HIGH POINT, N.C., July 10, 2018 – Rebecca Ulrich, a 2018 High Point University graduate, has been selected into the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program.
This highly selective program recognizes and supports outstanding students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The award includes three years of support, including $12,000 a year for tuition and fees, $34,000 a year for personal stipends, and multiple research opportunities in the U.S. and abroad. Recipients often go on to contribute significantly through scientific innovation and teaching, with past fellows including numerous Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, and “Freakonomics” author Steven Levitt.
Ulrich, of Troutman, graduated from HPU with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and a minor in physics. She will attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to pursue a doctorate in organic chemistry.
“Rebecca is one of the hardest working students I have encountered at HPU,” says Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade, director of the Office of Fellowships and Awards. “She is dedicated to her field and her future career, and it’s a delight to see her hard work so wonderfully rewarded. She is a reflection of the strength of our undergraduate science programs here at HPU, and she will represent her alma mater proudly and with distinction.”
During her undergraduate studies, Ulrich conducted research with Dr. Meghan Blackledge, assistant professor of chemistry, on various types of bacteria and antibiotic resistance. Blackledge has served as an impactful mentor for Ulrich as her research and academic advisor.
“The GRF is one of the most prestigious awards given to graduate students,” says Blackledge. “It is a testament to Rebecca’s hard work and many achievements while at HPU and a recognition of her potential as she begins her graduate studies. We look forward to all that Rebecca will accomplish in the years to come.”
In addition to this award, Ulrich was named an honorable mention for the Goldwater Scholarship in 2017. She also was offered the National Institutes of Health Oxford-Cambridge Fellowship and was the recipient of the Mary Jane Stevenson Graduate Fellowship from Alpha Lambda Delta.
At HPU, Ulrich received the University Award for Leadership, one of four top awards given at the end of each academic year. She achieved Dean’s List every semester and served the university as an ambassador, organic chemistry tutor, general chemistry lab teacher assistant and supplemental instructor for organic chemistry, among other clubs and activities.