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JQI student awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Jonathan Francisco San Miguel. Photo courtesy of Manucharyan Research Group.

In Spring 2017, Jonathan Francisco San Miguel was awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. This prestigious NSF fellowship recognizes outstanding students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. Since 2014, he has been working on superconducting qubits in JQI Fellow Vladimir Manucharyan's condensed matter physics laboratory.

San Miguel's interest in physics started before coming to college. Later at UMD, he discovered a passion for computer science. He began studying quantum computing, an area that lies at the intersection of physics and computer science. Now that he has completed his studies at UMD, San Miguel will begin the physics graduate program at Stanford University.

Twenty-four UMD students were among the 2,000 fellowship winners announced by NSF in 2017. Of those, 10 hailed from College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences (CMNS), including four current graduate students, four current undergraduate students and two alumni who received bachelor’s degrees in CMNS majors.

“Our graduate and undergraduate students have once again shown their excellence, with 10 students selected for this year’s prestigious NSF graduate research fellowship awards,” said CMNS Dean Jayanth Banavar. “We are very proud of their achievements and look forward to watching their careers develop.”

Information about the fellowships came from a CMNS story on this year's UMD recipients