Seth Figueroa is awarded a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRF). The NSF-GRF fellowship consisting of an annual stipend of $30,000 for three years is considered to be one of the most prestigious graduate research fellowships in US. The title of Seth Figueroa's NSF-GRF application is “Modeling and Simulating Tissue Growth with Stem Cells”. This is the first ever NSF-GRF awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics at UCI.

Seth Figueroa received B.S. in double majors of Mathematics and Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University in 2011. He joined the Department of Mathematics in June of 2012 after spending the first year at UCI in Mathematical and Computational Biology Gateway Program. Seth will study spatial dynamics of multistage cell lineages and stem cell niches under the supervision of Professor Qing Nie.