemical engineering student who is engaged in graduate studies at Cornell University; Joseph Zinski, a chemical engineering student who will pursue his graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania; Eric Sirois, who is currently pursuing his graduate studies in mechanical engineering at UConn; and Michael Khalil, a biomedical engineering graduate who is pursuing his graduate degree at Columbia University.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. NSF awards the highly competitive fellowships based on the quality of students’ detailed application materials, academic record and references. The fellowships entail a $30,000/year stipend presented to the student, along with an educational allowance to the host university.

UConn engineering students have garnered GRFP in previous years, as well. Recipients and honorable mentions, from 2006-date, are summarized in the tables below.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients

Year Name

B.S. Univ.

& Degree Year

Undergraduate Degree Program Graduate University
2010 Alexandra Cooper UConn/2009 Chemical Engineering Cornell University
2010 Michael Khalil UConn/2008 Biomedical Engineering Columbia University
Eric Sirois UConn/2009 Mechanical Engineering UConn
Joseph Zinski UConn/2010 Chemical Engineering University of Pennsylvania
2008 Kathryn Fontaine UConn Biomedical Engineering Dartmouth College
Alexander Gusev UConn/2007 Computer Science & Engineering Columbia University
2006 Eric Landry UConn/2005 Mechanical Engineering Carnegie Mellon University

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mentions

Year Name

B.S. Univ.

& Degree Year

Undergraduate Degree Program Graduate University
2010 Matthew Boucher UConn — B.S. ’07; M.S. ’08 Chemical Engineering Tufts University
Jacob Martin UConn/2008 Chemical Engineering Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
R. Sterling Nesbitt UConn/2009 Biomedical Engineering UConn
Michelle Przybylek UConn/2009 Environmental Engineering

University of Michigan-

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2009 James L. Bosse UConn/2009 Materials Science & Engineering UConn
Christine Endicott UConn/2008 Chemical Engineering Cornell University
Michael Khalil UConn/2008 Biomedical Engineering Columbia University
R. Sterling Nesbitt UConn/2009 Biomedical Engineering UConn
Derek Nener-Plante University of Maine/2008 Civil Engineering UConn
2008 Christine Endicott UConn/2008 Chemical Engineering Cornell University
2007 Alexander Gusev UConn/2007 Computer Science & Engineering Columbia University