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Cody Ritt Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship


Cody Ritt has many reasons to celebrate this year! First and foremost, he participated in the Spring 2016 Commencement graduating with honors. Cody is now Cody Ritt, BS, EIT. His BS degree is in Civil Engineering (CE) from North Dakota State University ( He materialized his big plans during the summer to travel to Asia and celebrate his graduation. Back from his well-deserved vacation, very exciting plans are rolling out for him. His dreams are coming true
To add to his graduation excitements, National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Cody one of the 2016 Graduate Research Fellowships (GRF).  Cody is the second NDSU engineering student to win this fellowship and the first male student to do so. His aspirations which are as high as his capabilities inspired him to apply to the NSF GRF. This fellowship includes a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees. In addition, Cody will have the option to conduct his graduate research at any accredited U.S. university or abroad. Cody earlier won the Goldwater Scholarship in 2015 in recognition of his research and commitment for higher education ( The Civil and Environmental Engineering Department ( is very proud of Cody and wish him many more successes in the future.
The GRF Program ( is the oldest fellowship of its kind and is one of the most prestigious in the country. To give you an idea, since 1952, the NSF has funded only around 10% of 500,000 plus applicants. This year there were about 17,000 aspirants. This prestigious fellowship is awarded to students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who show talent and promise to become leaders in their chosen careers. Cody’s extensive research experience in the Civil and Environmental fields, hard work, commitment, and passion for science allowed him to achieve this goal. Examples of his experience include working with Dr. Achintya Bezbaruah’s Nanoenvirology Research Group (NRG) ( on a project focused on optimizing a novel biopolymer product for phosphate removal from eutrophic , co-authoring journal papers, and being intensively involved in different student organizations such as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASME), American Water Works Association, Water Environment Federation (WEF), and Phi Theta Kappa.
Cody decided to continue his education and start his master’s program in Environmental Engineering at NDSU in Dr. Bezbaruah’s group and then would go for his doctoral studies in another university to work on membranes for water treatment.

Cody Ritt

Joshua Hammermeister, Cody Ritt (middle), and Eric Miller represented NDSU in the Conference on the Environment (COE) 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.