UW–Madison students awarded prestigious graduate research fellowships

Dozens of UW–Madison students are among this year’s recipients of the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is one of the oldest and most prestigious fellowships in the country. UW–Madison is a leading university in GRFP recipients and strongly encourages senior undergraduates and early-career graduate students to apply to this fellowship.

About 2,000 students are offered the fellowship out of more than 12,000 applicants each year. This year, UW–Madison graduate students received more GRFP awards in total than all but 20 institutions nationwide and all but seven public institutions.

Twenty-five students who listed UW–Madison as their current institution on their application have been awarded the graduate research fellowship in 2021, including both current graduate students and senior undergraduates. Another 35 UW–Madison students received honorable mentions from reviewers.

The 2021 UW–Madison awardees and the broad field of study for which they were offered the award are:

  • Aldo Arellano, Life Sciences – Ecology
  • Nina Bonde, Life Sciences – Biochemistry
  • Kyle Chin, Engineering – Chemical Engineering
  • Emily Eix, Life Sciences – Microbial Biology
  • Amy Enright, Life Sciences – Microbial Biology
  • Tabitha J. Faber, Life Sciences – Systematics and Biodiversity
  • Laura Guerrero, Engineering – Bioengineering
  • Riley J. Hale, Engineering – Environmental Engineering
  • Ashley A. Hiebing, Engineering – Biomedical Engineering
  • Dionel Jaime, Mathematical Sciences – Analysis
  • Dean R. Jarois, Chemistry – Chemical Catalysis
  • Lisa Je, Engineering – Chemical Engineering
  • Edgard A. Lebron Rodriguez, Engineering – Chemical Engineering
  • Cassie Leech, Life Sciences – Biochemistry
  • Christine Lucky, Engineering – Chemical Engineering
  • Rachel McClure, Physics and Astronomy – Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Uyen Thy Nguyen, Life Sciences – Microbial Biology
  • Kalina Reese, Life Sciences – Proteomics
  • Ross Soens, Life Sciences – Biochemistry
  • Jennifer N. Stafford, Physics and Astronomy – Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Jenna Swenson, Engineering – Environmental Engineering
  • Sofia Madeleine Taylor, Engineering – Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • AnnaBeth Thomas, Engineering – Environmental Engineering
  • Kelsey E. Tweed, Engineering – Biomedical Engineering
  • Helaina Von Bank, Life Sciences – Biochemistry

Learn more about the Graduate Research Fellowship Program and find resources for UW–Madison applicants.