Friday, April 8, 2016

CSUMB students earn National Science Foundation fellowships

Beth Alger and Elisabeth Carrillo have received graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation totalling $138,000 each, which will cover an annual stipend of $34,000 and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance.

Mentored by Timothy Miles, Alger will graduate in May with a major in biology. She will pursue a Ph.D. in plant genetics and breeding at Michigan State University.

Carrillo, who was mentored by Aparna Sreenivasan, is also a biology major graduating in May. She plans to attend graduate school at UC Santa Cruz in the molecular, cell, developmental biology program.

The students participated in rigorous research and scholarship through the university’s Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center. They won research awards, published their findings and presented their work at professional conferences. Since UROC was established in 2009, 20 students have earned Graduate Research Fellowships. That’s one of the reasons UROC has earned a national reputation for excellence, achievement and leadership.

The fellowships were awarded to 2,000 students – from more than 17,000 applicants – across the country; about 600 of them were awarded to undergraduates.

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