I recently won a NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP) in the 2012-2013 competition. This award, in addition to being a high honor, provides three years of federal funding for my research. My application discussed improving early detection of ovarian cancer through rare cell capture; during my tenure as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, I will be pursuing this avenue of research.
From the NSF GRFP website:
“The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions.”