The required Personal, Relevant Background and Future Goals Statement and the Graduate Research Plan Statement are major components of the GRFP application. The NSF GRFP asks applicants to write about themselves and their past research experience, as well as their future research plans. All of these may seem daunting to even the most well-rounded and experienced undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the greatest struggles of the GRFP applicants is conveying their ideas in a form that meets the scientific standards of the reviewers, while also demonstrating the Broader Impacts criterion, for example how the proposed research can benefit society, encourage the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM, improve scientific literacy and engagement among the general public, enhance STEM education at any level, and foster the economic and technological competitiveness of the US.
Having people advise applicants, to critique statements and assist in articulating their research plan, or simply having someone to speak to about the role of NSF in STEM workforce development, is undeniably valuable to all applicants.
We are asking for the support of academic faculty and staff, as well as individuals in industry or national laboratories, to help us create a database of contacts for students, which is posted on nsfgrfp.org as the "Experienced Resource List".
If you would like to be added to the Experienced Resource List, please complete the short form on the right of this page. We thank you in advance for helping to make a positive difference to students.
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