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Grad students earn prestigious NSF research fellowships

Eight Buckeye engineers have been awarded a 2019 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF) following a national competition. NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports graduate students who show immense promise as researchers and leaders in science and engineering.

Jayson Boubin, Nathan Harris, Heather StruckmanJayson Boubin, Nathan Harris, Heather StruckmanThe Ohio State University College of Engineering is represented by three current graduate students and five alumni. The following awardees were selected from more than 12,000 applicants:

Graduate Students
  • Jayson Boubin, computer science and engineering, is developing an open source software suite to support aerial systems, which can be implemented for agricultural purposes such as yield monitoring and crop scouting.
  • Nathan Harris, engineering education, is focusing on broadening participation in STEM and the impact that summer K-12 computer science programs have on influencing students’ pursuits of computer science and engineering careers.
  • Heather Struckman, biomedical engineering, is focusing on understanding how nanodomain level structural changes within the heart may precipitate organ level electrical dysfunction seen in atrial fibrillation.
  • Benjamin Albert, biomedical engineering
  • Shayla Breedlove, electrical engineering
  • Jackson Killian, computer science and engineering
  • Nick Pronin, electrical engineering
  • Emily Reed, electrical engineering

GRFP is a critical program in NSF's overall strategy to develop a globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure the nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. It provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period— $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. That support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in a STEM field.

by Meggie Biss, College of Engineering Communications |