Congratulations to Taylor Broadhead, a KU McNair program scholar and mentored by Rafe Brown, was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship! Taylor has worked with Brown in the BI Herpetology Division on a few projects in frog acoustics and morphometrics, and more recently conducted REU work at the Duke Marine Lab studying whale acoustic communication. She presented the results of that research at National and International meetings in Spain.
The NSF GRF probably is the most prestigious graduate student fellowship in the U.S. Apart from the prestige of a NSF award on her resumé, it comes with three years of a $30,000/yr stipend, with a 4th possible year renewable, and a modest research budget.
Taylor is applying to graduate programs for Spring or Fall 2016 and is planning to work with Brown's lab next fall through the KU PREP program. Schools considering applicants with their own source of funding typically take this into consideration when ranking applicant candidates.
Special thanks to Lynn Villafuerte, Program Coordinator with the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) and the KU Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) for her strong support throughout Taylor's career at KU.