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Essay Examples & Tips

  • Below you can find examples of successful NSF essays:
  • After reviewing several successful essays, I would conclude:
    • For the majority of successful essays: the broader impacts portions of the essays contain mostly PROOF of what they have done, and less of what they will do in the future

        • It is easier to write what you have done versus make up stuff about what you will do

        • But, if you have a broader impacts plan that is novel and exciting, that works, too

    • You don’t have to specifically talk about how your research applies to outreach; you can plan for general outreach activities, also

  • You can ask other students if they will let you see a copy of their essays



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