NSF Awards Four Graduate Fellowships to Williams Students and Alumni

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., April 10, 2020—The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded research fellowships to four Williams College students and alumni. In addition, the NSF has awarded honorable mentions to eight other Williams students and alumni. The NSF fellowships support graduate study in the natural and social sciences.

The four Williams fellowship recipients are Teresa Yu ’20, a mathematics student from Chandler, Ariz.; Gabriela Suarez ’17, who studies psychology at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; Katherine Newcomer ’14, a biological science technician at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center; and Daniel Maes ’18, who studies mathematics at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor.

Honorable mentions went to Christine Seeger ’16, Sophia Robert ’18, Ashay Patel ’18, Dong Moon ’16, Ben Logsdon ’20, Eli Hoenig ’17, Laura Elmendorf ’17, and John Ahn ’18.

With support from the NSF Fellowship, Williams senior Teresa Yu plans to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of Michigan. Yu has participated in the 2018 SMALL REU in the Tropical Geometry group with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Ralph Morrison, and also in the REU at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2019. At Williams, she has conducted research with Assistant Professor of Mathematics Pamela Harris, worked with the Center for Learning in Action (CLiA), and served as a teaching assistant with the mathematics department.  In addition, she has performed on violin with the Berkshire Symphony. “I’m honored to have received this fellowship, and grateful to have been a part of the Williams math community,” said Yu. “Without the many professors, mentors, and friends in this community, I would not be where I am today.” She is currently writing a senior thesis with Professor of Mathematics Susan Loepp on commutative algebra.

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 2,000 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. 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.