CLEMSON – Lauren Gambill, a senior in the College of Science’s department of genetics and biochemistry, is one of eight Clemson University students who have received a prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation.

A fellowship is recognition that the recipient shows high promise in becoming an expert who can contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science and engineering.

Lauren Gambill is a senior in the College of Science’s department of genetics and biochemistry.

Lauren Gambill will graduate with a dual degree in genetics and biochemistry.
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“This award reflects highly upon Clemson’s continued investment to providing undergraduates with research opportunities that are crucial to the development of the next generation of inquisitive scientists,” said Gambill, who is about to graduate with a dual degree in genetics and biochemistry. “I am so honored to have been awarded this fellowship. It has opened up many doors for me to continue to pursue my interests in biomolecular research. I could not have won this award without the help of my dedicated mentors, the Creative Inquiry program, and dozens of people who have inspired me throughout this process.”

Gambill will receive a $34,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance. The money supports graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in science and engineering.

The National Science Foundation received more than 13,000 applications for the 2017 competition and made 2,000 award offers.

Clemson’s Fellows had help from two faculty members. Lisa Benson, an assistant professor of engineering and science education, and Julia Frugoli, associate chair of genetics and biochemistry, conducted a series of workshops to help students better understand how to prepare their application packages.

For more information on all the award winners, go to Eight Clemson University students win Graduate Research Fellowships.