FIU Engineering Students Awarded Prestigious NSF Research Fellowships

Two FIU KFSCIS engineering graduate students are recipients of the prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships (NSFGRF), a distinction shared by numerous Nobel Prize winners, government and public policy leaders, and private industry trailblazers, and awarded from a pool of 12,000 applicants.

The benefits for the five-year fellowships include a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 to the student along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees (paid to the institution), as well as access to opportunities for professional development available to NSF-supported graduate students.

The two recipients who will continue their studies at FIU are:

Sheila Alemany Blanco, who is pursuing her Ph.D. with Dr. Niki Pissinou at FIU, has researched the intersection between cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, also known as adversarial machine learning. She has four years of experience applying novel data science and machine learning techniques primarily in the fields of cybersecurity and mobile wireless sensor networks.


Jasmine Batten is a computer science Ph. D. student and computer science education graduate research assistant in the Knight Foundation School of Computing and Information Sciences (SCIS) at FIU. She works in the LEARN-CS (Listening and Engaging with Alternative Research Narratives in Computer Science) lab under Dr. Monique Ross. Her research interests are improving women’s retention and persistence in computer science by exploring the differences in epistemological identities that exist between computing faculty and minoritized female computing students. “I am passionate about improving diversity and equity in computer science by conducting research that promotes inclusive learning environments,” Batten said. “My goal is to complete my Ph.D. and become a computer science professor to continue serving the computer science education community through mentorship, research and teaching.”

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