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USC Student Awarded DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs is thrilled to announce senior Riley Brady has been awarded the prestigious Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE CSGF). Approximately a dozen students are selected each year and the award provides up to 4 years of support that includes full tuition and fees, and a $36,000 annual stipend. The fellowship experience is guided by a comprehensive program of study that requires focused coursework in the areas of science/engineering, computer science and applied mathematics. It also includes a three-month practicum at one of 21 Department of Energy laboratories or sites across the country. Brady is the first USC student to win the DOE CSGF.

Brady is a member of the South Carolina Honors College, with a major in Marine Science and a minor in German. He is a 2012 McNair Scholar, as well as a 2012 David Odom Memorial Scholar, a 2013 NOAA Hollings Scholar, a 2014 Magellan Scholar, the 2014 USC Homecoming King, and a 2015 Goldwater Scholar. After his freshman year, he completed an internship with the fisheries ecology lab at University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Science, and did his NOAA Hollings internship at the Earth System Research Lab in Boulder, CO last summer, where he met his future graduate mentor, Dr. Nikki Lovenduski. Brady has worked in Dr. Ryan Rykaczewski's Ecosystem Oceanography and Climate Change lab for the past four years, an experience that largely shaped his research interests, skills, and career trajectory. Much of his additional career development has come as a result of presenting his research at professional conferences, which were funded by SCHC, OUR, and the MSCI Program.

Beyond his research and academic interests, Brady spent the spring of his sophomore year in Bamberg, Germany, where he discovered his passion for sustainability. He returned to USC and was an intern with Sustainable Carolina his junior year, where he served as the Director of Education and Training for the new Green Greeks program. He is a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity, a Magellan Ambassador, and co-founder of Walk Home Cocky. He was a co-instructor for U101 with Jay Pou from OUR, and serves as an OFSP intern to spread the word about national fellowship opportunities. He plans to earn his PhD in Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder, and ultimately hopes to work as a professor so that he can continue to study the climate system while also pursuing his passion for teaching.

DOE CSGF applicants are supported by the University's Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs, established in 1994 to assist students applying for national fellowships. To learn more about national fellowships and competitions visit

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