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Drexel's 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Honorees

March 27, 2017

Nine Drexel students and recent alumni received the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and four received Honorable Mentions. These students were selected from over 13,000 applicants nationwide.

We are so proud of these students, who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their research. We also congratulate their faculty mentors who have given them guidance and support along the way.

Drexel's 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellows are:

Nicole FerraroNicole Ferraro
BS/MS Biomedical Engineering '16
Drexel faculty mentor: Kara Spiller
Graduate Institution: Stanford University

Jeremy GaisonJeremy Gaison
BS Physics ’15, Honors
Drexel faculty mentor: Michelle Dolinski
Graduate Institution: Yale University

Deborah KapilowDeborah Kapilow
PhD candidate, Mechanical Engineering
Drexel faculty mentor: Matthew McCarthy


Jodi KrausJodi Kraus
BS Chemistry '14
Drexel faculty mentor: Reinhard Schweitzer-Stenner
Graduate Institution: University of Delaware

Ariana Levitt Ariana Levitt
PhD candidate, Materials Science & Engineering
Drexel faculty mentor: Caroline Schauer
Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University

Carli Moorehead Carli Moorehead
BS/MS Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering '17, Honors
Drexel faculty mentor: Michele Marcolongo

Matthew Parsons Fall 2015 Matthew Parsons
BS Physics '15, Honors
Graduate Institution: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


Anjli Patel
BS Chemical Engineering, ’16, Honors
Drexel faculty mentor: Jason Baxter
Graduate Institution: Stanford University


Nathaniel Shoobs
PhD Candidate, Environmental Science
Drexel faculty mentor: Gary Rosenberg
Undergraduate Institution: Bard College at Simon's Rock

2017 NSF GRFP Honorable Mentions

Kendall Darfler
MS Science Technology & Society '17
Drexel faculty mentor: Kelly Joyce

David Howe
PhD student, Materials Science & Engineering
Drexel faculty mentor: Andrew Magenau

Robyn Smith 
BS Physics '15, Honors
Drexel faculty mentor: Gordon Richards
Graduate Institution: University of Maryland, College Park


The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.

For more information about the NSF GRFP, contact the Drexel Fellowships Office or visit