Centennial Plaza at the University of Texas at El Paso. Two UTEP students recently received NSF funding to pursue graduate research. Image credit: Dicklyon/Wikimedia


A pair of students from The University of Texas at El Paso who will pursue research-based doctoral degrees earned fellowship offers from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Isabel Barraza, a senior chemistry major, and Jaime E. Regis, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering, were selected for the program, which supports outstanding undergraduate and graduate students who are or will be pursuing full-time research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education.

They will receive three years of support within a five-year fellowship period during their graduate education by proving they have “potential for significant research achievements.” The NSF estimates that 1,500 awards are made each year, with anticipated funding of $138,000 per award.


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