Electrical engineering alumna Afra Nawar received a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, which will aid in her electrical engineering doctoral degree program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. This prestigious program offers recipients three annual $37,000 stipend payments and a $12,000 allowance to pay for educational costs.

The NSF picks those they expect to make significant scientific and engineering contributions to society to receive the fellowship through a competitive process. Past recipients include Google founder Sergey Brin, former U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, more than 450 National Academy of Sciences members and more than 40 Nobel Prize laureates.

Nawar thanks Pavan Turaga, professor of electrical engineering and director of ASU’s School of Arts, Media and Engineering, for Turaga’s support and recommendation letter that helped Nawar win.