It means a lot to me to be funded by NSF. I feel honored that they have invested in me and believe that I can make a difference with my research. Even though getting the award feels like an accomplishment, the real work lies ahead in fulfilling our research duties and advancing technology.
The greatest advantage of winning the award is the freedom to choose where you want to attend graduate school and what research you want to work on. Instead of seeking out graduate schools, they seek you out.
To a student who is hesitant about applying I would say if you are going to apply, do it well. Don't waste time by just throwing an application together because it most likely won't win. Take the time to think it through and have other look over it. If you think that you qualify and have a shot at the award, do yourself the favor and put the time in to give yourself a chance.
Sarah conducts biomedical research. She is also a member of the 2014 cohort of Mizzou's Graduate Student Leadership Program.
Having this award on your record shows that you are capable of thinking beyond the average student and are able to do great research.
'07 Fellow, Psychology