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Hatch Receives NSF Graduate Fellowship

Congratulations to learning sciences graduate student Paul Hatch, who just learned he received a grant from the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP). The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

“The grant essentially frees me up from teaching assistant and graduate assistant work within the development lab to be able to put all my time - outside of course work - toward focusing on my own research,” said Hatch.

Hatch’s research work involves collaborative social learning in immersive environments, such as virtual reality. The grant provides funding for three years of research, starting in September, and provides him with the opportunity to dive straight in. Hatch said he still intends to do some TA work, specifically in areas that intersect with his research topics.