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Gonzaga Alumna Earns Prestigious NSF Fellowship

Erika Helgeson graduated from Gonzaga in 2012.

Erika Helgeson

SPOKANE, Wash. – Erika Helgeson, a 2012 Gonzaga University alumnus and a doctoral student in biostatistics at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has received a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

NSF received more than 14,000 applications in the 2014 competition and made 2,000 award offers across all disciplines. Helgeson, who earned a 3.95 GPA with a double major in biology and math and computer science at Gonzaga, is one of 11 students awarded for statistics.

The fellowship program recognizes outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. NSF fellows receive three years of support, including an annual stipend, international research and professional opportunities and access to a supercomputer.

The fellowships are given to individuals in their early graduate careers from a diverse range of scientific disciplines.  Students who are selected are outstanding in their research-based fields.

The award grants students three years of financial support with a $32,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution, international research and professional development opportunities, and access to the XSEDE Supercomputer.

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