University of Pittsburgh
April 6, 2016

Ten Pitt Students Awarded 2016 National Science Foundation Fellowships


Joe Miksch


Cell: 412-997-0314

PITTSBURGH—Ten University of Pittsburgh students and eight alumni were awarded the 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Fourteen Pitt students and 10 alumni received honorable mention. 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is designed to ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees. 

The fellowship program has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The support accorded NSF Graduate Research Fellows nurtures their ambition to become lifelong leaders who contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. 

Current Pitt students who were awarded the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship are from the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, the Swanson School of Engineering, and the School of Medicine: seniors Emily June Crabb (physics and astronomy, computer engineering), Trent Maxwell Dillon (mechanical engineering), and Rachel Lee Johnson (geology, anthropology); and graduate students Katerina Clemens (neurobiology), Taylor Marie Courtney (chemistry), Donald Edward Kline (electrical engineering), James Leo Loving-Lichtenstein (biological sciences), Cristian Antonio Morales-Rivera (chemistry), Michael Gilbert Taylor (chemical engineering), and Luis Angel Vazquez-Maldonado (chemistry).

Visit for a full list of fellows and honorable mentions and to learn more about the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.