NPSC stands foursquare behind this pathbreaking report and urges its member universities to act on its recommendations.

Some Recent NPSC PhD Alumni*

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NPSC Fellow Dr. Catherine Beni
Youngest person to receive a PhD from the California Institute of Technology

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NPSC Fellow Dr. Tamara Kolda
Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories.

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Dr. Sandra Lee, Senior Research Scientist
Merck Research Laboratories

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Dr. Stephanie Land, Research Associate Professor
Director, ReSET Center, Department of Biostatistics
Graduate School of Public Health NSABP and University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

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Dr. John Cavazos
Assistant Professor of Computer & Info. Sciences
University of Delaware

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Dr. Kimberly Weems
Associate Professor of Statistics
North Carolina State

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Dr. Eric Pierce
Staff Scientist
Environmental Science Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Dr. Matt Borselli
Senior Research Staff Physicist
HRL Laboratories

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Dr. Rachel Kurtz
Product Research Developer

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Dr. Carlos Valdez
Research Scientist
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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Dr. Alicia Abella
Executive Director of Technical Research

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Dr. Jakita Thomas
Service Design
IBM Research

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Dr. Brent Lagesse
Research Scientist
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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Dr. Amelia Estwick receives her hood at
George Washington University
Dept. of Defense Research Analyst

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Dr. Michelle Ghrist
Professor of Mathematics
U.S. Airforce Academy
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Dr. Madeline Lu
Johnson & Johnson HQ
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Dr. Praveen Bommannavar
Twitter, Inc.
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Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green
Assistant Professor
Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Physiology
See profile article here.
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Dr. Michael King
Postdoctoral Fellow, Sandia National Laboratory
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Dr. Kerri Blobaum
Materials Scientist
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
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Dr. Michelle Gervasio
Assistant Professor of Engineering
Sweet Briar College

The National Physical Science Consortium is a partnership between government agencies and laboratories, industry, and higher education. See our current federal partners here.

NPSC's goal is to increase the number of American citizens with graduate degrees in the physical sciences and related engineering fields, emphasizing recruitment of a diverse applicant pool.

NPSC's member universities do not require fellows to pay tuition. Most government agency fellowships must cover all or part of a fellow's tuition. Partly as a result, the total cost of an NPSC fellowship to an NPSC partner is roughly half what it costs a government agency to provide its own fellowships.

Fellows are not required to work at their sponsor organization after graduation.

The NPSC Graduate Fellowship is unique:
  • open to all American citizens
  • lasting for up to 6 years
  • providing an annual $20,000 expense allowance, bringing total funding to as much as $120,000
  • covering full tuition and required fees
  • portable to 125 research universities
  • allowing a research or teaching assistantship
  • including one or two paid summer internships with the sponsor
  • providing a mentor from the sponsoring agency
  • establishing a lasting relationship with the sponsor.
Since inception in 1989, NPSC has awarded 503 graduate fellowships. Of those fellows, 82% percent of have been minority, female, or both, those historically underrepresented in science. Recent alumni have received PhD's from Caltech, Cornell, Duke, George Washington, North Carolina State, Stanford, Texas A & M, UC Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Maryland – CP, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, and University of Wisconsin.

By helping to provide a continuous source of scientists who are U. S. citizens, employers and universities can achieve diversity and balance in our nation's scientific community. In turn, NPSC can help today's promising young scientists — tomorrow's science leaders — to realize their dreams.

The NPSC fellowship application is easy to complete, requiring the same information as other national fellowships. The online application will be open here on August 25.

If you have interned, have been employed, or are employed by a government agency or laboratory, ask your mentor or research supervisor to nominate you directly for an NPSC fellowship. Be aware though that in this case your nominator would have to be able to cover the fellowship allowance. Contact NPSC for details.

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