CCST Science Fellows applications closing 2/28

The California Council on Science and Technology is now accepting applications for the 2019 Class of the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Completed applications are due by February 28th, 2018.

The CCST Science Fellows program is open to those holding a PhD or equivalent degree in science and engineering, and in social science fields such as economics. Eligibility information, program timeline, and the application link can be found at

As CCST Science Fellows, scientists and engineers spend one year in Sacramento serving the California State Legislature. Working as legislative staff in the State Assembly or State Senate, they get a front-row seat learning about the craft and process of lawmaking in the State of California — a dynamic arena that often sets policy trends for the United States and the world.

Our fellowship is an incredible opportunity to transform a researcher’s professional path. In fact, more than 50 percent of CCST Science Fellows have been hired by the California State Legislature or state agencies since completing their fellowship. Other alumni return to academia, nonprofits, or industry with a deeper understanding of how science informs policymaking, enhancing their career as researchers, professors, consultants, and leaders.

Read reflections from current fellows ( or from alumni far along in their careers ( See how the CCST Science Fellows program has changed their professional path — and helped make California’s policies stronger with science!

May 21-31: Soil Summer School in Moscow

Summer School for students and faculty, researchers in Moscow, Late May 2018.

3-MUGIS summer school is an annual event, which addresses relevant contemporary environmental consequences of urbanization and sustainable urban development. The summer school aims to provide a solid background and practical skills training in addressing impacts of urbanization through the monitoring and assessment of urban soils, design and maintenance of urban green infrastructure, and projects of sustainable urban development.

The summer school will be hosted in Moscow and will include 7 days of lectures, seminars, lab and field practical, art and design master classes as well as a rich social program. The practice will involve field survey and in situ measurement, working in research laboratories and landscape architecture studios. Experts with different background, including but not limited to, environmental conservation, soil science, climate change, civil engineering and policy-making, will be invited to give lectures or seminars.

Top-level researchers, landscape designers, policy makers and urban managers will share their experience in utilizing knowledge on urban soils to develop sustainable urban ecosystem. Participants will work in teams to propose solutions for specific problems, relevant for sustainable management of urban soils and green infrastructure. The teams will come together to solve the overarching problem with the final presentation of the obtained results at the mini-conference and closing ceremony.

The expected impact of the 3MUGIS summer school is very high. Target groups of the event include students, young researcher, scholars, urban planners and stakeholders.

Between this year’s summer school and field trip is the “Smart and Sustainable Cities conference” ( Summer school will occur on May 20-26 (Field partMay 26-30), conference dates are May 23 to May 26.

Please check the websites for more info and registration. If you need additional info or have any questions, please contact Anna Paltseva,

Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Science Research Fellowships – LEVEL II STUDENTS ONLY


  Provost’s Pre-Dissertation Science Research Fellowships

 This pre-dissertation grant program is made possible through a generous grant from Graduate Center Foundation Board member Robert Raucci.

 Deadline for Applications: Wednesday, February, 14th, 2018, 3:00 pm

 The Provost’s Office is pleased to announce the following pre-dissertation fellowship competition for doctoral students in the following doctoral programs: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Mathematics, Nursing Science, Psychology, Speech-Language Hearing Sciences, and Physics. These summer awards provide $5,000.

This fellowship program has three objectives:

  • To allow students to conduct early stage research and training following completion of the first doctoral exam.
  • To support the development of a dissertation research proposal suitable for submission to an external funding agency.
  • To support travel to a national/international scientific meeting.

This program seeks to facilitate the transition from coursework to advanced individualized research and assist in science PhD students’ professional development.  These awards will allow students to strengthen their proposals by:

  • Refining their research topic into a well-defined research problem;
  • Determining appropriate research design, methods, research locale(s), and skillset(s);
  • Assessing project feasibility and determining necessary affiliations and approvals.
  • Participating in conference presentations to develop professional networks.

The successful applicant will address how their proposed summer research will lead to an improved proposal with regard to the above categories. Recipients will undertake such activities as (but not limited to): field or laboratory work, data collection, travel related to research, supplementary training in methods or techniques.



  • Students must be at level II.
  • Applicants must conduct at least six weeks of summer research during the period covered by this award.

N.B. Students who have already received a Dissertation Fellowship from the Provost’s Office are ineligible to receive these awards.

Summer Fellowship funds are in addition to any committed funds from mentors or campuses and cannot be used to meet CUNY Science Scholarship commitments.


Each application must include the following: 


1)      Cover Sheet (below and attached).

2)      Research Proposal that includes the following sections:

  1. Describe what you currently expect will be the topic, research question(s), supportive literature, methods of investigation, approach to data analysis, and theoretical contribution of your proposed dissertation project (up to 1,200 words).
  2. List up to 20 research publications that have most significantly informed the formulation of your research topic, questions, theories, and methods.
  3. What are your plans for summer research? (up to 500 words) Please include: a justification for your choice or research site(s) and/or sources of data and information; a brief description of your anticipated approaches to investigation; a timeline; and any local professional contacts you might have made.
  4. Describe how you think this summer research will assist you in developing your dissertation proposal and preparing for long term dissertation research. (up to 250 words)

Note: if you have previously conducted exploratory research at any of your proposed research site(s) or on a related topic, please explain how the additional research proposed will enable you to build upon your past experience(s).

3)      Budget justification. Justify what the funds will be used for (research supplies, conference travel, salary support….).

4)      Two-page NSF style curriculum vitae (

5)      Current Graduate Center transcript.  (Students may submit the unofficial student copy that can be printed from banner.)

6)      One letter of reference to be submitted electronically by your adviser or faculty mentor (see instructions below).


Recipients of these fellowships must agree to the following conditions as part of their acceptance of the award:

1)      Attend a one-hour proposal writing workshop in May 2018.

2)      Write a one-page summary of their summer research work (due by 21 August 2018).

3)      Provide a 7-10 minute public presentation of their work at a doctoral student research conference to be held at the Graduate Center early in the Fall 2018 semester.

4)      Attend a grant writing workshop at the Graduate Center in the 2018-19 academic year designed to assist you in applying for future grants and fellowships (multiple sessions of the workshop will be held in order to accommodate potential scheduling conflicts).

5)      Agree to have some version of their summer work potentially featured on a Student Research Collaborative webpage currently under construction by the Early Research


Contact Rachel Sponzo for more information:  212-817-7282

Adjunct Opportunities at Guttman CC Spring 2018

Guttman Community College, located on 40th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves., has three current openings for adjuncts in Spring I term (beginning March 2, 2018):

1. LAS 201 Environmental Ethics, TuTh 9.45-11.15am

2. Introduction to Urban Community Health, MW 3-4.30pm

3. Introduction to Urban Community Health, TuTh 4.45-6.15pm

Interested candidates should write ASAP to Ria Banerjee ( and Lori Ungemah ( with the following details in 1-2 paragraphs:

1. Disciplinary suitability and relevant research applicable to the course

2. Previous teaching experience (community college experience highly preferred)

3. Confirmation that taking this course will not put you over union specified limits (Spring 1 assignments follow the 9/6 rule)

4. Your availability for a brief in-person interview–please give us 2-3 possible times that would work for you and we will reach out to find a time that suits.

Tenure Track Position in GIS SUNY Potsdam (Ecology or Conservation background preferred)

The State University of New York, College at Potsdam invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor to support a new interdisciplinary B.S. degree in Geographic Information Science. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in teaching, will involve undergraduate students in their research, and will be able to support our diverse, interdisciplinary curriculum. Review of candidates will begin on January 8, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

Teaching load is 24 contact hours per year; teaching responsibilities include an introductory course in GIS as well as upper division courses in Cartography, Data Acquisition and Management, Remote Sensing, Spatial Problems and Analysis, and a capstone course. Additional responsibilities include outreach across the disciplines and shared responsibility for advising and recruiting. In the first year of their contract, the candidate will be responsible for developing the curriculum and continuing to build GIS infrastructure (funding is already secured).
We are, especially, seeking candidates who have worked with, done research with, or taught under-represented groups and have worked collaboratively across various departments in fostering success of underrepresented groups.

A Ph.D. in Geography or closely related field is required for the Assistant Professor position, although exceptional candidates with a Master’s degree and exceptional GIS experience may be considered to fill the position as an Instructor.

We are seeking candidates who possess communication and interpersonal skills sufficient to work effectively with an increasingly diverse array of students and colleagues and who have demonstrated a commitment to creating, fostering and sustaining an inclusive environment in and out of the classroom.

Preference will be given to candidates that:
1. Demonstrate a history of, or potential for, excellence in undergraduate education.
2. Can actively involve undergraduates in their research.
3. Have expertise supporting a variety of allied departments (biology, geology, environmental studies, etc.)
4. Possess strong organizational and communication skills.
We are, especially, seeking candidates who have worked with, done research with, or taught under-represented groups and have worked collaboratively across various departments in fostering success of underrepresented groups.

Job Posting: Education Justice Director w/ UYC and CEJ

The Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ) and the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC), two of the country’s most successful education organizing groups, are seeking an Education Justice Director to provide strategic support and supervision to the coalitions and their campaigns. Over the past decade of fighting for education justice in NYC’s low-income communities of color, CEJ and UYC victories have impacted the lives of thousands of families and students. Our current campaigns are focused on ending the school to prisonpipeline, positive discipline practices, college access, culturally responsive education,
parent engagement, and college-ready community schools. The Director will work closely with both the CEJ and UYC Coordinators, grassroots organizers at the 8 member  organizations, and the youth- and parent-led Boards that direct the coalitions’ work.
Responsibilities include:

Management and supervision
• Day to day supervision of coalition coordinators; collaborate closely with youth and parent organizers, youth and parent leaders, the UYC Youth Organizing Committee and CEJ Parent Leadership Board to develop their capacity, improve their practice, and win campaigns.

Publicity & communications
• In collaboration with the campaign coordinators, manage media and communications, and develop a cadre of parent and youth spokespeople who speak publicly for the coalitions
• Develop youth and parent-friendly materials for political education, campaign promotion, media and communications, etc.
• Write press releases, op-eds and other communications regarding campaign issues

Strategic relationships
• Cultivate and maintain relationships with key policymakers, organizations and unions as needed for building strong and winning campaigns

• Support CEJ and UYC participation in statewide and national coalitions such as Communities for Policy Reform, Journey for Justice, Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools,  Coalition for Community School Excellence, NY State Community School Network

Research and policy analysis
• Identify research, policy and data needs to advance campaign demands and work with colleagues at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and the NYU Metro Center to fulfill those needs and use the research to win policy change
• Keep abreast and analyze trends in NYC school system and national education reform, to take advantage of opportunities to influence the direction and maximize campaign victories

Training and leadership development
• Design and lead trainings for organizers, parents and youth, on citywide and neighborhood levels, as needed to advance campaigns
• Work with coalition coordinators and grassroots organizers to ensure that youth and parent members are the ones leading the campaigns, making critical strategic and campaign decisions, and that they have the training, preparation and support
needed to take new and bold forms of leadership

• Maintain and expand the approximately $900,000 combined UYC and CEJ budgets, of which approximately $650,000 funds parent and youth organizers at the member organizations, and the rest covers coalition staffing and expenses
• Develop and maintain relationships with foundations, both locally and nationally

Qualifications & Skills:
• A passion for public school improvement and racial equity, and a commitment to parent and youth organizing
• At least five years experience as a community, youth, or labor organizer
• Proven ability to work well with youth, parents and community members and support their leadership
• At least five years of experience in a leadership position at a community organization, supervising other staff
• Excellent writing, research, and communications skills
• Experience in planning, developing and running successful political, legislative or public education campaigns
• Strong track record of fundraising, grant reporting and financial management
• Spanish language skills a plus

Salary range
Salary commensurate with experience. Good benefits package.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to

We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourage qualified individuals of every race, creed, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and gender identity to apply.

Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Science at Northwestern University

The Environmental Sciences Program at Northwestern University seeks a full-time Visiting Assistant Professor to complement our undergraduate curriculum. Information can be found here

The successful candidate will be expected to teach six courses per year (two per quarter), including one introductory course focused on human-environment interactions broadly defined, a sequence of courses focused on the theory and application of geographic information systems (GIS), and additional advanced courses in their area of expertise. The appointment will begin September 1, 2018. The initial term is two years, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. The candidate should have a Ph.D. in environmental science or a closely related field at the time of appointment.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and statement of teaching interests, experience, and philosophy. Review of applications will begin February 1, 2018and continue until the position is filled.

Application Instructions
Applications will only be accepted online.  Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files.
All required fields are marked with an asterisk and must be filled in before clicking on the “Submit”
button.  Incomplete applications cannot be saved.
Prior to beginning the application:
(1) Prepare a separate PDF (3MB max file size) for each of your documents.
(2) Prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references.

Three references are required.  Please note that your references will not be automatically contacted upon completion of your application.  You will be notified if and when your references are contacted to upload letters.

2018 RFP for Environmental Justice Cooperative Agreements

EPA has released the request for proposals (RFP) for the 2018 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS)

If you have any questions, please contact Tasha Frazier at

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today the availability of $1.2 million for Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (CPS) Cooperative Agreements. These funds will be distributed to 10 community-based organizations that work to address environmental justice issues nationwide. Each recipient will receive up to $120,000 for two-year projects that create self-sustaining, community-based partnerships that will continue to improve local environments in the future.

EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS program provides funding for non-profit and tribal organizations to partner with stakeholders from across industry, government, and academia to develop and implement solutions that significantly address environmental and/or public health issues in America’s low income and minority communities.

The community-based organizations should use EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS model to execute a wide array of project plans aligned with EPA’s priorities to protect human health and the environment by providing Americans with clean air, land, and water.

To increase outreach to underserved communities, this opportunity will place special emphasis on high ranking proposals to be performed in rural areas as defined by the program. Rural areas, for the purposes of this competition, are defined as local areas with small, low-income, rural, and/or tribal communities with populations of 50,000 or less that have limited access to public or private resources commonly found in metropolitan areas. The goal of this emphasis is to encourage and increase project performance in geographical locations not often associated with the EJCPS program. Please note: all eligible organizations are still encouraged to apply until February 16, 2018.

For more information about EPA’s Environmental Justice CPS program:[]

For a full description of the 2016 Environmental Justice CPS Cooperative Agreement projects:  []

Center for Spatial Research Associate Research Scholars Fellowship at Columbia

The Center for Spatial Research is pleased to announce a call for applications for Associate Research Scholars for the 2018-2019 academic year as part of the Andrew W Mellon Foundation funded initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities.

We invite applications from candidates whose intellectual interests are situated within the broad urban humanities, who have strong digital, visual, and multidisciplinary research practices, and are enthusiastic about collaborative working environments. The appointment is one year, with the possibility of a second year depending on funding.

Two Associate Research Scholars will be appointed: one position is open to candidates with training in the design disciplines, and one is open to candidates with training in a field(s) of the humanities.

Successful candidates must have experience and interest in using qualitative as well as quantitative data to open up new questions in the urban humanities. The incumbents will contribute to projects underway at CSR, work on independent research on a topic(s) proposed by the incumbent, as well as contribute to the design and teaching of the Center’s workshop and seminar courses.

For further information and to apply for the position for candidates from fields in the humanities please visit:

For further information and to apply for the position for candidates from the design fields please visit:

You will be asked to submit a 1-2 page letter of interest, 2 page proposal for the project(s) you would hope to complete at the Center, CV, and portfolio which demonstrates your work and research focus.

Review of applications will begin immediately.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.