Brown awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Tim Brown GRFPTimothy Brown, doctoral student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has received the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship. The five-year fellowship will include a $34,000 annual stipend and a $12,000 cost-of education allowance.

Brown’s doctoral research focuses on materials for room-temperature magnetic refrigeration. This method of refrigeration uses cyclic application and removal of magnetic fields in order to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of current systems.

“I believe Brown is very deserving of this award – it speaks to his maturity as a researcher, and his demonstrated interest in advancing science among his peers and mentoring undergraduate researchers in the lab,” said Dr. Patrick Shamberger, assistant professor in materials science and engineering.
NSF awards the fellowship to individuals selected early in their careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievement in science and engineering. More than 17,000 applicants representing a diverse group of scientific disciplines from all states applied for the fellowship.

Brown has also been selected for the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, a highly competitive, portable fellowship that lasts three years and pays for full tuition and all mandatory fees.