Archive for November, 2009


Fulbright-Hays Human Subjects Narrative

November 23, 2009

For those of you who are applying for the Fulbright-Hays DDRA, here is an explanation of what your narratives should contain:

Instructions for Exempt and Nonexempt Human Subjects Research Narratives
If the applicant marked “Yes” for Item 3 of Department of Education Supplemental Information for SF 424, the applicant must provide a human subjects “exempt research” or “nonexempt research” narrative. Insert the narrative(s) in the space provided. If you have multiple projects and need to provide more than one narrative, be sure to label each set of responses as to the project they address.

A. Exempt Research Narrative
If you marked “Yes” for item 3 a. and designated exemption numbers(s), provide the “exempt research” narrative. The narrative must contain sufficient information about the involvement of human subjects in the proposed research to allow a determination by ED that the designated exemption(s) are appropriate. The narrative must be succinct.

B. Nonexempt Research Narrative
If you marked “No” for item 3 a. you must provide the “nonexempt research” narrative. The narrative must address the following seven points. Although no specific page limitation applies to this section of the application, be succinct.

(1) Human Subjects Involvement and Characteristics: Provide a detailed description of the proposed involvement of human subjects. Describe the characteristics of the subject population, including their anticipated number, age range, and health status. Identify the criteria for inclusion or exclusion of any subpopulation. Explain the rationale for the involvement of special classes of subjects, such as children, children with disabilities, adults with disabilities, persons with mental disabilities, pregnant women, prisoners, institutionalized individuals, or others who are likely to be vulnerable

(2) Sources of Materials: Identify the sources of research material obtained from individually identifiable living human subjects in the form of specimens, records, or data. Indicate whether the material or data will be obtained specifically for research purposes or whether use will be made of existing specimens, records, or data.

(3) Recruitment and Informed Consent: Describe plans for the recruitment of subjects and the consent procedures to be followed. Include the circumstances under which consent will be sought and obtained, who will seek it, the nature of the information to be provided to prospective subjects, and the method of documenting consent. State if the Institutional Review Board (IRB) has authorized a modification or waiver of the elements of consent or the requirement for documentation of consent.

(4) Potential Risks: Describe potential risks (physical, psychological, social, legal, or other) and assess their likelihood and seriousness. Where appropriate, describe alternative treatments and procedures that might be advantageous to the subjects.

(5) Protection Against Risk: Describe the procedures for protecting against or minimizing potential risks, including risks to confidentiality, and assess their likely effectiveness. Where appropriate, discuss provisions for ensuring necessary medical or professional intervention in the event of adverse effects to the subjects. Also, where appropriate, describe the provisions for monitoring the data collected to ensure the safety of the subjects.

(6) Importance of the Knowledge to be Gained: Discuss the importance of the knowledge gained or to be gained as a result of the proposed research. Discuss why the risks to subjects are reasonable in relation to the anticipated benefits to subjects and in relation to the importance of the knowledge that may reasonably be expected to result.

(7) Collaborating Site(s): If research involving human subjects will take place at collaborating site(s) or other performance site(s), name the sites and briefly describe their involvement or role in the research.


American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowships

November 17, 2009

For graduate students interested in applying for the predoctoral fellowships offered by AHA, please keep in mind that OGS will have an internal deadline of January 11, 2010 (their national deadline is January 20, 2010).  Please see below for more information.

To help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research, and to provide stipend support for students conducting doctoral dissertation projects.

Science Focus
Research broadly related to cardiovascular function and disease and stroke, or to related basic science, clinical, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.

All basic disciplines as well as epidemiological, behavioral, community and clinical investigations that bear on cardiovascular and stroke problems.

Academic Degree
Predoctoral Ph.D. students

Target Market
Applicants must:

  1. Be a doctoral student in any of the basic or clinical biomedical sciences, social or behavioral sciences, epidemiology or public health.
  2. Be enrolled in an accredited, non-profit institution in California, Nevada or Utah.
  3. Show evidence of potential for a research career.
  4. Show a sincere interest in pursuing a career in cardiovascular research.

Those considered must have well-developed research proposals and by June 30, 2010 completed their required course work, usually evidenced by having passed their qualifying examination.  Predoctoral fellowships are not to support individuals while they are completing their course work or studying for their qualifying examination or for individuals of faculty/staff rank or individuals who already have a science-based Ph.D.. An individual pursuing a second doctoral degree (e.g., an M.D., D.O., D.V.M. or Pharm.D. seeking a Ph.D.) is eligible to apply. M.D. applicants in a Ph.D. program are eligible to apply.

At time of application, must have one of the following designations:

  • U.S. citizen
  • Permanent resident
  • Pending permanent resident. Applicants must have applied for permanent residency and have filed Form I-485 with the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and have received authorization to legally remain in the United States (having filed an Application for Employment Form I-765)
  • E-3 — specialty occupation worker
  • F1 — student Visa
  • H1-B Visa — temporary worker in a specialty occupation
  • J-1 Visa — Exchange Visitor
  • O-1 Visa — temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences
  • TN Visa — NAFTA professional

Annual Award Amount
$18,500 stipend, plus $3,000 annual departmental allowance.

Award Duration
One or two years; may submit an application to compete for a third year of funding, if eligible.

For more information, please visit:


SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program

November 16, 2009

Deadline: December 15, 2009 (for Fall 2010 starts)
Eligibility: Students must be U.S. Citizens, able to obtain a DoD Security Clearance, and be willing to work in a defense laboratory upon graduation.
Apply on-line at

The SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is a highly-selective, prestigious, national program that fully supports a student’s education, including full tuition and a very generous stipend in the range of $25,000 a year for undergraduates and $41,000 for doctoral candidates, while they are in school. It also includes a book allowance of $1,000 a year, health insurance, summer internships, and travel fees for internships. . There will be approximately 300 new awards this year.

For more information about the program and application process, please visit


ETS Fellowship and Internship Programs

November 13, 2009

Dear Graduate Students,

The ETS fellowship and internship programs are now accepting applications for the 2010 cycle.

Summer Internship Program for Graduate Students
Information and application instructions are posted on the ETS Web site at  The deadline for applying for the summer internship and postdoctoral fellowship programs is February 1, 2010 (and will be notified in April 1, 2010 if they are chosen for funding).


  • Current full-time enrollment in a doctoral program in any of the following areas: measurement theory, validity, natural language processing and computational linguistics, cognitive psychology, learning theory, linguistics, speech recognition and processing, teaching and classroom research, statistics, and international large scale assessments.
  • Completion of at least 2 years of coursework toward the PhD or EdD prior to the program start date.

Award Duration

  • June 7, 2010 – July 30, 2010*


  • $5,000 stipend*
  • Up to $1,000 round-trip travel reimbursement from the intern’s university to Princeton
  • $1,500 housing allowance for interns residing outside a 50-mile radius of ETS facilities*

*Some of the projects in the area of natural language processing require a 12-week internship. The descriptions for these projects will specify 12 weeks. Award duration for 12-week internships is June 1, 2010 – August 20, 2010. The award stipend is $7,500, and the housing allowance is $2,250.

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Harold Gulliksen Psychometric Research Fellowship Program
The deadlines for applying for the Harold Gulliksen program are December 1, 2009 for the preliminary application materials and February 1, 2010 for the final application materials.

Award Duration

Appointments are for one year.

Award Value

Each fellow’s university receives the following:

  • $15,000 to pay a stipend to the fellow
  • $7,500 to defray the fellow’s tuition, fees and work-study program commitments
  • A small grant for the purchase of equipment or software if needed to facilitate work on the fellow’s research project (grant must be requested by the university)

Each fellow who also participates in the Summer Internship Program for Graduate Students receives the following:

  • $5,000 stipend
  • Up to $1,000 round-trip travel reimbursement from the intern’s university to Princeton
  • $1,500 housing allowance for interns residing outside a 50-mile radius of ETS’s facilities


At the time of application, candidates must be enrolled in a doctoral program, have completed all the coursework toward the PhD, and be at the dissertation stage of their program. Dissertation topics in the areas of psychometrics, statistics, educational/psychological measurement, or quantitative methods will be given priority.


Postdoctoral Poster Symposium at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

November 9, 2009

The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Poster Symposium and Recruitment Day is a two-and-a-half-day event held at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. The symposium introduces selected upper-level graduate students to postdoctoral opportunities at Vanderbilt. This year’s Symposium will be held March 7-10, 2010.

Prospective postdoctoral candidates will present their graduate research alongside current postdocs at Vanderbilt’s Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium. Candidates will also participate in the Symposium poster session, attend the keynote address by an internationally renowned scientist, and network with faculty and current postdoctoral fellows at the Symposium reception. In addition, prospective fellows will tour Vanderbilt and Nashville, and interview with faculty.

Travel expenses, accommodations, meals, and entertainment are fully sponsored by Vanderbilt for graduate students who are accepted to attend.

Eligibility and application procedures:
To be eligible to present their research at the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Poster Symposium and Recruitment Day, graduate students must be US citizens or permanent residents and complete their PhD dissertation research between January 2010 and May 2011. Graduate students must be nominated by their dissertation adviser, department chair, or dean. Nominators may submit their letter of nomination online at the nomination website. The nomination deadline is December 15, 2009.

For more information, please visit


Grantwriting for the Sciences

November 9, 2009

Thursday, Nov 12, 2009
12:15 – 1:45 pm
Garren Auditorium, Biomedical Sciences Building, SOM

Success in academe, particularly in a research institution, can often be correlated with success in grant-writing. CTD is providing this opportunity for graduate students, TAs, and postdoctoral fellows to explore the issues involved in effective grant-writing–what are the components that, if known and well-executed, can equate with success?

Peter Wagner, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Bioengineering, will lead this session. Dr. Wagner has written on this topic for The Physiologist and will share copies of his article, “On writing a grant application: a personal view.”

*Although this presentation is geared to grant-writing in the sciences, you may attend even if you are in another discipline. Several participants from other disciplines have indicated that the information provided has been very useful.


Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories

November 2, 2009

Dear Graduate Students and Faculty,

For the September 1, 2009 call for proposals for the Chancellor’s Interdisciplinary Collaboratories competition, we had 29 applications submitted.  Of these 29 applications, 2 proposals were funded – fewer than 10%.  As you can see, competition was intense, and we received many more proposals than we could possibly fund.  We understand that a lot of work goes into the preparation of such interdisciplinary proposals, and we appreciate your dedication to furthering innovative research.

The following projects were funded:

1) Electron Tomography in the National Center for Microscopy and Imaging Research

2) An interdisciplinary approach for quantifying DNA looping in chromatin complexes

Faculty participating in the funded projects come from the following departments: NANO-E, PHYS, BIO, BIO-E, CHEM/BIOCH, NEURO/SOM, MATH, and CSE.

The students participating in the selected proposals come from: MECH-E, CHEM/BIOCH, BIO, CSE, and MATH.