Published: April 21, 2014 By

The National Science Foundation recently announced the recipients of their coveted 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship awards. These prestigious awards have been given since 1952 to graduate students who show a demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.

Two students from the BioFrontiers Institute’s Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology PhD Program, Ryan Langendorf and Eric Kightley, received fellowships. Three additional IQ Biology students, Kathryn Wall, Cloe Pogoda and John Nardini, were given honorable mentions. An incoming CU-Boulder student, Jamie Morton, who was recently accepted into the IQ Biology program from Miami University, also received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship award.

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Ryan Langendorf (left) and Eric Kightley (right)

Last year, the University of Colorado, Boulder students won 21 NSF fellowships, a new record for the campus. CU-Boulder was among the top 20 universities with NSF fellows last year. BioFrontiers and the IQ Biology program are honored to have students involved in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which is one of the most prestigious awards available for student researchers. The NSF fellowships provide three years of financial support over a five-year period. This is split into a $30,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. The fellowship also provides opportunities to participate in international research collaborations and access to NSF-supported research infrastructure. From over 14,000 applicants, a total of 2,000 Graduate Fellows were awarded in 2014, 30 of which went to CU-Boulder students.