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Three aspiring researchers from Florida State University have each brought home prestigious National Science Foundation fellowships for students conducting promising research.

Graduate students Jamie Wang of Taiwan and Joseph Pennington of Frederick, Maryland, along with Florida State senior Sean Freeman of Hebron, Kentucky, have received $34,000 stipends to help them conduct research and another $12,000 to cover educational expenses.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program supports students in technology, engineering and mathematics who are pursuing research-based graduate degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. Students can apply in their senior year of college or during the first two years of graduate study.

"We are thrilled for Jamie, Joe, and Sean, and are confident that the next three years of their fellowships will only be the beginning of their successful scientific careers," said Sarah Cox, assistant director of the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards.

Nationally, 16,000 students apply for the fellowship, and 2,000 receive award offers.

"It's the best you can ask for as a graduate student," said Wang, a graduate student in chemistry.