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Prestigious fellowship granted to UW-Eau Claire graduate

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On May 19th, Michael McDonnell, a UW-Eau Claire Graduate, was recognized for his academic achievements and was selected for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. This prestigious program supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the United States. McDonnell is one of 2,000 recipients from a pool of 12,000 applicants to receive three years of financial support within a five-year period, with $34,000 in an annual stipend going to the student and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution.

This fall, McDonnell will begin a doctorate program in physics at the University of California, Berkeley, where approximately 40 graduate students are accepted each year. Receiving the fellowship has opened many doors of opportunity for McDonnell and he looks forward taking advantage of those openings as a step to pursue his lifelong dreams of becoming an accomplished scientist.

Learn more about McDonnell’s future plans here.