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Lexington’s Conley Wins National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Contact: Danielle Hinson

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Brandon Conley

“I certainly didn't expect to win, considering the extremely tough national competition I was facing. I think receiving the Fellowship is just another example of the quality of instructors, students and research opportunities within our chemistry department at UK."

-- Brandon Conley, a senior classics/chemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences

 

April 24, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Brandon Conley, a senior classics/chemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Kentucky, recently was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship through the National Science Foundation.

NSF Graduate Fellowships are given to outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based doctoral degrees in science education. The awards were made in late March and carry a stipend of $27,500 for one year and an annual cost-of-education allowance of $10,500. Awards are renewable for up to three years of study.

In the past, NSF fellows have completed their doctoral programs at a faster rate than other graduate students, they have gone on to well-respected departments, and they have won more post-doctoral appointments, research grants and prestigious awards.

“Eighteen former fellows have won Nobel Prizes,” stated Eric Sheppard, program director for the Division of Graduate Education at the NSF. “Additionally, the co-founder of the Google Corporation is a former fellow, which gives me a reason to use that Internet search engine.”

"Since all applicants for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship have excellent test scores and GPAs, I knew that more attention would be paid to my research experience, personal goals statement, and original research proposal,” Conley said.

“I certainly didn't expect to win, considering the extremely tough national competition I was facing. I think receiving the Fellowship is just another example of the quality of instructors, students and research opportunities within our chemistry department at UK."

Conley will continue his studies this fall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.


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