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May 17, 2018

Doctoral student Lisa Bauer was awarded the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. Bauer was one of 2,000 fellowship awardees for 2018 selected from more than 12,000 applicants nationwide.

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), launched in 1952, recruits high-potential, early-career scientists and engineers and supports their graduate research training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Fellows receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, along with a $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition and fees.

According to the organization, “NSF Fellows are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering.”

“To support U.S. leadership and innovation in science and engineering, we must recognize and nurture talent from all of our nation’s communities,” said Jim Lewis, NSF acting assistant director for Education and Human Resources. “I am pleased that again this year, the competition has selected talented students from all economic backgrounds and all demographic categories.”

Bauer’s work primarily focuses on natural language generation models for question answering and dialogue, with an emphasis on deeper reasoning and knowledge-based inference. She is also very interested in equal access to education and tutored incarcerated women at the Maryland Penitentiary. Bauer is a member of the Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning (NLP-ML) research group, advised by assistant professor Mohit Bansal.