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Four from Bowdoin Receive 2001 National Science Foundation Fellowships/Honorable Mentions

Story posted April 11, 2001

Two Bowdoin College alumni have been awarded Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF), and one other alumnus and a current Bowdoin senior have been accorded Honorable Mention.

Kyle O. Apigian ‘98, originally from Amherst, N.H. and now in Berkeley, Calif., and Lauren J. Webb ’00 of Pullman, Wash., currently in Pasadena, Calif., have been awarded Fellowships.

Gerald M. DiGiusto ’96 from Lancaster, Penn., now in Durham, N.C., and Douglas L. Vail ’01 of Marlboro, Conn., received Honorable Mention.

Apigian was awarded the Fellowship in the area of Entomology. He is pursuing graduate studies at the University of California-Berkeley. Webb was awarded the Fellowship in the area of Inorganic Chemistry and is studying at the California Institute of Technology.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) aims to ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science, mathematics, and engineering in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 900 graduate fellowships each year, including awards for women in engineering and computer and information science.

Fellowships provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering, and are intended for students in the early stages of graduate study.

Each Fellow receives an $18,000 stipend for a 12-month tenure, plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance per tenure year. The three-year award must be used over a five-year period.

Those applicants who merit receiving Graduate Research Fellowships, but to whom awards cannot be made because funds are not available, are accorded Honorable Mention. Honorable Mention in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program is considered a significant academic achievement nationwide.

DiGiusto was accorded Honorable Mention in the area of Political Science. Vail was accorded Honorable Mention in the area of Computer and Information Science: Artificial Intelligence (including robotics and expert systems).

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