Today I was finally notified by the Foundation that I won the 2007 TMC Award - this is a $10,000 grant. That is a lot of money for someone like me. And it really helps to inspire me to move forward with my project. I want to make my advisors proud, I want to make my program proud, I want to make my family proud, etc.
My committee chair emailed me this really nice congrats:
A very big congratulations on your receipt of this grant.It is a recognition of your hard work and the high expectations that others have of you.
So if suffices to say that I am feeling very good right now. Now its' time to get to work!