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One Miami University graduate student, two alumni receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Keaka Farleigh, a PhD student in ecology, evolution, and environmental biology, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.”

Miami undergraduate alumnus Kevin Summer received a Graduate Research Fellowship in support of his work as a PhD student at the University of Denver. Graduate School alumna Rhiannon Schultz, who will begin PhD studies this fall at the University of Georgia, also received a fellowship.

In addition, several current and former students received GRFP honorable mentions. They are McKenna Freeman, currently a masters student in psychology; Benjamin David Harding, currently a senior majoring in biochemistry; Rosamiel Ries, currently a senior majoring in geology and physics; Isabelle Andersen, an undergraduate alumna now studying at Baylor University; Avnika Bali, an undergraduate alumna now studying at Yale University; and Haley Elizabeth Thoresen, an undergraduate alumna now studying at the University of Idaho.


Updated April 21, 2020 to include Rhiannon Schultz.

Upham Hall with Pulley Tower behind it, on the Oxford, Ohio campus of Miami University

Three Miami University graduate students, two alumni receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

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Three Miami University graduate students have been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.” They are Akanksha Das (clinical psychology), Shelby Ortiz, (physiological psychology), and Jared Tangeman (developmental biology).

Among Miami undergraduate alumni receiving Graduate Research Fellowships are Tangeman, Jayson Boubin, and Hannah Devens. Boubin is currently a graduate student in computer systems and embedded systems at The Ohio State University and Devens is a student in environmental biology at Duke University.


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Upham Hall with Pulley Tower behind it, on the Oxford, Ohio campus of Miami University

Miami University student, three alumni receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

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Feven Ogbaselase

Feven Asresehei Ogbaselase, a graduate student in clinical psychology, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.”

Blake Rasor, Maeva Metz, and Rebecca Jorgensen, all of whom completed their undergraduate work at Miami, also received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Rasor is currently a graduate student at Northwestern University and Moritz is a student in the Weill Medical College at Cornell University. Jorgensen’s graduate school was not specified.


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Upham Hall with Pulley Tower behind it, on the Oxford, Ohio campus of Miami University

Miami University student, two alumni receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Portrait of Miami University student Lonnie Flett.
Lonnie Flett, a senior majoring in geology, has been named a Graduate Research Fellow by the National Science Foundation.

Lonnie Flett, a Miami University senior majoring in geology, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.” Flett plans to remain at Miami for her graduate studies.

Abraham “Jon” Moller and Lindsay Moritz, both of whom completed their undergraduate work at Miami, also received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Moller is currently a graduate student at Emory University and Moritz is a graduate student at the University of Michigan.


Upham Hall photo by Scott Kissell and portrait of Lonnie Flett by Ricardo Trevino, Miami University Photo Services.

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Miami University students honored with national fellowships and awards

Portrait of Lisa Velkoff.
Elizabeth “Lisa” Velkoff has been named a Graduate Research Fellow by the National Science Foundation.

A number of undergraduate and graduate students from Miami University have been honored with prestigious national fellowships and awards this spring.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

Elizabeth “Lisa” Velkoff, a graduate student in the Department of Psychology who is being advised by Dr. April Smith has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF).  NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.”

Addison Kimmel, who did her undergraduate work at Miami, also received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program in support of research she is doing as a graduate student at the University of Iowa.

Goldwater Foundation Scholarship Program

The following students have been named Goldwater Scholars:

  • Hannah Devens, a junior double majoring in botany and zoology with an environmental science co-major and double minoring in rhetoric/writing and global perspectives on sustainability;
  • Blake Rasor, a junior double majoring in biology and microbiology and double minoring in molecular biology and bioinformatics;
  • Cameron Williams, a junior majoring in biochemistry and minoring in mathematics.

Avnika Bali, a sophomore, double majoring in biochemistry and biological physics and double minoring in mathematics and neuroscience received an Honorable Mention.

The Goldwater Foundation Scholarship Program encourages outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, natural sciences, and engineering. It is the premier undergraduate award of its type in these fields.

Fulbright U.S. Student Program

The following students and former students have been named English Teaching Assistants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program:

  • Matthew Armelli, who majored in German before graduating from this past December, will serve in Germany.
  • Rebekah Harper, a senior majoring in integrated English language arts education and minoring in rhetoric/writing, will serve in Turkey.
  • Jonathan Meyer, who double majored in international studies and German before graduating this past December, will serve in Germany.
  • Emily Paxson, a senior majoring in international studies and minoring in German, will service in Bulgaria.
  • William Smeal, a senior double majoring in Spanish and linguistics and minoring in Latin American studies and Lusophone studies, will serve in Bulgaria.

The Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program “places students in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.”


Photo of Lisa Velkoff by David Katko, Miami University Photo Services. Photo of Blake Rasor by Jeff Sabo, Miami University Photo Services.