UC Irvine graduate students won 37 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships this year, putting the campus ninth in the nation and tied for second within the University of California system for the prestigious awards. The fellowships recognize and support outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions. UC Irvine students also received 40 honorable mentions. “This is a fine example of how our students, faculty and staff work together for the benefit of graduate education and a reflection of our overall academic excellence,” said Frances Leslie, dean of the Graduate Division. “Almost a quarter of the recipients participated in the Graduate Division’s summer Competitive Edge program.”