Exercise Science Grad Earns National Science Foundation Fellowship

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

UNC Charlotte exercise science alumnus Devin Clegg has received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (GRFP).

Clegg, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in biology at UNC Charlotte, will receive three years of financial support over a five-year fellowship period ($34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution).

"This unique program has nurtured economic innovation and leadership in the U.S. continuously since 1952 by recruiting and supporting outstanding students with high potential in science, technology, engineering and mathematics very early in their graduate training," said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources. "These talented individuals have gone on to make important discoveries, win Nobel Prizes, train many generations of American scientists and engineers and create inventions that improve our lives."

Clegg is among 2,000 awardees chosen from over 13,000 applicants who represent a wide range of scientific disciplines and come from all states, as well as the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and territories. The group of awardees is diverse, including 1,158 women, 498 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 75 persons with disabilities, 26 veterans and 726 undergraduate seniors. The awardees come from 449 baccalaureate institutions.

GRFP supports the graduate study of U.S. citizens, nationals and permanent residents attaining research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education at institutions located in the United States.

Applicants are selected through the NSF peer review process.

A complete list of those offered the fellowship for 2017 is available on FastLane. For general information about the program, visit NSF's GRFP website.