Three From LSU Engineering Receive Prestigious NSF Award

April 11, 2019

BATON ROUGE, LA – Three current LSU students or recent graduates were the recipients of the 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, or GRFP, while 10 more received honorable mentions.

All three of the winners and two of the honorable mentions were from the LSU College of Engineering.

Breanna Lee headshotGrant Landwehr headshotMatthew Jordan headshotThey are:

  • Matthew Jordan, a PhD student in chemical engineering from Pittsburgh, Texas.


  • Grant Landwehr, a chemical engineering major from Covington, La.


  • Breanna Lee, a recent graduate in chemical engineering from Baton Rouge now pursuing her PhD in biomedical engineering from Emory University and Georgia Tech.



The honorable mentions were:

  • Grace Bingham, a recent graduate in biological engineering from New Orleans now pursuing her PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Virginia.
  • Brandon Oubre, a graduate in computer science and mathematics from Norco, Calif., now pursuing his PhD in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Slightly more than 2,000 students nationwide won the GRFP and little more than 1,500 received honorable mentions.

“I'm proud of our students and thankful of everyone's support of their outstanding work and achievements,” said Marybeth Lima, professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and director of LSU’s Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership program.

The GRFP provides three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period – a $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.

The program was developed by the NSF to create a highly motivated and capable workforce dedicated to ensuring the nation’s leadership in advancing STEM-related innovations. The selected fellows are expected to become respected thought leaders and knowledge experts in their given fields. Recipients also benefit from opportunities for international research and professional development and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.


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