Two recent Hope College graduates, Adam Krahn ’18 and Grace Kunkel ’19, have received honorable mention recognition through the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) this year.
Krahn, who majored in biology and chemistry, is a doctoral student in cell and molecular biology at the University of Chicago. While at Hope, he conducted collaborative research with Dr. Joseph Stukey, assistant professor of biology.
Kunkel, who majored in chemistry with a biochemistry emphasis, is a doctoral student in chemistry, studying polymer therapeutics, at the University of California-Los Angeles. While at Hope, she conducted collaborative research with Dr. Mary Elizabeth Anderson, a former member of the chemistry faculty, and Dr. Gerald Griffin, who is associate provost as well as a member of the biology and psychology faculty.
Coincidentally, Krahn and Kunkel were lab partners in analytical chemistry while at Hope. Not coincidentally, citing their positive experiences with their professors at Hope, they are both interested in teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate level.
Hope students or graduates have received fellowships or honorable mention through the program every year for more than a quarter century. The NSF awarded 2,076 of the fellowships nationwide this year, and recognized another 1,787 applicants with honorable mention. The awards are for graduate students pursuing a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) field.