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Graduate Research Fellows and Their Work

What kind of research do NSF graduate research fellows (GRFs) do? What is the impact of their work? Below we offer a few examples.

Calen Henderson beside waterfall

Candidate Gravitational Microlensing Events for Future Direct Lens Imaging

Calen Henderson is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow who recently did research with astronomers in South Korea through NSF's Graduate Research Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) effort. In this Ohio State University "Coffee Brief," he discusses a paper for which he is the lead author: "Candidate Gravitational Microlensing Events for Future Direct Lens Imaging." View Video.

Cutaway illustration of a tunnel

Steel Corrosion Deters Nuclear Waste

A study by NSF GRF Elizabeth Ferriss of the University of Michigan demonstrated that positive effects of steel corrosion should be considered in the design of nuclear waste repositories. Read more.

Multiple test tubes

Linking Basic Research With Innovative Entrepreneurship

NSF GRF Geoff Benton linked his quest for new knowledge and his entrepreneurial interests to a career that involves technology transfer from academia to industry. Read more.


Fish Size Offers Clues to the State of the Climate

NSF GRF Lauren Rogers showed that temperatures affect the size of Atlantic cod along the Norwegian Skagerrak coast. The health of commercial fish stocks is of growing concern as the climate changes. Read more.

Brain cells and structure

The Brain As Art

NSF GRF Carl E. Schoonover brings science to the public through the beauty of brain cells and structures, translating a highly technical field into the vision of an artist. Read more.

Brain cells and structure

The Design and Evolution of Organisms Through Genome Programming

NSF GRF Harris Wang invented a bioengineering technique that allows researchers to rapidly increase the design and evolution of microorganisms with new and improved properties. Read more.


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