MSU NatSci students, alumni named 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows

  • Apr 19, 2016
  • Faculty & Staff, Research, Students, EES, Human Medicine, Physics & Astronomy, Plant Biology

Three recent Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) graduates and one current student have been selected as 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellows.

The NSF program is the country’s oldest graduate fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.

The four NatSci recipients are:

Stephanie Hamilton, a graduate of the College of Natural Science and the Honors College, now studying physics at the University of Michigan.

Kerri Miazgowicz, a graduate of the College of Natural Science, now studying biology at the University of Georgia.

Michael Paxhia, a graduate of the College of Natural Science and the Honors College, now studying biology at the University of Georgia.

Patricia Jaimes, a graduate student in the College of Natural Science studying geological sciences.

MSU had a total of 14 NSF Graduate Research Fellows selected this year. An additional 20 received honorable mentions.

“The selection of these individuals as NSF Graduate Research Fellows is a testament to the quality of students that we have at Michigan State and underscores the importance of engaging undergraduates in research, particularly in the STEM fields,” said R. James Kirkpatrick, NatSci dean. “On behalf of the college, I congratulate them on this outstanding achievement and wish them continued success.”

NSF Graduate Research Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $32,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.