Category Archives: External Funding

ORAU Big Data Postdoc

ORAU is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate with an interest in big data and excellent communication skills. The position requires skills in analysis of large data sets, and will involve development of white papers and other communications, both for technical audiences and general scientific audiences. The key skill set is communication, both to technical and non-technical audiences, and writing samples are requested from potential candidates. The holder of the position would develop connections with the 114 ORAU member universities as well as expert staff at ORAU. The appointment can begin as early as December 15, 2014 and the current funding extends through September 30, 2015. There is potential for mutually agreeable extension. Applicants can express interest or apply through the ORAU online Career Center at http://www.orau.org/careers/.

Grant Program for Travel to Isreal

The semi-annual Prof. Rahamimoff Travel Grants Program for young Scientists is open for submissions and the current deadline for this round of funding is Dec. 3, 2014 (5pm Israel time, GMT/UTC +2; or 10 am EST).

Note that applications must be submitted through the University, and the internal deadline will be different. If you are interested in this opportunity please contact the Sponsored Programs Office.

This program is supported by the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation for short scientific trips by young American or Israeli scientists to the other country. This opportunity is open to PhD students doing research that requires facilities or expertise not available in their home countries, and grants are for $4000.

The call for proposals, instructions, and list of eligible disciplines, can be found in the following BSF website page:
http://www.bsf.org.il/ElectronicSubmission/GatewayFormsAndGuidelines.aspx?PageId=7&innerTextID=0

(SMART) Scholarship for Service Program

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide support to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in a STEM related field.  Please join STAR Program Representative and Michigan Tech’s current SMART Scholarship recipient to learn more about the opportunity to receive full scholarship and employment with the DoD upon graduation!

Who: Student Training and Academic Recruitment (STAR) Program Representative, MTU’s current SMART Scholarship recipient, & YOU!
What: Department of Defense SMART Scholarship Information Session
When: Tuesday, November 11th at 5:15 PM
Where: Chemical Sciences and Engineering Building – Room 101

The SMART Scholarship offers full tuition assistance and education related fees, a paid stipend and summer internships, health insurance and book allowance, mentoring, as well as employment placement after graduation for qualified students. The application window for this opportunity is open now until scheduled close deadline of December 15, 2014 (https://smart.asee.org/).

If you are unable to join us, please do not hesitate to contact Michigan Tech’s on-campus DoD recruiter, Kaila Pietila, for any additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Ms. Pietila can be reached at:
Kaila Pietila
Department of Defense STAR Program Representative
Career Services 220 Administration Building
kaila.pietila.civ@mail.mil
(571) 302-1356

Department of Energy Summer Opportunities

The S-STEM team at the NSF was just made aware of the following internship opportunity from the Department of Energy:

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2015 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.

Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET on January 9, 2015 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August timeframe.

The three programs accepting applications are:

  • The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences, under the guidance of laboratory/facility staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.  More information about SULI and access to the online application is athttp://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/.
  • The Community College Internship (CCI) program encourages community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE Labs.  Students work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities related to ongoing R&D programs. More information about CCI and access to the online application is athttp://science.energy.gov/wdts/cci/.
  • The Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students at institutions historically underrepresented in the research community in order to expand the workforce vital to the DOE mission areas.  In this program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with DOE laboratory research staff on a research project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students (one of which may be a graduate student) to participate in the research project. Applicants establish their collaborations with laboratory research staff in advance of applying and must submit a co-developed research proposal as part of the application. Students apply separately at the invitation of the faculty member. More information about the VFP and access to the online application is at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/vfp/.

The SULI, CCI and VFP programs are sponsored and managed by the DOE Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists. The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

 

 

Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Internship Program

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math).

The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply before the January 2, 2015 deadline.

Apply now for the Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program

 

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – clickhttp://orise.orau.gov/mlef/ to get started NOW!

 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Seminar

The Research Development Office has been holding NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) seminar sessions to those students who have expressed interest in applying for the NSF GRFP.
This Thursday, from 12:00 to 1:00 in Admin 404 (Pat Nelson Graduate Conference Center), Dr. Pushpa Murthy from the NSF GRFP office will be presenting a webinar session. She would like to invite any academic advisors or faculty members who help students with the NSF GRFP application process to attend for some helpful information.
Please pass this information along to those who may be interested.

Research Opportunity Description

Innovative Research Approaches in Climate Change, Next Generation Air Sensors, and Citizen Science
Research Participation Program
Office of Research and Development
Immediate Office
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Washington, DC

EPA-ORD/IOAA-2014-01

Project Description:

A postgraduate or postdoctoral research project training opportunity is currently available at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Research and Development (ORD). This appointment will be served with the Immediate Office (IO) in Washington, DC.

Joining ORD’s Chief Innovation Officer, the participant will be involved in analysis of research gaps and synthesis of new innovative research approaches to science and technical issues including next generation environmental sensors, climate change, and citizen science. The research participant may be involved in the following activities:

  • Analyzing gaps in current technology for low cost, portable air sensors for ozone, fine particulate matter, and volatile organic compounds, among others. Following the analysis phase, s/he will synthesize new research approaches for development and deployment of next generation air sensors.
  • Analyzing the effectiveness of new innovation tools, including challenges and prizes, and adapting the most effective tools for use in maximizing ORD’s climate change research.
  • Assessing citizen science approaches at the national level, focusing on the feasibility of incorporating data collected and analyzed by citizen scientists into ORD’s research programs and future projects. Research will also include identifying and quantifying gaps in application or implementation of citizen science products and conducting research directed at uncovering innovative solutions that remedy the deficiencies in the citizen science approach.

The research participant will have latitude in exercising independent initiative and judgment in conducting the research. EPA will review completed research for adherence to EPA principles and policies, quality, and soundness of scientific conclusions. S/he will have the opportunity to collaborate with peers at EPA, as well as other federal agencies and non-profit and academic institutions. S/he will collaborate with scientists in all fields of environmental sciences, but will interact heavily with climate change and air sensor scientists.

Qualifications:

Applicants must have received a master’s or doctoral degree in geosciences within five years of the desired starting date, or completion of all requirements for the degree should be expected prior to the starting date.

U.S. citizenship is required. The program is open to all qualified individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, age, physical or mental disability, national origin, or status as a Vietnam era or disabled veteran.

The appointment is full time for one year and may be renewed upon recommendation of EPA and contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend. The participant must show proof of health and medical insurance. Funding may be made available to reimburse a research participant’s travel expenses to support field studies and to present the results of his/her research at scientific conferences. No funding will be made available to cover travel costs for pre-appointment visits, relocation costs, tuition and fees, or a participant’s health insurance. The participant does not become an EPA employee.

Technical Questions:

The contacts for this project are Peter Preuss (preuss.peter@epa.gov) and Kevin Kuhn (kuhn.kevin@epa.gov).

How to Apply:

An application can be found at http://orise.orau.gov/epa/applicants/application.htm. Please reference Project #EPA-ORD/IOAA-2014-01 when calling or writing for information.

Spring 2015 Finishing Fellowship Nominations Open

Applications for spring 2015 finishing fellowships are now being accepted, and are due no later than 4pm, October 21, 2014 to Dr. Debra Charlesworth in the Graduate School. Instructions on the application and evaluation process are found online.

Students are eligible if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. Must be a PhD student.
  2. Must expect to finish during the semester supported as a finishing fellow.
  3. Must have submitted no more than one previous application for a finishing fellowship.
  4. Must be eligible for or in Research Only Mode at the time of application.

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan. The Graduate School anticipates funding up to ten fellowships with support ranging from $2000 to full support (stipend + tuition). Students who receive full support through a Finishing Fellowship may not accept any other employment. For example, students cannot be fully supported by a Finishing Fellowship and accept support as a GTA or GRA.