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Seven Colorado College students and alumni receive NSF awards

Seven former and current Colorado College students have received prestigious graduate research fellowships from the National Science Foundation.  Each award supports a student’s research for three years, for a total of about $121,500 for each student.

Two of the recipients are on campus. Adrienne Woods ’12 is a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in music. She will study with Paula Niedenthal, an expert on human emotion expression and embodiment at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

Spencer Williams ’10, the current physics paraprofessional, will pursue a doctorate through research in the laboratory of Alex Jen at the University of Washington.  He will work with solar energy production and applications of polymer and nanomaterial engineering in technology and health.

Five of the recipients are already in graduate school.  Joseph Bruckner ’09 is studying neuroscience at University of Wisconsin, Madison; Katherine Heal ’11 is studying chemical oceanography at University of Washington; Lauren Hughes ’09 is studying sociology and demography at Pennsylvania State University; Adam Isabella ’09 is studying developmental biology at the University of Chicago; and Justin Strauss ’06 is studying sedimentary geology at Harvard University.