The College of Science congratulates two Ph.D. students for receiving prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) awards for 2018. Rebecca Mostow in integrative biology and Julia (Grace) Klinges in microbiology are among 10 students at Oregon State University to receive NSF graduate research fellowships this year.
In addition, two recent alumni from the College of Science have also won the award this year: Trevor Shear (Chemistry, ‘16), now at the University of Oregon, and Jeanne Marie Klein-Gordon (Microbiology, ‘16), currently at the University of Florida.
Mostow’s award-winning research project will focus on unearthing the mechanisms of hybridization that underlie beachgrass invasion and proliferation on the U.S. Pacific Northwest coast. Klinges’ will use her fellowship to determine the mechanisms of disease transmission and development in the critically endangered staghorn coral (Acropora Cerviconis), a crucial reef-building coral.
This year, NSF offered 2,000 fellowship awards to students from a competitive pool of 12,000 applicants from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. The GRFP provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period -- $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. That support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree in a STEM field.
Avid naturalist studies invasive plant species in coastal ecosystems
A teaching assistant for her advisor Dr. Sally Hacker's marine biology class, Mostow was at the Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport with her students when she received news of her selection as an NSF graduate fellow. “I was shocked and thrilled at the news. It felt like winning a lottery to me,” recalls Mostow.