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Michigan State University senior named finalist for Hertz Foundation Fellowship

Rebecca Carlson, a Michigan State University Honors College senior majoring in chemical engineering in the College of Engineering, has been named a finalist for the Hertz Foundation Fellowship.

The foundation received 721 applications from students planning to earn their doctorate in a STEM field, and narrowed the group of finalists down to 40, including Carlson. The fellowship is granted to 12 students nationwide. Winners will be announced in mid-March.

The National and International Fellowship and Scholarship (NIFS) office at Michigan State University, administered by the Honors College, helps interested undergraduate and graduate students to pursue major national and international opportunities by providing information and direct support throughout the competitive application processes.

Carlson, a 2015 Goldwater Scholar, has participated in and led research both on and off MSU’s campus. Currently, she is a research assistant in Professor S. Patrick Walton’s applied biomolecular engineering lab and also a student ambassador for the Undergraduate Research Office.

She is the recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Scholarship and also an Evergrande Scholar, which earned her the opportunity to work at Harvard Medical School’s Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases.

Carlson hails from Rockford, Michigan, graduating as valedictorian of Rockford High School. Prior to that, she lived in Italy for 14 years.

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