How to Support an AGeS Proposal
AGeS proposals are initiated and submitted by graduate students. Interested students will contact an AGeS
discuss a potential project, including timelines and why the geochronology technique will help
address the fundamental questions in their research proposal. If the lab director feels that this is a
mutually beneficial opportunity, the lab will help the student refine and clarify their proposed
research and will provide a support letter for this specific project.
Labs are under no obligation to collaborate on a project if approached by a student. If the lab
director decides that the project is not a good fit, then the lab is encouraged to suggest alternate
labs that may be more interested in or more appropriate for the project. Different labs that use the
same dating tool commonly specialize in specific techniques and problems, so certain projects
may be better suited for some labs than others.
To better assess the program activity and outcomes, AGeS will carry out several surveys that are
required of all funded students, labs, and advisors. If your lab receives support from AGeS, then
your responses to these assessments are essential for evaluating the overall effectiveness of the
program. The assessment results are being used to improve the program and will be a factor in
NSF's decision whether to continue supporting AGeS in the future.