Skip to main content
National Science Foundation for the two column quick link component.

Eleven Eberly students offered graduate funding from National Science Foundation

14 September 2023

Eleven Penn State Eberly College of Science students and alumni pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees have received fellowship offers from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) for the 2023-24 academic year. 

The NSF program supports outstanding graduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines; those in STEM education and learning research; and those in social and behavioral sciences, who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees.

Eberly students and alumni to receive fellowship offers this year include:

  • Kallie Asher, doctoral student in chemistry
  • John Boyette, doctoral student in ecology 
  • Anna Calderon, doctoral student in biology
  • Owen Chase, class of 2022 bachelor of science in astronomy and astrophysics and in statistics
  • Nicole Firestone, class of 2021 bachelor of science in physics
  • Joy Flowers, doctoral student in biology
  • Frederic Hancock, class of 2022 bachelor of science in astronomy and astrophysics and in physics
  • Cassidy Prince, class of 2021 bachelor of science in microbiology
  • Rachel Swope, class of 2021 bachelor of science in biochemistry and molecular biology
  • Katie Yan, doctoral student in biology
  • Michael Zaidel, class of 2022 bachelor of science in astronomy and astrophysics

Eberly students and alumni receiving honorable mentions this year include:

  • Emma Gogarnoiu, class of 2019 bachelor of science in chemistry
  • Grant Hopkins, class of 2022 bachelor of science in statistics, mathematics, and finance
  • Chloe Klare, doctoral student in astronomy and astrophysics
  • Joseph Veltri, doctoral student in mathematics
  • Patrick Yan, class of 2016 bachelor of science in organic chemistry

According to the NSF website, “as the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers.” Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $37,000, as well as $12,000 for tuition and fees, to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education of their choosing. They also have opportunities for international research and professional development through the program. 

The GRFP annual program solicitation was released in July and is available on the NSF website. Applications are accepted via Fastlane, the NSF's official online information and business transaction center. Application deadlines begin in mid-October and vary depending on the field of study.

For additional information on the GRFP, contact the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration at