CLEMSON — Clemson University student Laila Roudsari of Charleston has received a graduate research fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). Roudsari is a senior majoring in bioengineering.

Fellows receive three years of support for their graduate studies, which includes an annual stipend of $30,000, a $10,500 allowance for tuition and fees and opportunities for international research and professional development. The fellowship program recognizes outstanding students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines.

The NSF graduate research fellowship program is highly competitive. According to Bruce Rafert, dean of the Graduate School at Clemson, the program received 12,000 applications and granted just 2,000 awards last year.