Ty Christoff-Tempesta Wins Prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award
Ty Christoff-Tempesta is a senior graduating in the Spring 2017 semester with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Chemistry. Ty has extensively pursued academic research in his undergraduate career, working to develop “bone in a beaker,” polymer composites, and cutting-edge biomedical imaging techniques, resulting in several conference presentations and a publication in the journal Analytical Chemistry. Outside of academic pursuits, Ty served as the President of the Alpha Sigma Mu Materials Science and Engineering honor society, and the Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of the University of Florida Speech and Debate Society. As a varsity competitor on the Individual Events, or competitive public speaking, squad of the Speech and Debate Team, Ty travelled across the country competing on behalf of the University of Florida while advocating for social justice and informing audiences about breakthroughs in science. Internships in Ty’s undergraduate career included developing novel biodegradable film for Frito-Lay North America, a division of PepsiCo, and implementing capital improvements projects for Albemarle Corporation.
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GSRP) provides outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines support to complete their Masters or Doctoral degree. This is the oldest fellowship program in the US and attracts over 10,000 applications yearly. This year 2,000 students were selected from over 13,000 applications.