University of Iowa

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program application opens each August for fall competition. Application deadlines typically fall in late October, but rising seniors and recent alumni who wish to work with the Director of Scholar Development on their GRFP application are encouraged to reach out as soon as they are aware of their interest in the opportunity.

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The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

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UI NSF GRFP Winners pictured above: Jonathan Bachman, Nicholas Rolston, Kathleen White, Allyson Mayer, Meredith DeBoom,James Ankrum, Maria Drout, Suzanne Carter Squires, Sarah Bannon, Colorado Reed

Recent Undergraduate and Alumni NSF GRFP Winners from the University of Iowa: 

  • Jorge Moreno, 2018 Fellow, Evolutionary Biology
  • Nathaniel Weger, 2018 Fellow, Industrial Engineering
  • Nicholas McCarty, 2018 Honorable Mention, Synthetic Biology
  • Mallory Tollefson, 2018 Fellow, Biomedical Engineering
  • Rae Corrigan, 2018 Fellow, Computational Chemistry
  • Jill Hauer, 2017 Fellow, Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics
  • Lily Jane Doershuk, 2017 Fellow, 2016 Honorable Mention, Biological Anthropology
  • Kathryn Langenfeld, 2016 Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Ian Nessler, 2016 Fellow, Chemical Engineering
  • Jocelyn Todd, 2015 Fellow, Biomedical Engineering
  • Allyson Mayer, 2015 Fellow, 2014 Honorable Mention, Biochemistry
  • Katherine Hummels, 2015 Fellow, Microbiology
  • Suzannah Harris, 2015 Fellow (2014 alumnae)
  • Sarah Bannon, 2014 Fellow, Psychology
  • Jeffrey Moore, 2014 Fellow, Physics
  • Nicholas Rolston, 2014 Fellow, Physics, Mathematics
  • Jonathan Bachman, 2013 Fellow, Chemical Engineering
  • Kathleen White, 2013 Fellow, Biochemistry, Chemistry 
  • Meredith DeBoom, 2013 Fellow, Geography (alumnae) 
  • Suzanne Carter Squires, 2012 Fellow, Mathematics, Physics
  • Colorado Reed, 2012 Fellow, Computer Science, Physics
  • Maria Drout, 2010 Fellow, Physics, Astronomy
  • James Ankrum, 2008 Fellow, Biomedical Engineering
  • Bill Liechty, 2007 Fellow, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering
  • Evan Sengbusch, 2007 Fellow, Physics, Mathematics