Ready to launch: The Class of 2022
Senior Laura Frawley, a Biological Sciences major, has been awarded a 2010 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, which will provide her with a $30,000 research stipend each year for up to three years. Connecticut College President Leo I. Higdon Jr. congratulated Frawley in an email announcing the award to the campus community. "This is a remarkable achievement for Laura that brings national recognition to our biology department and underscores the excellence of science education at the college," he said. "I am so very proud of all that she has accomplished during her four years here," he added. As the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines, has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Google founder Sergey Brin. Frawley, a 2009 Goldwater Scholar, is particularly interested in the mechanisms of cancer and hopes to conduct oncological research in an academic setting. Next year, she will work as a lab technician investigating the genetic events that contribute to the development of cancer at The David H. Koch Institution for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT. She plans to attend graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in molecular biology beginning in the fall of 2011. At Connecticut College, Frawley has logged more than 500 hours of research with Biology Professor Martha Grossel, who specializes in understanding unchecked cellular division. "I was first exposed to research in Dr. Grossel's lab," Frawley said. "Dr. Grossel has been an excellent mentor throughout my four years at Connecticut College. She has provided me with guidance and encouragement not only for my scientific research, but also for my future goals." Frawley said she is honored to receive the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and credits those who have helped her succeed in her undergraduate education. "None of this would be possible if it weren't for my professors, mentors and everyone who helped me at Connecticut College," she said.