Clemson students recognized by National Science Foundation

DATE: May 20, 2008

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CLEMSON — Two Clemson University graduate students have received the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious fellowship, the Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF), and three more Clemson students received honorable mention in the award process.

Materials engineering major Alexandra L. Foguth of Central and Holly C. Tuten, an entomology major from Clemson, were awarded fellowships, which provide a $30,000 annual stipend and a total award of up to $121,000 per student.

Lisa N. Cox, a biological sciences major from Evans, Ga.; Amanda F. Land, a biochemistry major from Clemson; and Mary K. Watson, a biosystems engineering major from Summerville, all received honorable mention.

“Overall, the acceptance rate is about one in 10. But when you figure in the huge numbers of NSF-GRFs that are awarded to students at the top five or 10 universities in the country, the actual acceptance rate for all other schools combined is more like one in 50,” said Bruce Rafert, vice provost and dean of the Graduate School. “To have two recipients and three honorable mention students from Clemson is an outstanding achievement.”

All of the Clemson students recognized are women, Rafert said. "This is an indication that Clemson is a great place for women in science to pursue their graduate degrees.”

The Graduate School provides individual and group guidance for students submitting GRF proposals. Since the program was established, Clemson has had at least two recipients each year.

Clemson alumni who obtained their undergraduate degrees at Clemson and moved on to graduate school elsewhere also were well-represented in the GRF awards this year. Four received GRFs and five earned honorable mention.

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