Augustana Senior Wins NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
Monday, April 20, 2009
SIOUX FALLS – Augustana senior Dan Day (Vermillion, SD) has won a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
The biology and computer science major won the prestigious award as an undergraduate competing against numerous graduate students. He will graduate summa cum laude in May. He is the son of Lynne and David Day.
The award is for three years and provides a $30,000 annual stipend, $10,500 cost-of-education allowance, and a $1,000 one-time international travel allowance. Day will study life sciences and computational biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Last year Day won the Augustana Covenant Award for Excellence. After his first year at Augustana he conducted research in bioinformatics at the University of South Dakota. The following year, his research in the same field took place at the University of Minnesota. Last summer he worked with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.
This past January he was chosen to represent all the Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network (BRIN) undergraduate fellows at Poster Day in Pierre, SD.
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program 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 U.S. 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 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.