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04-21-2005

Clarkson Undergrad Wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

[A photograph is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/yapan.jpg]

Nadeeka Yapa, a senior Honors student majoring in Electrical Engineering at Clarkson University, has won the highly prized National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship competition. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) provides three years of financial support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are at the early stages of their graduate study. yapan

The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program is intended to help ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States.

The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in the relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines, including women in engineering and computer information science.

Although National Science Foundation Fellowships are awarded to both undergraduate and graduate students, they typically go to students already into their graduate work. The competition for the Fellowship slots is fierce. “while we have had a number of students from our Honors program win the award once they were in graduate school, this is the first time we have had an undergraduate winner,” remarked David Craig, director of the Honors Program and Center for Learning Excellence and professor of humanities at Clarkson. “Nadeeka very much deserves this recognition, as does Curtis Rector, who received honorable mention in the competition.” Mark C. “Curtis” Rector is also a senior Honors student, majoring in mechanical engineering.

Clarkson’s Honors Program is an intensive, four-year undergraduate Honors problem-based and research-enriched curriculum for exceptionally talented students. It prepares its graduates to thrive in the most challenging graduate programs and to assume positions of early leadership in their careers.

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program is designed to provide opportunities for advanced education that prepares students for a broad range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary careers through its investments in intellectual capital. The foundation strongly encourages women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to compete for the Fellowship awards. NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

PHOTO CAPTION: Nadeeka Yapa, a senior Honors student studying Electrical Engineering at Clarkson University has won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The Fellowship provides three years of financial support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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