Brooks awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


Allan Brooks, a graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering, has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship.

The Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) 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. 

As a GRFP Fellow, Brooks will benefit from the prestige and opportunities available to selected individuals. He will also receive a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 and a $12,000 education allowance for tuition and fees.

Brooks is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Chemical Engineering. He received a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University. He is advised by Kyle Bishop, assistant professor of chemical engineering and will join the lab of Ayusman Sen, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, in the fall. His research interests include active matter and colloidal machines.

Upon completion of his Ph.D., Brooks is interested in potentially pursuing a career in education.

NSF GRFP Fellows are named annually and are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. These individuals are crucial to maintaining and advancing the nation's technological infrastructure and national security as well as contributing to the economic well-being of society at large.

Since 1952, the NSF has funded close to 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships out of more than 500,000 applicants.

Share this story:

facebook linked in twitter email


Mindy Krause

allan brooks

Allan Brooks



The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

119 Greenberg Complex

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574