Arts & Sciences graduate students selected for NSF research fellowships

Students selected for the National Science Foundation (NSF) five-year Graduate Research Fellowship Program will receive both research funding and professional development opportunities.

The highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship Program, founded in 1952, recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at institutions across the United States. Recipients engage in a five-year fellowship that offers funding for three years: a $34,000 annual stipend and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the student’s current educational institution. Fellows also have access to a host of development opportunities and resources.

In the past 70 years, the NSF has funded over 60,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants. Past fellows include more than 40 Nobel Prize winners, as well 450 members of the National Academy of Sciences.

“This NSF program has a legacy of recognizing students who go on to have remarkable success in research — in both academia and other professional fields,” said Sophia Hayes, interim vice dean of graduate education in Arts & Sciences. “We are thrilled that our students were awarded this opportunity for funding and recognition, as well as significant leadership development, through the National Science Foundation. It demonstrates the caliber of the students we have at WashU and the innovative research they wish to pursue.”

Congratulations to the cohort of Washington University Arts & Sciences graduate students who were recognized by the NSF for their significant research potential:


  • Ethan Abercrombie, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
  • Bria Dunlap, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
  • Aaron Gorelik, Psychological & Brain Sciences
  • Jeffrey Lotthammer, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
  • Will McHargue, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
  • Sarah Swiston, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
  • Maggie Wood, Sociology

Honorable Mentions:

  • Isaac Plutzer, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
  • Alessandro Antúnez de Mayolo Mauceri, Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Olivia Gomez, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences
  • Grace Drake, Psychological & Brain Sciences

The following Arts & Sciences undergraduate students were also selected as Fellows and will pursue their graduate work at other institutions.

  • Alexis Arlen,  Geosciences
  • Aiden Kelley, Mathematical Sciences – Artificial Intelligence 
  • Flora Perlmutter, Geosciences – Climate and Large-Scale Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Lauren Pusey-Nazzaro, Physics and Astronomy – Condensed Matter Physics
  • Landon Tafoya, Physics and Astronomy – Plasma Physics
  • Alicia Wilkening, Life Sciences – Biochemistry