Sa’ed Adel Atshan receives National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship

April 13, 2010

Congratulations to CMES PhD student Sa’ed Adel Atshan, who has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Fellowship. This highly competitive fellowship provides tuition support and a $30,000 per year stipend for three years to outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

Sa’ed’s NSF fellowship funding will allow him to spend a year in the West Bank conducting research for his doctoral dissertation on Palestinian mental health. He plans to administer a survey on mental health and social support networks to Palestinians in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Sa’ed’s research interests also include the role of humanitarian assistance in attending to the psycho-social needs of the Palestinian population. 

NSF Research Fellowships are awarded to graduate students across the US who are anticipated to become knowledge experts who can contribute significantly to research, teaching, and innovations in science and engineering. Past fellows include several Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, and Google founder, Sergey Brin. For more information about the fellowship program visit