Charlotte Native and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University alumna Janice Cabrerea recently won a National Science Foundation Fellowship. Previous winners of the Graduate Fellowship include  Steven Chu, former U.S. Secretary of Energy, and Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google. Cabrer  is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The NSF has funded more than 60,000 Graduate Research Fellowships  from among more than 500,000 applicants. NSF Fellowships are a five-year award and provide the recipients with three years of funding. This includes an annual stipend of $34,000 and a $12,000 annual allowance for tuition and fees.

Cabrera, earned a bachelor’s degree in from Embry-Riddle in Aerospace Engineering in 2019. She credits some of her primary school teachers for her love of math and science. “I have fond memories of my middle-school teachers, who nurtured my interest in pursuing a STEM career by simply having conversations about the different career paths within STEM,” she said. A career quiz led her to aerospace engineering and she was fascinated by all the engineering problems present in the field.

Cabrera is currently a member of the High-Power Electric Propulsion Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology.  Her primary research interest in high-speed plasma diagnostics. She is also participating in her first rotation as a NASA Pathways intern at Langley Research Center in Virginia.

For more information or to apply for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, contact the Embry-Riddle Office of Prestigious Awards and Fellowships at