Archive for November 7th, 2011

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Post-doctoral Scholarships at USC’s School of Pharmacy

November 7, 2011

USC Fellows Booklet 2012 – FINAL

Attached is a brochure for post-doctoral opportunities at USC’s School of Pharmacy. Note that you do not have to have a Pharm.D. to apply for all of the opportunities. For some, relevant fields include chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, physical chemistry, etc.

Application deadline: January 2, 2012

Edit: I just learned that USC is hosting an open house for anyone interested in applying for these opportunities. The open house is Tuesday, November 22, 8:00 am to 1:30 PM, in Irvine, CA.

The address is
Allergan Pharmaceutical
2525 Dupont Drive
Irvine CA 92612

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Pacific Rim (Pac Rim) Proposal Preparation Tips

November 7, 2011

We had a good turnout at last Friday’s Pac Rim Information Session. For those of you who couldn’t make it, I’m posting some of the tips that Dr. Fruhstuck gave us:

Write for an Interdisciplinary Audience – Proposals are screened first here at UCSD, and then UCSD’s nominated proposals are screened at the program level. At the program level, each application will be read by 2-3 reviewers. Dr. Fruhstuck tries to assign each proposal to reviewers who will know something about your subject area, but that’s not guaranteed. Therefore, write for an educated but generalist audience. Your readers might not be specialists in your host countries, and they most probably won’t be in the same discipline as you. (A list of the review committee is available on the Pac Rim website.)

Explaining your Project – Be sure you can explain your project and its significance clearly and persuasively. Your proposal should explain 1) what you are going to do, 2) how you will do it, and 3) why anyone should care. (I’m not saying you have to divide your proposal into those sub-sections.) Make sure that your proposal is feasible. If you speak the language of the country or countries you’ll be visiting, state that! Don’t make the committee wonder if you’ll only be able to speak with English-speaking academics.

Importance of International Aspect – Pac Rim prefers to fund multi-country proposals. However, single-country proposals do get funded, as long as they have an international application. Therefore, if you’re only going to one country, explain the project’s broader implications outside of that one country.

Letter(s) of Recommendation – First, be sure your recommender understands your project! Give them a draft of your proposal to make sure they know what you’re doing. Second, while you are allowed to submit more than one letter, keep in mind that additional letters aren’t that persuasive. It’s more important to make sure that your one letter is strong. (Of course, multiple strong letters are a plus.)

Budgets – There were lots of budget questions at the meeting. First, you don’t have to ask for the maximum funding. Second, if your project will cost more than the maximum, just ask for the maximum, and make sure you explain how you plan to get the rest of the funding, even if you’ll be taking out a loan. Be sure to justify all your expenditures, and don’t lie about the cost of anything. Note that the committee may ask you to cut your budget, but they won’t specify how you should cut it. They’ll just tell you how much to cut, and then you figure out where to scrimp.


If you would like to see a successful proposal, email Lisa Nishioka, the Pac Rim program coordinator. If you look up the list of past awards, you can request one that’s similar to your project.

You might also ask past Pac Rim evaluators at UCSD to read through your proposal and give you comments.

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California Sea Grant Graduate Fellowships in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

November 7, 2011

Copying and pasting from the program announcement:

Applications Open for Graduate Fellowships in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics

The California Sea Grant College Program is now seeking applications for the 2012 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)–Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Programs in Population Dynamics and Marine Resource Economics.
These are national competitions, and applicants should contact the Sea Grant program in their state (or closest to them). See http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/colleges for locations of Sea Grant programs and contact information.
California applicants may apply through either the California Sea Grant Program in La Jolla, or through the University of Southern California Sea Grant Program in Los Angeles.
The award for each fellowship is contingent upon the availability of federal funds and will be in the form of a grant or cooperative agreement of $38,500 per year.
Formal announcements of the fellowships have been published in the Federal Register and the complete Federal Funding Opportunity can be accessed through the links provided on the California Sea Grant website: http://www.csgc.ucsd.edu/EDUCATION/SeaGrantFellows.html

National Marine Fisheries Service–Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Population Dynamics

The Graduate Fellowship Program awards at least two new Ph.D. fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to the population dynamics of living marine resources and the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing their status. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories.

* Applications are due 5 p.m. PST, January 20, 2012
* Information and application:
http://www.csgc.ucsd.edu/EDUCATION/NMFS_PD/PopDynam_current.html

National Marine Fisheries Service–Sea Grant Joint Graduate Fellowship Program in Marine Resource Economics

The Graduate Fellowship Program generally awards two new Ph.D. fellowships each year to students who are interested in careers related to the development and implementation of quantitative methods for assessing the economics of the conservation and management of living marine resources. Fellows will work on thesis problems of public interest and relevance to NMFS under the guidance of NMFS mentors at participating NMFS Science Centers or Laboratories.

* Applications are due 5 p.m. PST, January 20, 2012

* Information and application:
http://www.csgc.ucsd.edu/EDUCATION/NMFS_MRE/MarResEcon_current.html

If you wish to apply through California Sea Grant, please contact Shauna Oh at sgnsgoproposal AT ucsd DOT edu or 858-534-4440 for more information.

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Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Post-doc Opportunities

November 7, 2011

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution offers a postdoctoral scholarship program for “recipients of new or recent doctorates in the fields of chemistry, engineering, geology, geophysics, mathematics, meteorology, physics, and biology as well as oceanography.”

“Recipients of the 2012-2013 awards will receive a stipend of $56,500 per year for an 18 month appointment, plus a relocation allowance. All appointees are eligible for group health and dental insurance. In addition, limited support is available for travel expenses, equipment, supplies and special services.”

Application deadline: January 15, 2012

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Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies

November 7, 2011

The Woodrow Wilson Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies funds Ph.D. candidates conducting “original and significant research about women that crosses disciplinary, regional, or cultural boundaries.”

Application deadline: November 21, 2011

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Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship Program

November 7, 2011

The Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation’s Environmental Fellowship Program supports “highly talented graduate students in New England and California whose studies are directed toward improving environmental quality and who demonstrate the potential for leadership in their field.” Ten fellowships are awarded in California.
The fellowship carries a $15,000 cash award plus extensive career support.

Eligibility:

Applicants must

” -be a US citizen;
-be enrolled in an accredited graduate institution in California or New England;
-have strong academic qualifications; and
-have academic and career goals focused on environmental improvement, regardless of the school, major or program in which they are enrolled.

In addition:

-The applicant must plan to be enrolled as a full time student for the entire ’12-’13 academic year in order to be considered.
-Master’s degree candidates must have completed at least one semester of course work to apply and be seeking the Master’s as a terminal degree. Master’s degree students planning to pursue a PhD are advised to wait until they are in their PhD program to apply.
-Individuals enrolled in one-year Master’s degree programs may apply prior to enrollment, but must be formally accepted into their program to be eligible for a Fellowship interview. (Interviews take place in May.)
-Applicants at the PhD level must plan to have completed at least three years of Doctoral work by July 1, 2012, or plan to have passed their qualifying exams by May 1, 2012. Please note that PhD candidates with a clear research and career focus are more competitive than individuals who are still undecided or early in their academic program.
-Mid-Career students may apply and must demonstrate how their academic program will enhance their effectiveness as an environmental professional.
-All applicants and recommenders should be aware that the Switzer Environmental Fellowship looks for environmental leadership potential of the applicant as well as their research topic.”

Application deadline: January 15, 2012

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SRC Fellowships and Scholarships for those interested in a Ph.D. or Master’s related to semi-conductor research

November 7, 2011

The Semi-Conductor Research Corporation (SRC) provides doctoral and master’s fellowships to “[supply] a relevantly educated workforce for the semiconductor industry.”

Doctoral Fellowships:

Support

GFP Fellowships provide full tuition and fees and a competitive stipend for up to five years of doctoral study. Fellowships also include an unrestricted annual gift of $2,000 for use by the student’s faculty advisor in support of the student. The Fellowships will continue to completion of the degree program, but for no more than five years. Continuation will be contingent only upon satisfactory progress in the proposed course of study and research as determined by the faculty advisor and GRC.

A limited number of Fellowships are set aside in this competition for students just beginning their graduate research and having no connection to GRC-funded contracts. These Fellowships may be awarded to students planning to attend universities where GRC has funded research and where a good technical match seems likely. These Fellowships are for one year. If the recipient is able to join a research program approved by GRC during that year, the Fellowship will continue for up to four additional years. If the student is unable to find an appropriate placement with a GRC-approved research program, the Fellowship will end after one year.

Eligibility

The fellowships are open to students who:

-are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident, refugee, or political asylum status in the U.S.;
-are pursuing or planning to pursue a Ph.D. degree with research relevant to microelectronics under the guidance of a GRC-approved faculty member and with at least two years to completion of the doctoral degree;
-will be performing research under a sponsored research program approved by GRC; and
-are willing to provide a copy of his/her Ph.D. dissertation to GRC for publication to the SRC website.

It is expected that all Fellows will complete their Ph.D. degrees in an area relevant to microelectronics and that upon completion of the program, are encouraged to secure employment with an SRC member or U.S. government agency or a faculty position in an accredited four-year U.S. college or university.

Master’s Fellowships

The Master’s Scholarship Program (MSP) addresses issues of improving educational opportunities at the master’s level for students in underrepresented minority categories. …The Master’s Scholarship Program was created in 1997 for the purpose of attracting qualified students who are also in underrepresented minority categories to graduate study in areas of interest to the semiconductor industry. In 1999, the program was opened to women as a category and has since been opened to underrepresented students holding refugee or political asylum status in the U.S.

The MSP Scholarships provide full tuition and fees and a competitive stipend for up to two years of master’s level study. Scholarships also include an unrestricted gift of $2,000 for use by the student’s faculty advisor in support of the student. The Scholarships will continue to completion of the degree program, but for no more than two years. Continuation will be contingent only upon satisfactory progress in the proposed course of study and research as determined by the faculty advisor and GRC.

Eligibility

The MSP is open to students who:

-are women or are members of an underrepresented minority category (African-American, Hispanic, Native American);
-meet admission requirements for graduate school at a GRC-participating university;
-are U.S. citizens or have permanent resident, refugee, or political asylum status in the U.S.;
-are planning to pursue a master’s degree with research relevant to microelectronics under the guidance of a GRC-approved faculty member and under a GRC-approved research program; and
-are willing to provide a copy of his/her master’s thesis where appropriate for publication to the SRC secure website.

Application deadline: mid-February