The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) aims to recognize outstanding graduate students in STEM fields by awarding each honoree $34,000 a year for the next three years. This year, the NSF received 12,000 applications and only offered 2,000 awards. Two CU Applied Math students, Ian Char and Maximilian Ruth, were among the select 2,000 students awarded.
Ian Char works in the Lladser Lab and researches the design and analysis of optimal algorithms to find keywords in text. He hopes to eventually develop probabilistic techniques to characterize the frequency at which keywords occur in different bodies of text.
Maximilian Ruth works in the Dispersive Hydrodynamics Lab and was additionally awarded the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Outstanding Graduate for Research Award for his research on nonlinear dynamics in magnetic materials. He will be attending a PhD program for Applied Math at Cornell University this fall.
The NSF also awarded Honorable Mention recognition to 1,459 individuals, one of which was another CU Applied Math student, Greg Benton.