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NameYearAreaAge of ApplicantSuccessProposalPersonalPreviousRatingsExamples HostAdditional Advice?
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Maya M2022Clinical Psychology First Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
This website helped me so much. Thank you. I told myself if I won, I would upload here ! Thank you.
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Martin Torres2022Civil EngineeringSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Start early, have a lot of people give feedback, and make sure it's your voice that carries through at the end. Make your story compelling!
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Vanessa Lau2022Life Sciences - EcologyFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Keenan Ganz2022EcologySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Tessa Hoffman2022Life Sciences - BiochemistrySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Shelby McCahon2022Life Sciences - EcologySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex LangYes
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Rebecca McCabe2022Mechanical EngineeringFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Darren Boydston2022Cell BiologySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex LangGet as many people in your field as you can to look over your drafts!
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Hannah Petronek2022Life Sciences (Plant Pathology)Senior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Nicholas Ruiz2022Psychology - Cognitive NeuroscienceSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Katy Felkner2022Comp/IS/Eng - Natural Language ProcessingSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
BUG YOUR RECOMMENDERS EARLY AND OFTEN. I had to withdraw my submission in my first year of grad school because a letter writer missed the deadline. I reminded him a day before, but I didn't check the status on the due date, and he was a few minutes late because he thought the deadline was in local time not EST. Remind your reviewers as much as they need and be careful with timezones!
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Sarah Payne2022LinguisticsSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Roberto Peralta2022Biomedical EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
My CV at time of application: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-_JLZI5uN_9zRvI_1AhuXdAn7da9XaF9/view?usp=sharing Have people from many professions (STEM and non-STEM)/ages/experiences read your material.
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Anonymous2022Engineering - Biomedical EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
Be very explicit in outlining how your experiences fit the NSF profile. Reviewers skim these applications quickly so it's important to be straightforward and clear.
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Anonymous2022Geosciences - Marine BiologySenior UndergradWinner!YesNoNANoAlex Lang
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Anonymous2022Chemical EngineeringFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Katya Leidig2022Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and Astrophysics Second Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Janet Stefanov2022EconomicsSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Charles Cardot2022PhysicsFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Tanja Kovacevic2022Geosciences (Other) - Planetary Science of ExoplanetSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Bryce Palmer2022Mechanical EngineeringSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Liz Aguilar2022Evolutionary Biology Second Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Emily Isko2022Life Sciences - NeuroscienceSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
Have as many people as possible read your essays and give feedback. The more editing and drafts, the better.
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Molly Griston2022STEM Education and Learning Research — Science EducationSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Angelo Hawa2022Mechanical EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Start early and stay in touch with professors along the way! Literature reviews are a good source to help with the research proposal.
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Ian Marrs2021Geosciences - Computationally Intensive ResearchFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Remember that the reviewers are people too. Science as an industry can seem cold and unfeeling, but it is run by people with biases and emotions who will respond to your honesty and unique life story. Also, start work early and, if your advisor is willing, communicate with your advisor often to ensure you're on the right track.
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Cesar Omar Estien2021Life Sciences - Organismal BiologySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesCesar Omar Estien
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Riley McGlasson2021Geosciences - Other (specify) - Planetary ScienceFirst Year GradHMYesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Saul Schaffer2021Engineering - Mechanical EngineeringSecond Year GradWinner!NoYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Margaret Swift2021Life Sciences - EcologySecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex LangYes
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Ravyn Malatesta2021Chemistry - Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and MechanismSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anonymous2021Chemistry- Chemistry of Life SciencesSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anonymous2021Life Sciences - GenomicsSecond Year GradHMYesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Madeleine Landrum2021EcologyFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Kristine Loh2021Chemical EngineeringSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anthony DeSalvo2021Environmental EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Sebastian Vargas2021Mechanical EngineeringFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Get your essays reviewed by as many people as possible, tell your story with a punch.
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Steven Bulfer2021Electrical EngineeringFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Isabel Kain2021Astronomy and Astrophysics -- Exoplanet InstrumentationSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Start early, iterate often, and seek feedback from lots of different people (even if you feel like you're being needy). I talked to two subfield experts, two scientists in different fields altogether, and three non-scientists, and their collective feedback helped immeasurably, and all in different ways.
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Kyle Korman2021Chemistry - Macromolecular, Supramolecular, and NanochemistrySecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Explain any dip in undergrad GPA. Explanation goes a long way since GPA is a large factor.
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Summer Blanco2021Life Sciences - Plant BiologySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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James Skripchuk2021STEM Education and Learning Research - Technology EducationFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Don't be afraid to write down stuff about you that may seem silly/cringe. Embrace your uniqueness.
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William Roser2021Civil EngineeringFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Kevin Greenman2021Engineering - Computationally Intensive ResearchSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Lexie Adams2021Chemical EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Kalina Eskew2021Life Sciences - Other: Animal BehaviorSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Katherine Henson2021Organismal BiologyFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Rachel Sun2021Mechanical EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Daniel Blomdahl2021Engineering - Environmental EngineeringSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesDaniel Blomdahl
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Josh Myers-Dean2021Computer Science - Computer VisionSenior UndergradWinner!YesNoNANoJosh Myers-Dean
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Grace Zimmerman2021Aerospace EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Jennifer Le2021Life Sciences - Systems and Molecular BiologySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anonymous2021Materials Research - Chemistry of MaterialsSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
"The Professor Is In" - a great book for anyone looking at tenure track. The foolproof grant template helped me draft out ideas for NSF. https://theprofessorisin.com/2011/07/05/dr-karens-foolproof-grant-template/
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Justin Yuan2021Psychology - Social/Affective NeuroscienceSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Lewis Kunik2021BiogeochemistryFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Emily Fischer 2021Geosciences - PetrologyFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Emily Baltz2020Life Sciences- NeurosciencesSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoEmily Baltz
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Jessica Yin2020Comp/IS/Eng - Robotics and Computer VisionSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesJessica YinYes
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Thiago Tarraf Varella2020Life Sciences - Organismal BiologyFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesThiago Tarraf Varella
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Nic Fishman2020Computer Science - Artificial IntelligenceSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesNic FishmanYes
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Julia (Jules) Fowler2020Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and AstrophysicsSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
Tie every awesome skill you want to showcase to some cool and impactful result for a wider community.
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Anonymous2020BioengineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anonymous2020Science EducationFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
Add in a visual diagram to illustrate a conceptual framework for your study (if applicable)
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Anonymous2020Mechanical EngineeringFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anonymous2020Chemistry - Chemical Theory, Models and Computational MethodsSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Bryan Conry2020Materials Research - CeramicsFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Cyrus Tanade2020Biomedical Engineering Senior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Hannah Loo2020NeuroscienceFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Grace Deitzler2020Life Sciences - MicrobiologySecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Revise, revise, and revise again, and get as many people as possible to read your statements.
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Nicholas Karavolias2020Life Sciences- GeneticsSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex LangBe authentic and honest
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Jill Ashey2020Geosciences - Marine BiologySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Jon Albo2020BioengineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Seth Kriz2020Chemical EngineeringFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Carla López-Lloreda2020Geosciences- BiogeochemistrySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Juan Sebastian Rubio2020Mechanical EngineeringFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
Highlight key sentences to aid the reader, especially those that won't have time to read the entire research proposal/SOP in detail.
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Lauren Mellenthin2020Life Sciences: Systematics & BiodiversityFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Brandon Barker2019Astronomy and AstrophysicsSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesBrandon BarkerYes
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Logan Pearce2019Astronomy, high-contrast imagingSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoLogan PearceYes
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Dara Storer2019AstrophysicsFirst Year GradWinner!YesNoNAYesAlex Lang
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Ava Vargason2019Biomedical EngineeringSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
Focus on *your* contributions to science, discuss interesting/innovative future plans for outreach if you're lacking in broader impacts
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Hannah Viola2019Biomedical EngineeringSecond Year GradHMYesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Kevin Wyss2019Chemical CatalysisSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anonymous2019Civil EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Noemi Glaeser2019Computational Science and EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Nate Weinman2019Computer Science - Human Computer InteractionSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Dave Klinges2019EcologySenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesDave KlingesYes
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Haihao Liu2019
Interdisciplinary: Physics - Condensed Matter and Materials Research - Materials Theory
First Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Jeffrey Letourneau2019Life Sciences - Microbial BiologySecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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James Howe2019Life Sciences - NeuroscienceSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesJames HoweYes
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Samantha Moore2019MathematicsSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex LangYes
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Carleen McKenna2019Mechanical EngineeringSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex LangYes
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Adina Feinstein2019Physics & AstronomyFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Raphael Erik Hviding2019Physics and Astronomy - Astronomy and AstrophysicsFirst Year GradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Kyle David2019Systematics and BiodiversitySecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Wenzer Qin2019Theoretical PhysicsSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Garrett Anstreicher2019EconomicsSecond Year GradWinner!YesYesNANoAlex Lang
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Kevin Trinh2019GeophysicsSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anonymous2019EconomicsSenior UndergradWinner!YesYesNAYesAlex Lang
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Anonymous2019BiologyUnknownWinner!NoYesNANoCientifico Latino