Congratulations to UF Physics undergraduate student, Kathy Wiech, who is recipient of the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) for Fall 2021. 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 master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.
As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. This fellowship provides the student with a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), as well as access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students.
In addition, Kathy will spend Summer 2021 in Poland as part of the Fulbright Student Program’s US-Polish Fulbright commission. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. As part of her project, Kathy will be at the University of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland working with Dr. Magdalena Stobinska and the QCAT (Quantum Technologies Research Group) on quantum optics. She also plans to volunteer at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw.
Congratulations to Kathy on these well deserved awards!