Anna Nelson Wins National Science Foundation Fellowship
Anna Nelson, a University of Arizona doctoral student who received a chemistry degree in 2002 from Occidental College, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship.
The fellowship, which will allot Nelson three years of financial support for her pursuit of a Ph.D. in biological chemistry, provides her with an annual stipend of up to $27,500. The award also provides a $10,000 annual cost-of-education allowance and a $1,000 international research travel allowance.
At Arizona, Nelson is studying enzymatic reactions and their potential to create antibiotics. She is enrolled in an interdisciplinary biological chemistry program that allows her to work closely with professors specializing in chemistry, medicinal chemistry, and biochemistry. She hopes to later attend medical school.
The fellowship is the second Nelson has won from the foundation. As an Occidental undergraduate, she was awarded an NSF Summer Research Fellowship in 2000. Nelson, a Tempe, Ariz., resident, is the 18th Occidental representative in the last decade to receive an NSF Graduate Fellowship.
The fellowships are awarded to about 900 outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science and the philosophy of science, and to research-based Ph.D. degrees in science education.