Twelve MU students and alumni honored by National Science Foundation

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April 23, 2024
Contact: Deidra Ashley,

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

Seven MU students and alumni were recently selected for the program, with another five given honorable mention.

This year’s recipients:
  • *Jacob Search, mechanical engineering and materials science
  • *Mason Ward, wildlife and fisheries science
  • *Yousuf El-Jayyousi, neuroscience
  • Kristen Barwick, biochemistry (pursuing the Honors Certificate)
  • Marissa LaMartina, biological sciences (pursuing the Honors Certificate)
  • Campbell Sweet, chemical engineering
  • Laurie Agosto, biological sciences
This year’s honorable mentions:
  • India Joy Matthews, psychology
  • Christopher Zobek, pathobiology area program
  • Melissa Draves, plant, insect and microbial sciences
  • Brooke Bowman, biological sciences (pursuing the Honors Certificate)
  • Karen Talley, human development and family science

*Denotes alumni

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