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Funding Opportunity: Paid NSF Survey on Undergrad Research in the Life Sciences

National Science Foundation (NSF) LogoDear Students,

For those of you with research experiences in the life sciences (at least 2 quarters or 1 summer), consider contributing your thoughts by filling out this National Science Foundation Survey on how undergraduate students are mentored. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and they will send you $20 for participating.

The study is being conducted by the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science, University of Texas at Austin. Please see below for full description and link to survey. For questions regarding the survey, contact: Mentors@austin.utexas.edu

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Dear Undergraduate Researcher,

We are conducting a study examining how undergraduate researchers in the life sciences are mentored. It is called the “National study of undergraduate-postgraduate-faculty mentoring triads.” This is the first large-scale study investigating how undergraduate researchers are affected by being mentored by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and/or faculty members. The results from this study will help design effective undergraduate research experiences, which are critical for developing the next generation of scientists, for developing students’ understanding of what science is and how science is done, and for retaining students in the sciences.

If you have conducted at least one semester or summer of undergraduate research in the life sciences within the past two years, we want to hear about your experience!

Your participation will involve completing an online survey about your research experience. This will include personal questions about your interactions and relationship with the faculty member, graduate student, and/or postdoctoral researcher with whom you have conducted research, and questions about your personality, which may affect mentoring.

The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete, and you will receive a $20 check for your participation.

We would like to stress that all of your responses will be kept confidential, which means that your name and any identifying information about you will not be included in any report about the study results. It is important that we hear from undergraduates who have had both positive and negative experiences so that we can understand the factors that make undergraduate research experiences effective and enjoyable. Your decision to participate is voluntary and will not affect you in any way.

If you are willing to participate, please follow this link to the survey: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Tcp0oDlAcVFRSR

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Funding Event: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Info Sessions

National Science Foundation (NSF) LogoNational Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Information Sessions

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards & the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will offer the following information sessions this spring:

In person:
o   Tuesday, May 10, 2016; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Allen Auditorium (room 181L)

Webinars (To Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1672084879455059457)
o   Wednesday, April 27, 2016; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
o   Tuesday, June 21, 2016; 4:00-5:30 p.m.

NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $34,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered. For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

Eligible fields include the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), but there are also a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, among others. We encourage all students in these fields (or planning to be in) for their graduate research to consider applying for this fellowship.

Rising seniors, graduating seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school starting in fall 2017 can apply this year and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.  UW graduate students who will are starting graduate school in autumn 2016 are also eligible as are (usually) graduate students beginning their second year of studies in autumn 2016.  This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2017.

The information sessions will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines are usually late October. Even though the official announcement may not come out until August, students are encouraged to start early on this process!

Basic eligibility criteria:
*Research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences)
*US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline
*Students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)
*Students who have not earned a previous graduate degree
*Graduating senior undergraduates and alumni who plan to apply to begin graduate studies in fall 2017

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March/April Scholarship Workshops and Deadlines

Did you know that all 3 UW campuses have dedicated scholarship & fellowship advising offices? All of our offices are hard at work helping students connect with scholarships, supporting them through competitive application processes, and offering workshops and information sessions for students interested in learning about scholarship opportunities from UW, local, national and international organizations.

Attached, please find information about upcoming March/April scholarship deadlines and workshops for undergraduate, graduate, professional students and alumni offered at all three campuses.

Scholarships Update – March & April 2016

Graduate Funding Opportunity: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Information Sessions

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards & the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will offer the following information sessions this spring:

  • In person:

o   Thursday, March 31, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Allen Auditorium (room 181L)
o   Tuesday, May 10, 2016; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Allen Auditorium (room 181L)

o   Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 3:30-5:00 p.m.
o   Wednesday, April 27, 2016; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
o   Tuesday, June 21, 2016; 4:005:30 p.m.

NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $34,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered.

For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

Eligible fields include the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), but there are also a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, among others. We encourage all students in these fields (or planning to be in) for their graduate research to consider applying for this fellowship.

Seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school can apply in the fall and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.  UW graduate students who will are starting graduate school in autumn 2016 are also eligible as are (usually) graduate students beginning their second year of studies in autumn 2016.  This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2017.

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Funding Opportunity: AccessSTEM

AccessSTEM, a National Science Foundation-funded project here at the University of Washington, is recruiting students with disabilities who are pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Students who join AccessSTEM can apply for funding to support:

* Research internships on campus
* Industry internships
* STEM tutors
* Travel & registration for conferences

The project also helps students FIND internships and develop job-seeking skills. Mentoring and social events are available to all participants.

Interested students can set an appointment to fill out an application at the AccessSTEM office, or fill out the application located here: http://www.washington.edu/doit/sites/default/files/atoms/files/AccessSTEM-Team-Application.pdf

For more information, contact:
Scott Bellman swb3@uw.edu
206-685-6222
206-685-3648(TTY)

Graduate Funding Opportunity: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) – UW Information Session (05/14/15)

National Science Foundation (NSF) LogoNSF GRFP Program Manager Christopher Carr will be at UW to provide students, faculty and staff with information about this graduate funding opportunity. Many, many fields in social sciences, sciences, engineering, etc. are supported (illustrative list included below).

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) – UW Information Session

Webinar:    to register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1318371982738825218

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

In person

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015; Mary Gates Hall room 171, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  (with Christopher Carr from NSF) (RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/457)
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015; 10:30-12 noon.,  Allen Library auditorium (room 181L)

Open to all students, faculty and staff!

Attend this session, then stay for the Graduate School Fair! 12:00-3:00pm, MGH Commons, hosted by the UW McNair Program

NSF GRFP Program Manager Christopher Carr will be at UW to provide students with information about this graduate funding opportunity. NSF’s GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund your graduate study!  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $32,000 annual stipend and tuition. Fellowships are open to US citizens or permanent residents who intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or PhD program in one of the supported fields. Current juniors, seniors, and grad students who have not yet completed more than twelve months of full-time graduate study may be eligible to apply this year for 2016-17 awards.

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Early Identification Program (EIP) Graduate School Fair (05/14/15)

Thursday, May 14th
12:00 – 3:00pm
Mary Gates Hall Commons

There will be representatives from over 40 graduate programs from UW and around the country covering many disciplines, including a rep from the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

Please RSVP using this link:  http://tinyurl.com/ordbulg

2015 EIP Graduate School Fair Poster