Eleven Students Earn 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships, Break Stony Brook Record

Monday, April 11, 2016
SBU Press Release

IACS students Bender and Borowicz are among the winners

Graduate researchers set a new Stony Brook record this year, earning 11 fellowships and 14 honorable mentions in the 2016 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

The fellowships provide each winner a $34,000 annual stipend for three years plus a $12,000 yearly cost-of-education allowance. The NSF chose 2,000 winners out of 17,000 applicants from 488 institutions nationwide.

“We are exceedingly proud of this year’s 11 GRF recipients. It’s a huge boost for graduate education at Stony Brook,” said Vice President for Research David Conover. “Given that each award is worth $138,000 summed over three years, the total value of 11 awards is about $1.5 million. This also means that grant-based support for these fellows can be shifted to support other students or related expenses.”

The NSF GRFP was established in 1952 to help develop and boost diversity of the United States’ science and engineering research workforce by supporting graduate students who pursue research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported STEM disciplines.

This year, Stony Brook’s batch of fellows exemplifies the qualities of diversity supported by the NSF GRFP. Our 11 recipients represent a variety of graduate programs and disciplines, ages, ethnicities and work/life experiences, and their hometowns stretch from Honolulu to Burkina Faso with several U.S. states in between. Four students in particular are scholars or fellows in the Center for Inclusive Education, which works to recruit, retain and graduate underrepresented and otherwise disadvantaged scholars.

Anne McElroy, professor and graduate program director in the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, lead a writing seminar with support from the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School to help 100 students prepare NSF GRFP applications.

“It was a real pleasure to work with so many talented and hardworking students across campus, and very gratifying to see the hard work we all put into this pay off,” said McElroy. “Even those students who were not officially recognized gained valuable experience from the process. I hope more students will participate next year.”

Students interested in applying for the 2017 NSF GRFP should contact Anne McElroy at anne.mcelroy@stonybrook.edu or (631) 632-8488.

Meet Stony Brook University’s 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellows
Click each name to learn more.


Nicole Bender
Grad program: Ecology & Evolution
Undergrad: BA in Applied Mathematics, Marist College
Hometown: Warwick, NY
Advisor: Heather Lynch
Alexander Borowicz
Grad program: Ecology & Evolution
Undergrad: BA in Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic
Hometown: Cedarburg, WI
Advisor: Heather Lynch