Funding 2022 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorees

Eighteen Penn graduate students and graduate alumni have been awarded the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and 13 current graduate students received Honorable Mentions. These students were selected from a highly-competitive pool of over 12,000 applications nationwide. We congratulate these students, who have demonstrated exemplary commitment to their research, as well as the faculty mentors who have given them guidance and support along the way. 

2022 Penn Graduate NSF GRFP Honorees

  • Sarah Victoria Applebey, PhD student, Neuroscience, Honorable Mention

  • Christian Ederly Benitez, PhD student, Psychology, Honorable Mention

  • Adama James Berndt, PhD student, Neuroscience, Honorable Mention

  • Gianna Therese Busch, PhD student, Bioengineering, Recipient

  • Landon Butler, BSE Systems Science & Engineering / MSE Data Science ('22)

  • Joseph Cutler, PhD student, Computer & Information Science, Recipient

  • Trevor Raymond Devine, PhD student, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Recipient

  • Michael Steven DiStefano, PhD student, Bioengineering, Honorable Mention

  • Jillian Eisenhauer, PhD student, Cell and Molecular Biology, Honorable Mention

  • Nicholas Stephen Galambos, PhD student, Biology, Honorable Mention

  • Steven William Gassner, PhD student, Physics and Astronomy, Recipient

  • Misgana Yemane Ghidewon, PhD student, Neuroscience, Recipient

  • Jessie Elizabeth Greenslade, PhD student, Neuroscience, Recipient

  • Shawn Kang, BSE/MSE, Bioengineering ('22)

  • Samuel Henry Lyons, PhD student, Neuroscience, Recipient

  • Antonio Martinez, PhD student, Materials Science & Engineering, Recipient

  • Aaron David McKnight, PhD student, Neuroscience, Honorable Mention

  • William Anthony Molina Arocho, PhD student, Immunology, Honorable Mention

  • Jacob Parker, PhD student, Neuroscience, Recipient

  • Rohan Dipak Patel, PhD student, Bioengineering, Honorable Mention

  • Stephanie Maria Schreiner, PhD student, Immunology, Recipient

  • Paul Gerard Severino, PhD student, Physics and Astronomy, Recipient

  • Colton Jacob Sheehan, PhD student, Chemistry, Recipient

  • Elizabeth Maurides Siefert, PhD student, Neuroscience, Recipient

  • Sydney H Sofronici, PhD student, Electrical & Systems Engineering, Recipient

  • Christine Soh, PhD student, Linguistics, Recipient

  • Abraham Joseph Waldman, PhD student, Bioengineering, Honorable Mention

  • Olivia Claire Wedig, MS, Chemistry (GAS '21), Recipient

  • Eli Wiston, PhD student, Physics, Honorable Mention

  • Taylor Anne Yount, PhD student, Cell and Molecular Biology, Honorable Mention

  • Qi Xing Zhang, PhD student, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Honorable Mention


About the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 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 United States institutions.

As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include 42 Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin, and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Fellows benefit from a generous three-year annual stipend and educational allowance, 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.

NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

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