NSF Awards Nine Graduate Fellowships to Williams Students and Alumni

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., March 25, 2021—The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded research fellowships to nine Williams College students and alumni. In addition, the NSF has awarded honorable mentions to seven other Williams students and alumni. The NSF fellowships support graduate study in the natural and social sciences.

The nine Williams fellowship recipients are Iona Binnie ’19, who studies molecular and optical physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder; John Graf ’21, a mathematics major from Boulder, Colo.; Robin Huang ’21, an economics and mathematics major from Cranbury, N.J.; Peter Lugthart ’18, who studies economics at Northwestern University; Sophia Robert ’18, who studies cognitive neuroscience at Carnegie-Mellon University; Paige Knowles Robichaud ’21, a physics major from Austin, Texas; Emily Stump ’18, who studies quantum information science at Cornell University; Kaleb Yitong Tseo ’17, who studies bioinformatics and other informatics; and Austin Hoang-Nam Vo ’18, who studies sociology at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Honorable mentions went to Ian Banta ’19, Coly Elhai ’19, Matthew Goss ’17, Russell Jones ’17, Katherine Pippenger ’20, and Lauren Vostal ’19.

The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency, was founded in 1950 to further U.S. leadership in the sciences. Since its inception it has supported graduate research and awards more than 1,000 research fellowships each year.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s approximately 2,000 undergraduate students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. The college is also home to roughly 100 master’s students enrolled in its renowned graduate programs in Development Economics and the History of Art (the latter offered in collaboration with the Clark Art Institute). Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.