Published: March 27, 2017

Lee KorshojGraduate student Lee Korshoj has earned the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

The competitive fellowship recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines across the United States. Winners receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, a $12,000 education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution) and opportunities for international research and professional development.

The program historically has attracted recipients who achieve notable success in their future careers. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Google founder Sergey Brin.

“I am grateful to receive this award associated with so many established and future scientific leaders,” Korshoj said. “This fellowship will help support my continued research on techniques for single-molecule RNA and DNA sequencing, which I am pursuing in collaboration with a team of lab members and funding from the W.M. Keck Foundation. We have already demonstrated methods for improving sequencing accuracy, as highlighted in Small early this year, and we look forward to further breakthroughs in sequencing technology with future applications in personalized medicine and genomics.”

Korshoj is among 27 CU Boulder students, including 12 in the College of Engineering and Applied Science, to receive the fellowship this year. A graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Korshoj is advised by Professors Anushree Chatterjee and Prashant Nagpal. He is also a recipient of the Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) fellowship, another competitive program that assists high-achieving graduate students pursuing research in fields designated as national priorities.

The department is also proud to recognize Michael McGrath, a graduate student in the labs of Doug Gin and Rich Noble, who received the NSF Honorable Mention.