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  1. Hi all! I was shocked to find out I was awarded the pre-doctoral fellowship yesterday. 😳 I'm in Environmental Engineering. I was reviewed by 5 reviewers and had 4/5 leave substantial comments with marks ranging from Excellent to Good. For those who were not awarded the fellowship, I empathize and know how frustrating it can be. This was my 2nd time applying-- my first year I got an honorable mention for Ford and the NSF GRFP. I think what helped me this year was reaching out to a previous Ford fellow and my peers to get feedback on my application. Based on last years experience, I felt th
  2. First of all, congrats! Just my two cents here, I think it depends on 2 things: 1) your financial situation and 2) your personality. 1) Both are great programs. Even though you can afford the $18k, it doesn't always mean you should. $18k is on the lower end of graduate school price tags, but that's still a good chunk of money. Long-term, how will this affect you/your financial stability? I reckon that either way you will have a great return on investment but just keep that in mind. 2) Are you a go-getter/competitive individual or do you prefer a more collegial environment? It sounds
  3. Are you looking to go into industry afterwards?
  4. NASEM is private, though they do get some indirect funding from federal gov so it's unclear.
  5. @kiki_2_4 Glad to hear it! I was stressed on your behalf haha
  6. @aspiringscientist I looked into this last week and I believe the decisions may be delayed. See the "review process" section on this page where it mentions the GRF review site will not be available: https://www.nsf.gov/shutdown/grantees.jsp.
  7. @kiki_2_4 If it's the day of and they agreed to do it, I think it's ok to be persistent. Don't hesitate to call them, send persistent emails, or if you're in the same place, visit their office.
  8. Yep! Currently finishing mine up.
  9. @CulturalCriminal I can't speak to the Trans-friendliness of Tallahassee but as far as Poc friendly it's like 3/5. It's better on campus at FSU and FAMU than off campus imo. And even then, there are exceptions at FSU. FAMU is largely Poc so there's that
  10. @DiscoTech so you think the environment outweighs the advisor and research?
  11. Hello, I am in search of last minute advice. For context, my field is engineering. And please don't just say Stanford without reading Stanford Pros: strength of program, diversity, wealth of opportunity, name recognition, interesting faculty although no particular connection with any one. Funding! Generally funding for the MS degree is really hard to come by but I somehow managed to get tuition covered as well as a good stipend per quarter, probably not including summers (I have to TA for this stipend though 20 hrs/wk in addition to trying to find a research advisor) C
  12. I agree with the statement above. The POI at SIU should understand that most students apply to more than one school and if she has looked at your application, she should know. You can call or email, just let her know you that you're still waiting to hear back from LSU (i.e. "I appreciate your support however, I'm still waiting to hear back from one more school before I make my decision"). Also, don't be afraid to contact the director yourself. They may not respond but it might be worth a try.
  13. Thank you for satisfying my curiosity! Yeah it's actually insane. When they mentioned stretching that masters out to two years, I cringed...
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