Eric Ostrander Wins NSDEG Fellowship


Eric Ostrander, a PhD student in Chemistry, has been selected as one of only 159 recipients of the 2021 National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. With an average success rate of 7%, these highly competitive fellowships are designed to support graduate students working in science and engineering disciplines relevant to the Department of Defense.

Ostrander’s research focuses on muscle function; he is part of the lab group headed by Dr. Venkataraman. Ostrander seeks to understand how we can control muscle function using alternative energy sources, which could help control muscle activity for individuals suffering from debilitating diseases that impact the muscle system.

The NDSEG Fellowship provides Ostrander with up to three years of support for his research, along with funds for tuition and fees. The Air Force Research Laboratory selected Ostrander’s application for an NDSEG Fellowship. Ostrander says the financial support provided by the fellowship will allow him more time to focus on his research and expand his skillset in preparation for future career options. Although he was initially hesitant to apply for the fellowship, he found that his confidence actually grew as he worked on the application. New applications for the NDSEG Fellowship are being accepted until November 19, 2021. Graduate students interested in applying should contact Heidi Bauer-Clapp ( for more information.