Mihalyi-Koch ’19, Zucker ’15 Awarded NSF Fellowships

Willa Mihalyi-Koch ’19 and Hannah Zucker ’15 have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSF GRFP).

This is a highly competitive, prestigious, nationally recognized fellowship that is awarded to just under 2000 students (current seniors in college and current first-year graduate students) in the natural and social sciences and engineering.

Jenny Soonthornrangsan ’19 and Elise Le Page ’18 both received an Honorable Mention for the NSF GRFP.

Mihalyi-Koch, a chemistry major, will enroll at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, for her Ph.D. in chemistry after graduation in May. She received the NSF award in the materials research/chemistry of materials research category.

Zucker, a neurobiology graduate student at Harvard, received the award in the life sciences-neurosciences research category. At Hamilton she majored in neuroscience.

Soonthornrangsan, who received honorable mention in the geosciences-hydrology research category, will attend the University at Buffalo this fall to pursue an M.S in geology, with a focus on hydrogeology. She is a geoscience major with a minor in math.

LePage, a graduate student in physics at the University of Waterloo in Canada, received honorable mention in the physics and astronomy research category. At Hamilton she majored in math and physics.

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author Steven Levitt.

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

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