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15 MIT students awarded DOE-funded Science Graduate Fellowships

Among 150 students nationwide awarded fellowships in program's first year

Fifteen MIT students have been awarded Science Graduate Fellowships by the Department of Energy’s Office of Science. The fellowship is part of a new initiative to encourage outstanding students to choose careers in science and to support basic research by young scientists in a variety of fields including biology, chemistry, physics, computational science, engineering, environmental sciences and mathematics.

This is the first year of the Department of Energy’s Science Graduate Fellowship Program, which will support 150 students nationwide.

“The exceptionally talented students selected as graduate fellows are part of our nation's next generation of scientific and technical leaders,” said DOE Secretary Steven Chu. “This investment in the training of scientists and engineers is part of the Administration's continued effort to ensure that America has the scientific and engineering workforce we need to secure our energy future and our continued economic competitiveness.”

Each fellow will be provided $50,500 per year for up to three years to support tuition, living expenses, research materials and travel to research conferences or to Department of Energy scientific user facilities.

The recipents from MIT are:
  • Daniel Chavas, earth, atmospheric, and planetary science
  • Mark Chilenski, nuclear science and engineering
  • Alison Criscitiello, earth, atmospheric, and planetary science
  • Christian Haakonsen, nuclear science and engineering
  • John Hanson, nuclear science and engineering
  • Andrew Hilmer, chemical engineering
  • Andrew Horning, chemistry
  • Rachel Howden, chemical engineering
  • Peter Kang, civil and environmental engineering
  • Elizabeth Kowalski, electrical engineering and computer science
  • Karan Mehta, electrical engineering
  • Eric Oelker, physics
  • Matthew Parno, computation for design and optimization
  • Ishan Patel, chemistry
  • Micah Sheppard, chemical engineering

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