CU Graduate School Attracts Record Number of National Science Foundation Fellows

July 9, 2009

The University of Colorado at Boulder has attracted 23 new graduate students who have received prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships, a record for the campus.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program provides each recipient with an annual stipend of $30,000, along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance and a one-time travel allowance of $1,000. The three-year fellowship can be used at any accredited U.S. or foreign institution of graduate education.

The new students will enter CU-Boulder in the fall semester, bringing the total number of NSF fellows at CU-Boulder to 51.

"This is an extremely competitive and prestigious award," said John Stevenson, interim dean of the Graduate School.

He said the 23 NSF fellows coming to campus in fall will shatter any previous records, and that typically the average number of NSF fellows on campus in a given year is about 25, with seven or eight new fellows enrolling each fall.

"For the campus to attract 23 new fellows in one year is a really exceptional achievement," Stevenson said. "This is a wonderful testimony to the quality of our graduate programs. And the presence of these students is right in step with our efforts to achieve the Flagship 2030 goal of enhancing graduate education at CU-Boulder."

Previous fellows of the NSF program include Nobel Prize winners, including CU-Boulder physics Adjoint Professor Eric Cornell, who was an NSF fellow from 1985 to 1988. Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, and Steven Levitt, co-author of the best-selling book "Freakonomics," also were NSF fellows.

For more information about the CU-Boulder Graduate School visit http://www.Colorado.EDU/GraduateSchool/. For more information about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program visit www.nsfgrfp.org/.

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