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6 Westminster scholars recognized by National Science Foundation

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of the Meldrum Science Center at Westminster College in February 2018. Six students from Westminster College were awarded fellowships and honorable mentions from the National Science Foundation, funding three of them to conduct research projects. (Photo by Berin Klawiter)

Six students from Westminster College were awarded fellowships and honorable mentions from the National Science Foundation, providing opportunities for international research and professional development. It also paves the way for students to conduct research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education that they choose.

Five of the students are researchers from the Westminster Honors College, which is home to the Office of Fellowship Advising at the school.

NSF awarded fellowships to the following students:

  • Maria G. Alvarez Zavala, who graduated in 2019, in Life Sciences: Environmental Biology
  • Ember Bradbury, a senior biology major, in Life Sciences: Ecology
  • Douglas Getty, who graduated in 2016, in Life Sciences: Psycholinguistics

Three other students were given honorable mentions:

  • Grace Padilla, a senior neuroscience major, in Life Science: Neuroscience
  • Jadie Adams, who graduated in 2018, in Comp/IS/Eng: Machine Learning
  • Jake Bergquist, who graduated in 2017, in Engineering: Biomedical Engineering

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program will provide the three awardees with a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 — along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance that can be used for tuition and fees — to conduct their research projects.

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Cami Mondeaux
Cami Mondeaux is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology. Passionate about journalism, Cami has worked in the field for three years – completing internships at KSL NewsRadio, KUER 90.1 NPR Utah and The Washington Diplomat in Washington, D.C. She now covers breaking news for KSL NewsRadio with a focus on the 2020 election. Cami is excited to bring her skills to The Forum for her second year as editor-in-chief.

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