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New National Science Foundation 2010 Successful Proposals posted!

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New National Science Foundation 2010 Successful Proposals posted!

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships were announced a couple of weeks ago, and several of the recipients have already generously offered to share all or part of their application materials to help future applicants. Four new applications are available, bringing the total number of recent (successful) NSF applications on the site to 16.

Interested in Bee Reproductive Success? Or maybe Above and Below-ground Carbon Sequestration in Quaking Aspen? Perhaps Ecological Filters in Grassland Restoration? For the first time, an application from an archaeology graduate student has been contributed, on Alliance Formation in Pueblo Societies.

Best of all, each of these new additions to the site have the Reviewer Rating sheets attached!

Thank you to all the graduate students who generously contributed!

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2010 National Science Fellowship Recipients Announced!

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2010 National Science Fellowship Recipients Announced!

This year the National Science Foundation was able to announce an unprecedented 2000 graduate research fellowships, due to President Obama’s increase in support for the program. The NSF GRFP provide three years of support for graduate students, giving them the freedom to pursue novel, independent research without having to take on huge amounts of debt or outside employment to pay for their tuition and living expenses. It is an incredible program- I am grateful to have been selected as a NSF GRFP recipient three years ago and very excited for the 2010 class.

For the last two years I’ve taken part in the fellowship program organized by the Berkeley Chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), which pairs successful NSF recipients with graduate students interested in applying, and for the second year in a row, the student I worked with received the fellowship, too! In fact, 43% of the participants in the workshop were awarded the NSF. It is a good thing to note for future applicants: the more people you get to read, comment on, and revise your application, the stronger it will be. Don’t wait until the fall to start your application: start drafting it this summer.

There are lots of resources available to help you prepare your NSF application: check out the graduate fellowship office at your school, and ask about grant-writing workshops that might be available. I have a section of my website devoted to advice and examples of recent, successful NSF applications. I am also happy to take a look at applications and provide feedback and suggested edits, schedule-permitting.

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