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Baruch College Graduate Earns National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship


NEW YORK, NY-July 24, 2012 Baruch College graduate Belen Guerra-Carrillo was recently awarded a fellowship by the National Science Foundation for her graduate research efforts.

Her recent achievement earned Guerra-Carrillo a spot on The City University of New York’s new team of award-winning “Science All-Star” students who have won National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowships, the most prestigious awards a graduate student in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) can receive. The awards recognize and support exceptional students who have proposed graduate-level research projects in their fields.

“We are very proud of the extraordinary academic achievements of these student-scholars,” Chancellor Matthew Goldstein stated. “A record 16 CUNY students in 2012 won National Science Foundation awards of $126,000 each for graduate study in the sciences. No other university system in the Northeast won more. In recognition of their success, the University has designed a new website with virtual ‛baseball cards’ crafted in their honor.”

In 2010, Guerra-Carrillo earned a B.A. in psychology with a minor in mathematics from Baruch College. Guerra-Carrillo is entering a doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley and plans to study the physical effects on the brain when people learn and how those changes affect academic performance.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…" The NSF is a funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities.


About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 3 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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