Share a Success Story

Help inspire our community of graduate student grant writers by sharing your story! Send Grants 4 Hawks your name, a brief synopsis of your research, and a link to the opportunity where you had success. We will highlight your research and photo in a success story post (this is a great way for your name to come up in a Google search!)

Want to help other UI students achieve a success like yours? Donate your winning proposal to the UI Proposal Library for future generations of graduate students to learn from. All personal information will be removed and proposals are protected by HawkIDs and passwords.

Here is an example of what a success story post on Grants 4 Hawks looks like:

Edmarie Guzman-Velez

Congratulations to University of Iowa Neuropsychology student, Edmarie Guzman-Velez, on her winning proposal to the NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program! As one of 2000 students selected this year, Edma will receive $30,000 of support for three years, a 10,500 cost-of-education allowance, and professional development opportunities. Our office was happy to be a part of the application process, and we want to congratulate Edma on her award!

Edma’s work focuses on understanding how emotions persist for patients with Altzemer’s Disease(AD), even when the memory for what caused that emotion has faded. She explores whether amygdala damage is correlated with emotional experience, and if hippocampal damage is correlated with declarative memory. Her study recruits patients in varying stages of AD in order to capture variance in amygdala and hippocampal dysfunction. After watching highly emotional film clips aimed to induce either sadness or happiness (as in Feinstein et al., 2010), a detailed memory test and standardized emotion rating scales were administered at four different time points. Preliminary results suggest that the sustained experience of emotion can be independent of declarative memory for the event that caused the emotion in participants with AD.


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