Hi all, I'm going to be a graduate student this fall, and I was thinking about applying for an NSF graduate fellowship. However, after some internet research, I realized that the NSF puts ALOT of weight on "broader impacts". To me, this basically means that you have promoted your science in society such as tutoring/mentoring children from the community or being a teacher's assistant. I have not done anything like this except some tutoring with my college's science club. Also, I don't have any extracurricular activities. During college, I had to work around 40 hours per week to take care of myself. Luckily, I was able to squeeze in some research experience (2 journal publications). Anyway, do you guys think that I have a chance to get an NSF fellowship? All of the successful essays I've seen have lots of extracurriculars with the community. Does anyone here have the same problem?