One of the nation’s top honors for graduate students is going to two Clemson University engineers, putting them in the same club as at least eight Nobel Prize winners.

Mark Anayee and Aniqa Chowdhury are receiving Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation.

Aniqa Chowdhury

Aniqa Chowdhury

The nationally competitive program recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers and supports their graduate research training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to the foundation.

Anayee and Chowdhury both received their undergraduate degrees last year from Clemson. Anayee has a Bachelor of Science in materials science and engineering with a minor in chemistry, while Chowdhury has a Bachelor of Science in bioengineering.

Anayee is originally from northern Iraq and moved to Columbia when he was 13. Since graduating from Clemson, he has been working as an intern at Ulbrich. He plans to pursue his Ph.D. at Drexel University, where he will try to use MXenes, a new class of materials invented at Drexel, to make supercapacitors.

Chowdhury has begun a master’s program in bioengineering at Clemson and is working on a bacteria sensor for water testing.  She grew up in Clemson and has been working in the university’s labs since she was a high school student. Chowdhury plans to continue her graduate education when she completes her master’s program.

Mark Anayee

Mark Anayee

The Graduate Research Fellowship program provides three years of financial support over five years, including a $34,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution. The support is for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The fellowship was offered to 2,000 awardees, who were selected from more than 12,000 applicants across the country.

For more information on the program, go to: https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=245024&org=NSF&from=news