37 Columbia Students Awarded 2023 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Thirty-seven students and alumni of Columbia’s three undergraduate programs have won graduate research fellowships through the National Science Foundation. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF-GRFP) represents one of the nation’s most prestigious honors for young engineers, scientists, and social scientists, and this year’s group represents one of the largest cohorts from Columbia.

The NSF-GRFP recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited American institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

NSF Fellows are expected to become “knowledge experts” who will contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering and, 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.

Each year the NSF typically receives over 13,000 applications and offers approximately 2,000 fellowships. This year, 19 Columbia College affiliates, 1 General Studies affiliate, and 17 Columbia Engineering affiliates have been awarded fellowships and will begin their fellowships this fall, circumstances permitting. An additional 7 Columbia College affiliates and 1 General Studies affiliate received Honorable Mentions.

Congratulations to this year’s awardees!

Columbia College Affiliates
Justin Aruda, CC’20
Deborah Cesarini, CC’21
Heather Chang, CC’ 21
Benjamin Church, CC’20
Stan DeLaurentiis, CC’23
Vanessa Dippon, CC’21
Scott Geng, CC’23
Eli Goldin, CC’21
Sahil Hegde, CC’21
Nicholas Kathios, CC’21
Arjun Kudinoor, CC’23
Charlotte Kwong, CC’20
Abhishek Shah, CC’21
Sophie Shan, CC’21
Bennett Slibeck, CC’21
Redmond Stein, CC’22
Andrew Sullivan, CC’22
Christopher Wang, CC’22
Sarah Xi, CC’23

General Studies Affiliates
Adithya Raajkumar, GS’20

Columbia Engineering Affiliates
Ayi Agboglo, SEAS’23
Kristina Andreyeva, SEAS’17
Simon Anuszczyk, SEAS’19
Michael Bolene, SEAS’20
Thomas Chen, SEAS’23
Margherita Firenze, SEAS’23
Devin Golla, SEAS’23
Jane Pan, SEAS’21
Divya Rajasekharan, SEAS’21
Vivian Shi, SEAS’22
Grace Su, SEAS’23
Anjali Verma, SEAS’21
Lancelot Wathieu, SEAS’19
Molly Watts, SEAS’20
William Yu, SEAS’17
Ketsia Zinga, SEAS’21
Tal Zussman, SEAS’23

Honorable Mentions
Payal Chandak, CC’21
Ethan Feng, CC’23
Meghan Forcellati, CC’23
Christina Lee, CC’21
Jessica Li, GS’20
Jon Merwin, CC’17
Isaac Pope, CC’23
Alan Zhao, CC’23

To learn more about the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, visit the URF website or schedule a meeting with a URF advisor!

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National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships