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NSF awards fellowships to 10 USC graduates

Ten students and recent graduates from the University of South Carolina were named 2010 graduate research fellows by National Science Foundation.

Elizabeth Ann Bell, daughter of Martha Ann and Ray Bell of Christiansburg, Va., is a 2008 graduate with a degree in geology from the South Carolina Honors College. Bell attended USC on a McNair scholarship, the most prestigious award for out-of-state students, and earned a Barry M. Goldwater scholarship to pursue a career in science. She is currently working on a doctorate in geochemistry at UCLA.

David Coats, son of Faye Thorpe and Edward Coats of West Columbia, earned his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering in December 2009 and is pursuing his graduate degree in electrical engineering at USC. Coats, who earned a Palmetto Fellows Scholarship as an outstanding high-school senior, was named an Outstanding Electrical Engineering Senior and received a NASA Space Consortium grant.

Denise Dunovant, daughter of Teresa and Raymond (Dunnie) Dunovant of West Columbia, is a 2008 graduate with a degree in geography. While an undergraduate, Dunovant studied and conducted research in Ghana, Kenya and Uganda and was a Fulbright scholar in sub-Sahara Africa. She will use her NSF fellowship for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

Cynthia Krafft, daughter of Susanne and Gary Krafft of Woodruff, is a 2008 graduate with a degree in experimental psychology. She is studying the effects of exercise on the cognition of overweight children while pursuing a doctorate at the University of Georgia. She is also a graduate of St. Joseph Catholic High School in Greenville.

Elizabeth Dawn LaBone, daughter of Joan and Tom LaBone of Aiken, is a recent graduate of the South Carolina Honors College with a degree in biology. While an undergraduate, she was active in SAGE (Students Advocating a Greener Environment) and conducted research in USC’s department of biological sciences. She is going to pursue a doctorate at LSU.

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USC NSF fellows

  • Elizabeth Ann Bell ('08), Christiansburg, Va.
  • David Coats ('09), West Columbia
  • Denise Dunovant ('08), West Columbia
  • Cynthia Krafft ('08), Woodruff
  • Elizabeth Dawn LaBone ('10), Aiken
  • Joey Montoya ('10), Summerville
  • Alisha Owensby ('06), Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Christopher Poirel ('08), Columbia
  • Brad Setzler ('10), Newberry
  • Amanda Whaley ('04), Houston



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