Author Brian Smith

Emilie Bouda Grad program: Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Undergrad: BA in Biochemistry, Hunter College of CUNY Hometown: Burkina Faso, West Africa Advisor: Markus Seeliger How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? I feel excited and honored to be a recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. I am most thankful to everyone who advised and supported me during the application process. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? This award will allow me to attend conferences and to present my research to a wide variety of people and to…

Andrew Hargrove Grad program: Sociology Undergrad: BA in Psychology, Gonzaga University Hometown: Honolulu, HI Advisor: Rebekah Burroway How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? It feels surreal. Thanks to the NSF GRF, I’ll be able to afford to eat nice vegetables while in graduate school. It’s crazy. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? First, I will be able to afford the apartment I live in and the groceries I buy. Second, I will be able to attend conferences that were previously inaccessible to me. Third, I will be…

Katherine Kling Grad program: Biological Anthropology Undergrad: BA in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin Hometown: Houston, TX Advisor: Patricia Wright How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? It has been both a very thrilling and humbling week since I found out about the NSF GRFP. I am honored to be recognized in such a way and feel very motivated by the fellowship’s announcement. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? I am very excited by the prospect of taking advantage of NSF GRFP’s GROW and GRIP programs which…

Sierra Kuzava Grad program: Clinical Psychology Undergrad: BA in Psychology, Columbia University Hometown: Santa Fe, NM Advisor: Kristin Bernard How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? Wonderful! It’s a big honor. I’m so grateful for the opportunities it will bring and the confidence it’s given me. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? The biggest thing this award will give me is the time and flexibility to pursue my own research interests! This award will allow me to devise and carry out independent research in so many ways — from…

Alyssa Liguori Grad program: Ecology and Evolution Undergrad: BS in Biology and Environmental Sciences, Dowling College Hometown: Ridge, NY Advisor: Dianna Padilla How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? I am honored and excited about the opportunities that this fellowship will provide. It feels great to be supported and recognized for a lot of hard work. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? Now that I can dedicate more time to my research, I can afford to take risks and explore any interesting questions that arise during my studies.…

Anthony Stapon Grad program: Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Undergrad: BS in Biochemistry, Pace University Hometown: Riverhead, NY Mentors: Isaac Carrico, Miguel Garcia-Diaz, Orlando Sharer How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? It feels fantastic! It is a recognition of a lot of hard work, both in the scientific and personal realms for me. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? While this award will help me to achieve scientific goals, in many ways, it will help me achieve some personal recovery goals as well. What will you research and…

Tenille Taggart Grad program: Clinical Psychology Undergrad: BA in Psychology, San Diego State University Hometown: Centerville, UT Advisor: Nicholas Eaton How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? I am absolutely thrilled! I am honored and overwhelmed with gratitude to be recognized by the National Science Foundation. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? This fellowship will allow me to devote more of my time to the research, which I am so passionate about, in hopes of bringing about positive change for sexual and gender minorities. It will also provide…

Tanya Victor Grad program: Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Undergrad: BA in Biology, SUNY College at Potsdam Hometown: Central Islip, NY Advisor: Stella Tsirka How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? Incredible! It is an honor to have been awarded this fellowship and it validates my hard work and commitment to science. I am proud to be in the company of such great scientists both past and present. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? This fellowship allows me to conduct the research I am passionate about and will open…

Alisa Yurovsky Grad program: Computer Science Undergrad: BS in Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University Hometown: Stony Brook, NY Advisor: Steven Skiena How does it feel to earn an NSF GRF? I feel very honored and lucky to be selected from a large pool of qualified applicants. What will this award allow you to do that you might not have done without it? This award will allow me to focus on research without the funding pressure. What will you research and how might it benefit the world? I am interested in synthetic gene design, a research area that spans computer science…

It took only six months for Stony Brook University to hit an energy research grand slam, earning major federal funding on four projects poised to revolutionize the world’s energy technology. “These four projects, which together earned nearly $5.7 million in funding, showcase Stony Brook’s dedication to researching and developing technologies that will have a major impact on how we generate and consume energy globally,” said Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, President of Stony Brook University. But how can a state university on Long Island suddenly secure such funding and rise to rank alongside renowned energy research institutions like MIT and…