The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Funding Opportunities for CEE Graduate Students. Graduate Affairs Committee Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Tennessee Technological University. What is the NSF?. National Science Foundation.
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The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
Funding Opportunities for
CEE Graduate Students
Graduate Affairs Committee
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Tennessee Technological University
What is the NSF?
National Science Foundation
Independent Federal Agency created by Congress in 1950
Mission – “..to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"
Annual budget of over 5.5 Billion US Dollars. 20% of all federal research in colleges and universities sponsored by NSF
NSF CAN FUND YOUR RESEARCH AS A GRADUATE STUDENT AND PAY YOU A HANDSOME FELLOWSHIP!!
Question 1: Are Tech Students up for it?
Question 2: How am I going to prepare the application package when it all looks so complicated and difficult?
Answer 1:ABSOLUTELY YES! – John Richardson, ChE student – Class of 2003, TTU NSF Graduate Fellowship Winner
Answer 2: That’s why the CEE faculty is here to help. Plus Your major Advisor or the Graduate Affairs Committee
You can apply more than once.
Note – Computer Science Directorate has additional funding for women for GRFP
(1) Proposed Plan of Research – what do you plan to do?
(2) Personal/Professional Statement – what made you want to pursue this career path and how do you see yourself helping society in future?
(3) Previous Research Experience – how prepared are you?
Mail-in Deadline: December 31, 2006
You can’t win
if you don’t enter!
These are the criteria that you must address as you complete the three essays of the Application.
Note – Listing the proper ‘primary field’ is important – dictates the panel that reviews
(2) Demonstrate ability to:
Ask yourself ‘So what?’
Articulate Contributions that could:
The number 1 rule!
Make the job of reading your proposal
as easy and pleasant as possible
for the reviewers.
This Not This
Show your passion!
Make it infectious like chickenpox!
Now, more rules….
There is no rule that you must wait until the week before a proposal is due to begin work on it.
No LATE SUBMISSIONS (This is not a Homework Problem)
If something is ambiguous, email firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Grammar counts!
6.Your writing style counts
Direct sentences are best.
The research to be undertaken will…..
It is proposed to….
I will conduct research that…..
My research will prove that….
You can’t win if you don’t enter!
“To establish that you can become a knowledge expert and a leader who can contribute significantly to research, education and innovations in science and engineering.”
Describe any previous scientific research activities in which you participated
Choose Faculty members or industry representatives who can vouch for your research experience
Remind them of Deadline
Provide all referees with your:
Dr. Badoe has regularly served as panel member for Civil Engineering (the last 3 years)
Dr. Hossain has served as panel member for Geosciences (since last year)
One day in near future….
More and more CEE students (undergrads and grads) will feel inspired to apply
Winning NSF Graduate Fellowship by CEE Graduate Students will be regular every year
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