University Research Council
October 13, 2005
NSF Graduate Fellowships
Amy Eckhardt, from the
discussed graduate-student funding, with a focus upon NSF graduate
fellowships. The NSF awards approximately
900 fellowships to graduate students each year.
Almost 8000 individuals applied for the fellowships last year. Thirty-nine percent of last year’s awards
went to incoming graduate students, and fifty-five percent of the awards went
to first or second year graduate students.
The University is developing a
program to support students who apply for these fellowships. The program involves input from faculty and
previous fellowship holders as well as participation in working sessions. Forty-two students participated in last
year’s program. For additional
information about fellowships or the aforementioned program, please contact Ms.
Eckhardt at email@example.com or (412) 624-6881 or view her powerpoint presentation.
Report from the
Office of Research
Allen DiPalma, Director of the Office of Research, discussed
Material Transfer Agreements (MTAs), electronic submission processes, and
- The Office of Research
developed standard procedures for dealing with MTAs due to the increasing
number of MTAs that it must negotiate.
- The NIH announced that it
eventually will require individuals to submit proposals via grants.gov.
Office of Research will sponsor seminars at a number of the University’s
schools on the use of grants.gov.
Other topics of discussion included:
- Interdisciplinary research
- Postdoctoral support in the
- Proposal-writing series
- New faculty seminar series