Graduate students Brandi Pessman, Crystal Uminski, and Collin Victor earned Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards from the National Science Foundation.
Pessman and Uminski are in the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior specialization of the School of Biological Sciences. Pessman is studying multimodal communication in spiders in biologist Eileen Hebets' lab. Uminski studies discipline-based education research with a focus on biology assessment design and implementation, working with biologist Brian Couch's research group.
Victor is part of the Applied Mathematics specialization in the Department of Mathematics.
The program provides three years of support to graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines or education and have demonstrated the potential for significant research achievements.
Honorable mentions include undergraduate student Lauren Lesiak and graduate students Timothy Hackett, Katherine LaTourrette, and Anneliis Susan Sartin-Tarm.