Graduate student Emily Kuhn has recently been awarded two research fellowships: a 2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program fellowship (NSF GRFP) and a 2018 NASA Space Technology Research Fellowship (NSTRSF). Kuhn will choose one of the fellowships to use to undertake research in experimental cosmology as a member of the Newburgh Lab (PI Laura Newburgh).
According to the NSF website, the NSF GRFP ”recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers and supports their graduate research training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields… [by] providing three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period”. Kuhn is one of 2,000 awardees this year, who were chosen from more than 12,000 applicants.
The NSTRSF website explains, “the goal of NSTRF is to sponsor U.S. citizen and permanent resident graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our Nation’s science, exploration and economic future. NASA Space Technology Fellows will perform innovative, space technology research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers and/or at nonprofit U.S. Research and Development (R&D) laboratories. Awards are made in the form of training grants to accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing master’s or doctoral degrees, with the faculty advisor serving as the principal investigator.”