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NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Workshop Tuesday May 6th

Are you interested in a NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION Graduate Research Fellowship?

Please read the following information about a workshop being offered by the Office of Graduate Studies.

WHAT?                 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRF)  Workshop

WHEN?                 Tuesday, May 6, 2014

                                1:30-3:30 pm

WHERE?               Louise Slaughter Hall Room 2120


More Information:

As you may know, RIT PhD students have had significant success with the NSF GRF program in the past 3 years. Out of about 15 applications, 5 PhD students have been awarded NSF GRFs, and 5 others have received honorable mentions.  This is a success rate of 30%, which is double the national average of 15%.  

The Office of Graduate Studies, in a collaboration between Dean Hector Flores and previous award winners, has held hands-on workshops every fall to help prepare our students for this application.  This year, we would like to start this process earlier for several reasons.  First, we would like to help the students who received Honorable Mentions prepare for a second application, if eligible. Second, I am pleased to share that three RIT faculty who have been panelists for the NSF GRF program, Drs.  Dhireesha Kudithipudi, Kathleen A Lamkin-Kennard and Christopher Greene, have come forward offering their help in guiding and mentoring future student applicants. These colleagues have pointed out to me how competitive the current process is, and how important it is to start early and to look at every single aspect of the application to not only prepare a great research project, but also to make a compelling personal case and address the additional impact of the application (which appears to be an area where significant filtering of applicants occurs).

The Office of Graduate Studies invites you to our initial workshop for preparation of an NSF GRF application for the 2014-2015 season.  The workshop is scheduled on Tuesday, May 6th and will be held in the Louise Slaughter Hall (CIMS), Room 2120 from 1:30-3:30 pm. 

If you are considering applying for this award, or resubmitting an application, it is important that you RSVP your attendance to no later than Thursday, May 1st. A limited number of seats are available.

If you have an application draft, please bring it with you to have a joint discussion and receive initial feedback.  In addition to a general discussion and hands on exercises as appropriate, we will also use this workshop to sketch out a strategy for mentoring for this program throughout this summer and fall.  

We hope to see many of you there!

Hector Flores  

Dean of Graduate Studies

Rochester Institute of Technology

Rochester, NY 14623



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