Alumni scientists earn prestigious NSF research fellowships

Since 2006, 17 alumni have received the competitive awards

Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 11:30 am

Grinnell College is responding to the nation’s call to fill the scientist pipeline. This year eight Grinnell graduates have been awarded highly competitive research fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The prestigious fellowships carry a $30,000 stipend and $10,500 cost of education allowance for up to three years of study at some of the world's most highly regarded research institutions.

The Grinnell graduates named NSF Fellows for 2010:

  •  Jaimie Dolgin Adelson, a 2007 graduate of Grinnell, is pursuing a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Stanford University.
  •  Justin Anspach is pursuing a Ph.D. in archaeology at Columbia University with research on the pilgrimage and sacred landscape of the Peruvian Inca. Anspach is a 2005 anthropology and history graduate of Grinnell.
  •  Jane Cummings, a 2009 graduate in mathematics and physics, is conducting research in particle physics at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland, while a graduate student at Yale University.
  •  Georgia Margaret Hart, a 2004 biology and Spanish graduate of Grinnell, is working on a doctorate in ecology, evolution, and environmental biology at Columbia University. Her research addresses the impact of vegetation change on water provisioning in watersheds.
  •  Sandra King, a 2008 chemistry and mathematics graduate of Grinnell and 2009 graduate of the University of Cambridge, is pursuing a Ph.D. in organic chemistry at Yale University. King also received a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Research Fellowship for her work in natural product synthesis and synthetic methods development.
  •  Bridget Lavelle, a 2004 Grinnell graduate in mathematics and sociology, is studying social demography, public policy, and sociology at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  •  Aleia McCord, who graduated from Grinnell with a degree in biology in 2003, is working towards a doctorate in environment and resource at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her research examines land use change and disease emergence in sub-Saharan Africa.
  •  Mikel Shybut, a 2010 honors graduate in biological chemistry and Russian, will begin a Ph.D. program in plant biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

Each NSF Fellow conducted undergraduate research while at Grinnell, where approximately one-third of students major in science. Since 2006, 17 Grinnell graduates have received the prestigious fellowships. Seven Grinnell graduates were also named honorable mention by the 2010 NSF Fellows program.

NSF Fellows are expected to contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. More than 80 percent of NSF Fellows earn Ph.D.s in their chosen fields within 10 years of receiving the fellowships. Grinnell ranks eighth nationally in the percentage of graduates who later complete Ph.D.s in the sciences.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four-year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.

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