Postdoc in Species Distribution/Pollen Vegetation Modeling at The Morton Arboretum in Chicago

The Morton Arboretum invites applications for a two year postdoctoral researcher to work on an NSF-supported project, “Quantifying biogeographic history: a novel model-based approach to integrating data from genes, fossils, specimens, and environments”. The successful applicant will join an international team of researchers in mathematics/ statistics, ecology, biogeography, distribution modeling, and population genetics. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the project team to design, develop and implement novel methods for integrating datasets which have different characteristics and resolution (environmental, paleoecological, and genetic data) to make inference about historical shifts in species ranges and changes in population sizes.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or Ph.D. defense scheduled) in a quantitative science (i.e., mathematical biology, statistics, theoretical ecology, or related fields), or in an ecological field plus experience with ecological modeling, species distribution or population modeling, or quantitative ecology. Interest or experience in one or more of the following is beneficial: Bayesian statistics, parameter estimation, data-driven modeling, spatial modeling, state-space modeling, or mathematical modeling. Applicants should be interested in working at the interface of statistics and ecology. Experience in programming is beneficial.

The position is for two years, with possibility for continuing support pending future funding. The postdoctoral researcher will be based at The Morton Arboretum and will primarily work with Dr. Sean Hoban, Dr. Andria Dawson (Mount Royal University, Calgary), and Dr. Adam Smith (Missouri Botanical Garden). The position will require some travel for team meetings. All travel expenses are covered by grant funds. The postdoctoral researcher will be provided opportunities for professional development, suited to their interests (e.g. attend scientific meetings, teaching or mentoring, skill training), for which funding is provided.

The Morton Arboretum is a world-class plant science research institute and public botanic garden near Chicago, USA, with strengths in ecology, conservation, informatics, and genomics. The Arboretum has collaborations with scientists at the Field Museum, University of Illinois Chicago, two National Laboratories, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Applications may be submitted until the position is filled; applications received by October 15 are guaranteed consideration. A start date by January 2019 is preferred. Applicants must apply at careers.hireology.com/themortonarboretum/.  Inquiries about the position or the application are welcome. Please contact Dr. Sean Hoban (shoban@mortonarb.org), Dr. Adam Smith (adam.smith@mobot.org), or Dr. Andria Dawson (andria.dawson@gmail.com).

DOLORES ZOHRAB LIEBMANN FUND

DOLORES ZOHRAB LIEBMANN FUND 

CONDITIONS FOR 2019-2020

CANDIDATE QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Fellowships are available to students who are currently enrolled in and pursuing a graduate degree at a designated institution of higher learning located in the United States of America.   Undergraduate students are no longer qualified candidates.
  2. The program of study being pursued by the candidate may include any recognized field of study in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences (including law, medicine, engineering, architecture or other formal professional training).   The selection committee has a strong preference for supporting scholarly endeavors.
  3. The candidate must have received a baccalaureate degree at the time of application and have an outstanding undergraduate record.
  4. The candidate must demonstrate a need for financial assistance.  
  5. The candidate must be a citizen of the United States of America.
  6. The candidate may be of any national descent or background.

FELLOWSHIP DETAILS

  1. The amount of each Fellowship will cover actual tuition costsplus an $18,000 annual stipend to be allocated towards room, board and ordinary living expenses, as well as any income taxes thereon.
  2. The recipient of a Fellowship shall be known as a Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellow.
  3. Fellowships are awarded annually.  Each Fellow MUST APPLY FOR A RENEWALof his or her fellowship by March 30 of the following year in accordance with the terms in effect at the time the fellowship is awarded.  (No reminder will be sent.)  Fellowships will be limited to a maximum of three years. 
  4. Awarded fellowships may not be deferred.
  5. A Fellowship may be canceled at any timeif a Fellow engages in misconduct affecting the Fund, breaches any of these rules or provides false information to the Fund either directly or indirectly.

The Will of Dolores Zohrab Liebmann created a perpetual charitable trust designated as “The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fund” for the purpose of funding advanced education and graduate study grants, which must be carried out entirely in the United States of America.  The Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Fellowships are to be awarded only to candidates who have outstanding undergraduate records, have demonstrated a need for financial assistance, are citizens of the United States of America, are enrolled in accredited colleges and universities in the United States and have received baccalaureate degrees.

 

Mrs. Liebmann was the daughter of a prominent Armenian intellectual, writer and statesman and was married to one of the owners of a successful American business.  She supported students and educational and charitable organizations during her lifetime.  Mrs. Liebmann’s primary concern, as expressed in her Will, was to attract and support students with outstanding character and ability who hold promise for achievement and distinction in their chosen fields of study.  The trustees welcome applications from students of all national origins who are United States citizens.

 

The amount of each Fellowship will cover the cost of tuition and a stipend to be allocated towards room, board, living expenses and income taxes.  The Trustee has set the stipend at $18,000 for this year.  The procedures governing the granting of the awards are detailed in the attached application.

ISI/Esri Student Competition 2018–2019 Applications due 11/30

Call for Competition


We are pleased to announce the ISI-Esri Student Poster Competition 2018/19. Final judging will take place during the ISI World Statistics Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 18–23, 2019. This competition is sponsored by Esri and ISI. The competition aims to:

NAEd/Spencer Fellowships in Education Research – Deadlines in October and November

We are pleased to share information on the National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Fellowship Programs in education research. Please help us widely distribute this information to qualified candidates, listservs, and other electronic sources by using the paragraphs below. Thank you for your assistance.

National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Fellowships in Education Research

The Dissertation Fellowship Program[pull.xmr3.com] seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $27,500 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere around the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship program will fund 35 promising young scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Clickhere[pull.xmr3.com] to learn about the current fellows.
Deadline to apply: October 4, 2018
NAEd will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, September 5that 2:00pm ET.  Sign up for the webinar and find the application form on the NAEd website: https://naeducation.org/naedspencer-dissertation-fellowship-program/[pull.xmr3.com]

The Postdoctoral Fellowship Program[pull.xmr3.com] supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $70,000 for one academic year of research, or $35,000 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. For the current application cycle, applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2017.  This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship program will fund 30 early-career researchers for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Clickhere[pull.xmr3.com] to learn about the current fellows.
Deadline to apply: November 1, 2018
NAEd will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, September 26th at 2:00pm ET.  Sign up for the webinar and find the application form on the NAEd website: https://naeducation.org/naedspencer-postdoctoral-fellowship-program/[pull.xmr3.com][pull.xmr3.com]

The National Academy of Education greatly appreciates support and funding from the Spencer Foundation[pull.xmr3.com] to provide and administer these fellowship programs.

For more information, please contact Maria Gahan[pull.xmr3.com], Program Officer.


New Report: International Education Assessments: Cautions, Conundrums, and Common Sense

We encourage you to download NAEd’s new reportInternational Education Assessments: Cautions, Conundrums, and Common Sense[pull.xmr3.com]. Results from international large-scale assessments (ILSAs) garner considerable attention in the media, academia, and among policy makers. Although there is widespread recognition that ILSAs can provide useful information, there is debate about what types of comparisons are the most meaningful and what could be done to assure more sound interpretations. To address these issues, the NAEd assembled a study committee to examine the future of ILSAs from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  Edited by Judith Singer, Henry Braun, and Naomi Chudowsky, the committee’s report examines the strengths, limitations, and complexities of international large-scale assessments (ILSAs), especially when used as a basis for informing educational policy and practice. Click here[pull.xmr3.com] to go to the project webpage that houses the report, along with commissioned papers and other related project materials.  For more information, please contact Greg White[pull.xmr3.com].

NOFO- Natural Resource Stewardship Communication due 5/25

Funding Opportunity: The goals of the Natural Resource Stewardship Communication grant are: better understanding of audience beliefs, attitudes, opinions, and motivations related to non-compliant behavior; better understanding of what communication approaches would work for non-compliant behavior, and; increased ability for managers to develop messages and communication strategies that benefit resource stewardship and visitor experience.

Agency Name: National Park Service
Description: In accordance with 54 U.S.C. § 100703, Cooperative Study Units, this funding opportunity is limited to public or private educational institutions that are part of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network.

Grantor Contact Information: If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:  Steve Livingston, Contract Specialist, Phone 303-969-2690, steve_livingston@nps.gov

Application Due Date: May 25th, 2018, 5:00 PM, Time Zone – MT An applicant’s failure to meet an eligibility criterion by the time of the application deadline will result in the application being excluded from consideration. This includes but is not limited to late and incomplete application packages.  

Click here for more information

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 fellows.ccst.us/apply.php.

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 (http://fellows.ccst.us/blog/category/fellows-in-training) or from alumni far along in their careers (http://fellows.ccst.us/blog/category/fellows-profile). See how the CCST Science Fellows program has changed their professional path — and helped make California’s policies stronger with science!

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

FOR 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.

 

Eligibility

  • 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 (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/policydocs/pappguide/nsf15001/gpg_2.jsp).

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

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 frazier.tasha@epa.gov.

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: https://www.epa.gov/environmental-justice/environmental-justice-collaborative-problem-solving-cooperative-agreement-0[USEPA.pr-optout.com]

For a full description of the 2016 Environmental Justice CPS Cooperative Agreement projects:https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-collaborative-problem-solving-cooperative-agreement-2  [USEPA.pr-optout.com]

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: academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65554

For further information and to apply for the position for candidates from the design fields please visit:  academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65546

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.

Call for Mellon Fellowships at the Humanities Institute, New York Botanical Garden due 1/12

THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

THE HUMANITIES INSTITUTE — LuESTHER T. MERTZ LIBRARY

CALL FOR FELLOWS 2018

The Humanities Institute, a research division within the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at The New York Botanical Garden, is pleased to offer a full-time, residential Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for 2018 for current Ph.D. students or recent post-doctoral researchers. Candidates are invited to submit a proposal for independent research in the environmental humanities.

Fellows will conduct research that involves innovative interdisciplinary approaches to areas such as landscape and garden design; urban planning and social history; cultural anthropology; the history and philosophy of botany; botanical exploration; and arts and illustration, with a primary focus on areas of inquiry that connect nature to the human experience. Specific collections at NYBG should also be taken into consideration as part of the research topic. Recipients will be given full access to the unique, historical collections of the LuEsther T. Mertz Library, the Archives, the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, and the Living Collections, including the 250-acre historic landscape. Recipients are also encouraged to take advantage of the cultural and educational resources of New York City.

Eligibility: Current Ph.D. candidates and recent post-doctoral researchers (no more than four years since graduation) who would like to further their studies in a large, international plant-based research center. Students from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities are encouraged to apply.

Tenure of Fellowship: Nine months (tenure can be activated as early as April 1, 2018, and no later than September 6, 2018). Deferral of a student’s Mellon Fellowship is not permitted. Fellowships at NYBG’s Humanities Institute are full-time residential awards that place great emphasis on the exchange of ideas among fellows and the spirit of community within the larger institution. Fellows are expected to devote themselves fully to their studies, and give a presentation about their own research. They are also requested to participate in the Humanities Institute’s activities, including symposia, colloquia, and workshops, as well as important lectures and exhibits held Garden-wide.

Fellowship award: $42,000 (forty-two thousand U.S. dollars), plus health benefits. Fellows are also eligible for a Travel stipend during their tenure to conduct research directly related to their project (travel maximum three weeks, arranged in consultation with the administrative manager).

How to apply: 
The application must be submitted as a single document—Microsoft Word or PDF file—to: HIfellows@nybg.org. Letters of recommendation, in PDF file format, must be submitted directly from the recommender to the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at vsellers@nybg.org. All applications will receive an e-mail acknowledgement of receipt. If you have further questions, please contact the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator, Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, at vsellers@nybg.org.

Applications should include:

  • Complete curriculum vitae of education, professional experience, honors, awards, and publications.
  • Project proposal, including a 2–3 page (max. 750 words) statement that provides an overview of the project you plan to include with an explanation of your research’s significance in the field and the manner in which it will contribute to new scholarship in the environmental humanities.
  • Copy of your Graduate Transcripts.
  • Tentative schedule of work to be accomplished during the fellowship.
  • Three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically by the recommenders.
  • The Deadline for all application material, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is January 12, 2018.
  • Applications, to be written in English, must be submitted electronically by 5 p.m. (EST), January 12, 2018. Late applications will not be accepted. Three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. Awards will be announced by March 1, 2018.

Upon acceptance of the fellowship, applicants will discuss their academic year plan (a period of nine months)—including their schedule for residence in New York/New York Botanical Garden, and their specific contribution to the Humanities Institute and related institutional projects—with the Humanities Institute Research Coordinator.

Housing for Fellows: Fellows are responsible for their own housing arrangements, but suggestions will be provided.

Health Insurance for Fellows: A comprehensive Health Benefit package is offered in addition to the fellowship payment (details of coverage to be finalized in consultation with Human Resource Dept.).

Learn more about the Humanities Institute at nybg.com/humanities