7 from City College Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

City College of New York senior chemical engineering major Alla Zamarayeva, a 2013 Goldwater Scholar, and six recent CCNY graduates have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Ms. Zamarayeva, a native of Ukraine who will graduate in May, has been admitted to PhD programs at University of California – Berkeley, Stanford University, Princeton University and the University of Texas to study materials science and electrical engineering.

Her NSF research proposal focuses on energy storage materials for automotive applications. At City College, she has done research with the CUNY Energy Institute and the Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics.

The new fellows, besides Ms. Zamarayeva, are:

  • Howie Neal Chu, ’13, currently doing graduate work in chemical engineering at the University of Michigan.
  • Elaa Hilou, ‘ 13, currently doing graduate work in chemical engineering at Rice University
  • Daniel Lurie, ’12 (CUNY BA Program), currently working as a research assistant at the Child Mind Institute in New York, who proposed a cognitive neuroscience research project.
  • Jason Martinez, ’13, currently doing graduate work in civil engineering at the University of Michigan.
  • Aniqua Rahman, ’13, currently doing graduate work in biomedical engineering at Cornell University.
  • Mariya Shcheglovitova, ’10, currently a researcher in life sciences (ecology) at George Washington University.

Since 2011, 28 current and former City College students have been awarded the NSF graduate research fellowships, which recognize and support exceptional students who have proposed graduate-level research projects in their fields. Fellows receive an annual stipend of $32,000 plus a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, totaling $132,000 over three years.

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Ellis Simon
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