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Rensselaer Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Rensselaer Students Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships



By Mary L. Martialay

April 15, 2021

Six students at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute recently received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship award. An additional 10 graduate and undergraduate students at Rensselaer were recognized with an honorable mention.


The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program recognizes and supports outstanding students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines. Fellowship students receive three years of graduate school tuition and salary and other benefits.


Rensselaer graduating seniors who received the award are:



  • Kathleen Elena Perez, physical oceanography

  • Lauren Eliza DeWitt Talbot, civil engineering

  • Kent Michael Rapp, chemical engineering

  • William Ellis Parker, aeronautical and aerospace engineering

  • Carlos Marquez, biomedical engineering

  • Lucas Graham Miller, chemical engineering


Rensselaer graduate students who received an honorable mention are:



  • Lauren Ashley Zakrzewski, macromolecular, supramolecular, and nanochemistry

  • Caitlyn Rose Moustouka, biophysics

  • Jacquelyn L. Lewis, ecology

  • Shaheen Hasan, macromolecular, supramolecular, and nanochemistry

  • Max Robert Glines, ecology

  • Christian Alexander Franquiz Santos, biochemistry


Rensselaer graduating seniors who received an honorable mention are:



  • Jessica Patrick, biochemistry

  • Hannah Rae Middlestead, chemical engineering

  • Landon James Kilgallon, macromolecular, supramolecular, and nanochemistry

  • Arthur John Schick, chemistry of life processes


Rensselaer students interested in learning about and applying for prestigious funding opportunities can contact Elizabeth Madigan at madige@rpi.edu in the Office of Graduate Research.


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