Carly Fagnant, second-year Ph.D. student in statistics, has received an honorable mention from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) 2018 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).
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.
Fagnant said receiving the honor boosted her confidence for future applications.
“It gave me confidence that it was a strong application, and I am encouraged to apply for more fellowships,” she said.
Fagnant, advised by Dr. Kathy Ensor, is working on a project under the Rice Houston Engagement and Recovery Effort (HERE).
“We are looking at rainfall estimates in the Houston area, and seeing if those need to be updated after Hurricane Harvey,” she said. “We are also looking into quantifying the increasing frequency of intense storms.”
Fagnant said Rice is the perfect fit for her. “When I visited Rice, I just fell in love with it,” she said. “The size and location is really nice, and I love all the trees. It’s a very beautiful campus.”
She said she would encourage other students to apply for as many fellowships as they can - even as undergraduates.