NCF Honors 13 Williams Students, Alumni

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The National Science Foundation has awarded research fellowships to nine Williams College students and alumni. In addition, the NSF has awarded honorable mentions to four Williams graduates. The NSF fellowships support graduate study in the natural and social sciences.

The nine Williams fellowship recipients are Gordon Bauer, Class of 2014, an engineering student at the University of California, Berkeley; Erin Curley, Class of 2015, a psychology student at Temple University; Dylan Freas, Class of 2016, a chemistry student at the California Institute of Technology; Nitsan Goldstein, Class of  2015, who studies neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania; senior Sumun Iyer, who will study mathematics at Cornell University; William Kirby, Class of 2017, who will pursue graduate studies in physics at Tufts; Emily Levy, Class of 2013, who studies behavioral ecology at Duke University; Lucy Page, Class of 2016, who will pursue graduate studies in economics at MIT; and Carly Schissel, Class of 2016, who is studying chemistry at MIT.

Honorable mentions went to Peter Clement, Class of 2014, Rachel Essner, Class of 2016, Nina Horowitz, Class of 2014, and Ashwin Narayan, Class of 2016.

With support from the NSF Fellowship, Williams senior Sumun Iyer plans to explore her current research interests in dynamics and theoretical computer science at Cornell. An English and mathematics major from Cherry Hill, N.J., Iyer has conducted math research as part of the SMALL Undergraduate Research Project at Williams, as well as the REU summer program at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

At Williams, Iyer has also served as an active member of the student chapter of the Association of Women in Mathematics, which aims to make the math community more inclusive of and welcoming to members of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

"I'm really grateful to receive this fellowship and excited to have as much time as possible to devote to research while I'm in graduate school," Iyer said. She is currently writing a thesis on topology.

The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency, was founded in 1950 to further U.S. leadership in the sciences. Since its inception it has supported graduate research and awards more than 1,000 research fellowships each year.


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