GRFP Essay Insights: Application Resources for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
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Adam Daily

Adam Daily, '12 Fellow
Biomedical Engineering
University of Texas at Austin

What does being funded by the NSF GRFP mean to you?

Being funded by the NSF GRFP inspires me to achieve more in my graduate career while also opening doors to help me do so. It also helps to validate and reward me for the hard work I put in as an undergraduate.

What has been the greatest advantage of winning the award?

The greatest advantage of winning the award is the freedom it grants you as a graduate student. As a fellow schools are no longer responsible for the usual costs and you bring a prestigious fellowship to their department. This allows you to basically go to whatever school you desire and work with any professor because they do not need to spend precious resources on you.

What advice do you have for a student who is not sure
about applying?

Always apply to anything you can! You will gain useful experience and you will never have the chance to win if you don't apply. Even if you realize after you applied that you weren't as qualified as you would have liked it shows you the areas you can improve so that you can win future awards. Plus, once you finish the NSF GRFP application your graduate apps will be a snap.

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Winning the award has given me time to focus heavily on research and to create a good roadmap for my dissertation topic and methods.

Elise Hernandez

'12 Fellow, Developmental Psychology

University of Michigan

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