|NSF Awards Four Graduate Fellowships to Williams Student, Alumni|
|11:37AM / Tuesday, April 14, 2020|
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The National Science Foundation has awarded research fellowships to four Williams College students and alumni. In addition, the NSF has awarded honorable mentions to eight other Williams students and alumni. The NSF fellowships support graduate study in the natural and social sciences.
The four Williams fellowship recipients are Teresa Yu '20, a mathematics student from Chandler, Ariz.; Gabriela Suarez '17, who studies psychology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Katherine Newcomer '14, a biological science technician at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; and Daniel Maes '18, who studies mathematics at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.
Honorable mentions went to Christine Seeger '16, Sophia Robert '18, Ashay Patel '18, Dong Moon '16, Ben Logsdon '20, Eli Hoenig '17, Laura Elmendorf '17, and John Ahn '18.
With support from the NSF Fellowship, Yu plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Michigan. Yu has participated in the 2018 SMALL REU in the Tropical Geometry group with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ralph Morrison, and also in the REU at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2019. At Williams, she has conducted research with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Pamela Harris, worked with the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA), and served as a teaching assistant with the mathematics department. In addition, she has performed on violin with the Berkshire Symphony.
"I'm honored to have received this fellowship, and grateful to have been a part of the Williams math community," Yu said. "Without the many professors, mentors, and friends in this community, I would not be where I am today." She is currently writing a senior thesis with Professor of Mathematics Susan Loepp on commutative algebra.
The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency, was founded in 1950 to further U.S. leadership in the sciences. Since its inception it has supported graduate research and awards more than 1,000 research fellowships each year.