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Senior Biology Major Receives NSF Fellowship

CONWAY, Ark. (April 1, 2013) - Chris Akcali of Irving, Texas, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

Akcali, a senior biology major, will pursue evolutionary biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

According to its website, the National Science Foundation's 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 masters and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. 

NSF received over 13,000 submitted applications for the 2013 competition, and made 2,000 award offers.

The full list of recipients is available here.

"Of the many wonderful students I have had the pleasure of doing research with here at Hendrix, I can think of none more qualified for this award than Chris," said Hendrix biology professor Dr. George R. Harper.

Founded in 1876, Hendrix College is a national leader in engaged liberal arts and sciences education. For the fifth consecutive year, Hendrix was named one of the country's "Up and Coming" liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. Hendrix is featured in the 2012 edition of the Princeton Review as one of the country's best 377 colleges, the latest edition of Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think about Colleges, Forbes magazine's annual list of America's Top 650 Colleges, and the 2013 edition of the Fiske Guide to Colleges. Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. For more information, visit