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Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
FILE — People hang out on the quad in front of the Agricultural Sciences building at Utah State University in Logan on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

LOGAN — Nine Utah State University scholars are among the honorees of the 2017 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship search. The USU scientists were selected from nearly 13,000 applicants nationally.

The fellows include graduating senior Jamie Kingsford Burgess, chemistry and biochemistry; graduates Kari Norman, mathematics, statistics and wildland resources; Benjamin Pound, physics; Rachel Nydegger Rozum, physics; and graduate students Samuel Cowell, biology, Ecology Center; Lacy Smith, wildland resources/Ecology Center; Amy Springer, biology; and Susan Washko, watershed sciences/Ecology Center.

Graduate student Shaley Valentine, watershed sciences/Ecology Center, received honorable mention.

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“NSF Graduate Research Fellowships are the nation’s most prestigious graduate awards in science and engineering,” USU President Noelle Cockett, said in a statment. “We applaud the accomplishments of these young researchers. Their NSF recognition is a testament to the outstanding quality of USU’s academic and research programs, as well as the high caliber of our students and faculty.”

Recipients receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, along with a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees, and the freedom to conduct their own research at any accredited U.S. or foreign institution of graduate education they choose.