Politics Student Maya Dalton Receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 4, 2022

Maya DaltonThe Politics & International Affairs Department are pleased to announce that our graduating senior Politics major Maya Dalton has received a 2022 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. This is a highly competitive inter-disciplinary award with an overall application success rate of about 15% (as of 2020).
The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is a National Science Foundation-wide program that provides Fellowships to individuals selected early in their graduate careers based on their demonstrated potential for significant research achievements in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. Three years of support over a five-year period are provided for graduate study that leads to a research-based master’s or doctoral degree in STEM or STEM education.
Quoting the National Science Foundation’s description, “as the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind, the GRFP has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. The reputation of the GRFP follows recipients and often helps them become life-long leaders that contribute significantly to both scientific innovation and teaching. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.”
The GRF provides three years of financial support, comprising a $34,000 stipend per twelve-month Fellowship Year, disbursed in monthly allotments of $2,833. The applicant’s institution also receives a direct payment of $12,000 per year towards the Cost of Education.
Maya will pursue a PhD in Political Science at Pennsylvania State University starting in the Fall of 2022. At Penn State, she will study the relationship between corruption and environmental degradation as proposed in her GRFP application. She previously received a 2021 Wake Forest Research Fellowship, during which she served as the lead author of an academic paper that will be presented at the Annual Meeting of the 2022 Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago, IL.
The reviewers on her application said that Maya “will make important contributions to the literature on corruption. The proposed work will help outline the different types and effects of corruption and their direct material impacts on policy issues more broadly. Climate change and environmental issues are cross-cutting therefore the candidate has the potential to produce research that isolates specific effects of policy interventions.” They also pointed out that “the undergraduate research experiences of this applicant began during her time at Wake Forest University, including serving as a research fellow and teaching assistant for research methods courses. A minor in statistics and focus on quantitative research methods, along with a course on Corruption, has led to research closely related to the applicant’s proposed doctoral research. The applicant’s academic experience as an undergraduate has prepared her well for looking at how corruption levels can influence environmental degradation in democracies vs. non-democracies.”
Congratulations to Maya!


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