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Navigating for Success

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Julian Reyes

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Transcript of Navigating for Success

Resources and Advice
International opportunities
NSF GRFP NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
NDSEG National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship
DOE CSGF Computational Science Graduate Fellowship
DOE SCGF Office of Science Graduate Fellowship
NSF IGERT NSF Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship
NASA GSRP NASA Graduate Student Researchers Program
Graduate Fellowships
What can I do now?
Undergraduate opportunities

Julian Reyes
30 July 2015
Washington State University

How I've funded my education:
ASCE Scholarship
Tau Beta Pi Fellowship
Fulbright Grant
Undergraduate Scholarships
NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
U.S. Department of Energy National Labs
e.g. Oak Ridge NL, PNNL
Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP)

Funding mechanisms: NOAA/EPA
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Scholarships funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP)
Focus on areas "critical to US national security"
Examples: Albania, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, China, Czech Republic, Honduras, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Sloevenia
interest in studying a less commonly taught foreign language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, etc)
Typically requires nomination through your university
Designed to encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in STEM disciplines
Must be nominated by school (four year institutions can nominate up to four students)
For sophomores and juniors
Benefits: $7500 for tuition, books, housing
What they're looking for - "commitment and potential to make a significant contribution to his or her field"
Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation
Established by the Department of Defense: "scholarship for service" program
SMART supports researchers and engineers who have interest working for DoD and in conducting theoretical and applied research
Must participate in summer internship at DoD lab AND be "willing to accept post-grad employment w DoD"
Benefits: full tuition, book stipend, and job opportunities
3 categories of awardees:
1. Those who have "demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning ..."
2. Native American and Alaska Native students w/ tribal public policy interests
3. or w/ Native health care, community health interests
Benefits: up to $5000 for tuition, room, board
Be able to articulate a career "path" and tell your "story" in a cohesive manner
Demonstrate "commitment" through leadership activities, involvement, research activities, course of study, good grades, etc
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) - Research Internships in Science and Engineering
Summer research internships for students in STEM disciplines
Paired with a PhD student on chosen project
German language skills not necessary, but preferred
Benefits: monthly stipend (650 EUR)
Worthwhile - combine study abroad/research experience
Must be a junior at time of application
Students who will be a "change agent" and improve ways government and institutions serve the public
Committed to working in gov't, education, public sector
Pursuing graduate degree (MPA, MPH, etc)
Most important criteria:
campus and community service
commitment to career in public service
What do these have in common?
Portable external fellowship from NSF to conduct research at any U.S. graduate institution
2012: 12,000 applicants; 2000 awards; ~17% success
Award: Three years of support
$32,000/yr stipend
$10,500 cost of education allowance
Two statements ("essays"):
Personal, relevant background, and future goals
Graduate research plan
Review criteria: intellectual merit and broader impacts
So what? What's unique or original? How does this advance knowledge? Is the researcher qualified?
How is the information shared with a broad audience? What are the societal benefits?
Thematically weave IM and BI throughout 2 essays
Clearly define sections
Introduction, scientific question/hypotheses, objectives, expected results, BI
Chronological list of research/relevant experiences
Essays should complement each other; smooth flow
Letters of recommendation should also "complement" your essays; speak to your ability to conduct research
"they fund the researcher, not the research"
Private Organizations
Ford Foundation
focus on minorities in STEM disciplines
Hertz Foundation
Merit-based, attend select universities, highly competitive
Soros Fellowship
first generation college students
Where else can I find funding?
Professional/scientific organizations, groups, societies

American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society
American Society of Civil Engineers
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Ecological Society of America
Society of Women Engineers
Tau Beta Pi
Sponsored by US Dept of State
Requires a bachelor’s degree.
Supports individual study/research projects (full grant) in a specific country or an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA)
“Facilitates cultural exchange and promotes mutual understanding.”
Grants are typically one year and may include a language program
Fulbright U.S. Student Program
Gates Cambridge
For study at the University of Cambridge to earn second bachelor’s or research leading to PhD.
Most important criteria: “desire to use their knowledge to contribute to society throughout the world by providing service to their communities and applying their talents and knowledge to improve the lives of others”
How competitive?
Round 1: 500 applicants, 100 invited to interview, 35 offered scholarship
Round 2: 2000 applicants, 120 invited to interview, 55 offered scholarship
Most well known of the "prestigious" fellowships
For study at the University of Oxford to earn second bachelor’s or research leading to PhD.
32 awards each year.
Literary and scholastic attainments,
Energy to use one’s talents to the full, as exemplified by fondness for and success in sports,
Truth, courage, devotion to duty, sympathy for and protection of the weak, kindliness, unselfishness and fellowship,
Moral force of character and instincts to lead
Rhodes Scholarship
How do I start?
Research experience (e.g. REU, working in a professor's lab)
Excellent academic record
Involvement in activities that demonstrate "broader impacts"
volunteering with K-12 students
attending conferences to present work
Showcasing your ability to conduct good research (i.e. characteristics of a good
Final Thoughts
Don't ask
, ask
why not
Apply, apply, apply.
Read the instructions carefully. Tailor your statements/essays to the funding agency's goals/mission. Use their rubric.
concrete, consistent, and concise
in your writing (even I'm still working on that!)
It's not rejection, but just another constructive activity to improve your ability to write and communicate your research. ;)
Other resources
Show me the money!
Exploring undergraduate and graduate funding opportunities


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