WASHINGTON D.C. -- Secretary of Energy Steven Chu was among the speakers at a celebration of the 60th anniversary of NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) today. GRFP is NSF's flagship program for graduate students in the science and engineering fields within NSF's mission. It has been in operation almost as long as NSF itself, making an investment in students with demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering.
The investments have paid off well: Among more than 200 Nobel laureates who have had NSF support since 1950, 40 were selected as Graduate Research Fellows, including Secretary Chu in the 1970s. Graduate Research Fellows are well-represented among government leaders, business executives, writers, and members of the National Academy of Sciences. Examples include Marcia McNutt, director of the United States Geological Survey; Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google; and Steven Levitt, co-author of Freakonomics. Currently, about 12,000 students apply annually for Graduate Research Fellowships; only 2,000 receive these prestigous awards, which they take to U.S. graduate institutions of their choice.
"Today's Graduate Research Fellows will be tomorrow's leading scientists and engineers," said NSF Director Subra Suresh. "They will be called upon to embrace the opportunities and challenges of a new era in science, marked by growing interdisciplinary and cross-border scientific challenges and opportunities. NSF has had a long and distinguished history of identifying leaders and pioneers in science and engineering through the Graduate Research Fellowship Program."
The event honored the winners of a video contest that challenged active Graduate Research Fellows to create 90-second videos showing how their research could help shape the future.
Winners included University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science graduate student Erica Staaterman, who was recognized for
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