NSF Graduate Research Fellowships awarded to 6 MSU-affiliated students

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships worth $32,000 per year or more for a period of three years were awarded to Flynn Murray, Julie Muretta, Nate Looker, Justin Martin, Tiffany Hensley-McBain and Kelly Spendlove, all MSU alumni or current MSU students.

Murray and Muretta received their fellowships in engineering. Murray graduated from MSU in 2013 with a degree in civil engineering and is currently pursuing her doctorate in the same department. Muretta is an MSU alum in mechanical engineering and is currently pursuing an advanced degree here as well. Her research focuses on composite materials.

Looker and Martin both work in Jia Hu’s MSU Department of Ecology laboratory. Looker is studying biological science for a master’s degree here at MSU. Martin is pursuing his doctorate. Both students are focusing their research on tree growth responses.

Hensley-McBain received her fellowship for HIV research. She is an alum from MSU’s 2010 class and the Cell Biology and Neuroscience Department.


Spendlove earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from MSU. He is focusing his research on nonlinear phenomena that drive complex systems.