Fellowships

Fellowships Office

Welcome!  The University of Utah College of Engineering Fellowships Office is designed to help you find, compete for, and win national and international fellowships and scholarships.  (Note: For information on local / university scholarships, check out the COE scholarships website.) Within these pages, you will find a database of opportunities, guidance on how to build a winning application, as well as information on upcoming events and a list of previous winners.  Note that you can stop by the Office of Fellowships in person and view example winning applications from previous years that students have contributed.

There are a number of educational, intellectual, and personal reasons to apply for fellowships and scholarships.  These awards may provide funding for tuition, living expenses, travel, and other items.  Further, earning such awards helps to increase your competitiveness for follow-on fellowships, scholarships, and awards, and will also help your future applications for employment stand out.

I encourage you to choose a few fellowships / scholarships of interest, start your applications early, and attend our information sessions held each Fall. Also, make sure to obtain strong letters of recommendation, solicit feedback on your essays, and devote a significant amount of time towards rewriting your materials.  Good luck!!

Fellowship and Scholarship List

To request changes or additions to this list please email Professor Tony Butterfield.

Aside from what is listed below, you can also search other databases, such as Fatomei

FELLOWSHIP NAMEDEADLINEELIGIBILITYDETAILS

Barry M. Goldwater ScholarshipJanuarySophomores and JuniorsUp to $7,500 annually for tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research FellowshipNovemberSeniors and graduate students within the first two years of starting graduate studyThree years of support, $32k annual stipend, $12k annual cost-of-education allowance, XSEDE supercomputing resources

Other National Science Foundation Fellowships and OpportunitiesVariedGraduate studentsVaried

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) FellowshipDecemberGraduate students near the beginning of their studies; U.S. citizens and nationalsUp to 3 years of support; stipends of ~$31k, tuition, health insurance

Ford Foundation FellowshipNovemberPredoctoral and Doctoral fellowships; U.S. citizens and nationals; for students planning a teaching and research career at a universityFellowships ranging from $20k to $40k

U.S. Department of Homeland Security STEM Summer InternshipsDecemberUndergraduate and Graduate students10-week program, $6k or $7k

Force and Motion Foundation ScholarshipsVariedGraduate students in fields related to multi-axis force measurement and testingAwarding more than $35k in travel and academic scholarships to promising graduate students each year

International Microwave Symposium Ph.D. Sponsor InitiativeMarchPh.D. students with research relating to IEEE Microwave SocietyHotel, registration, meals

Whitaker International fellows and Scholars ProgramJan./Feb.Varied, for biomedical engineersVaried

Blue Waters Graduate FellowshipFebruaryU.S. citizens; for Ph.D. students whose research can benefit from a year of training and access to the Blue Waters petascale computing system1 year support, $38k stipend, up to $12k in tuition allowance, an allocation on the Blue Waters petascale computing system, travel support to a Blue-Waters sponsored symposium

NASA Fellowship OpportunitiesVariedVariedNASA Space Technology Research Fellowships, NASA Office of Education Fellowship Programs, NASA Harriett G. Jenkins Graduate Fellowship Program, Graduate Student Research Program, Jenkins Pre-Doctoral Fellowship Program, NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship

Buick Achievers Scholarship Program Funded by the GM FoundationFebruaryFreshman and college students; need to demonstrate financial need$25k per year for up to 4 years

Churchill ScholarshipNovember (must be nominated first by the University of Utah; Contact: Michelle Taliaferro of the Honors College)U.S. citizens or naturalized, seniors or recently graduated, between ages 19 and 26For studying at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom

DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) ProgramAprilU.S. citizensPh.D. students can work at a DOE lab for 3-12 consecutive months; up to $3k stipend; up to $2000 travel

Oak Ridge National Lab Science Education ProgramsVariedVariedVaried

NASA EPSCoR RID Student AwardsSeptemberGraduate students at Utah institutions teaming with industry and/or government agency to perform research$7,500 in funding

Department of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service DecemberUndergraduates and Graduate Students; U.S. citizens; 18 years and older; Able to participate in summer internships at DoD labs; willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD; minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scaleAims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

National Academies Research Associateship Programs 4 times a year, depending on the opportunityVaried; Undergraduates and Graduate Students; some opportunities require U.S. citizens.Generous stipend (some opportunities offer a base stipend of $74k and a travel allotment).

Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship JanuaryUndergraduates and 1st and 2nd-year Graduate Students; for students interested in stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics; fellowship includes a 12-week research experience at Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, or Sandia National LaboratoriesFellowship includes $36k stipend, payment of tuition and required fees, $10k yearly academic allowance, 12-week research practicum; renewable for up to 4 years.

American Public Power Association Scholarships February 15 and October 15Undergraduates studying in technical programs in short supply and high demand by the utility industryVarious opportunities providing up to $5k and up to $4k for travel

Science of Signature Program January 16Ph.D.’s and post-docs, U.S. citizens and permanent residents2 week program at LANL for students and post-docs interested in academic careers

Pathways to Science: Science, Technology, Engineering, and MathematicsVariedUndergraduates and Graduate Students; emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring, and resourcesProgram, fellowship, mentoring, and resource information

American Association of University Women Scholarships and FellowshipsVariedWomen; VariedCareer Development Grants; Selected Professions fellowships; American Fellowships

Semiconductor Research Corporation Fellowships and ScholarshipsVariedVariedGRC Graduate Fellowship Program, GRC Master’s Scholarship Program, SRC NRI/Hans J. Coufal Fellowship

Harry S. Truman ScholarshipFebruaryU.S. Citizens, JuniorsFor students pursuing careers in public service

Jos Willems Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Computerized Electrocardiology  For students pursuing careers in electrocardiology

Hertz Graduate Fellowship AwardFallU.S. Citizens and permanent residents, Seniors and Graduate Students in applied physical, biological, and engineering sciences5 years, $31k / 9 months (+$5k for fellows with dependent children), full tuition equivalent

Intertek ScholarshipFebruaryChemical, mechanical, civil, and electrical engineering students$10k and an internship at intertek

NIH Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (F31 pre-doctoral fellowship) Graduate students, variedTypically 2-3 years of support

Microsoft’s Graduate Women’s Scholarship Program First year, female graduate studentsOne-year award, $15k, $2k for conference travel

National GEM Consortium Engineering FellowshipsVariedFor minoritiesM.S. and Ph.D. Engineering Fellowships, Ph.D. Science Fellowships

Department of Energy Graduate Fellowship ProgramJanuaryU.S. Citizens; Seniors and first or second year graduate students3-year awards, stipend, partial tuition, research allowance

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)JanuaryU.S. Citizens; sophomores and higherHelp students gain experience with the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy

Summa Foundation Graduate Fellowships in Advanced ElectromagneticsFebruaryM.S. and early Ph.D. students studying electromagneticsOne time award of $15k

UNCF MERCK Science Initiative Scholarships and FellowshipsDecemberAfrican American undergraduates, graduates, and post-docs;Undergrad scholarships ($25k), Grad Fellowships ($53k), internship opportunities, mentoring and networking opportunities

DAAD German Academic Exchange Service ScholarshipsVariedUndergraduates, graduate students;Varied

IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Program Ph.D. studentsUp to 3 years; honors students interested in solving problems of interest to IBM

Advancing Science in America (ARCS) Scholarship   

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Scholarships and FellowshipsVariedVaried 

NVIDIA Graduate Research Program Graduate students who have already completed their first year of Ph.D. studies (you can apply and receive the one-year award multiple times)Award can be applied towards tuition, books, salary, living stipend, conference travel

Department of Energy Computational Science Graduate FellowshipJanuarySeniors and graduate studentsRenewable for up to 4 years, $36k yearly stipend, full tuition and required fees, yearly program review, $5k academic allowance in first fellowship year, $1k academic allowance each renewed year, 12-weeks research practicum

Environmental Protection Agency FellowshipsVariedUndergraduate and graduate studentsVaried

IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society Student Research Awards (Electromagnetics)Nov 1 and April 1Undergraduate and graduate studentsVaried

Society of Women Engineers ScholarshipsVariedFemale undergraduate and graduate studentsVaried

Tau Beta Pi FellowshipsFebruaryUndergraduate and graduate studentsTo support students during their graduate studies; $10k; must be a member of Tau Beta Pi

Asia Pacific Summer SchoolMarchCivil engineering graduate students at a U.S. university (not restricted to US citizens)Partial scholarships for up to 10 students to attend the summer school and workshop

National Physical Science Consortium Graduate Fellowships in the Physical SciencesNovemberTypically undergraduate seniors apply; U.S. citizensTwo-phase, six-year fellowship (initial support for 2-3 years); fellowship covers tuition and fees and provides a generous stipend; NPSC’s principal objective is to aid in increasing the number of Ph.D.s in the physical sciences and related engineering fields.

Post-Doc Fellowship and Job Opportunities

To request changes or additions to this list please email Professor Tony Butterfield.

Also see the information posted at the U’s Office of Sponsored Project’s website.

OPPORTUNITYDEADLINEDETAILS

Science of Signature Program January 162 week professional development program at LANL for Ph.D. students and post-docs; U.S. citizens and permanent residents

National Academies Research Associateship Programs 4 times a year, depending on the opportunityGenerous stipend (some opportunities offer a base stipend of $77k and a travel allotment). Some opportunities open only to U.S. citizens.

National Science Foundation Post-Doc OpportunitiesVariedVaried

Ford Foundation Postdoctoral FellowshipNovemberU.S. citizens and nationals; for postdocs planning a teaching and research career at a university; $40k

National Science Biomedical Research InstituteJuneTwo-year award, with an option for a third year; for scientists or physician-scientists in any lab in the U.S. conducting biomedical/biotechnological research aligned with NSBRI’s goals; $42,500 stipend for the first year along with health insurance

NASA Postdoctoral Program OpportunitiesVariedVaried

Technische Universitat Munchen Research OpportunitiesMaySpend a year in Germany in a postdoctoral position with a TUM University Foundation Fellowship

Oak Ridge National Lab OpportunitiesVariedOne year and short-term opportunities available; citizenship not required

National Energy Technology LaboratoryVariedVaried

UNCF MERCK Science Initiative Postdoctoral FellowshipsDecemberAfrican Americans; fellowships up to $92k; Ph.D. or equivalent in biological chemical or engineering fields

Sandia National Labs Post-Doc PositionsVariedFor those who have completed a doctoral degree within the past 3 years; Sandia provides support through a Postdoctoral Professional Development Program ((PD)2P; includes a comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, vacation, paid holidays, and relocation assistance.

Sandia National Labs Truman FellowshipNovember 1For Ph.D. graduates (within the past 3 years) with research in areas of interest to national security; Minimum GPAs of 3.5/4.0 (undergrad) and 3.7/4.0 (graduate) preferred; ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Energy security clearance; no previous post-doc appts. at a national lab; salary of ~$110k with a benefits package

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and EducationVariedFor recent Ph.D. graduates in science or engineering

National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) First Award Fellowship ProgramJuneTwo Year awards; ~$43k stipend plus health insurance allowance

L’Oreal USA for Women in Science FellowshipsMayFor female Ph.D. graduates; American born, naturalized citizen, or permanent resident; grants up to $60k each

Jack Eddy Postdoctoral FellowshipsJanuaryFor Ph.D. graduates (within the past 3 years); two-year fellowship; for training the next generation of Heliophysics researchers

Rowland Junior Fellows ProgramNovemberFor Ph.D. graduates (within the past 3 years); fellowship term is for up to 5 years; for experimentalists in all fields of science and engineering; $65k+ / year; at Harvard

Student Application Guide for Fellowships

Earning a high GPA is not enough or necessarily required to be awarded a fellowship.  Students with lower GPAs often earn fellowships over 4.0 students by gaining the right experiences.   Instead, focus on earning good grades while also:

  • Serving in leadership positions.
  • Actively participating in research. Make sufficient progress on your research such that you can be considered the lead person for part or all of a research project.
  • Publish papers and present at conferences.
  • Volunteering and community outreach.
  • Strengthening your academic network (in particular, help faculty get to know you so that they may be better equipped to write you strong letters of recommendation for your applications; also attend guest lectures to broaden your knowledge and network).
  • Sitting on committees and learning how the academic world works from the inside.

Start your applications early (several months in advance)!  Solicit feedback on your application materials from both engineers and non-engineers.  Thoroughly rewrite your essays at least 5 – 10 times or more.

Keep in mind that reviewers usually need to judge a large number of applications and will likely not spend very long on any individual application unless it quickly appears to be truly competitive.  Grab the attention of the reader early (as in the first sentence and especially the first paragraph).  Consider that serving as a reviewer can be tedious work, so try to make your application a breath of fresh air for the reviewer and stand out from the other applications in positive ways. Write such that your readers get excited about what you are proposing and / or about the promise of what you might accomplish in your studies and future career. Help them feel the excitement you feel.

Importantly, make sure to follow each and every application instruction. Consider using at least a 12-point font even if smaller fonts are permitted in order to make it easier for the reviewer to read your application (especially older reviewers).

Carefully consider the eligibility criteria for the fellowship program before preparing an application. For example, note that senior undergraduate students and both first AND second year graduate students can apply for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Some students do not realize that they can apply to this program during the second year of their graduate studies, and they miss an opportunity to compete.

Look at example winning essays either in person in Prof. Simpson’s office, or there are some posted online, such by the Biology Department.

Suggestions for a personal essay (intellectual autobiography):

  • Take full advantage of the space provided to you to write your essay, but don’t cram text into the space by using small font or small line spacing.
  • Do not just write a chronology of your accomplishments / experiences. Instead, organize your accomplishments / experiences into 3-5 points that you want to convey to the reader.
  • Along the same lines, do not just list what you’ve accomplished.  Instead, describe what you learned from your experiences and emphasize what impact you made.
  • Demonstrate leadership and outcomes of your leadership.  For example, do not just state that you held office.  What changed or improved because you held that office?  What did you learn from holding that office?
  • What outreach activities have you participated in or led? What impact did these activities have (on you and/or the other people)?
  • Discuss your career goals. If you’re applying for a research fellowship, you will likely want to emphasize that you plan to pursue a research career (that may or may not also involve teaching, etc.). Try to be as specific as possible without being too specific (do not specify a certain company / national lab / or university you want to work for). Would you rather work in academia or industry?

Suggestions for a research proposal / essay:

    • Understand what the fellowship reviewers are expecting. For example, if you are applying to the NSF GRFP, don’t write your research proposal like a normal NSF or NIH grant. You need to sell yourself in your application and research proposal more than you need to sell your research idea.
    • Convince reviewers that both you and your work deserve funding (but mostly that YOU deserve the funding).
    • Convince them that you possess or will quickly learn all of the necessary skills to achieve your goals.
    • Convey the importance of what you plan to work on. The panelists will consider that you may not actually perform the actual research you are proposing (depending on where you decide to go to school, whether you’re already in graduate school or not and are working in a research lab, etc.). As such, you need to convey that you are capable of formulating a strong scientific question, and that you have the necessary background to answer that question (or will get it), etc.
    • Demonstrate that your methodology is sound.
    • Show that you have an adequate plan and time to conduct the research.
    • Demonstrate, if possible, that you are capable of working both independently and as part of a team.

Suggestions / Information Specific to the NSF GRFP:

For 2014, the NSF GRFP received 14,000 applications, and they made about 2,000 awards (of which 1,069 are women, 382 are from underrepresented minority groups, 55 are persons with disabilities, and 37 are veterans).

Carefully consider and address the suggestions / questions listed on the following NSF GRFP website when writing your essays: Application Materials. Also consider the merit review criteria listed at: Merit Review Criteria.

Look at previous winning NSF GRFP essay examples, such as those posted here (only available to users on the University of Utah campus) or on Alex Lang’s NSF website (google it).

Here are the documents we will be using at the workshop (see Events section):
Personal Statement_Fellowships_template
Personal Statements Workshop_ Fellowships_ThinkSheet
Essay Examples We Will Discuss in the Workshop — Note, NSF has changed the personal statement length to 3 pages.
PDF of the Workshop Slides (1st Session)
PDF of the Workshop Slides (2nd Session)

Events

Each Fall, the Office of Fellowships will hold a fellowship essay writing workshop for students (faculty and staff are also encouraged to attend). Special emphasis will be on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, although the workshop material will be applicable to most fellowship applications. In Fall 2016, a 2-hour (2-part session) fellowship writing workshop will be held:

  • Part 1: September 15th, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, in WEB L114
  • Part 2: September 22nd, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00 pm, in WEB L114

In these sessions, we will analyze previous winning essays, discuss best practices, brainstorm ideas and organization of your own essay, etc. Part 2 will build on Part 1.

Note, you can look at previous winning NSF GRFP essay examples, such as those posted here (only available to users on the University of Utah campus) or on Alex Lang’s NSF website (google it).

Here are the documents we will be using at the workshop, in case we run out of hard copies:
Personal Statement_Fellowships_template
Personal Statements Workshop_ Fellowships_ThinkSheet
Essay Examples We Will Discuss in the Workshop — Note, NSF has changed the personal statement length to 3 pages.

Past Winners

To request changes or additions to this list, please email Prof. TBD.

Year      Student Recipient Fellowship NameAdvisorDepartment
2016Melissa PugaNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Chemical Engineering
2016Juliann SeldonNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Chemical Engineering
2016Amun JarzembskiNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Mechanical Engineering
2016Daria NesterovichNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Bioengineering
2016Danielle PrussNSF Graduate Research Fellowship School of Computing
2016Phillip HelmsNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Chemical Engineering
2016Kyle IsaacsonNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention BioEngineering
2015Brooklyn NobleDOE National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate FellowshipProf. Bart RaeymaekersMechanical Engineering
2015Hannah SwanNSF Graduate Research Fellowship School of Computing
2015Nina McCurdyNSF Graduate Research Fellowship School of Computing
2015Avery Tye GardnerNSF Graduate Research FellowshipProf. Ross WalkerElectrical and Computer Engineering
2015Brooklyn NobleNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Mechanical Engineering
2015Mark JensenNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Bioengineering
2015Daria NesterovichNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2015Niloofar FarhangNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2015Megan KatherineNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Civil Engineering
2015Kyle BranchNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Chemical Engineering
2014Colin YoungNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Chemical Engineering
2014Bharath VelgapudiNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2014Marsa TaheriNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2014David Christopher RadfordNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2014Kyle HansenNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2014Jessie FranceNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2013Joseph (Joey) BrinkNASA Space Technology Research FellowshipProf. Jake AbbottMechanical Engineering
2013Wei-Fan ChiangNVIDIA Graduate Fellowship School of Computing
2013Michael NewtonNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Chemical Engineering
2013Jacobs DanielNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable MentionProf. Ling ZangMaterials Science and Engineering
2013Bharath VelagapudiNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable MentionProf. Patrick TrescoBioengineering
2013Matthew ConverseNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable MentionProf. Ken MonsonMechanical Engineering
2013Annicka CarterGoldwater Scholarship Bioengineering
2012Peng LiNVIDIA Graduate Fellowship School of Computing
2012Sumner NormanNSF Graduate Research Fellowship(took to Stanford)Mechanical Engineering
2012Katherine SciutoNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Bioengineering
2012Colin YoungNSF Graduate Fellowship Honorable MentionProf. Marc PorterChemical Engineering
2012Benjamin BunesNASA Graduate Research FellowshipProf. Ling ZangMaterials Science and Engineering
2012Megan PresquardARCS Fellowship Materials Science and Engineering
2011Precious CantuNational GEM FellowshipProf. Rajesh MenonElectrical and Computer Engineering
2011Precious CantuNSF Graduate Research FellowshipProf. Rajesh MenonElectrical and Computer Engineering
2011Jess TateNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2011Vasiliy ChernyshevNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable MentionProf. Mikhail SkliarChemical Engineering
2011Weibin SunNVIDIA Graduate Fellowship School of Computing
2011Patrick David LoftusGoldwater Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2011Heather HerdDoD SMART Fellowship Bioengineering
2010Adam GormleyDoD SMART Fellowship Bioengineering
2010Huy T. VoNVIDIA Graduate FellowshipProf. Claudio SilvaSCI Institute
2010Corey BishopNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Bioengineering
2010Daryl WasdenNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Electrical and Computer Engineering
2010Dustin MaasNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Electrical and Computer Engineering
2010Jess TateNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2009Kody PowellNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Chemical Engineering
2009Melissa HansonNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Bioengineering
2009Daryl WasdenNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Electrical and Computer Engineering
2009Ashley KapronNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable MentionN/A (undergraduate senior)Bioengineering
2009Huy T. VoNVIDIA Graduate Fellowship SCI Institute
2009Randall PlattGoldwater Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2008William Scott LeeNSF Graduate Research FellowshipProf. Ken Stevens (took to UC Berkeley)Electrical and Computer Engineering
2008Scott SwensenNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Civil Engineering
2007Won-Ki JeongNVIDIA Graduate FellowshipProf. Ross WhitakerSCI Institute
2007Russell CondieNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Bioengineering
2007Dolly HoltNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2007Michael JohnsonNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Mechanical Engineering
2007Shibaji ShomeJos Willems Young Investigator AwardProf. Rob. MacLeodSCI Institute
2006Solomon BoulosNSF Graduate Research Fellowship School of Computing
2006Ross TylerNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Civil Engineering
2006Brydger CauchGoldwater Scholarship Chemical Engineering
2006Mathias SchottNVIDIA Graduate FellowshipProf. Chuck HansenSCI Institute
2005Claurissa TuttieNSF Graduate Research Fellowship School of Computing
2005Eric JohnsonNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Mechanical Engineering
2005Quynhhoa NguyenNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Bioengineering
2005Scott KuhlNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention School of Computing
2004Guo-Shi LiNVIDIA Graduate FellowshipProf. Chuck HansenSCI Institute
2004Ryan KierNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention Electrical and Computer Engineering
2004Scott LittleNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Honorable Mention School of Computing
2003Paul WatkinsNSF Graduate Research Fellowship Electrical and Computer Engineering
2003Joe KnissDOE Computational Science Graduate FellowshipProf. Chuck HansenSCI Institute
2001Randall McDermottDOE Computational Science Graduate FellowshipProf. Philip SmithChemical Engineering
1999Diem-Phuong NguyenDOE Computational Science Graduate FellowshipProf. Philip SmithChemical Engineering
1996J. Dean BredersonDOE Computational Science Graduate FellowshipProf. Chris JohnsonSCI Institute
1994Steven ParkerDOE Computational Science Graduate FellowshipProf. Chris JohnsonSCI Institute
1994David WeinsteinNSF Graduate Research FellowshipProf. Chris JohnsonSCI Institute
    

Information for Faculty

First and foremost, please encourage your students to apply for fellowships!

Here are some ways that you may be helped by your students winning fellowships:

  • Fellowships can help save your research dollars by providing student stipends, tuition, etc.
  • Student fellowships help improve the image and name recognition of your lab, the Department, and the College of Engineering.
  • With fellowship-winning students in your lab, you are more likely to attract more students with fellowships. Also, you will understand better how to help your current/future students build winning applications.
  • Some fellowships lead directly to great job opportunities with the funding agency for your student after he/she graduates (NASA, DoD, etc.).
  • Some fellowships provide summer internships during which students can continue their research at an agency, where they can both receive additional mentoring and build new research ideas, all while earning a salary from that agency (typically higher than what faculty can pay students).
  • You can expand your network and contacts by interacting with the funding agency and your student’s research collaborators.
  • When your students succeed, you succeed.

Please help even undergraduates students gain valuable research experience so that they may be more competitive for national and international fellowships.  Consider giving them credit or paying them to help you or your graduate students with research projects.  It may be very advantageous for both you and the student if you can provide them a project or part of a project in your lab that they can have a sense of ownership over and run with (perhaps after some trial period). For faculty with NSF grants, consider applying for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) award.

To help your students better compete for national and international fellowships, it is vital that you contribute a strong letter of recommendation to their application when letters are requested.  Writing strong recommendation letters for fellowship applications is an art and requires focusing more, for example, on how the student is going to be a future leader and can perform original research, rather than how thoughtful they are or that they got an “A” in your class, etc.  The Office of Fellowships keeps an archive of strong examples of letters of recommendation for various fellowship competitions from previous winning application packages.  Please stop by the Office in person to view these example letters. Also note that many fellowship opportunities have FAQs for reference writers (such as the NSF FAQs for Reference Writers)

Faculty are also encouraged to register to serve as a reviewer for student fellowship competitions.  By serving as a reviewer, you can both help select our future leaders while also gaining a valuable perspective that you can share with your students and fellow faculty to help them build more competitive applications.  Please look at the bottom of this page for more information on how to register to serve as a reviewer for some competitions.

Finally, do not forget to inform the Office of Fellowships when one of your students is awarded a fellowship!

 


Information on how to register to serve as a review panelist for:

  • DOD    
    Visit  http://panelists.asee.org to enter your profile information into the database.  Note that creating this profile does not commit you to anything, and formal invitations are sent to only a portion of those in the database.

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)
    Visit http://www.nsfgrfp.org/for_educators/consider_serving_as_a_grfp_reviewer
    Note that creating this profile does not commit you to anything, and formal invitations go to only a portion of those in the database.   Invitations to serve are sent out in early Sept./Oct. The panel reviews occur in early January. Starting in 2014, all of the reviews and panels will be conducted online (no travel is required). The reviews are of student applications, consisting of essays and support materials similar to those submitted in graduate school applications.  The research proposal is a two-page essay.

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