Record Number of NSF Fellowships Awarded to Olin Students, Alumni

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Olin College of Engineering students and alumni received a record 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships in 2011, amounting to nearly one percent of the number given out this year nationwide.

“This impressive accomplishment demonstrates the fact that faculty at other universities see Olin as producing graduates that are especially well prepared to meet the nation’s human resource needs in science and engineering,” said Richard K. Miller.

Olin College of Engineering students and alumni received a record 16 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships in 2011, according to information made available by the program. The number of fellowships awarded to Olin recipients in 2011 exceeds the total number given previously to Oliners since they became eligible to apply in 2006, and amounts to nearly one percent of the number given out this year nationwide.

“The large number of NSF fellowship recipients for a school as small as Olin is an indication of the high regard that other universities represented on the national selection committee have for the high quality of our student body and the excellence of the preparation they receive here,” said Richard K. Miller, president of Olin College. “It demonstrates the fact that the faculty at other universities see Olin as producing graduates that are especially well prepared to meet the nation’s human resource needs in science and engineering.”

The prestigious NSF program, whose official name is the Graduate Research Fellowship Program, recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, 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.

The Olin NSF fellows for 2011, with their graduate institutions of study or intended study, are

Class of 2006
Janet Yi-Jen Tsai, University of Colorado-Boulder

Class of 2007
Katherine A. Kim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Class of 2010
Andrew J. Barry, MIT
Jennifer L. Cross, Carnegie-Mellon University
Joseph T. Funke, Stanford University
Michael C. Hughes, Brown University
Heena K. Mutha, MIT
Hermes A. Taylor-Weiner, University of California-San Diego
Alex J. Trazkovich, Carnegie-Mellon University

Class of 2011
Jacob S. Izraelevitz, MIT
Nitin R. Kapania, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Claire McLeod, University of Washington
Rachel S. Nancollas, MIT
Elena Oleynikova, Carnegie Mellon University
Guanqing Ou, University of California-Berkeley
Katelyn E. Swift-Spong, University of Southern California

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