Five graduate students and one graduating fourth-year student at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science have received prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards for 2023. 

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 and 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:

  • Jessica Besnier, civil engineering
  • Claudia Daboin, biomedical engineering
  • Nicholas Gardella, systems engineering
  • Matthew Hoch, biomedical engineering
  • Lauren Horde, systems engineering

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

  • Nghi Tran, biomedical engineering

Four of the 2023 fellowship awardees are UVA Engineering alumni:

  • Jacob Blindenbach, computer science (pursuing graduate studies next academic year)
  • Matthew Lim, Boston University, biomedical engineering     
  • Maria Samaritano, biomedical engineering (pursuing graduate studies next academic year)
  • Jamison Stevens, California Institute of Technology, electrical engineering

The NSF awarded honorable mentions to Megan Lenox, a student in the UVA Engineering materials science and engineering graduate program, and Emily Roloson, a UVA Engineering alumnus who is pursuing a graduate degree in biomedical engineering at Harvard University.