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Five U. of I. graduate students earn National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowships

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Five University of Illinois graduate students have been awarded National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships from the U.S. Department of Defense.  

NDSEG Fellowships are designed to increase the number of U.S. citizens and nationals trained in science and engineering disciplines of military importance. About 200 fellowships are awarded each year.

This year’s Urbana campus recipients:

Ahmed El-Kishky, computer science; Anthony Griffin, materials science and engineering; Robyn Macdonald, aerospace engineering; Halie Rando, bioinformatics/animal science; and Curtis Wang, electrical and computer engineering.

The fellowships provide three years of support and offer an annual stipend of approximately $31,000 and full tuition.

“The NDSEG is an extremely prestigious fellowship, going only to students with both a stellar academic record and a research agenda promising significant advances for the nation’s military,” said Ken Vickery, director of the Graduate College Office of External Fellowships. “Our five winners and their advisers deserve hearty congratulations for earning this major honor.”        

Under the direction of the director of defense research and engineering, the NDSEG Fellowship program is sponsored by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, the Army Research Office, the High Performance Computing Modernization Program, and the Office of Naval Research.

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Reposted from the Illinois News Bureau - 7/13/2015