By Pat Lopes Harris, Media Relations Director
For the second year in a row, Spartan alumni received more National Science Foundation Graduate Research Program fellowships than students from any other CSU. “This is concrete proof of the outstanding job SJSU does preparing our students for research careers,” said Michael Parrish, dean of the College of Science, which yielded five fellows. Each fellow receives three years of support; a $30,000 annual stipend; a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance to the institution; and international research and professional development opportunities. The program recognizes outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. The 2012 fellows who attended SJSU and their graduate schools are Andrew Ingram (chemistry, Stanford); Thao-Nhi Thi (Lily) Le (biochemistry, UC Santa Cruz); Natalie Chavez (molecular biology, Brown); Katherine Isaacs (computer science, UC Davis); Danielle Lemi (political science, UC Riverside); and Simon Howard (psychology, Tufts University). In addition, Amanda Shores (molecular biology, University of North Carolina) was notified two months ago that she was awarded an NSF fellowship retroactively.