CCNY trio receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Roland Maio, a member of The City College of New York’s Class of 2018, and two recent CCNY graduates are recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships. The three awards to City College are the most among the nine fellowships to City University of New York schools.

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

In addition to Maio, CCNY’s other NSF fellows and their research thrusts and new schools are:

  • Stanley Ko, marine geology and geophysics, Rutgers University New Brunswick;
  • Lizhi Liu, systems and molecular biology; Columbia University.          

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.

A Marine Corps veteran, Maio is a computer science major in the Grove School of Engineering. He’ll pursue a PhD in the field at Columbia University this fall. His focus will be machine learning fairness and he will do his research in Augustin Chaintreau’s lab at Columbia.   

In addition to the NSF Fellowship, Maio has received a Presidential Distinguished Fellowship from Columbia. It is awarded to a select group of outstanding incoming doctoral students and provides funding for four years.

At CCNY, the Greenwich, Connecticut, resident has been a City College Fellow and a Knight Hennessy Scholarship finalist. Maio has been mentored by  Sean Cleary, Isabel Estrada, Jennifer Lutton and Rosario Genario.

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