Ten Columbia Engineers Win 2017 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Top row: David Brown BS'17, Philip Brudnicki, Jing Gong. Bottom Row: Christine McGinn, Jonathan Vardner, Sarah Yang.

Ten Columbia engineers were recently recognized with highly prized graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation. From some 13,000 applicants, the NSF made awards to just 2,000 young researchers across the country emerging as leaders in enhancing the nation’s infrastructure, security, and prosperity.

Columbia Engineering’s 2017 NSF Graduate Research fellows are:

  • David Brown BS’17, Chemical Engineering
  • Philip Andrew Patrick Brudnicki, MS/PhD candidate, Biomedical Engineering
  • Vivian Feig BS’08, Chemical Engineering
  • Jing Gong, PhD candidate, Biomedical Engineering
  • John Robert Lake BS’10, Mechanical Engineering
  • Christine Katherine McGinn, MS/PhD candidate, Electrical Engineering
  • Seth Richard Olsen BS’16, Applied Physics
  • Veronica Gail Reynolds BS’14, Materials Science
  • Jonathan Thomas Vardner, MS/PhD candidate, Chemical Engineering
  • Josephine Yih-wen Wu, BS '17, Biomedical Engineering
  • Sarah Jiachi Yang BS’17, Chemical Engineering

Ten more students and alumni from SEAS made honorable mention.

The NSF Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $34,000 for three years, along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees and opportunities for professional development around the world. A total of 28 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awardees are currently enrolled at the university.

—by Jesse Adams

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