Jim Schroeder, Kathleen White win NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Friday, May 10, 2013

Four University of Iowa students, including two in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, have won 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. They are:

  • Jim Schroeder of Coralville, Iowa, a student in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Department of Physics and Astronomy, intends to study at the University of Iowa.
  • Kathleen R. White of Dubuque, Iowa, a student in the CLAS Department of Chemistry, intends to study at M.I.T.
  • Jonathan E. Bachman of Clarendon Hills, Ill., a College of Engineering chemical engineering student, intends to study at Northwestern University.
  • Brittany L. Huhmann of Jefferson City, Mo., a College of Engineering civil and environmental engineering student, intends to study at the University of Iowa.

The NSF award provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($30,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution) for graduate study in a field within NSF's mission that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents, and are selected through the NSF merit review process.

The 2013 NSF Graduate Research Fellows come from 434 baccalaureate institutions, represent a diverse group of scientific disciplines, and hail from all states and the District of Columbia, as well as U.S. commonwealths and territories. They are also a diverse group of individuals. Among the 2,000 awardees, 1,102 are women, 390 are from underrepresented minority groups, 51 are persons with disabilities, and 28 are veterans.

Learn more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences offers about 70 majors across the humanities; fine, performing and literary arts; natural and mathematical sciences; social and behavioral sciences; and communication disciplines. About 15,000 undergraduate and nearly 2,000 graduate students study each year in the college’s 37 departments, led by faculty at the forefront of teaching and research in their disciplines. The college teaches all Iowa undergraduates through the college's general education program, CLAS CORE. About 80 percent of all Iowa undergraduates begin their academic journey in CLAS. The college confers about 60 percent of the university's bachelor's degrees each academic year.