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NSF GRFP opinions sought October 23, 2009

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

Curious about the grad student perspective. Yay or Nay? Pestigious or Fluff? I would like to know whatever is the perspective from the student side.



1. psi*psi - October 24, 2009

Hella prestigious. Kind of a pain to apply for it, though.

2. fetzthechemist - October 24, 2009

Thanks for replying. I am getting the sales pitch from the other side and wondered how true some of that perspective is.

With all the contacts you have in studentdom, please solicit comments. This might be a useful conduit for feedback.

3. fetzthechemist - March 11, 2010

There will be twice as many GRFs given out this year, added stimulus monies. If you are a conservative Republicanb or tea-party type, turn yours down.

4. MP - April 19, 2010

I will be entering graduate school in the fall of 2010 and have only recently heard of the GRFP (on psi*psi’s blog). Being that you can apply as an undergrad, I was surprised I had not heard of it before. None of the professors at my small, liberal arts college mentioned it to the students going on to grad school.

Do most of the grants awarded go to students currently in graduate school? Great blog!

5. fetzthechemist - April 19, 2010

There are 3 types of fellowships – for those in your timing, for those in their first year of grad school, and for those just starting their formal research program (end of first year or beginning of second year). They are very competitive and prestigous. The NSF has info on them, just do a search of the full title National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Having undergrad research experience is not a formal requirement, but it does prove that someone can do good, high level research.

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