NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program | University of Portland

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.


Recent Recipient: Jennifer Brana '23

Jennifer Brana

"I majored in computer science with a computer engineering minor here at UP. My research aims to improve the sustainability of future computing systems without sacrificing performance and energy efficiency. Specifically, my work develops methods to maximize device lifetimes by increasing the potential applications of computer hardware in order to amortize the environmental impact of manufacturing and electronic waste. For the last year I've collaborated with researchers at Carnegie Mellon and University of Michigan to explore methods to increase the performance of modern computing systems without restricting the application of devices to a limited domain by allowing programmers to specialize data movement throughout computer memory hierarchies. MY NSF GRFP proposal extends this project by exposing more control to the programmer and proposing additional general-purpose acceleration methods to improve performance and energy efficiency of modern computer systems. After UP, I will be pursuing a PhD in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon and continue exploring methods to improve the sustainability of future computing systems."

Past Recipients

  • Elysse Phillips '24
  • Jennifer Brana '23
  • Brett Bankson '15
  • Katherine Cummins '17
  • Christine Chen '17
  • Shannon Danforth '16
  • Julia Meng '16
  • Sydney Boutros '14
  • Claire Couch '14
  • Frank Deryck '13
  • Chika Eke '15
  • James Gaynor '14
  • Diane Le '12
  • Nicole Iranon '11
  • Joe Parks '10
  • Caroline Pierce '10
  • Josh Parks '10
  • Kendra Chritz '09
  • Abraham Olson '07
  • David Sanchez '06
  • Jennifer Miller '03
  • Thomas Johnson '02