Two students awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Friday, April 08, 2011

Fellows benefit from a three-year, annual stipend of $30,000.

Two University of Tulsa students have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, and a recent alumnus has received an NSF honorable mention.

The NSF announced this week that Anne Gambrel and Allison Johnston received fellowships, and Casey Davis received an honorable mention.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. NSF Fellows often become knowledge experts who contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.

NSF Fellows benefit from a three-year, annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Anne GambrelGambrel, a TU engineering physics senior from Omaha, Neb., plans to conduct cosmology research, and has received offers from Princeton University, California Institute of Technology and the University of Chicago. She was a 2009 Goldwater Scholar and participant in the Tulsa Undergraduate Research Challenge (TURC).

Gambrel conducted research regarding nanomaterials with physics associate professor Parameswar Harikumar. Her research investigates carbon nanotubes and copper composite materials in structures that are smaller than the width of a human hair. Her other pursuits are the visible cosmos, black holes and dark matter. As a member of Sustainable Energy for Northeast Asia, she is working to develop a human-powered utility vehicle that SENEA members plan to deliver to China.

Allison JohnsonJohnston, a mechanical engineering senior from St. Cloud, Minn., intends to pursue a doctorate in mechanical engineering at Syracuse University. She is a ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholar, and is active in TURC and SENEA, traveling to the project site in rural China three times so far. Johnston has been researching composites for the past two years and is most interested in damage resistance in structural applications.

Davis, of Oologah, Okla., graduated from TU in December with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He will be attending Stanford University in the fall of 2011.

In addition to the NSF awards granted to current TU students, three alumni also received fellowships:
• Daryl Spencer, (BS ’10, engineering physics) is studying electrical and electronic engineering at the University of California-Santa Barbara.
• Denise Poslusznsy (BS ’10, chemical engineering) is studying chemical engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University. Her research was through the TU Fluid Flow Project collaboration with Chevron.
• Jesse Finch (BA ’07, music and sociology) is studying social sciences and sociology at the University of Arizona.


Mona Chamberlin