Students, grads receive more than $1 million from NSF

Students and alumni from the University of Central Florida have earned more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation to support their pursuits of advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.

Ten UCF students and graduates were named recipients of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, which support outstanding graduate students who are working toward research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in STEM fields.

Four other UCF students received honorable mentions from the NSF.

The fellows will each receive a three-year annual stipend of $30,000.

The students are also each given a $10,500 educational allowance that covers tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education.

The College of Sciences NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recipients are:

Jacqueline Esquiaqui, a member of the Burnett Honors College, graduated from the College of Sciences in fall 2010 with degrees in Chemistry and Biology.

Elise Hernandez, a member of the Burnett Honors College, graduated with Honors in the Major in summer 2011. She received a degree in Psychology from the College of Sciences.

Lilian Milanes currently studies Anthropology in the College of Sciences and is an Honors in the Major student.

Emily Sassano received a degree in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from the College of Medicine and a degree in Biology from the College of Sciences. She graduated with Honors in the Major in fall 2007.

Read more about the awards here.

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