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  1. I am a second year microbiology student at UC-Riverside and am studying melanized yeasts found in biological crusts. Not a lot of students at my university even know about the NDSEG, and even less in my department, which is why it's so critical for me to look for other people who also applied in the Biosciences and were actually successful in achieving the honor. The NDSEG application seems very different than any of the other fellowships I have applied for and I am still confused.. is the first prompt only about 3,000 words and about my goals? From what I can tell the new website has been confusing a lot of people.. and it doesn't explicitly say 3000 words, but other online sources have mentioned this. Also, there really is no direction for the research prompt, how would I write this one? I understand that I need to pick one of the disciplines.. but in these fields which are more engineering heavy, how does one write a bioscience one that intrigues them? Any type of guidance would be greatly appreciated.
  2. I was looking at the new website for the NDSEG this year when I noticed that it isn't secure. On the page to create a new application, Chrome even tells you as much in the url bar. Anyone know what's going on? I guess I'll hold off doing anything for the moment and email them if need be. On a related note, I see that ASEE is not managing the applications this year. Will that affect the process at all? Does anyone have any experience applying to fellowships handled by "STI-TEC"? Thanks!
  3. I'm wrapping up my DoD NDSEG fellowship application, and just discovered that it is automatically removing the units from the "rate of pay" fields in my work history. I had previously entered things as $10/hr, $280/mo, etc. as in biology there is a quite a range of pay formats from hourly to per diem and monthly stipends, and my work experience falls under a range of these. It appears impossible to enter a unit, so numbers are shown simply as $10, $280, etc. Should I leave the pay field blank, try to pick a constant unit and make my pay rates fit into that where I can (although this will be awkward), or try to explain in another field what the unit of pay is? NDSEG isn't picking up the phone and I would appreciate anyone's help on this!
  4. Does anyone also have a problem with getting a reference link ? According to the website, "Completion of Three (3) reference forms (The link to references will be listed in the automated acknowledgement of application submission email). Please remember to check your spam/junk folders if you do not receive the email, or contact us). This link should be forwarded to the persons who will complete the reference. References will automatically attach to your application" However, I did not get such a link like that .... I wonder if I'm the only one who is having this issue...
  5. I am looking to apply for the NDSEG fellowship this year, but I am seeing conflicting reports on how strongly they weight the military importance of one's research. My work is in (theoretical) gravitational waves, which is pretty far removed from national defense. However, I have heard a few times that the DoD does like to support fundamental physics. Still, I looked through the list of topics on the Army and Navy research pages and could not immediately tie anything into what I do. Any tips? Is there a good way to "sell" my research, or should I just accept that my chances are slim?
  6. Hi everyone, I was fortunate enough to be awarded both awards. I'm not sure which to choose, however, as the two fellowships seem to be equal on several grounds. For example, each award has the same stipend amount over 3 years. I'll list some of the arguments I've heard for each one so far. Please let me know if you think of anything I have not considered or why you would recommend choosing one or the other! NSF More flexible in terms of what years the funding can be applied (i.e. the 3 years need not be back-to-back). NDSEG must be applied in the first 3 years. Not as significant as it seems, however, since apparently almost all students at my school use either fellowship in their first 3 years anyway. More "prestigious" in that it is more widely known - a professor pointed this out Has several nice ancillary programs (GRIP and GROW), but it doesn't seem like these programs are widely used after talking to current NSF fellows. NDSEG Pays for full tuition whereas GRFP pays $12k/yr. Significant since the school I will be attending is private and has high tuition, but really doesn't affect me (I've verified this with the grad coordinator for the school I'll be attending) since this would have been paid for in part by the school, department, and faculty adviser. So this would help out my department but not affect my stipend amount and not really affect me in terms of adviser selection. More "prestigious" in that it's more selective (200 awardees in STEM vs 2000 for NSF). The picture is not that simple, however, since not everyone applies for the NDSEG and some fields are in my opinion more difficult to be supported by this award (e.g. I think biological research is more amenable to the goals of NSF than DoD). Program coordinator pointed out that because this award pays tuition unconditionally, I would run into no issues if I happened to go over the 10-unit / quarter limit by taking extra classes (apparently surpassing this limit raises your tuition). Not sure if this would come up though since I would be focusing on research and not taking a lot of classes anyhow. A final note is that several professors have pointed out that I can list receiving both rewards on my CV (I'll list one as having declined the offer). So this alleviates some of the worry over which is "more prestigious." Thank you for helping me!
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