Recent CCNY alum Ethan Bendau earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Ethan V. Bendau, a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of The City College of New York, is the recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The award recognizes and supports 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.

Bendau, who earned a B.S. in physics with Research Honors from City College’s Division of Science, is a second year PhD student and Blavatnik Doctoral Fellow in Biomedical Engineering in Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. His research, under mentor Elisa E. Konofagou in the Ultrasound and Elasticity Imaging Lab, is in non-invasive brain modulation using focused ultrasound.

At CCNY, he received the Dr. Jerry A. Gelbwachs Scholarship and a City College Fellowship. He was President of the CCNY Physics Club when the chapter was awarded the Blake Lilly Prize by the AIP Society of Physics Students for its outreach activities. 

A Manhattan resident, Bendau is a native of Phoenix, Arizona. 

 About the City College of New York
Since 1847, The City College of New York has provided a high-quality and affordable education to generations of New Yorkers in a wide variety of disciplines. CCNY embraces its position at the forefront of social change. It is ranked #1 by the Harvard-based Opportunity Insights out of 369 selective public colleges in the United States on the overall mobility index. This measure reflects both access and outcomes, representing the likelihood that a student at CCNY can move up two or more income quintiles. In addition, the Center for World University Rankings places CCNY in the top 1.2% of universities worldwide in terms of academic excellence. Labor analytics firm Emsi puts at $1.9 billion CCNY’s annual economic impact on the regional economy (5 boroughs and 5 adjacent counties) and quantifies the “for dollar” return on investment to students, taxpayers and society. At City College, more than 16,000 students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in eight schools and divisions, driven by significant funded research, creativity and scholarship. CCNY is as diverse, dynamic and visionary as New York City itself. View CCNY Media Kit.