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Students win National Science Foundation research fellowships




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Two RIT students have won awards from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.


The NSF program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students pursuing research in fields within the foundation’s mission. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship will provide three-year, $30,000 annual stipends to Alexandra Artusio-Glimpse and David Kelbe, graduate students in RIT’s Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science.


Artusio-Glimpse, from Phoenix, won support for her project, “Optical Lift: Innovating Devices that Fly by Light.” She was part of the team led by Grover Swartzlander, joint associate professor of imaging science and physics at RIT, that originally discovered optical lift. Their results were published in Nature Photonics in 2011.


Kelbe, from Victor, N.Y., was awarded a fellowship for his project, “Linking the Real and Simulation Environments of Airborne Small Footprint Waveform Lidar.” He is working closely with collaborators at the National Ecological Observatory Network.