Sunday, May 15, 2022

Lily Jones

Hometown: Ankeny, IA

Degree Program: Chemistry, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Graduate Program: Colorado State University

What was the focus of your research at Iowa?

My research is in atmospheric chemistry with a focus on the characterization of bioaerosols. I study pollen rupturing under extreme weather conditions and am developing methods for the spatial analysis of aeroallergens. I will be attending Colorado State University to investigate biosphere-atmosphere interactions and their implications for climate processes.

What advice do you have for undergrads looking to apply for the NSF GRFP?

Don't be afraid to ask for help. Ask your advisor, your department's research specialists, the graduate college, the writing center, and your friends to review your application. The more eyes you have on it, the more prepared and confident you will be when you submit.

What advice do you have for undergrads looking to apply for the NSF GRFP?

Take the opportunity for self-reflection to get really clear on why you are applying and then express that as authentically as you can.

To learn more about the NSF GRFP and this year's recipients from the University of Iowa, see the article in Iowa Now. 

Application development support is available for rising seniors and alumni who are applying after graduation from Iowa, but before they apply to graduate programs for the following academic year.  Students interested in applying for the 2022-23 NSF GRFP competition should schedule an initial consult with the Office of Scholar Development to learn more about the application process and relevant resources as soon as they are aware of their interest in the fellowship.