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UCI Education Leads Nation in NSF STEM Education Fellowships

Three PhD students in the UC School of Education have won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education for 2017, the highest number awarded to any institution in the country in that field.

This is the third time in the last four years that UCI's School of Education topped the nation in this highly prestigious award, dedicated to recognizing and supporting the most outstanding graduate students in STEM Education. In addition, the director of a School faculty member’s laboratory won one of these fellowships as well.

All told, UCI students have won 11 of the 102 NSF's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) awards in STEM Education in the last four years, or more than 10% of the total awards given nationally. Students in the School of Education have won 9 of the 11, with the other two awarded to students in the UCI Department of Informatics. This number--9 fellowships awarded to a single School--tops the total number of STEM Education awards to any other School, or even, indeed, university, in the country. It is also more than the total STEM Education awards received in all other University of California campuses combined over the same four-year period.

This year's School of Education winners included Robert Kalinowski, advised by Assistant Professor Drew Bailey; Michael Leo, advised by Associate Professor Penelope Collins; Carlos Sandoval, advised by Associate Professor Elizabeth van Es; and Chelsea Parlett, manager of Associate Professor Susanne Jaeggi's research lab. Together with other GRFP recipients, they will benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a cost of education allowance for tuition and fees and opportunities for international research and professional development. 

Congratulations to Robert, Michael, Carlos, and Chelsea for their honor, as well as to UC Irvine School of Education GRFP honorable mention recipients in STEM Education: PhD students Jane Nazzal (advised by Professor Carol Booth Olson and Assistant Professor Rachel Baker), Yenda Prado (advised by Professor Mark Warschauer), Christopher Wegemer (advised by Professors Jacque Eccles, Deborah Vandell, and Sandra Simpkins), and undergraduate Pauline Ho (advised by Professor Mark Warschauer) for their well-deserved recognition.