Keara Saud wins coveted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Keara Saud wins coveted NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

PhD candidate Keara Saud was one of only 2,000 graduate students from across the country selected to receive an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. More than 12,000 graduate students applied for the award, which provides three years of research funding.

PhD candidate Keara Saud (2nd year, Solomon group) last week won a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. More than 12,000 graduate students from across the country applied and only 2,000 were chosen to receive the prestigious honor, which includes a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, plus a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. 

"I am beyond ecstatic to receive this honor," said Saud. "I look forward to using this opportunity to give back like the many people who helped me."

Three MSE graduate students were among 1,459 applicants to receive honorable mentions: Paul Chao (2nd year, Marquis group), Max Powers (2nd year, Thornton group), and Brian Iezzi (1st year, Shtein group).

Launched in 1952 shortly after Congress established NSF, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program represents the nation's oldest continuous investment in the U.S. STEM workforce.

"To support U.S. leadership and innovation in science and engineering, we must recognize and nurture talent from all of our nation's communities," said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources. "I am pleased that again this year, the competition has selected talented students from all economic backgrounds and all demographic categories."