Record number of Auburn students and alumni awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Eight Auburn University students and alumni have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, an Auburn record.
The National Science Foundation announced earlier this spring that four current Auburn University graduate students and four graduates have been selected for the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. The fellowship provides three years of support at $30,000 annually and an additional $10,500 cost of education allowance. The purpose of the fellowship program is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States.
“We are especially happy to see the increase in the number of Auburn students being awarded this most prestigious fellowship,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn University assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “This award would not be possible without the support and mentoring of dedicated Auburn University faculty.”

The following currently enrolled graduate students have been selected as 2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellows:

– Chloe Josefson is a doctoral student in biology in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Her research advisor is Haruka Wada.
– Hannah Correia is pursuing a doctoral degree in biology and a master’s degree in statistics, both in the College of Sciences and Mathematics. Her research advisors are F. Stephen Dobson and Ash Abebe.
– Johnathan Bolton is a doctoral student in aerospace engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. His research advisor is Brian Thurow.
– Steven Boomhower is a doctoral student in cognitive and behavioral sciences in the College of Liberal Arts. His research advisor is M. Christopher Newland.
In addition, four Auburn undergraduate alumni were selected for the award:
– Erik Brush is a 2013 graduate in biological sciences in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the fall. His research advisors were Nanette Chadwick and Kenneth Halanych.
– Ethan McCurdy is a 2014 graduate in biochemistry in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and will pursue graduate study at Columbia University. His research advisor was Douglas Goodwin.
– Amber Hubbard is a 2014 graduate in chemical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and will pursue graduate study at North Carolina State University. Her research advisor was Virginia Davis.
– Brad Rogers is a 2003 graduate in mechanical engineering in the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering and is pursuing graduate study at Indiana University. His research advisor was Sushil Bhavnani.
The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. For more information, go to www.nsfgrfp.org or contact either Paul Harris or Ken Thomas in the Honors College.

A record four Auburn University students named Fulbright Scholars for 2015

Four Auburn University Honors College students who graduated this spring have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships. Tyler Look, Matthew Goforth, Matthew Pollock and Steven Vickers will continue their studies in Berlin, Munich, the village of Trittau in Germany, and Latvia, respectively.
In the past six years, 14 Auburn University students have been named Fulbright recipients; this year’s four students is a school record.
Houston native Look graduated from the colleges of Business and Liberal Arts with a double major in aviation management and German-international trade and a minor in Spanish. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to examine public transportation systems at the Technical University of Berlin. In 2014, Look participated in the Auburn University exchange semester in Germany where he earned the Goethe Institute German Language certification. While at Auburn, Look was a four-year member of the Marching Band.
“The focus of my research is to analyze the economic, political, social and environmental factors that specifically influence citizens to choose various modes of transportation within a densely populated city,” Look said. “I am looking forward to spending the next academic year abroad and to the adventures that lie ahead.”
Huntsville native Goforth graduated from the colleges of Sciences and Mathematics and Liberal Arts with a major in physics and a minor in German. He has conducted research on fusion energy plasmas under the direction of David Maurer in the Department of Physics for the past year and a half. He was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his research on complex plasma experiments at the Technical University of Munich where he will join the Complex Plasma Research Group at the German Aerospace on the university’s campus. Goforth is the son of a retired U.S. Army officer and was born in Ansbach, Germany.
“My work at the German Aerospace Center will include the planning of complex plasma experiments as well as providing a detailed analysis of space data using specially adjusted image analysis techniques,” Goforth said. “I am eager to join leading German scientists and researchers in support of the International Space Station. My Fulbright year promises to be a life-changing experience and I am grateful for this opportunity.”
Port Orange, Florida, native Pollock graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a double major in English literature and Spanish and minors in linguistics and German. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach high school students in the northern German village of Trittau. Pollack served as a tutor with the Miller Writing Center for the past two years and last summer attended the Goethe Institute in Berlin summer language program.
“My work as a tutor in the Miller Writing Center has prepared me well for the rigors of teaching English in Germany,” Pollock said. “Of course, teaching is a two-way street and I look forward to improving my German language skills and cultural competence while abroad.”
Mobile native Vickers graduated from the College of Liberal Arts with a major in history. He was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English to high school and middle school students in Riga, the capital of Latvia. Before coming to Auburn, Vickers served on the City of Mobile Police Department for six years. For the past two years he has served as a tutor with the Athletics Department.
“My experience as a police officer in Mobile forced me to see the world from many different perspectives,” Vickers said. “In Latvia, I will be immersed in a culture completely different from my own which will challenge me in way I could only imagine. I am looking forward to the challenge.”
“We are excited for Tyler, Matthew, Steven and Matthew,” said Melissa Baumann, Auburn assistant provost and director of the Honors College. “The Fulbright award is an acknowledgment of their hard work and their potential for future accomplishments in their disciplines. They are all outstanding representatives of Auburn University and we send them off with sincere wishes for great success.”
“The Fulbright offers our students a life altering experience” said Paula Bobrowski, associate dean in the College of Liberal Arts and chair of the campus-wide Fulbright screening committee. “This international experience will forever change their views of the world and help them to realize how they can make an impact on the world.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
“I thoroughly enjoyed working with our scholars throughout the application process and their selection brings great credit upon Auburn University,” said Paul Harris, associate director of the Honors College. “I am especially grateful to their faculty mentors Tom Nadar, associate professor of German; James Truman, assistant director of University Writing; David Maurer, associate professor of physics; and Alan Meyer, assistant professor of history, who all provided support and encouragement and wrote glowing letters of support on their behalf.”

Four Auburn University students awarded Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study abroad

Four Auburn University students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship for study abroad. The nationally competitive scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students to pursue academic studies around the world.
Shannon Bewley, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Birmingham and a member of the Honors College, is majoring in studio art and art history with a minor in German. She was awarded the scholarship to study with the College of Liberal Arts Art Summer Program in Rome.
Braxton Nelson, a sophomore in the College of Sciences and Mathematics from Lilburn, Georgia, is majoring in biomedical sciences with a pre-physical therapy concentration and minoring in Spanish. He was awarded the scholarship to study with the College of Liberal Arts Summer Program in Madrid.
Sarah Grace Simpson, a sophomore in the Saumel Ginn College of Engineering from Russellville, Alabama, and a member of the Honors College, is majoring in chemical engineering with a minor in Asian studies. She was awarded the scholarship to study in Shaghai, China, this summer.
Catherine Tabor, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts from Centreville, Alabama, and a member of the Honors College, is pursuing a double major in English and German international trade and a double minor in psychology and community and civic engagement. She was awarded the scholarship to study in Vienna.

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