Students Receive NSF Graduate Research Fellowships for 2022

Posted on: April 4, 2022   |   Categories: Announcements, News & Updates

Two students who completed their baccalaureate degrees in South Dakota have received prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) for 2022.

Launched in 1952, the GRFP is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind. It recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

This year, nearly 2,200 students were GRFP Awardees and more than 1,400 were recipients of Honorable Mention.

Students are encouraged to apply for the GRFP both before they begin their graduate studies (as long as they are at least an undergraduate senior) and as an early graduate student. If you have completed more than one year in a graduate degree program, there are restrictions on your eligibility to apply. Check the Detailed Eligibility Requirements in the NSF GRFP Solicitation. And see the FAQs at

Congratulations to these two recipients of 2022 GRFP awards:

  • Darien Raymond
    Baccalaureate Institution: South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
    Field of Study: Engineering — Chemical Engineering
    Current Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ayla Rodriguez
    Baccalaureate Institution: Black Hills State University
    Field of Study: Physics and Astronomy — Particle Physics
    Current Institution: Black Hills State University