by Tony Moore
The National Science Foundation recently announced the 2016 awardees for its Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), and four Dickinsonians—three alumni and one current student—are joining the ranks of the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind.
On the alumni front:
Will Kochtitzky '16 (under an NSF Geosciences-Glaciology fellowship) was the student awardee, and the earth sciences major and 2016 Baird Sustainability Fellow plans to attend the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, where he’ll study ice sheet glaciology.
The fellowship—which has been directly supporting grad students in STEM fields since 1952—provides a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, plus $12,000 for tuition and fees and myriad opportunities for international research and professional development.
“This gives me the freedom to work on whichever research project appeals to me,” says Kochtitzky, who plans on continuing his collaboration with his Dickinson professors while working on research at his next institution. “I can also continue my collaboration with Peruvian colleagues on a glacierized volcano, the subject of my senior thesis. I am excited to be continuing my education at the next level.”
Kochtitzky gives credit to his Dickinson experiences for helping him land the fellowship, experiences that include traveling to Iceland, Greenland, Canada and Peru with Associate Professor of Earth Sciences Ben Edwards.
“I could not have done any of this without the help of Dickinson,” Kochtitzky says, calling out Maria Bruno, assistant professor of archaeology; Marcus Key, Joseph Priestley professor of natural philosophy; Jeff Niemitz, adjunct faculty in earth sciences; Peter Sak, associate professor of earth sciences, and Edwards as major influences. “Particularly Professor Edwards. Ben has been an incredible mentor, and without a doubt, I would not have won this award without him.”
Published April 19, 2016