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Engineering Student and Alumnus Receive 2018 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Singled out from more than 12,000 applicants nationwide, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has selected a University of Miami College of Engineering (UMCoE) student, as well as a recent alumnus as recipients of their 2018 Graduate Research Fellowships.

This year’s UMCoE awardee is Shayna Hume, BSASE ’18, a student leader who served as president of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, as well as an undergraduate researcher and mentor. The UMCoE alumnus in the 2018 class of Graduate Fellows is Connor Verheyen, BSBE ’17, who since graduating has been furthering his research overseas after receiving fellowships from the Whitaker International Program last spring.

“This fellowship is simply a testament to the amazing mentorship and training I’ve received,” Verheyen said. “Thank you so much to everyone at the College of Engineering for investing your time and energy to help me grow as a scientist. I really can’t state how appreciative I am to all of you.”

Overall, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a critical program in the NSF’s strategy to develop the globally-engaged workforce necessary to ensure the nation’s leadership in advancing science and engineering research.

“To support U.S. leadership and innovation in science and engineering, we must recognize and nurture talent from all of our nation’s communities,” said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources.

Selected NSF fellows reflect these applicant’s potential to advance knowledge and benefit society.

“We are all so proud of these students, who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to research,” said College of Engineering Dean Jean-Pierre Bardet. “Additionally, congratulations to their faculty mentors who have given them critical guidance and support along the way.”

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