Published: April 6, 2018 By
A CU Boulder researcher works on a project in a lab.

The National Science Foundation has awarded 24 prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships to CU Boulder students, paving the way for them to continue their innovative and impactful research on campus.

The awards, which were announced earlier this week, recognize outstanding graduate students from across the country in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. This year, NSF received over 12,000 applications and made 2,000 award offers to students nationwide.

“NSF Graduate Research Fellowships underscore the outstanding intellectual merit and broader societal impacts of the research that CU Boulder graduate students engage in,” said Dean Ann Schmiesing of CU Boulder’s Graduate School. “We are delighted that, as in previous years, so many of our graduate students have been recognized with these prestigious awards.”

The 2018 winners represent a wide range of scientific disciplines from across campus, including astronomy, engineering, physics, biology, mathematics, sociology and more. Each recipient will receive a $34,000 annual stipend for the next three years as well as professional development opportunities.

Nearly half of this year’s CU Boulder award winners study in the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS).

“The outstanding students selected for these graduate fellowships represent the next generation of science and technology leaders,” said Dean Bobby Braun of CEAS. "They have passions across the spectrum of engineering and are advancing the kind of impactful interdisciplinary research that our college and university are known for."

In addition to the fellowship award winners, 25 CU Boulder graduate students earned Honorable Mention recognition.