Sarah Collins and Michael Wigal Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

April 17, 2019 | Atlanta, GA

Two SoM graduate students, Sarah (Sally) Collins and Michael Wigal, have been awarded the prestigious NSF GRFP (National Science Foundation Graduate Reasearch Fellowship Program) fellowships. 

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The 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. 

The fellowship offers a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance, opportunities for international research and professional development, as well as the prestige from winning one of the most competitive fellowships one can get in the sciences. 

Sally and Michael are two of the only three Georgia Tech College of Science graduate students to recieve an NSF GRFP fellowship this year. 

Sarah (Sally) Collins is a second year PhD student who recieved her B.A. in Mathematics from Boston College in 2015. Sally studies low-dimensional topology and geometry with a special interest in Khovanov homology and braided surfaces.

Michael Wigal is a first year student in the ACO (Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization) program working with Professor Xingxing Yu. Michael's research interests lie in graph theory and partial orders.

Previous NSF GRFP fellowships at SoM:

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

  • 2011 Sarah Fletcher
  • 2015 Anna Kirkpatrick & Joseph Walsh
  • 2016 Justin Lanier & Samantha Petti
  • 2019 Sarah Collins & Michael Wigal

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