Upcoming NSF Workshop

On October 6, 2011 by Grad Forum

NSF Workshop for First and Second-Year Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 12 and 26, 2-4 pm, Jackson Conference Room, Thayer

In the world of academia, securing external funding is difficult. During this process, many graduate students become overwhelmed by the finite amount of research funding available, and the large number of grant applications submitted annually.  Even within this competitive atmosphere, preparing a proposal for the National Science Foundation (NSF) is often a particularly daunting undertaking.

The Graduate Studies Office is offering a workshop to help first and second year graduate students prepare NSF Graduate Research Fellowship applications.  Organized into two separate two-hour sessions—the first on October 12th and the second on October 26th—the workshop will aim to teach graduate students the ins and outs of the application process, and the specific qualities of a successful NSF application.

The first workshop session will cover the essentials of grant writing, and focus on the requirements of these fellowships.  In the second session, the group will evaluate draft materials produced by each participant, allowing each student to receive feedback from faculty members and their peers on his or her application.  Additionally, Dartmouth faculty members from different research areas who have grant-writing experience will highlight the elements of a successful proposal.

Joseph BelBruno, professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Director of the Center for Nanomaterials Research at Dartmouth, will present at the workshop.  Professor BelBruno’s research deals with the study of computational chemistry that focuses on the materials, and the chemistry, of the production process.  Kerry Landers, Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Affairs, will also present during the workshop.

“We’ve done these presentations for a number of years,” says BelBruno. “The students who attend and follow through with written materials find that the process is an important step in their training and development as scientists.”

An independent federal agency created in 1950 to “to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense,” the National Science Foundation is the major source of federal funding in fundamental science and engineering fields.  Accounting for nearly 20% of all federally supported science research conducted in U.S. colleges and universities, the NSF awards approximately 10,000 new awards each year and has an annual operating budget of $6.9 billion dollars.

The workshop is open to all first and second year graduate students who are United States citizens.  To participate in this workshop, sign up here by October 6th.

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