Graduate Research Fellowship Program: Creating the Future Video Contest

For 60 years, NSF-supported graduate research fellows (GRFs) have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering and to the nation. As part of the celebration of this anniversary, NSF sponsored the "GRFP: Creating the Future" Video Competition. Current GRFs were asked to submit 90-second videos showing how their research can help shape the future for them as individuals, for their fields of work, and for the world.

Whales In Fjords

Researcher Eric Keen describes his research about fin whale occurrence and vocalizations within a developing coastal corridor. Produced for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Video Contest.

Turtles In The Deep

This short video explains how Lindsey Peavey's PhD research is shaping the field of sea turtle ecology by taking investigations from nesting beaches into open ocean habitats where threatened turtles spend the majority of their time and encounter major threats. The open ocean foraging ecology insights that result from her research will be instrumental in informing marine resources managers tasked with balancing species protection, fisheries production and ecosystem preservation. Produced for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Video Contest.

The Secrets Of Nitrogenase

Did you know approximately fifty percent of the nitrogen in our bodies comes from an industrial process called the Haber-Bosch process? How is this possible? And why is it important? And what the heck is nitrogenase? Watch and Learn! And find out more than you ever wanted to know about nitrogen.

Sonic Reef

The navigational cues used by larval fish as they journey from the pelagic zone to the reef remains a great mystery. It is possible that they may navigate by listening for the reef "soundscape," which is comprised of abiotic sounds (wind, waves, rain) as well as biological sounds. Erica Staaterman's PhD research explores whether these fish can navigate acoustically, as well as the implications for population connectivity and conservation of reefs. Produced for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Video Contest.

Philosophy And Nanoscience

Nanoscience has the power to shape a wide variety of future technologies that will impact modern life. Julia Bursten (University of Pittsburgh) discusses the need for a philosophy of nanoscience. Produced for the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program Video Contest.