Electrical Engineering Ph.D. Student Wins NSF Fellowship

Date Published: 
April 14, 2015

Kathryn Smith, who completed her bachelor of science in electrical engineering in 2013 and is now enrolled in the electrical engineering doctoral program, is one of three UNC Charlotte students to win National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships for 2015.

Smith is the university’s first electrical engineering NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Her advisor is Dr. Ryan Adams, associate chair, undergraduate coordinator and associate professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department.

“The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is a highly prestigious award that recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based masters and doctoral programs,” explains Tom Reynolds, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School. “These are the students enrolling in the top graduate schools in the country, so our success is clear evidence of the quality of education at UNC Charlotte.”

Other new UNC Charlotte NSF graduate research fellows are Jonathan Knighten in computer science, and Jennifer Kassel in physics and astronomy.

NSF graduate research fellows receive a $32,000 annual stipend for three years within a five-year fellowship period. They also receive a $12,000 cost-of- education allowance and professional development opportunities.

Over a period of 60 years, the NSF has awarded 48,000 fellowships in a wide range of disciplines including engineering, life sciences, economics, social sciences, psychology, mathematical sciences, physics and astronomy, chemistry, geosciences, computer and information science and engineering, STEM education and learning research and materials research. To date, 40 NSF fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates.