SOM PhD Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Four PhD students in the School of Medicine have received prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) for 2022. Five additional students in the School of Medicine received honorable mentions. 

Launched in 1952, the NSF GRFP is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. It funds outstanding graduate students pursuing PhD or research master's degrees in NSF-supported Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) disciplines. Fellows received a three-year stipend, coverage of tuition and fees, and access to professional development opportunities. 

School of Medicine PhD students receiving NSF GRFP awards are: 

Lucas Bellaiche, Augustus Lowry, Karina Matos Fernandez, Paul McKee
  • Lucas Bellaiche, Cognitive Neuroscience (DIBS) 
  • Augustus Lowry, Biochemistry 
  • Karina Matos Fernandez, Cell Biology 
  • Paul McKee, Cognitive Neuroscience 

The School of Medicine recipients are among 20 PhD students and two research master's students across Duke to receive NSF GRFP awards. 

School of Medicine PhD students receiving honorable mentions are: 

Emily Cannistraci, Quinn Lanners, Aruna Menon,
  • Emily Cannistraci, Biochemistry 
  • Quinn Lanners, Biostatistics 
  • Aruna Menon, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology 
Jessica Portillo, Sam Reisman
  • Jessica Portillo, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology 
  • Sam Reisman, Cell Biology 

They are among 18 PhD students across Duke who earned honorable mentions.   

For a complete list of all University award recipients, visit the Graduate School News page