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Six OSU Grad Students Named NSF Fellows

Six Oklahoma State University students have been selected for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program, one of the oldest and most prestigious graduate fellowship programs in the United States. 

The fellowship is awarded to individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research and provides three years of financial support to pursue graduate work.

Three of the fellows, Ashley Love, Katharina Schreier and Michael Powers, will pursue their graduate degrees at OSU.   

Love, from Bumpass, Va., received her undergraduate degree at Virginia Tech with a degree in life sciences – physiology.

Schreier, from La Crosse, Wis., attended Viterbo University and earned an undergraduate degree in biopsychology with a minor in environmental studies. 

Powers, from Bowling Green, Ky., received his undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University where he majored in geosciences – sedimentary geology.

Three more students who earned fellowships, David Criswell, Katie Haning and Loma John Pendergraft, received their undergraduate degrees from OSU and plan to earn their graduate degrees out of state. 

Criswell, from Stillwater, graduated from OSU with a degree in environmental engineering and will pursue his graduate work at Colorado State University.

Haning, from Allen, Texas, earned a chemical engineering degree from OSU and will conduct her graduate research at the University of Texas – Austin.

Pendergraft, from Tulsa, received a degree in life sciences – animal behavior from OSU and will take his scholarship to the University of Washington.

Each of the fellows will receive an annual stipend of $32,000 as well as a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for research and professional development, along with the freedom to conduct their own research. 

Story by Kim Hunter