Five CALS students win NSF graduate research fellowship awards

Five CALS graduate students were among 18 recipients at UW-Madison of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

The five CALS students are:

  • Brian Carrick, Ph.D. student, biochemistry
  • Leah Escalante, Ph.D. student, genetics
  • Christine Isabella, Ph.D. student, biochemistry
  • Kyle Robinson, Ph.D. student, biochemistry
  • Randee Young, Ph.D. student, genetics

The fellowship program, which provides three years of financial support for graduate study, aims to keep the nation a global leader in advancing science and engineering research and innovation, according to the NSF.  Recipients receive a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 education allowance from NSF, plus the UW-Madison Graduate School contributes toward fringe benefits.

In total, the NSF named 2,000 students as recipients of this year’s GRFP awards, selected through peer review process from over 13,000 applicants.

“The NSF-Graduate Research Fellows Program is a highly competitive award that draws from student talent across the nation,” states Graduate School Dean William J. Karpus.  “The program leads to great outcomes.  Awardees not only benefit from the financial support of the fellowship, but also have the long-term benefit of becoming more competitive for future funding and gaining access to opportunities for research collaboration and professional development through NSF programs.  We congratulate these students on their achievement.”

To see the other recipients and read the full article, visit the UW-Madison Graduate School website.