Chemistry at Illinois University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Four Chemistry Students have won the National Science Foundation 2017 Graduate Research Fellowship

March 2017

The Chemistry Department at Illinois is pleased to announce that four graduate students in the program have received the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.


2017 NSF GRFP Winners

2017 NSF GRFP Honorable Mentions


For the 2017 competition, the NSF received over 13,000 applications, and made 2,000 award offers. Launched in 1952, the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program is the nation’s oldest and largest fellowship program for graduate students. It is also one of the most prestigious.

The NSF-GRF supports students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and social science fields. Applications are evaluated according to NSF’s two review criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts. Awardees generally are those who demonstrate exemplary promise as researchers as well as show a record of using their research and related skills to benefit society. Approximately 17,000 students applied this year, and 2,000 were offered awards.

Fellowships provide three years of support and come with a $34,000 annual stipend along with coverage of tuition and fees. Awardees also have access to international research opportunities, supercomputing resources, and internships with federal agencies.

Read the College of Language Arts and Sciecnces Article about this award.