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Current UCF student Rene Diaz is a winner of the National Science Foundation’s 2011 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) competition. The fellowship will allow Rene to continue his education in engineering with UCF’s Materials Science Engineering graduate program. The NSF wrote that the selection was based on his outstanding abilities and accomplishments as well as his potential to contribute to strengthening the vitality of U.S. science and engineering enterprises. Rene is the MSE program’s very first GRFP Fellow. He previously completed AMPAC/NSTC National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). Congratulations, Rene!