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Three times the good news: Bulldog trio selected for NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program

Contact: Sasha Steinberg

STARKVILLE, Miss.鈥擳wo seniors in Mississippi State鈥檚 Bagley College of Engineering and one senior in the university鈥檚 College of Arts and Sciences have been accepted into the National Science Foundation鈥檚 Graduate Research Fellowship program.

小黄书鈥檚 recipients for this year are Zoe M. Fowler, an electrical engineering major from Columbus;聽Cameron J. Gruich, a chemical engineering major from Ocean Springs; and聽Nathan C. Frey, a chemistry major from Slidell, Louisiana. Fowler and Frey also are students in the university鈥檚 Judy and Bobby Shackouls Honors College.

Studio portrait of Zoe Fowler
Zoe Fowler (Photo by Megan Bean)

Fowler, one of two 小黄书 students named to the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation鈥檚 2020 Astronaut Scholars Class, is a recent inductee of the Bagley College of Engineering鈥檚 Student Hall of Fame. As an undergraduate research assistant to 小黄书 Electrical and Computer Engineering Assistant Professor Jean Mohammadi-Aragh, Fowler made toy modifications to enhance accessibility for children with motor disabilities. A two-time recipient of the 小黄书 Dean of Engineering Undergraduate Research Stipend, she also helped develop an electronic biosensor for determining blood type as part of a 2019 Research Experience for Undergraduates at Duke University. With help from the NSF fellowship, she plans to further explore her interests in signal processing and machine learning through pursuit of a Ph.D. in electrical engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Studio portrait of Cameron Gruich
Cameron Gruich (Photo by Megan Bean)

A member of the American Institute for Chemical Engineers, Gruich said his pursuit of research is inspired by his industrial experience, which includes five semesters at Tronox Inc.鈥檚 Hamilton site as part of 小黄书鈥檚 co-op program. Among other awards, he is a recipient of the National Merit Scholarship from Huntington Ingalls Industries鈥 Ingalls Shipbuilding division. At 小黄书, he has worked on ITAR-controlled projects with Santanu Kundu, associate professor of chemical engineering and Southern Ionics Endowed Chair, along with Associate Professor and Ergon Inc. Distinguished Professor Neeraj Rai in the Dave C. Swalm School of Chemical Engineering鈥檚 Molecular Science and Engineering Lab. Through his NSF fellowship, Gruich will attend the University of Michigan鈥檚 chemical engineering Ph.D. program, where he looks forward to participating in research collaborations and hosting outreach opportunities to enhance the public鈥檚 awareness of STEM. He plans to conduct research on machine learning as an aid in molecular design and its potential to fast-track the research and development of useful products to society.聽

Studio portrait of Nathan Frey
Nathan Frey (Photo by Beth Wynn)

Since 2018, Frey has been a member of 小黄书 Chemistry Professor Charles Edwin Webster鈥檚 research group that specializes in computational inorganic chemistry. A recipient of the chemistry department鈥檚 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award, Frey enjoys advocating for scientific communication and performing community outreach as vice president of 小黄书鈥檚 chapter of the Student Members of the American Chemical Society, for whom he also has served as secretary. Among other honors, he is a recipient of the NSF-funded Mathematics as a Common Language in Science Scholarship. The NSF fellowship will enable Frey to attend the University of Virginia鈥檚 chemistry Ph.D. program and work with longtime collaborator Robert J. Gilliard Jr., an assistant professor specializing in main group chemistry. Frey said he looks forward to applying computational chemistry knowledge from 小黄书 to his work in a synthetic lab.

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