Faculty reviewers rely heavily on the DGS statement to help them evaluate the file from the vantage point of the broad discipline.
The DGS should not quote extensively from the nominee’s recommendation letters.
These additional prospects include: Fellow Kerrie O’Donnell from Project Seahorse at the University of British Columbia’s Fisheries Centre prepares to conduct a night time, underwater measurement of the tiger tail seahorse (Hippocampus comes) in the Danajon Bank region of the Republic of the Philippines.
Collecting size and reproductive state data on wild seahorses allows us to better understand how fishing impacts seahorse populations; information desperately needed to develop practical recovery options for sustainable seahorse fisheries.
A committee of university faculty drawn from various disciplines and program areas reviews all applications and makes recommendations to the Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Initiatives & Dean of Graduate Studies for the allocation of these grant funds.
Allocations for grants are based on the significance of the research, the merits of the research design, and the reasonableness of the budget request.Proposals must align with the topics of interest to NASA.These grants provide partial support of Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation research for improvement beyond the already existing project.Costs for presenting the research results or accepting awards at regional, national, and international conferences will also not be considered. Any UMass Boston graduate student enrolled in a doctoral program at the university and whose dissertation proposal has been formally approved by their dissertation committee is eligible to submit a proposal for consideration.A UMass Boston doctoral student may receive only one doctoral dissertation grant at the university.Examples of eligible budget items include technical assistance and clerical support beyond that normally available through the student’s department or program, research supplies, travel expenses for data collection, transcription costs, acquisition of specialized datasets, and communications.The Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant Program will not fund student’s salaries and research equipment.The nominee is encouraged to have the statement reviewed and critiqued by persons completely outside the field and unfamiliar with the discipline to assure that it meets the wide-audience test of accessibility.Many excellent nominees have not received awards in past years because their statements contained undefined specialized words and dense syntax, making the statement incomprehensible to reviewers.Funds also may be used for textbooks, journal subscription (valid for the duration of the fellowship), or dissertation preparation or reproduction.For more information regarding the expectations and guidelines of being a NSF GRFP Fellow, fellows and coordinating officials alike are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Administrative Guide.