NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION OFFICE OF INSPECTOR GENERAL OFFICE OF INVESTIGATIONS CLOSEOUT MEMORANDUM We initiated an investigation after receiv'ing allegations that a graduate student1had received NSF funding: including travel to Hawaii and teaching stipends, without fulfilling all requirements for an NSF fimded education project. The complainant alleged that the Principal Investigator (PIP We received and reviewed financial information and supporting documentation for charges to this grant from the grantee institution4and found expendituresshowing that the graduate student was paid from the grant and his travel expenses to Hawaii were charged to the grant. We also found documentation that the student presented two research papers, one about his work on the NSF grant while at a conference in Hawaii. The grantee provided support that the student was active in the project and the travel to Hawaii was for grant related proposes. We also found support that most of the graduate students involved in the project had traveled to other conferences and had presented research papers at these conferences. Further review of the financial documentation identified no questionable expenditures charged to the grant. Accordingly, this case is closed.
Published by the National Science Foundation, Office of Inspector General on 2007-07-27.
Below is a raw (and likely hideous) rendition of the original report. (PDF)