By Hayley Cox
The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) supports outstanding graduate students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics and pursuing research-based Masters and Doctoral degrees. This program reinforces diversity in these fields and encourages fellowship applications from minority groups such as women, racial minorities and the disabled. 2012 marked the GRFP’s 60th anniversary.
Over 13,000 applications were submitted for the 2013 National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellowship competition, resulting in 2,000 award offers. This spring, 13 former Texas A&M University students were selected as 2013 NSF graduate fellows, while 16 were named honorable mentions. Of these students, 12 had previously completed an undergraduate research thesis at Texas A&M as either an Undergraduate Research Scholar or University Undergraduate Research Fellow.
2013 NSF Graduate Fellow Daniel Freeman graduated from Texas A&M University in 2012 with a Bachelors of Science in both mathematics and physics. While at Texas A&M, Freeman had two major research focuses—molecular beam experiments in the chemistry department and cosmology research in the physics department. His work on the molecule chlorine oxide (ClO) was published in the journal Chemical Physics. Freeman graduated as an Undergraduate Research Scholar, receiving the award for Best Research Scholars Thesis in 2012.
The 2013 NSF Graduate Fellow said, “The NSF fellowship essentially frees me to pursue what I’d like to as a graduate student, which is intellectually liberating.” Freeman said, “I can steer the course of my studies with more freedom than is afforded to many. I greatly appreciate the opportunity.”
Freeman currently attends the University of California at Berkeley where he has completed his first year as a graduate student research assistant interested in the field of Quantum Information Science.
2013 NSF Graduate Fellow Jennifer Bryson graduated from Texas A&M University with University and Mathematics Honors with a degree in mathematics and minors in physics and electrical engineering. During her undergraduate career, Bryson participated in internships with the Department of Defense as well as Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in number theory at Emory University. She was also a dedicated player for and captain of the Texas A&M Women’s Water Polo team.
Bryson said, “Texas A&M has been the most amazing undergraduate experience for me, supplying an endless amount of incredible opportunities. I owe a ton to this university and the numerous faculty and staff members who have helped me so much along the way.” She said, “A&M is truly a special place. I’m so thrilled to have more time at the place I love so much!”
Bryson is currently enjoying her summer working on the East Coast on a math research project, and she will be continuing on at Texas A&M in the fall to begin her PhD in mathematics.
The Honors and Undergraduate Research Department (HUR) would like to congratulate the 2013 National Science Foundation Fellows and Honorable Mentions!
Kaila Morgen Bertsch – Materials Sciences
Jennifer Anne Bryson – Mathematical Sciences
Cynthia Marie Castro – Civil Engineering
Jory London Denny – Computer Science
Christian Daniel Freeman – Chemistry
Kim Lani Gonzalez – Cell Biology
Bagrat Grigoryan – Biomedical Engineering
Candice Marie Haase – Biomedical Engineering
Richard Joseph Hendrick – Mechanical Engineering
Landon Daniel Nash – Biomedical Engineering
Katherine Christine Stuckman – Computer Science
Cherish Christony Vance – Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Timothy Daniel Woodbury – Aerospace Engineering
Haron Abdel-Raziq – Electrical Engineering
Brian Bass – Electrical Engineering
Tyler William Behm – Physics and Astronomy
Trevor John Bennett – Aerospace Engineering
Christine Michelle Bergerson – Biomedical Engineering
Alexandra Lynn Bryson – Microbiology
Shannon Lee Cole – Neuropsychology
Nathan Bradley Favero – Political Science
John Robert Haliburton – Biophysics
Matthew Christopher Johnson – Electrical Engineering
Michael Clinton Koetting – Chemical Engineering
Jeehyun Park – Biomedical Engineering
Courtney Nicole Passow – Evolutionary Biology
Kaitlyn Stiles – Biological Anthropology
Laura Timm – Marine Biology
Elizabeth Susan Wilson – Ecology