Eight Texas ChE students named NSF Fellows

Eight students from the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering have been named 2018 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellows, more than any other chemical engineering program in that nation this year. The Cockrell School of Engineering has a total of 15 NSF Graduate Research Fellows this year, more than any other college within the university. This year, NSF received over 12,000 applications and made 2,000 award offers.

The four current graduate researchers and four graduating seniors receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are:


2018 Current graduate students receiving NSF Fellowships.
Left to right: Ahlam Qerqez (Maynard Group), Kevin Reed (Alper Group), Kristin Presnell (Alper Group) and Austin Graham (Keitz Group).


2018 graduating seniors receiving NSF Fellowships.
L-R: Justin Zhong, Anirudh Sivakumar and Deepak Subramanian. Erin Maines not pictured.

This fall, Justin Zhong will begin the joint UC Berkeley/UCSF joint graduate and medical program, Anirudh Sivakumar will pursue his PhD in biomedical engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory, Deepak Subramanian will attend MIT to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering, and Erin Maines will pursue a PhD in chemical engineering at Minnesota.


Former NSF Fellows include many individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering, have become leaders in their chosen careers and been honored as Nobel laureates. The program recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers and supports their graduate research training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents and are selected through the NSF peer review process.

NSF has posted a complete list of those offered this fellowship for 2018 and general information on GRFP is available at the program’s website.

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