Following a competitive nationwide search, Anuva Anannya ’22 has been selected for the 2022 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, an award that will fund her research-based master's and doctoral degrees at an accredited U.S. institution of her choice.
The five-year fellowship program, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines, includes three years of financial support, including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a $12,000 cost of education allowance to the institution.
“I am very proud of Anuva and her accomplishment,” said Marsha Sawyer, director of CSTEP & McNair Scholars Program. “Earning a spot in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program represents a fantastic personal achievement and serves as an inspiration for the St. Lawrence community.”
Tapping into the power of St. Lawrence’s alumni network, the guidance of expert faculty across disciplines, and the unwavering support from staff, Anuva credits the success of her application to the Laurentians who supported her every step of the way.
“The driving force behind applying for and receiving the fellowship was the strong support I was privileged to have from several people at SLU,” said Anuva. “My research mentors Dr. Alexander Stewart and Helen Eifert ’18 helped me craft a research statement, McNair Assistant Director Jennifer Townsend patiently reviewed my application, Doctors Jeffrey Chiarenzelli, Antun Husinec, and Adam Harr, generously wrote my recommendation letters, and Doctors Shinu Abraham and Judith Nagel Meyers supported me in so many ways.”
On the cusp of her graduation from St. Lawrence, Anuva has committed to Arizona State University School of Earth and Space Exploration where she will conduct research on the geomorphology of Mars, and work towards becoming a planetary scientist.
“It is a phenomenal feeling, having confirmation that your hard work has paid off and that you are on the path toward achieving your dream,” said Anuva. “It makes me so grateful to the people who helped me get here.”
Anuva is from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and attended Viqarunnisa Noon School and College. At St. Lawrence, she is a member of International House (I-House), SLU Dance Ensemble, Laurentian Singers, Islamic Culture Club, A.S.I.A, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, and CSTEP. She is a McNair Scholar, Geology teaching and research assistant, and works at Launders Science Library.