Recent Graduate Receives NSF GRFP and EAPSI Fellowships

May 04, 2010

hortonNick Horton, a physics major and chemistry minor from the Class of 2009, was recently awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award and the East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) fellowship. 

According to the National Science Foundation, the GRFP program aims to ensure the vitality of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in the United States and to reinforce its diversity by offering approximately 1,654 graduate fellowships. The Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees and is intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. The fellowship also provides a stipend for international travel, as well as financial support to the student’s institution.

As an EASPI, Horton will be performing optics research in Taiwan for eight weeks this summer. The primary goals of EAPSI are “to introduce students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.”

Horton credits Jay Shivamoggi, director of the office of external and competitive scholarships, for the counsel and guidance she provided him at Rollins.

“Dr. Jay’s application advice helped strengthen my GRFP and EAPSI applications,” said Horton.

While at Rollins, Horton was a Cornell Scholar and a 2008 Goldwater Scholarship recipient. He is currently a graduate student at Cornell University.  Students interested in competitive external scholarships and fellowships should contact Jay Shivamoggi at or ext. 2346. please also visit .

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