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Seventeen Current and Former Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

By David Yanez

Seventeen current and former Texas A&M students were recently named National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recipients for 2023. Winners include five current Texas A&M graduate students - along with two recent spring graduates - and ten students who earned bachelor's degrees from Texas A&M and are currently enrolled in graduate programs at other institutions.

Founded in 1951, the NSF GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Awardees are anticipated to graduate as experts in their fields and contribute meaningfully to research, teaching, and innovation in ways that advance our nation's technological, economic and security infrastructure. Undergraduate seniors and graduate students in the first year of their graduate programs are eligible to apply. Approximately 2,000 students are awarded each year from around 13,000 applicants.

The five-year fellowship provides three years of financial support, including an annual stipend of $37,000 and a $12,000 cost of education allowance. 


Current Texas A&M graduate students awarded for 2023 and their field of study:
  • ​​​​​Emmarie Pearl Alexander, Systematics and Biodiversity

  • Carla Bassil, Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Spring 2023 graduate)

  • Aaron J. DeSalvio, Genetics

  • William F. Frendreiss, Algebra Number Theory and Combinatronics (Spring 2023 graduate)

  • Harrison Lee, Genetics and Genomics

  • Isaac Alan Ray, Statistics

  • Vivian A. Peralta Santana, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Texas A&M graduates currently enrolled in graduate programs at other institutions and their field of study: 
  • Zeina Barghouti, Materials Engineering

  • Alexandra Noel Barron, Chemical Engineering

  • Claudia Nikole Daboin, Biomedical Engineering

  • Matthew Alan Dew, Science Education

  • Vanessa M. Gonzalez, Chemical Synthesis

  • Haley Nicole Jones, Ceramics

  • Karey Maynor, Mechanical Engineering

  • Aaron Nelson, Mechanical Engineering

  • Amelia Muriel Soltes, Biomedical Engineering

  • Victor Adam Vogt, Chemistry of Materials

For a complete list of winners, visit the NSF's award offers page and for more information, visit the NSF GFRP website.

About the Author

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David Yanez

Originally from The Woodlands, TX, David is currently an undergraduate student majoring in political science. He joined the Graduate and Professional School in June of 2022, and will be working on managing and editing for the Aggie Voice blog, among other things. He enjoys books, movies, and TV shows, and hopes to attend law school in the near-future.

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