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Release Date: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 2:46 PM
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National Science Foundation Names Two Howard Students As Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients

WASHINGTON (April 15, 2014) – Two Howard University students have been awarded prestigious Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Daril Brown, a senior mechanical engineering major, and Nailah Seale, a senior chemical engineering major, are among the 2,000 fellowship winners. Brown and Seale will each receive three years of financial support within a five-year fellowship period ($32,000 annual stipend and $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the graduate institution) for graduate study in a field within NSF's mission and that leads to a research-based master's or doctoral degree.

“These are sought-after fellowships and we are pleased to be recognized again this year,” said Lorraine Fleming, interim dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Sciences.  “This honor reflects our commitment to  attracting and producing top students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.”

Brown plans to use the fellowship to fund his research examining Brain-machine Interfaces and Flexible Electronics.  He will pursue a doctorate in bioengineering at the University of California at San Diego, and he hopes to integrate neuroscience, electronics and analytics as a research professor.

“I am ecstatic to receive this wonderful fellowship,” Brown said. “This fellow will allow me to focus on my research and give back to under-represented communities. I’m positive I will make Howard proud.”

Seale plans to pursue a doctorate in bioengineering and hopes to help organizations that use STEM to influence international policy and sustainable development. Her research has focused on tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, specifically stem cell differentiation.

“This fellowship will give me the foundation to create my own company in the future dedicated to developing new technologies to solve problems facing society,” said Seale. “I am grateful, and I look forward to conducting ground-breaking research for the betterment of my community.”

Since 1952, NSF has provided fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant achievements in science and engineering. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) continues to be a critical part of NSF's overall strategy in developing the globally engaged workforce necessary to ensure the nation's leadership in advancing science and engineering research and innovation. A high priority for NSF and GRFP is increasing the diversity of the science and engineering workforce, including geographic distribution and the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans.

The ranks of NSF Graduate Research Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, become leaders in their chosen careers and been honored as Nobel laureates.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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