NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Samantha Aziz named recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Under the mentorship of Dr. Oleg Komogortsev, CS Major, Samantha Aziz, has been awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for her work titled “Biometric Authentication via Eye Movements in Augmented Reality”. Samantha, an undergraduate computer science major, has also accepted admission into Texas State’s Computer Science doctoral program.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. 

Fellows share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Fellows benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), opportunities for international research and professional development, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. institution of graduate education they choose.

Since 1952, NSF has funded more than 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants. Currently, 42 fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, the Graduate Research Fellowship Program has a high rate of doctorate degree completion, with more than 70 percent of students completing their doctorates within 11 years.

Deadline: May 7, 2021, midnight