The National Science Foundation has awarded three-year graduate fellowships to several Texas A&M University engineering students.

Students annually receive up to $10,500 for tuition and fees to the school of their choice, plus a $30,000 stipend for living expenses. The NSF Graduate Fellowships are very competitive; only 1,000 are given from a pool of more than 3,000 applications.

Fellowship recipients who received their undergraduate degrees from Texas A&M and will continue their graduate degrees at Texas A&M are Carolyn Estrada, aerospace engineering; Cory Allan Olsovsky, biomedical engineering; Zachary Nolan Sunberg, aerospace engineering; and Kristina Diane Yancey, nuclear engineering.

Aggies receiving honorable mentions and who plan to pursue graduate engineering studies at Texas A&M were Christine Michelle Bergerson, biomedical engineering; Candice Marie Haase, biomedical engineering; Ryan Patrick Kelly, nuclear engineering; and William James Sames, nuclear engineering.

Additionally, seven Texas A&M Engineering graduates who will pursue graduate degrees elsewhere also received fellowships: Oscar Carrasco-Zevallos, biomedical engineering (Rice University); Michael Alan Cox, materials (Harvard University); Zachary A. Crannell, bioengineering (Rice University); Jillian Greczek, computer science/engineering (University of Southern California); Stacy Lee Prukop, polymer engineering (Rice University); Giuliana Eva Salazar-Noratto, biomedical engineering (University of Pennsylvania); and Jessica Kimberly Weaver, electrical engineering (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Jennifer Lindsey Holm, who earned a bachelor's degree from Rice University, also received a fellowship to study biomedical engineering at Texas A&M.

Finally, three students from other universities -- Ralph W. Crosby, computer engineering, California Polytechnic Statue University; Dariya Konstantinovna Reid, chemical engineering, University of Texas at Austin; and Ana Ysabel Rioja, biomedical engineering, University of South Florida -- received honorable mention and are pursuing graduate studies at Texas A&M.

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 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 in the United States and abroad.

NSF Fellows are expected to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals, states the NSF Web site, will be crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

Students apply for the graduate fellowships before or during their first year of graduate study. Students can choose to attend any university in the United States or an affiliate with a foreign institution.

The NSF is an independent federal agency that supports science and engineering research and education. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to more than 2,000 universities and institutions nationwide.