16 Statistics Students Awarded
Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced the 2018 recipients of its prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship. Sixteen statistics, biostatistics, and computational statistics students were among them, and three more students designated their field of study as computational and data-enabled science.

The fellowship provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period—$34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. According to the announcement, the fellowship program was launched in 1952, shortly after Congress established NSF, making it the nation’s oldest continuous investment in the US STEM workforce.

The 2,000 awardees were selected from more than 12,000 applicants and included 1,156 women, 461 individuals from under-represented minority groups, 75 persons with disabilities, 27 veterans, and 780 who have not yet enrolled in graduate school.

Interested in applying? See the advice of past winners to potential applicants here and here. For past winners of this fellowship, see this blog entry and the links therein.

Awardees and Their Institutions


Name Baccalaureate Institution Current Institution
Angiuli, Olivia Harvard College University of California, Berkeley
Grabski, Isabella Natalie Princeton University Princeton University
Hansen, Derek Lars University of Oklahoma  
Huang, Melody Yun University of California-Los Angeles  
Hudson, Aaron University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign University of Washington
Jahja, Maria North Carolina State University Carnegie-Mellon University
Kwan, Brian University of California-Irvine University of California, San Diego
Lei, Rayleigh Xunan Columbia University University of Michigan Ann Arbor
Ling, Sharon The College of New Jersey The College of New Jersey
Little, Amarise Noelle California Institute of Technology University of Washington
Min, Alan Ted Purdue University Purdue University
Nogues, Isabella Princeton University Harvard University
Paskov, Ivan Spassimirov Stanford University Stanford University
Shu, Kevin California Institute of Technology California Institute of Technology
Spertus, Jacob Victor Bowdoin College  
Weinstein, Sarah M Columbia University