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ECE senior wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award

Monday, April 10, 2017

Cecilia Chen, a senior in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently won a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) offers 3 years of stipend support during a 5-year fellowship tenure to applicants selected through a national competition.

Chen works with Assistant Professor Jeff Moses (AEP) and is currently researching the intensity and phase noise of white light generation in the group’s hyperspectral femtosecond stroboscope which will be used to probe ultrafast dynamic processes. Chen’s other research experiences have involved laser-plasma interaction, integrated photonics and imaging, and she plans to work with nonlinear, ultrafast and quantum optics during her Ph.D. studies.

"This unique program has nurtured economic innovation and leadership in the U.S. continuously since 1952 -- by recruiting and supporting outstanding students with high potential in science, technology, engineering and mathematics very early in their graduate training," said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources. "These talented individuals have gone on to make important discoveries, win Nobel Prizes, train many generations of American scientists and engineers and create inventions that improve our lives."

Awardees -- chosen from over 13,000 applicants -- represent a wide range of scientific disciplines and come from all states, as well as the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and territories. The group of 2,000 awardees is diverse, including 1,158 women, 498 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 75 persons with disabilities, 26 veterans and 726 undergraduate seniors. The awardees come from 449 baccalaureate institutions.

GRFP supports the graduate study of U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents attaining research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education at institutions located in the United States. Applicants are selected through the NSF peer review process.

A complete list of those offered the fellowship for 2017 is available on FastLane. For general information about the program, visit NSF's GRFP website.

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