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Fifteen Eberly students offered graduate funding from National Science Foundation

25 April 2024

Fifteen 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 for the 2024-25 academic year.

The NSF program supports outstanding graduate students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics 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 the following individuals:

  • Elizabeth Gonzalez, doctoral student in astronomy and astrophysics
  • Christian Robles, doctoral student in astronomy and astrophysics
  • Anna R. Tartaglia, doctoral student in astronomy and astrophysics
  • Vanessa Raquel Garcia, doctoral student in biology
  • Isis P. Carmona-Sepúlveda, doctoral student in chemistry
  • Pedro Rafael Trinidad-Pérez, doctoral student in chemistry
  • Jo Laura, doctoral student in chemistry

Eberly students and alumni receiving honorable mentions this year include the following individuals:

  • Lucas Floyd Brefka, doctoral student in astronomy and astrophysics
  • Evan Fitzmaurice, doctoral student in astronomy and astrophysics
  • Mei-Ling Liber, doctoral student in biology
  • Clancy Andrew McIntyre, doctoral student in biology
  • Alicia T. Romero, doctoral student in ecology
  • Emma R. van der Heide, doctoral student in ecology
  • Tommy Chin, doctoral student in physics
  • Destiny S. Wright, Class of 2022 bachelor of science in biology

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 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