Eight graduate students and two graduating fourth-year students at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science have received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards for 2022. 

The awards fund outstanding students in National Science Foundation-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited institutions in the United States. Each five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support, an annual stipend and a cost of education allowance to help cover tuition and fees. 

The UVA Engineering graduate students who received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year are:

  • Ethan Harrison Blaser, computer science 
  • Ho Lun Chan, materials science and engineering
  • Samuel Crowl, biomedical engineering
  • Kyung Yoon Kim, civil engineering
  • Morgan Sanha Kim, chemical engineering
  • Eleanore Rae Scheer, systems engineering
  • Mark Schwartz, biomedical engineering
  • Juliana Trujillo, biomedical engineering

The UVA Engineering undergraduate students who received fellowships to apply toward graduate studies next academic year are:

  • Spencer Carlton Barnes, aerospace engineering 
  • Nikita Sivakumar, biomedical engineering

Four of the 2022 fellowship awardees are UVA Engineering alumni:

  • Connor Douglas Amelung, Duke University, biomedical engineering     
  • Suzanne Lightsey, University of Florida, biomedical engineering    
  • John Xavier Morris, Cornell University, computer science  
  • Karl Speas Westendorff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, chemical engineering 

The NSF awarded honorable mentions to Laurie Ann Elkowitz, a student in the UVA Engineering mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate program; Rohan Dipak Patel, a UVA Engineering alumnus who is pursuing a graduate degree in biomedical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania; and Sydney R. Henriques, a UVA Engineering alumna earning a graduate degree in biomedical engineering at Vanderbilt University.