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Physics Alumni Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships



March 20, 2017

Several Drexel Physics alumni recently received Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.

Physics alumni Jeremy Gaison, BS Physics ’15, and Matthew Parsons, BS Physics ’15, received 2017 Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Robyn Smith, BS Physics ’15, received an honorable mention.

  • Jeremy Gaison, BS Physics ’15, is a physics graduate student at Yale University working on PROSPECT (the Precision Oscillation and Spectrum Experiment).
  • Matthew Parsons, BS Physics ’15, is working at ITER (the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor in France) on a Fulbright Scholarship. He will be a nuclear, plasma and radiological engineering graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the fall of 2017.
  • Robyn Smith, BS physics '15, an astronomy graduate student at the University of Maryland, is working on using Chandra and XMM to study outflows in active galactic nuclei.

This highly competitive program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. For the 2017 competition, the NSF received over 13,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers. This fellowship provides an annual stipend and educational allowance over three years.

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