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CCNY senior and alum receive NSF research fellowships

Ellianna Schwab
Ellianna Schwab, who graduates from the Macaulay Honors College at CCNY this spring, is the recipient of a 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Ellianna Schwab, a graduating senior in the Macaulay Honors College at The City College of New York, is the recipient of a 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. The NSF has also awarded the coveted fellowship to Joseph Derosa, a 2015 CCNY alumnus from the Macaulay Honors College.

The fellowships recognize and support exceptional students who have proposed graduate-level research projects in their fields. Selection is through a national competition. 

Fellows receive an annual stipend of $34,000 and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in science or engineering.

Schwab, a B.S. candidate in physics and mathematics, intends to use her NSF grant to study gravitational waves in close binary stars. She has yet to decide on a graduate school. 

This is Schwab’s latest honor at CCNY.  In 2016 she won a Goldwater Scholarship -- a highly competitive federal grant for undergraduates who have the potential to make significant contributions in the STEM fields – and received the Chambliss Student Poster Award from the American Astronomy Society. The latter was for her research on star-like objects known as brown dwarfs.

Derosa is studying organometallic chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute. He uses metals such as copper, nickel and palladium to catalyze reactions in organic molecules. The long term outcome could be better pharmaceuticals.

More than 13,000 applicants applied for 2,000 fellowships this year.

In addition to the two fellows, seven other CCNY students and recent alumni received Honorable Mentions from the NSF for their outstanding work.  The students and their current affiliation are:

  • Rajshekhar Basak, chemical theory, Yale University;
  • Amani M. Ebrahim, polymers, University of Connecticut:
  • Michelle Henderson, environmental engineering, University of South Florida;
  • Tyler Anthony Joseph, bioinformatics, Columbia University;
  • C.R. Christiana Oh, chemical engineering, CCNY/Macaulay Honors;
  • Pavel Shapturenka, chemical engineering, University of California-Santa Barbara;
  • Lawrence M. Vulis, hydrology, CCNY.

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