Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:30 to 14:00Uptown Campus
Undergraduate Student Seminar: What You Should be Doing Now to Apply in Your Senior Year for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Award
Many undergraduates in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Social Science, and STEM Education have not heard about the GRFP. This is an opportunity that will significantly increase your chances of getting into graduate school, and pay for your graduate college education. The NSF GRFP is the nation's oldest and most established fellowship program that directly supports graduate students in various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Since 1952, NSF has provided funding for over 50,000 Graduate Research Fellowships. To date, forty-two Fellows have gone on to become Nobel laureates and more than 450 have become members of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Applicants who can apply must be a United States (US) citizen, US national, or a permanent US resident by the application deadline. If awarded this fellowship provides $34,000 dollars per-year for three years and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 dollars to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow who uses the fellowship support in a fellowship year.
Find out what you need to do now as either a first-, second-, third-, or fourth-year undergraduate, what it takes to submit to the GRFP as an undergraduate, who are some of the individuals and organizations at your institution you should be contacting, along with other resources to help you to have a successful GRFP submission in this talk, question, and answer session.
About the Workshop Facilitator:
Dr. Michael Thompson is the Founding Director of the Broader Impacts in Research (BIR) organization for the University of Oklahoma. BIR seeks to help all faculty be more impactful and successful in their professional endeavors. BIR also serves as a point of contact to bring institutional and state-wide infrastructure as well as help others gain knowledge and get help in developing, implementing, and evaluating high quality broader impact programs and portfolios for and beyond Agency and National Science Foundation (NSF) Criterion. BIR Website: http://bir.ou.edu/. Dr. Thompson has helped to bring in over a million dollars ($1,000,000) to students for graduate education through the GRFP in the last three years.
In this position in collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Louisiana State University, University of Georgia, Indianapolis University-Purdue University, and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) helped to facilitate the 2018 National Synchronous and Asynchronous On-line GRFP workshop. Dr. Thompson also advocates for the Scholarship of Broader Impacts (SoBI), conducts research in broader impacts, and Academic Research Impact (ARI). Which allows his organization to model, develop, implement, and evaluate broader impacts by coming up with answers to questions like - (1) what does broader impacts look like on a university, local, regional, global, and international scale and (2) how can you create and implement meaningful faculty professional development that helps all faculty to be more impactful and successful in every aspect of their professional careers? In 2015, Dr. Thompson also served on the National Alliance for Broader Impacts (NABI) Working Group, which developed the Broader Impacts Guiding Principles and Questions for National Science Foundation Proposals. This is a nationally vetted and used document.