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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 is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology. She’s worked in journalism for three years completing several internships in radio as well as a print internship stationed in Washington, D.C. Now, Cami works as a reporter and digital content producer for KSL NewsRadio covering breaking news and local government. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in the headlines, Cami enjoys listening to podcasts, drinking iced coffee and continuing her quest to find the tastiest burrito in Salt Lake City.

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