Four BD Fellows Honored with Prestigious NSF Fellowship

Photo of BD Fellows Rasidah Ali, Marvin Stewart, Tiffany Duong, and Keilah Davis

Four OSI Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellows were selected for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP), a competitive award that recognizes and provides support for stellar graduate students in STEM disciplines.  They represent four of eleven total LSU students, a record high. This five-year award provides $34,000 in the form of an annual stipend and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution. We are incredibly proud of the fellows, as they have worked so hard to reach this milestone. In preparation, this past summer, OSI Director Dr. Tyrslai Williams-Carter, coordinated a six-week intensive boot camp led by several experienced speakers throughout LSU. Cliff & Nancy Spanier Alumni Professor and LSU Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department Chair, Dr. Marybeth Lima and Dr. Williams-Carter provided the students with a fellowship overview, particularly focused on the NSF GRFP. Melissa Crawford, OSI Data, Communications, and LS-LAMP Program manager, led a personal statement workshop. Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty, Professor & Curator of Ichthyology, led a workshop focused on crafting research statements. The last three sessions, led by Dr. Williams-Carter, entailed two writing power hours and a peer review session.  Click on the fellows' names below to learn more about their journeys and read the full press release by accessing the button below:

Rasidah Ali, Chemistry, Haber Research Group
Keilah Davis, Physics & Astronomy, Deibel Research Group
Tiffany Duong,Chemistry, Ragains Research Group
Marvin Stewart, Chemistry, Lee Research Group

Official LSU NSF Fellowship Press Release