NSF recognizes 10 LSU students, graduates

LSU had a record high of 10 current students or recent graduates recognized by the National Science Foundation as 2016 Graduate Research Fellows, and nine others received honorable mention.

NSF named 2,000 individuals as this year’s recipients of the graduate fellow awards, which provide three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period — a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. That support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in science or engineering.

Fellows from LSU are:

Mollie Smoak, senior in biological engineering and member of the Ogden Honors College from Lafayette, plans to attend graduate school at Rice University in bioengineering; AshLee Smith, Ogden Honors College May 2015 graduate in anthropology from Walker, attending graduate school at Cornell University in political science; Kurt Ristroph, senior double majoring in chemical engineering and classical studies and a member of the Ogden Honors College from Baton Rouge, plans to attend graduate school in bioengineering; Edward Lo, December 2013 Ogden Honors College and College of Science graduate from Atlanta, attends graduate school at the University of Kentucky in geosciences-paleoclimate; Daniel Lepkowski, senior majoring in electrical engineering in the College of Engineering from Virginia Beach, Virgina, plans to attend graduate school in electrical and electronic engineering.

Also, Jennifer Kenyon, Ogden Honors College senior majoring in geology from Marrero, plans to attend graduate school at MIT and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in geochemistry; Katie Hogan, Ogden Honors College senior majoring in biological engineering from Choudrant, plans to pursue an MD/Ph.D. at Baylor College of Medicine and Rice University; Jordan Croy, August 2015 Ogden Honors College and College of Science graduate from Elikins Park, Pennsylviania, attends graduate school at the University of California-Irvine in life sciences-ecology; Milcah Jackson, a graduate of the University of Mississippi from Canton, Mississippi, currently in graduate school at LSU in chemistry and is an NSF/LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellow; and Oscar Johnson, graduate of the University of California-Santa Cruz from Santa Barbara, California, in graduate school at LSU in life sciences-evolutionary biology.

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