The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) has announced that University of Kentucky students Anastasia Kruse and David Spencer will receive prestigious NSF graduate research fellowships. These fellowships are highly competitive with over 13,000 applicants from all disciplines of science and engineering. Kruse graduated with a B.S. in chemical engineering from the UK and is finishing the first year of her Ph.D. in chemical engineering co-advised by Professors Kim Anderson and Zach Hilt. Spencer will graduate with a B.S. in chemical engineering in May.
Professor Zach Hilt commended Kruse and Spencer for their hard work and influence.
“Anastasia and David are outstanding individuals who have excelled in everything that they have done at UK, and these fellowships are a nice recognition of their great accomplishments. They both are top students in their courses and tend to set the curve for their classmates. They have excelled in research, and it has been a pleasure to advise both of them through their research as undergraduates and now as a graduate student for Anastasia.”
In addition to their outstanding academic work, Kruse and Spencer have served as UK AIChE student chapter president—Anastasia in 2011-2012 and David in 2012-2013. Spencer has played a key role in planning the AIChE Southern Regional Conference to be hosted by UK on April 5th-7th, 2013.
For further information about these prestigious fellowships, please see the NSF GRFP website (http://www.nsfgrfp.org).