National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships were awarded to six students who attended Brigham Young University for their undergraduate programs.
Daniel Mark Butler, Jacob Peter Fugal, David Brandon Lloyd, Ethan Allen Mastny, Lars Peter Christian Nielsen, and Stephen Bradley Vaisey are all recipients.
Recipients are each awarded an $18,000 stipend for a 12-month tenure. In addition, $10,500 is sent to the recipients' institutions in lieu of tuition and fees.
The award is given to college seniors and first-year graduate students studying science, mathematics or engineering.
Butler, a senior from Roseville, Minn., majoring in political science with a minor in chemistry, attributes his award to the excellent mentoring of Ray Christensen and Sven Wilson in the Political Science Department. Butler has been accepted to Stanford University to pursue a doctorate.
Fugal, a physics major from Pleasant Grove, Utah, graduates with honors from BYU this month. He has already started graduate school at Michigan Tech University, where he is studying atmospheric physics. Fugal was recently published in a scientific journal for an article he co-authored in his field of study.
Lloyd, a graduate from Draper, Utah, is pursuing a doctorate in computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A number of his research articles have appeared in journals.
Mastny graduated magna cum laude from BYU in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. He is currently at the University of Wisconsin working toward a doctorate in chemical engineering. Mastny has written award-winning papers about his research.
Nielsen, from Modesto, Calif., graduated from BYU with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He is currently a doctorate student at Harvard University in organic chemistry. He has also been awarded the Hertz Fellowship.
Vaisey, from Fairport, N.Y., studied in sociology and French at BYU. After he completes his doctorate at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he plans become a professor of sociology at a research university.
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Writer: Liesel Enke