April 30, 2003 | By: Haven Miller & Janet Eaton

Two graduates of the University of Kentucky’s biosystems and agricultural engineering program have earned National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships.

Angela Green, who earned a bachelor’s degree in May 2002, and Craig Duvall, who earned a bachelor’s degree in May 2001, are two of six UK students to receive the prestigious award in 2003.  Both are graduates of Muhlenberg South High School in Greenville, Kentucky.  Green’s master’s degree research at UK is focused on bioengineering of equine transport.  Duvall is starting his doctoral degree in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech.

As NSF Fellows, each student receives $27,500 per year plus $10,500 for tuition to pursue further graduate studies.  The awards are extremely competitive with only 900 fellowships awarded out of about 7,800 applicants this year. The funding continues for three years.  

Green and Duvall both will pursue Ph.D.s.

“Angela and Craig exemplify the high caliber of students we continue to attract to our biosystems and agricultural engineering program,” said Rich Gates, department chair.  “We’ve been fortunate to attract several NSF Fellows to our graduate program, but Angela and Craig are the first NSF Fellows to obtain their undergraduate engineering degrees from our program.”

UK’s Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering graduate program has three former NSF Fellows, two current Fellows working on their doctoral degrees, and one incoming Fellow.

“These current and former NSF Fellows are a source of tremendous pride for our faculty and our College, and I believe reflect the fact that our College is providing the high level of instruction and academic challenge necessary to attract and produce world-class scientists,” said Scott Smith, dean of UK’s College of Agriculture.

Green said the Fellowship is not only an honor, but gives her more freedom in training for her research career.

“This means to me that as I select an institution I don’t have a restriction of how much funding they can offer me,” she said.  “I’m bringing my own funding.”

NSF Fellowship recipients are outstanding graduate students in the mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, behavioral and social sciences.


Rich Gates, 859-257-3000