CoE Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Friday, April 3, 2020
Eleven students currently affiliated UC Santa Barbara’s College of Engineering have received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). NSF fellows receive three years of financial support, or roughly $138,000, in the form of an annual stipend of $34,000 and an annual cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 paid to the graduate degree-granting institution for tuition and fees. Fellows also receive opportunities for international research and professional development.
The GRFP is the nation’s oldest fellowship program that recognizes and supports graduate students pursuing research-based graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program is intended to ensure the vitality and diversity of the nation’s scientific and engineering workforce, inspiring future contributions to research, teaching, and scientific innovation. Students can apply to the program before beginning or early in their graduate studies. They may accept the NSF fellowship if they have not accepted and are not already supported by another federal graduate fellowship. 
This year, 2,076 students were offered fellowships and 1,827 received honorable mention. The NSF issues honorable mention as an academic recognition to meritorious applicants who did not receive fellowship awards. Twelve students, who are either currently enrolled at UCSB or received their undergraduate degrees at UCSB, received honorable mention in 2020.  
Of the more than 50,000 fellows who have received GRFP funding since 1952, 42 have gone on to become Nobel laureates, and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences. 
UCSB students who received 2020 fellowships by NSF’s GRFP
Name                                Field of Study
Carmi, Meital         Aeronautical/Aerospace Eng.
Chau, Allison L            Materials Engineering
Finzel, Jordan             Chemical Engineering
Foley, Emily Eileen     Materials Research 
Mayer, Justin              Materials Research 
Pace, Gordon Taylor   Chemical Engineering
Pretti, Evan Jack         Chemical Engineering
Reynolds, Colleen Mary Materials Research 
Unger, Colin Dirk       Computer Security and Privacy
Vincent, Rebecca       Materials Research 
Xiao, Charles              Mechanical Engineering
UCSB CoE graduate students (8) who received honorable mention
Name                            Field of Study
Dow, Liam                       Bioengineering
Fisher, William                 Materials Research 
Guo, Joel Wei                 Optical Engineering
Kayede, Emmanuel         Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Maravilla, Julian Adolfo  Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Nguyen, Howie               Materials Research 
Russell, Ryan Shigeo Materials Research 
Warnock, Samuel            Materials Research 
Honorable mentions (4) who earned bachelor’s degrees at UCSB
Name                    Field of Study
Bousse, Nicholas    Mechanical Engineering
McBride, David      Chemical Engineering
Sabin, Jeanne        Environmental Engineering
Wu, Haoyang         Chemical Engineering

Eleven CoE students received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation.