NSF fellows tackle research ranging from cystic fibrosis treatment to a better hip replacement

This fall, the University of Colorado Boulder is again hosting a large class of National Science Foundation fellows. Twenty-six new graduate researchers have received NSF fellowships, bringing the total number of NSF fellows on campus to 101, a new record for CU-Boulder.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is one of the most prestigious awards available for student researchers in the country. This year CU-Boulder was among the top 20 universities enrolling NSF fellows.

CU-Boulder’s new fellows are tackling a variety of problems across a wide range of disciplines, from how to keep the bones of future astronauts from becoming brittle en route to Mars to how to build a better hip replacement using a person’s own bone and cartilage cells. Fellows are also studying the properties of ultracold gases and methods for treating people with cystic fibrosis as well as how malaria “hides” in our bodies and how sunlight can be turned directly into fuels.

Click on the photos below to learn more about their research: