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Hendrix Senior Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

CONWAY, Ark. (May 2, 2019) – Hendrix College student Sarah Glass ’19, a biochemistry-molecular biology (BCMB) major, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She becomes just the third Hendrix student to receive this award while still enrolled at Hendrix. Most researchers are already in graduate school when selected to receive this fellowship.

Glass, a Maumelle, Ark., native, will attend the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program at Vanderbilt School of Medicine, where she plans to study cancer biology and possibly immunology.

“Sarah is a fantastic student and she put together an outstanding fellowship application, including her proposal for a research project that is novel and would make a significant contribution to her field,” said Hendrix professor Dr. George Harper, chair of the Department of Biology. “For this award, NSF takes a holistic view of an individual’s current abilities and potential, and by awarding this to Sarah they have indicated that they consider her to be in the top echelon of incoming and early graduate students in the sciences.”

A Hendrix alumnus also received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship this year: Alexander Jones ’17, who graduated from Hendrix as a BCMB major, is now a graduate student at the University of California San Diego.

Glass and Jones bring the total number of Hendrix students and alumni who have received this award to 26, 18 of whom have earned the distinction since 2010.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship 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. View the full list of 2019 recipients here.

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