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Monday, May 2, 2011

NSF Awards Fellowship to Draper Co-Op Student

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a Graduate Student Research Fellowship on April 5 to Sarah Brown, a Northeastern University senior who will work to improve diagnosis of traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder at Draper Laboratory beginning this fall.

The NSF’s Graduate Student Research Fellowship program supports exceptional students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees.

Brown is currently part of the co-op program at Draper. She will begin work on a PhD in electrical engineering this fall at Northeastern, and will continue her work at the Laboratory as a Draper Lab Fellow.

Draper provides full tuition coverage and a monthly stipend to its fellows for the duration of the student’s degree program. In return, the student performs their thesis research at Draper on a project that is of mutual interest to the student, the university faculty advisor, and the Laboratory.

Linda Fuhrman, who oversees the Draper Lab Fellow (DLF) program as Draper’s education director, described Brown as “not just an exceptional student – she’s also a leader and mentor in the community.”

“We are very fortunate to have Sarah choose to join Draper for her graduate research,” Fuhrman said. “We hope the graduates of our DLF program will choose to work for us after they complete their degree, but we are very proud of them wherever they choose to go, and proud to help train the next generation of America’s high tech workforce. The graduates of our DLF program are well prepared to become leaders in industry, the military, and in academia. In fact, two of our company’s five current Vice Presidents are former DLFs.”

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