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Daniela Zarate Awarded 2016 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

June 21, 2016

By Kim McDonald

Daniela Zarate

Daniela Zarate, a doctoral student in the Section of Ecology, Behavior and Evolution, has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. She works in the laboratory of biology professor Joshua Kohn. Chandler Puritty, a doctoral student in EBE working in biology professor Elsa Cleland's laboratory, also received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship last year. In addition, eight UC San Diego graduating seniors, five of whom were biology majors, received NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year. According to the NSF, this year's 2,000 awardees--which were chosen from a pool of nearly 17,000 applicants--represent a diverse group of scientific disciplines and include individuals from all states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. commonwealths and territories. The group includes 1,077 women, 424 individuals from underrepresented minority groups, 62 persons with disabilities, 35 veterans and 627 senior undergraduates. Former NSF fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering, have become leaders in their chosen careers and been honored as Nobel Laureates. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals or permanent residents and are selected through the NSF peer review process. The list of this year's awardees is available at: