Workshop:  "How to apply for a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award."

If you are a student who is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in a STEM area, this workshop will introduce you to the National Science Foundation's  Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).  This competitive program provides support for talented students in STEM to attend graduate school.

With support from CI's Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program and CI's Project ACCESO program, staff from the Research and Sponsored Programs Office will lead participating students and their mentors in a two-session workshop that will cover the GRFP, its application process, and ways to write a strong application.

First meeting:  9am-11am on Friday, 18 September.

Second meeting: 9am-11am on Friday, 2 October.

Both meetings will be in the STEM Center of El Dorado Hall.  The workshop will be repeated in early Spring 2016.

If you are interested in participating in the workshop, please register here.

18 September 2015:  Participants in the first session made the workshop great, asking good questions and thinking through the process of applying and what it takes to put together a competitive proposal.  Workshop materials are below.

The assignment for the next meeting is this:  identify and approach references, register for GRFP account on Fastlane and enter basic information, write statements and share with other participants for feedback in advance of meeting on 2 October.

Plan for 2 October 2015:  We will "workshop" statements of participants, focusing on quality and competitiveness in the context of the application and the NSF Merit Review criteria.  If possible, we will hear from a faculty member who won an NSF GRF as an undergraduate.  Participants are welcome to share drafts of statement with Jason Miller, jason.miller@csuci.edu, anytime in advance of the 2 October meeting for feedback and suggestions for revision.