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February 6, 2012

As of Monday, February 6, 2012, this WordPress site is no longer being updated. From now on, you can view updates to the UCSD graduate funding blog at graduatefunding.ucsd.edu. (I just added a new post there that is not visible on this WordPress site.)
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Nominate someone (or get someone to nominate you) for UCSD’s sustainability awards

February 2, 2012

UCSD offers Sustainability Awards annually.

“-Sustainability is defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability issues may include an overlap of environmental, economic, or social equity related issues.
-Individual or group activities and projects occurring or culminating between Earth Week 2010 and the present are eligible for nomination.”

I would encourage you to nominate someone for this award! (Or, if you think you’re aiding sustainability, you can coerce someone else into nominating you.)

Award categories include:

Outstanding Undergraduate Student
Outstanding Graduate Student
Outstanding Faculty
Outstanding Staff
Outstanding Student Group
Outstanding Individual (not UC San Diego student, faculty or staff)
Outstanding Collaboration: This person or group must have demonstrated successful collaboration with a non-traditional or first-time partner from on or off campus.”

Nominations due March 8, 2012


William Orr Dingwall Foundation Neurolinguistics Dissertation Fellowship

February 2, 2012

The William Orr Dingwall Foundation offers Dissertation Fellowships in Neurolinguistics. The award is $30,000 for one year.
You can’t apply yourself; your department can choose one student to nominate. (However, you’ll need to prepare a lot of supporting documents for the nomination.)

Act fast! Application deadline: February 14, 2012


Workshop to Improve Your NIH F31 Fellowship Application

February 2, 2012

Applying for an NIH F31 or F31 Diversity fellowship this year?

Come to OGS’s workshop to get tips on how to woo the reviewers!

When: Monday, February 27
2:30-4:00 PM
Where: Price Center – Red Shoe Room

-Dr. Peter Wagner, professor emeritus and longtime NIH reviewer
-Kelly Landy, current UCSD F31 recipient
-Another current F31 recipient, TBD
-Zoe Ziliak Michel, grad fellowship advisor

Topics covered:
-What reviewers like to see
-How to organize your proposal
-What to emphasize vs. what not to say
-Logistics of submitting your proposal
-Your questions, of course

Plus! Plus! Plus!

Bring a draft of your Specific Aims document and have it critiqued by one of our speakers!

Questions about the workshop can be directed to Zoe Ziliak Michel, gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu.

We hope to see you there!


Talk to your advisor about nominations for the Intel PhD Fellowship

February 1, 2012

Our internal deadline for nominations for the Intel PhD Fellowship program is this coming Monday, but we haven’t gotten too many nominations yet. If your research is in an area you think would interest Intel and you’d like to be nominated, ask your advisor if s/he would like to nominate you. (Your advisor should have received the call for nominations from your department chair and/or grad coordinator.)

Normally we don’t let students know about this call because the nominations should be up to the advisors, but I’m a bit concerned about the paucity of nominations.

The broad areas of research supported by this fellowship are hardware systems technology and design, semiconductor technology and manufacturing, and software technology and design.


John Templeton Foundation Grants in the “Big Questions”

February 1, 2012

The John Templeton Foundation provides grants for those seeking to answer “big questions” that they define every year. I’m honestly not certain of whether grad students can apply. It says they encourage projects involving younger researchers, but I don’t know if you can be a PI on a project yet. It does say they prefer to give the grants through institutions rather than just to individuals.

Here are the topics for this funding cycle:

Breaking New Ground in Science and Religion

“Over the past several decades the field of science and religion has produced a rich body of scholarship concerning the different purposes, methods and epistemologies of these two areas and their modes of interaction. Scholars have also addressed a range of more specific topics such as divine action, the meanings of evolution, fine-tuning, and varied elements of human nature. As productive as it has been, we at the John Templeton Foundation believe the science-religion dialogue has yet to investigate the full range of possibilities. In particular, it has largely been carried out from a perspective that is theistic (usually Christian), Western, methodologically focused, concerned primarily with the physical sciences, and has often been pitched at an introductory level. We believe that there is value in more work, particularly advanced research, which engages other scientific fields, more of the world’s religions, a wider spectrum of cultural foundations, and a greater breadth of specific topics.”

The Physics of Emergence

“Since the 1972 publication of Philip Anderson’s seminal paper, ‘More is Different,’ physicists have been interested in whether and to what extent there are phenomena best described as ’emergent.’ This interest has spread throughout a range of areas within physics, due in no small part to the fact that on some conceptions of emergence entirely new properties, entities, and behaviors appear at many different levels of complexity—novelties that ‘require research which is just as fundamental in its nature as any other.’

However, at present we lack a thorough understanding of whether and to what extent the conceptions of emergence employed by physicists and philosophers of physics are satisfied by physical phenomena. We believe that this is an opportune time to investigate such questions through rigorous scientific investigation, and it is our hope that this Funding Competition will promote such investigation.”

An Online Funding Inquiry (kind of like a Letter of Intent) is due by April 16.


Interdisciplinary Collaboratories – Some pitfalls to avoid

February 1, 2012

I just sent out a call for the new round of applications for the Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories. The applications are due March 1.

Technically, these applications are supposed to be prepared by the faculty members applying for the grant, but I saw in the last round that in practice, the graduate students are often put in charge of getting the application together. Here are some items to double-check before submitting the application:

First and foremost, make sure all faculty members on the grant have an appropriate title code. No faculty members without a title code on research affair’s list can be included on the grant. The dean does not make exceptions. Your department grad coordinator or fund manager can help you verify the faculty members’ title codes.

Second, be sure that the faculty come from (at least) two different divisions as well as three different departments. On the UCSD homepage, there’s a tab that says “Divisions & Schools” that will list the divisions for you if you hover over it. (Arts & Humanities, Biological Sciences, JSOE…)

Third, remember that you need an abstract as well as your longer project description.

Finally, make sure each CV is no longer than 2 pages. We technically don’t have formatting restrictions on the CVs, but please make the font large enough to be legible, and the margins wide enough that the page isn’t horribly ugly.

Please feel free to email me at gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu with any questions. Good luck!