BioXFEL Graduate Student Joey Olmos (Rice) Earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Joey Olmos, graduate student in Dr. Phillips lab at Rice University, has received the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Only 2,000 students across the country were offered this fellowship award from more than 16,000 applicants.


Originally published 4/6/2015 on Rice University News & Media.  Get original article here.

Twenty-one current Rice University students and eight Rice alumni at other schools were selected for the 2015 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Only 2,000 students across the country were offered this fellowship award from more than 16,000 applicants.

The program recognizes and financially supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program has a track record of selecting recipients who become lifelong leaders and contribute to scientific innovation and teaching. Since the program’s inception in 1952, more than 30 NSF graduate research fellows have become Nobel laureates, and more than 440 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences.

The 12 Rice graduate students, nine undergraduates and eight alumni attending other schools will receive support for three years of graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science and engineering relevant to the NSF’s mission. In addition to an annual stipend of $34,000 for the students, NSF will provide an annual cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to their graduate school.


Recipients of the 2015 NSF fellowships and their fields of study are listed below. They plan to do their fellowships at Rice.

Graduate students


Rice alumni at other schools and the institutions where they will do their fellowships:

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program accords honorable mention to meritorious applicants who do not receive fellowship awards. Four seniors and nine graduate students from Rice received honorable mentions: graduate students Jayvee Ralph Abella, Shelby Ann Bieritz, Brandee Nicole Carlson, Caitlin Marie Guenther, Kelli Humbird, Justine Therese Lamperty, Eric Mark Lewis, Emily Megan Reiser, and Sandte Stanley; and seniors Charles Henry Adelmann, Nicole Susanne Moody, Linda Ton Nguyen and Dante Zakhidov. Thirteen Rice alumni at other schools also received honorable mentions: Emily Adkins ’12, Benjamin Austin Adler ’14, Hannah Gail Bosley ’13, Michael Austin DeMarco ’14, Megan Anne Kirchgessner ’14, Johanna Ruth Ohm ’13, Michelle Phillips ’12, Mark Houston Plitt ’13, Joseph Patrick Quinn ’14, Nicholas Ryder ’14, Michael Swift ’13, Anna Charlene Wright ’14 and Joseph Kung Yu ’13.

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