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COLLEGE STATION --

Charles Zheng, a senior applied mathematics major at Texas A&M University, is one of several Aggies recently selected to receive a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to support continued study in science and engineering.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions. The program's overall goal is to ensure the vitality of the nation's human resource base in science and engineering while also reinforcing its diversity.

The three-year fellowship includes a $30,000 annual stipend and a $10,500 cost-of-education allowance to the affiliated institution, as well as access to the TeraGrid Supercomputer and international research and professional development opportunities.

Zheng, who is recognized for his research in biostatistics, plans to pursue a Ph.D. in statistics at Stanford University, where he will use his fellowship to support ongoing collaborations with the Chapkin Nutritional Science Lab at Texas A&M as well as the Fred Hutchinson Center for Cancer Research. Zheng says he hopes to become established in the academic world and maybe discover something new along the way. His goal as a scientist is to use statistical theory to better understand the scientific process.

"This understanding may help us 'do' science more effectively or even enable some of it to be automated," he adds.

As Zheng continues in his academic career, he says he is grateful for the chance to participate in research at Texas A&M and all the knowledge he gained from it.

"All of my research experiences at Texas A&M, including many efforts which I considered to be failures, were vital in preparing me for my current path to graduate school, and I would not change a single second of it," he says. "I was indeed fortunate to find so many professors at Texas A&M who were generous in sharing their passion for research with me."

To learn more about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program, visit http://www.nsfgrfp.org.

For more information on the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics and related degree opportunities, go to http://www.math.tamu.edu.

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Contact: Chrystina Rago, chrysrago@honors.tamu.edu

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