CANTON, NY (WWTI) – A member of the class of 2022 from St. Lawrence University has been selected for this year’s National Science Foundation Senior Fellowship.
Geology and Anthropology major Anuva Anannya was named the 2022 scholarship recipient after a nationwide search was conducted to decide who would receive the award. The five-year scholarship program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines.
Anannya is from Dhaka, Bangladesh and attended Viqarunnisa Noon School and College. In St. Lawrence she is a member of International House, SLU Dance Ensemble, Laurentian Singers, Islamic Culture Club, ASIA, Sigma Gamma Epsilon and CSTEP. Additionally, she is a McNair Fellow, Geology Teaching and Research Assistant, and works at the Launders Science Library.
According to the university, Anannya is the first St. Lawrence McNair Scholar to be selected for the prestigious scholarship program, which has a 15% acceptance rate. Anannya shared how grateful she was for the university’s support as she planned for her future and how she felt about being rewarded for her hard work.
“The driving force behind applying for and receiving the scholarship was the strong support I was privileged to have from several people at SLU,” said Anannya. “It’s a phenomenal feeling to have confirmation that your hard work has paid off and you’re well on your way to realizing your dream. It makes me so grateful to the people who helped me get here. .
The honor will fund Anannya’s research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at an accredited U.S. institution of her choice. The scholarship includes three years of financial support, including an annual stipend of $34,000 and an institutional education stipend of $12,000.
Anannya committed to the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University before graduating from SLU this year. She plans to conduct research on the geomorphology of Mars and work to become a planetary scientist.
CSTEP & McNair Scholars Program Director Marsha Sawyer highlighted the accomplishment of receiving the award and how it will continue to motivate the university community.
“I’m very proud of Anuva and their accomplishment,” Sawyer said. “Winning a place in the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program is a fantastic personal achievement and serves as an inspiration to the St. Lawrence community.”
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