Application Advice

I have extensive experience helping peers with scholarship and fellowship applications. Here I've compiled my personal advice, my own successful applications of various things, and helpful links.

These are all to be used for inspiration and guidance only.
You are welcome to distribute advice pages with proper attribution.
Do not distribute application materials without authorization.

Honor system here people.

Advice on NSF GRFP Applications

From Fall 2020 - Fall 2021, I worked as a graduate consultant for the University of Arizona GRFP Application Development Program. As an undergrad at the University of Texas, I worked as a consultant at the University Writing Center for three semesters, helping folks improve their writing on all kinds of writing pieces, of which maybe 50% were applications for scholarships or programs. I’ve developed a toolbox of common advice and feedback throughout all these consultations.

Grad School Application Advice

Here I have compiled my advice and takeaways from my graduate school application and decision making process, as well as my successful application materials (ones that resulted in offers).

NSF REU and Award Application

Above writing advice is applicable to these applications as well.

External Resources

A collection of links I find valuable

The Student Veteran Research Network Links page has a huge collection of all kinds of useful links.
List of Astronomy, Planetary Science, and Physics US grad programs and their status on the GRE and Physics GRE
A website of resources and blog about women in STEM by Sarah Rugheimer.
List of internships for non-US undergrad students
Astrobites grad school guide
A tweet thread by Dr Caitlin Casey on astronomy undergrad summer research programs. A compilation of questions to ask when visiting a prospective graduate program.
Let me know if you have a link of valuable resources for navigating academic careers, I'm eager to collect more! Send me an email!

Coding Resources

Intro to Astro python coding bootcamp course specifically for astronomy by Howard Isaacson at UC Berkeley
Code/Astro 2021 workshop materials by Sarah Blunt, BJ Fulton, and Jason Wang. Instruction on good coding practices, open-source software design, publishing a package, and much more. You should also REALLY sign up for the next course. Information here
Peter Smith's blog with tutorials on jazzing up plots with matplotlib.