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Academia Unpacked

Fantastic Fellows

Why graduate research fellowships matter

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A university's success in innovation, science, and technology can be measured by the grants it receives. One prestigious recognition is the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award.

The GRFP helps ensure science and engineering in the U.S. remain vital. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students in NSF-supported disciplines who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees at accredited universities. Past fellows have included Nobel Prize winners, Google founder Sergey Brin, and many others.

In the last five years, nine students at UTA have received this recognition, including Omomayowa Olawoyin and Marquerite Herzog. Other recipients include Troy Barber ('16 MS), Kathleen Currie (genomics student), Lauren Fuess ('18 PhD), Laura Henderson ('14 PhD), Sarah Hussein (aeronautical and aerospace engineering student), Kimberly Johnson ('16 MA), and Danielle Rivera (evolutionary biology student).

"Receiving this fellowship made me pause and think about how far I have come academically," Olawoyin says. "It also made me think about the responsibility that I have to make outstanding research contributions to my field of study."

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