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I Won an NSF GRFP Fellowship!

March 29, 2013

Yay!!!! In case you don’t know, it’s this.

For those who apply in the future and want to see a successful application, I posted all my materials:

I applied as an interdisciplinary project. My primary Field of Study was “Social Sciences – Decision Making and Risk Analysis” 50% and the second Field of Study was “Engineering – Energy” 50%.

My Reviews are listed below:

Review #1

Intellectual Merit Criterion Overall Assessment of Intellectual Merit – Excellent

Explanation to Applicant – Good academic record and excellent letters of recommendation. Very strong proposal taking a systematic and scientific approach to eliciting expert models of decision making and leveraging this information to generate a valid and reliable test of energy literacy that is predictive of energy efficiency/conservation/savings.

Broader Impacts Criterion Overall Assessment of Broader Impacts – Excellent

Explanation to Applicant – Strong evidence of ability to disseminate research via contribution to publications and conference presentations.
Evidence of integrating research and policy through experiences working as an intern at Constellation Energy and Wagner Generating Station. Experience overseas suggests that the applicant will be very capable of crossing cultural boundaries. Advocate for diversity issues, co-facilitating a gender and engineering discussing group. The applicant’s philosophy on shifting views from energy as a right to energy as a resource is highly suggestive that this applicant has some of the necessary pre-requisites to make a large societal impact.

Review #2

Intellectual Merit Criterion Overall Assessment of Intellectual Merit – Excellent

Explanation to Applicant – The proposal documents the importance of household energy consumption decisions to the global climate change problem. The research proposal does a nice job of documenting the candidate’s ability to produce creative scholarship. The panels contains reviewers with a variety of experiences – for that reason a stronger proposal would have spelled out the scientific contribution of this research more clearly. Letters of recommendation are very strong.

Broader Impacts Criterion Overall Assessment of Broader Impacts – Excellent

Explanation to Applicant – The proposal would create an energy literacy test based on misconceptions in the energy efficiency gap and ultimately predict energy consumption decisions. This new test would then be used to test existing and new energy literacy programs. If improved literacy leads to increase conservation, this might ultimately result in energy savings. On the other hand, the proposal claims that energy decisions are affect by both knowledge and motivation – it isn’t clear how this literacy test addresses the issue of motivation. If that turns out to be the man determinant of energy decisions then the potential for increased conservation will be limited. Applicant is an advocate for women in engineering and interested in how to attract and retain women in that field.

Review #3

Intellectual Merit Criterion Overall Assessment of Intellectual Merit – Excellent

Explanation to Applicant – The applicant proposes to use well-defined methodology to develop an energy literacy test. The research objective is well-defined: the applicant aims to develop a valid and reliable predictor of energy efficiency. The approach described by the applicant has been empirically validated, and is appropriate for this application.

Broader Impacts Criterion Overall Assessment of Broader Impacts – Very Good

Explanation to Applicant – The applicant focuses on ”problem-solving”, and demonstrates ability to apply qualitative research strategies to work on pragmatic problems, and to work in a team environment. The applicant also developed an initiative to address issues faced by women in engineering.

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