Pathways to Science: Fellowships
A search tool for graduate STEM fellowships, ranging from discipline-specific to those aiming to increase minority research participation. Webinars for compiling application are also available.

Roy Parker's article on "Skill Development in Graduate Education"
I recommend using this as a framework for your graduate application essays by explaining how your undergraduate research experience trained you in these domains.

National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellowship Program

Alex Lang's website has an excellent compilation of past essays for the NSF-GRFP.

Presentation on Preparing for the NSF-GFP

These are the essays Christian Cazares used for the NSF GRFP, awarded during the 2015-2016 application cycle.

Personal, Relevant Background & Future Goals Statement


Graduate Research Statement


Example Feedback



Colors of the Brain List of UCSD REU Opportunities

Tom Frederick's Compilation of Summer Research Opportunities in the Life Sciences
An often updated, curated list of paid undergraduate REUs.

Pathways to Science: Summer Research
Paid summer placements of around 10-30 students. These usually consist of hands-on research experience and guidance for graduate school applications.

Pathways to Science: Scholarships
These will help cover the cost of tuition and may defray educational and living expenses.

NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at UC Berkeley
Individual research projects in Biology-related departments at the University of California, Berkeley.

Post-baccalaureate Research Programs
These programs fund 1-2 years of full-time research positions at select research universities. Great for boosting your graduate application while giving you a closer look at the graduate research process. Financial support given in the form of a stipend, as well as the option for GRE test prep.

At Yale
At UPenn
At Mt. Sinai (New York City)
At the National Institutes of Health

Research Assistant Interviewing Tips

Ben Barre's "How to pick a Graduate Advisor" article

SACNAS Travel Award Q&A

On May 2016, the  Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) invited Christian Cazares and a fellow travel awardee to answer questions regarding the travel award applications.

Here are his notes, including spelling errors.

Christian's Curated List
A list of opportunities from his time as a Cal undergraduate.

Science Communication

A series of workshops in Cambridge focused on communicating your research in an easy-to-digest manner.

A humorous example of communicating your science to the general audience.

The perils of miscommunication between science and the general audience.

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