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Tristan Yates ('18C) National Science Foundation GRFP Recipient


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

Award supported

A three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees.

Undergraduate major(s)

Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology


Psychology Ph.D. student at Yale University working with Dr. Nick Turk-Browne.

Q: What experiences at Emory prepared you for the National Science Foundation-Graduate Research Fellowship Program? 

A: Emory's emphasis on the value of the liberal arts was foundational for my receiving of national awards. It is through some of my non-major courses, including my freshman seminar, that I could reflect on my interests and construct my own academic narrative. Additionally, I gained insight and valuable research skills during my semester abroad at the University of St. Andrews.

Q: What advice would you give current applicants, or to students considering applying for a nationally competitive award?

A: Take the leap! Nationally-competitive awards can be intimidating, but it is generally worth the effort. The application process itself is an experience you can write about in your graduate or medical school applications, and you will gain interview skills that will be helpful for future jobs. You may sometimes feel that the time you spend preparing your application could be better allocated on something else, but in the end, you walk away learning a lot about yourself as a researcher/humanitarian/scholar/person. 

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