Nicolas Miguel Andrade and Patrick Link will receive three-year, $34,000 annual stipends and $12,000 education allowances, along with international research and professional development opportunities.
“This program is the most prestigious award for graduate students that the NSF supports,” said Gregory Triplett, Ph.D., associate dean of graduate studies at the School of Engineering. “We are hopeful that we will have many more success stories. Faculty, staff and administration share in the success of these students.”
The NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, founded in 1951. It has supported more than 50,000 fellowships aimed at students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the sciences.
As a high school student drawn to research, Andrade connected with Ümit Özgür, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical engineering.
“I went to Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School, and we had a mentorship program. We were able to go out in the community and pick anyone we wanted to work with,” Andrade said. That early bond led to years of experiments in Özgür’s lab working with light-emitting diodes and vertical cavity lasers.
Andrade, a member of the Honors College, will graduate in May and continue his education in a joint master’s-Ph.D. program at the University of California, Berkeley, where he hopes to study high-efficiency transistors and light-switching technologies. He is also earning a degree in physics from the College of Humanities and Sciences.