KU News Release


May 11, 2011
Contact: Sara Rosen, Office Graduate Studies, 785-864-8040

Nine students, alumni win National Science Foundation fellowships

LAWRENCE — Nine students and alumni from the University of Kansas have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2011-12.

The recipients include students who earned bachelor’s degrees at KU and will be pursuing graduate degrees at other universities and students pursuing graduate degrees at KU.

Regarded as one of the premier awards in the sciences, the fellowships provide a $30,000 stipend each year for three years of graduate study plus an allowance of $10,500 to the institution for research expenses.

NSF fellowship winners from KU are:

— Matthew Wilson Baldwin, doctoral student in psychology from Los Angeles, Calif.
— Michael John Dunaway, master’s student in geography from Lawrence
— Katherine J. Harry, senior in chemical engineering from Spring Hill, to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
— Sarah Nicole Johnson, doctoral student in bioengineering from Murfreesboro, Tenn.
— Emily Claire Mangus, doctoral student in bioengineering from Manhattan
— Aaron M. Olsen, a spring 2009 graduate in biochemistry from Leawood, to study at University of Chicago
— Lauren Rochelle Prather, a 2006 graduate in French from Lee’s Summit, Mo., to study at Stanford University
— Richard Z. Robinson, a spring 2010 graduate in mathematics from Garnett to study at the University of Washington
— Jessica G. Snyder Stockham, a 2009 graduate in engineering physics from Clearwater and a graduate student at the University of Washington, to study at KU

Additionally, a KU senior, a graduate student and three alumni earned honorable mentions in the fellowship competition.

They were among 950 fellowship recipients announced recently by NSF. About 10 percent of those who apply for NSF fellowships are selected. Graduate research fellowships provide an annual stipend plus tuition and discretionary funds for up to three years. The fellowships support students in the early stages of their research-based master’s or doctoral degrees.

“These fellowships are just one measure of the outstanding graduate education here at KU,” said Sara Rosen, dean of graduate studies. “For the KU undergraduate students, it is the opportunity to complete undergraduate research with graduate students and faculty that creates a strong application to this competitive scholarship. For the graduate students here at KU, the Office of Graduate Studies is working with faculty and students to ensure that graduate students who are eligible consider submitting a competitive application for this program.”

NSF fellowships are intended for individuals in the early stages of graduate study. Fellows must be working on research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the mathematical, physical, biological, behavioral or social sciences; engineering; the history of science; or the philosophy of science; or research-based doctoral degrees in science education.

For this highly competitive award, applicants must submit research proposals, which are reviewed by expert scientists in their field. NSF fellowship recipients as well as honorable mentions represent the best among young scientists in the United States.

All fellows and honorable mention candidates are listed at the NSF website.

The KU students and recent graduates receiving fellowships and honorable mentions are listed below by hometown, major or degree received from KU, parents’ names, other schools attended and award.

ANDERSON COUNTY
From Garnett 66032
Richard Z. Robinson, bachelor’s degree in mathematics from KU, spring 2010; Richard and Jerry Robinson; Anderson County High School; NSF fellowship to study math analysis at the University of Washington, where he is a graduate student.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66046
Michael John Dunaway, master’s student in geography; bachelor’s degree from Haskell Indian Nations University, 2010; NSF fellowship to study geography.

From Lawrence 66049
Amanda C. Pierce, bachelor’s degree in biology from KU, spring 2010; Kerry and Mary Lou Pierce; Lawrence Free State High School; honorable mention.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Gardner 66030
Julie Anne Bergene, graduate student in ecology and evolutionary biology; bachelor’s degree in biology from KU, spring 2010; Robert and Charlene Bergene; Gardner Edgerton High School; honorable mention in geological sciences palentology.

From Leawood 66209
Aaron M. Olsen; bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from KU, spring 2009; Kevin and Cheryl Ross; Blue Valley North High School; NSF fellowship to study anatomy at the University of Chicago, where he is a graduate student.

From Shawnee 66203
Shelbi L. Russel, bachelor’s degree in biology from KU, spring 2009; Shawnee Mission Northwest High School; honorable mention.

From Spring Hill 66083
Katherine J. Harry, senior in chemical engineering; Jack and Joann Harry; Spring Hill High School; NSF fellowship to study engineering materials at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan 66503
Emily Claire Mangus, doctoral student in bioengineering; Terry and Claire Beck; bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University, 2008; NSF fellowship to study bioengineering.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Clearwater 67026
Jessica G. Snyder Stockham; bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from KU, 2009; Mike Snyder; Clearwater High School; NSF fellowship to study chemical engineering at KU. She is currently a graduate student at the University of Washington and is returning to KU to pursue a doctorate.

CALIFORNIA
From Los Angeles 90034
Matthew Wilson Baldwin, doctoral student in psychology; bachelor’s degree from Miami University at Oxford, 2008; NSF fellowship to study social psychology.

From Pinole 94564
Anthony J. Barley, doctoral student in ecology and evolutionary biology; bachelor’s degree from California State University-Sacremento, 2008; honorable mention.

MISSOURI
From Lee’s Summit 64086
Lauren Rochelle Prather, bachelor’s degree in French from KU, 2006; Richard and Denise Prather; Lee’s Summit North High School; NSF fellowship to study political science at Stanford University, where she is a graduate student.

From Raytown 64133
Anthony Robert Prosser, senior in chemistry; Kevin Prosser; Jefferson West High School; honorable mention.

TENNESSEE
From Murfreesboro 37128
Sarah Nicole Johnson, doctoral student in bioengineering; bachelor’s degree from University of Memphis, 2010; NSF fellowship to study bioengineering.


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