*insert academic joy here* :D

This fell into my inbox this morning:

“Congratulations! I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected to receive a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.”

:D :D :D :D

Can’t say anything else. Too busy dancing around the room.


  1. Zugswang says

    That’s great news, especially in an environment where jobs and grant money are becoming increasingly hard to come by.

    A bunch of my post-doc friends got turned down over the last couple of months for a variety of different grants, and recently, about 1/3 of psychology PhD students did not get matched for internships (which is a condition of graduation in just about every accredited program); that is an incredibly high number.

    Take time to celebrate; this is a bigger deal than most people will realize.

  2. Lxndr says

    Good on you! Glad to hear!

    I don’t know enough about your work, but your posts make me think you most likely deserve(d) it. :) Congratulations!

  3. RobinK says

    I’m dancing in my desk chair for you! That’s so fracking awesome – congratulations :D

  4. phatone says

    Congratulations !

    This would mean no more TA/RA – ing and you would be able to focus full tine in research, correct ?

  5. Tom Singer says

    Congratulations, Jen. Was this the grant application that you had the issue regarding your personal statement on? Would you mind letting us know what direction you went with that?

  6. Utakata says

    Um…being somewhat ignorant on acedemic traditions (ie. I think I know what a PhD means), what exactly is a 2012 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship? O.O

    …also, I’ll conclude from Jen’s and everyone elses reactions, it’s likely very important. So congrats also!

  7. says

    Yep. I get a higher stipend for the next 3 years and it is very prestigious. I think something like 10% of applications receive awards. Yay :D

  8. says

    My department is a little weird with its requirements. Everyone has to teach a quarter of intro genetics their third year and a quarter of an advanced class their fourth year no matter what. So that won’t change for me.

  9. says

    Yep. I changed a couple of words to sound less harsh but have the same overall meaning, but I definitely kept all the activism and blog stuff in there.

  10. says

    It’s a very prestigious fellowship. Means I receive a higher paycheck for the next three years, and that I have something shiny and awesome to put on my resume haha.

  11. RW Ahrens says

    Shiney and awesome things on resumes are really, really important things to have, especially in this day and age!

    Congratulations! I almost feel like a proud granddad…cause I read your blog, and I’d bet I’m old enough to be your granddad – or at least a great uncle.

  12. Sili says


    And here I thought your proposal supposedly sucked – according to reviewers I shan’t mention by name.

  13. eigenperson says


    I bet you had no trouble with the “broader impacts” bit — you know, having a widely read blog and being a “community organizer” and all.[/envious]

  14. says

    Remember all that stuff about “loser” and faffing around on the internet and going to events and blah blah blah instead of doing it right like *cough cough cough*? Remember all that? Well ha fucking ha. I say HA FUCKING HA.

  15. 'Tis Himself, OM says

    That’s what we like about Ophelia. She’s so demure when butter isn’t melting in her mouth.

  16. PDX_Greg says

    I can’t think of a more deserving person! Congratulations, and thanks for keeping us enlightened all the while!

  17. Georgia Sam says

    Congratulations again! Some day everybody will know your name & I’ll be telling people “Yeah, I was reading her blog when she was in grad school.”

  18. Keaton says

    Congrats, Jen

    Having applied for that fellowship twice without success, I know how hard those are to get. Congrats, and enjoy it! You better be buying beer for everyone :)

  19. Kelly says

    YAY!!! Congrats! I just got the same email today, and I have been bouncing up and down with joy ever since. I’m happy you get to share the joy!

  20. Joe Dickinson says

    Congratulations!! My (ancient) memories of applying to NSF. I had applied to grad school at Yale and Johns Hopkins. I had a fairly prompt response from Hopkins; admitted with support. Nothing from Yale. One day I get the note from NSF that I had been awarded a fellowship. Something like two days later, I received a form letter from Yale more or less as follows: “congratulations on your (fill in the blank) fellowship. We are pleased at this time to offer you admission to our graduate program (i.e., would you like to spend your NSF fellowship at Yale?)”. Guess where I went.

  21. gAytheist says

    Congratulations indeed. I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today. On Friday I retired from my job as an NSF program officer, but I’m glad to know they’re managing without me :-)

    Of course, I have to admit I had nothing to do with the Graduate Research Fellowship Program.

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