Johns Hopkins student named NSF Graduate Research Fellow to Study Long Non-coding RNAs

John’s Hopkins Hub – The National Science Foundation has selected 2,000 Graduate Research Fellows from across the country, including 18 current Johns Hopkins University students. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who pursue research-based post-baccalaureate degrees at accredited institutions.

The GRF is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind and has a storied history of selecting high-achieving recipients. Forty-two fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates, and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences.

“These awards are provided to individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements, and they are investments that will help propel this country’s future innovations and economic growth,” says Joan Ferrini-Mundy, NSF assistant director for education and human resources.

Fellows receive three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period—an annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees paid to the institution. They will have opportunities for international research and professional development, and will have the freedom to conduct their own research.

Since 1952, NSF has funded close to 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships and reviewed more than half a million applications. For the 2016 cohort, the NSF received close to 17,000 applications.

Jonathan Augustin, from Maryville College, is a PhD candidate in the Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology program. Jonathan aims to gain a better understanding of the roles that long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) play in neurodevelopment and is pursuing his work under the guidance of Loyal Goff. He hopes to continue pursuing related questions in academia, wherever that may lead.

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