Three ME Students Win NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Awards

ME graduate students Arun Balakrishna, Matthew Kubala, and Cara Piazza all received 2021 Graduate Research Fellowship Program offers — prestigious awards given by the NSF. The program recognizes and supports outstanding individuals early in their graduate training in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields, providing three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education.

"I am very proud to announce that  Arun Balakrishna, Matthew Kubala, and Cara Piazza are awardees of the 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)," said Director of Graduate Studies Jim Van de Ven. "This is a highly prestigious award designed to recognize and support outstanding graduate students that are expected to have high levels of success in their future careers (42 Nobel Prize winners received GRFPs). The fellows are awarded a three-year stipend and educational support, as well as opportunities for professional development.  We congratulate these students on their research achievements and vision."