UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University Fellowships Office, in partnership with the College of Engineering, in collaboration with the Graduate School, Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration, will hold a suite of informational events on the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) throughout the fall 2017 semester.
Awarded to outstanding graduate students pursuing STEM-based research, the prestigious GRFP provides training opportunities at accredited U.S. institutions, according to its website. Fellows will receive an annual stipend of $34,000 during the three-year program, alongside a $12,000 allocation for tuition and fees.
Penn State undergraduates who are considering applying to graduate school, as well as first- and second-year graduate students in STEM fields, are encouraged to attend upcoming programming.
Information sessions — featuring faculty panels — will discuss the funding mechanism, eligibility requirements, application materials, and other resources pertaining to the GRFP.
“Receiving an NSF graduate research fellowship is a significant accomplishment, and it is recognized at the national level,” said Caitlin Ting, interim director of the University Fellowships Office. “It not only demonstrates the academic and research potential of the student, but it also sets a student up for a strong career in STEM.”
“Receiving the fellowship also illustrates the quality of the mentorship at Penn State. Having successful undergraduate applicants at Penn State reflects positively on the University, it shows that we provide unparalleled research training and opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students alike,” continued Ting.
Thursday, Aug. 31
Information sessions geared toward students in the College of Engineering are scheduled for 2:30-3:30 p.m. and 4-5 p.m. in 202 Hammond Building. The events are co-sponsored by the University Fellowships Office and the College of Engineering, in collaboration with the Graduate School, Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration.
Tuesday, Sept. 19
An information session for graduate students is scheduled from 3-5 p.m. in 112 Kern Graduate Building. Please register for the event by Sept. 18 here: https://secure.gradsch.psu.edu/cosign/registrations/nsf/. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions in advance via the registration form.The event is sponsored by the Graduate School, Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration, in collaboration with the University Fellowships Office.
Thursday, Sept. 21
A final information session will take place from 6-7 p.m. in 125 Reber Building. It is co-sponsored by the University Fellowships Office and the College of Engineering, in collaboration with the Graduate School, Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration.
The University Fellowships Office and the College of Engineering will also offer writing workshops from 6-7 p.m. every Thursday in October in 125 Reber Building. These meetings will spotlight application components and give students the opportunity to review and receive feedback on application materials.
To learn more about scholarships and fellowships opportunities, visit the University Fellowships Office website.
The University Fellowships Office is part of Penn State Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at undergrad.psu.edu.