As part of the five-year fellowship, NSF Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees for a research-based master's or doctoral degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics) field. In 2022, the NSF awarded approximately 2,200 fellowships from an applicant pool of over 13,000.
The UK College of Engineering’s newest NSF fellows and the areas of research they are pursuing are:
- Thomas Chaney, a 2020 materials engineering and Lewis Honors College graduate from Tipp City, Ohio, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in materials science at University of Colorado Boulder;
- Tyler Cultice, a 2021 computer engineering graduate from Springfield, Ohio, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in computer engineering at the University of Tennessee;
- Daniel Kennedy, a 2021 mechanical engineering graduate from Villa Hills, Kentucky, who is pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Michigan;
- Rollie Mills, a chemical engineering doctoral student from Lexington;
- Trisha Nickerson, a 2020 chemical engineering and Lewis Honors College graduate from Oswego, Illinois, who is pursuing a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at University of Colorado Boulder;
Twp doctoral students received honorable mention recognition from the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Those recognized with an honorable mention were:
- Claire Rowlands, a chemical engineering doctoral student;
- David Yackzan, a mechanical engineering doctoral student.
The NSF GRFP is the country’s oldest graduate fellowship program directly supporting graduate students since 1952. GRFP is a critical program in NSF's overall strategy to develop a globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure the nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. A hallmark of GRFP is its contribution to increasing the diversity of the STEM workforce, including geographic distribution, as well as the participation of women, underrepresented populations, persons with disabilities and veterans.
The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards assists current UK undergraduate and graduate students and recent alumni in applying for external scholarships and fellowships funded by sources (such as a nongovernment foundation or government agency) outside the university. These awards honor exceptional students across the nation. Students who are interested in these opportunities are encouraged to begin work with the office, housed in the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence, well in advance of the scholarship deadline. Staff is available for appointments to discuss opportunities.