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Biochemistry Alum Receives NSF Fellowship to Support Graduate Studies

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Biochemistry major Whitney Johnson (Class of ‘09) was awarded an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  

2011 is the second year in a row that four Southwestern graduates have received NSF fellowships

Three students who graduated from Southwestern in 2009 and another who graduated in 2010 have received grants from the National Science Foundation to support their studies in graduate school.  

One of the award recipients is Whitney Johnson (class of 2009), a biochemistry graduate who did research with Chemistry Professor Maha Zewail Foote. She is now in graduate school at Stanford University.

The NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program is for students who are college seniors, first-year graduate students or second-year graduate students. The fellowships are funded for up to three years and provide students with a yearly stipend of $30,000. The NSF typically funds fewer than 10 percent of the applications it receives for these fellowships.