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Four grads awarded NSF Fellowships

Four recent University of South Carolina graduates have been awarded 2010 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF).

Emily Elizabeth Matherly, Andrew Harris Moeller, Denise Danielle Sullivan, and Benjamin James Toscano have all been named NSF GRF Fellows. Three others, Jennifer Elizabeth Link, Kevin Matthew Yehl, and Many Ann Elizabeth Fanning, were selected for honorable mentions in the competition.

The National Science Foundation graduate fellowship program is one of NSF's oldest, with roots in NSF's original 1950 charter, offering support for graduate study in all scientific disciplines.

Matherly is a 2011 South Carolina Honors College graduate with a degree in biomedical engineering from the College of Engineering and Computing. At USC, she was a McNair Scholar and was active in Epsilon Sigma Alpha Service Sorority, the SCHC Council, and the Waverly After School Program. She also was a resident mentor in Maxcy and received a Magellan Grant to do undergraduate research on Alzheimer’s disease with Dr. Melissa Moss.

In 2008 she did a biomedical internship at the USC School of Medicine and summer 2009 she worked in the lab of Dr. Terrone Rosenberry with the Mayo Clinic Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship. She will attend the University of California-Berkley to work toward a doctorate in biomedical engineering.

Moeller is a 2010 South Carolina Honors College graduate with a degree in biological sciences. As a Cooper Scholar, he received an SCHC Research Grant, a Magellan Grant and a Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research grant to work with Dr. Robert Friedman on the evolution of bacteria and viruses. He is pursuing a doctorate in ecology and evolutionary biology at Yale University.

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