Archive for January, 2012


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January 31, 2012


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UCSD Internal Deadlines for April NIH F31 and F31 Diversity applications

January 30, 2012

Ph.D. students applying for NIH NRSA F31 and F31 Diversity grants must be aware of the internal deadlines for submission outlined below.

If you are applying for the April 9, 2012 Parent F31 deadline:

Submit completed application with Specific Aims and Research Strategy in good draft form and all other attachments in final form to gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu by March 26, 2012

Submit completed application with all attachments in final form to gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu by April 4, 2012.

If you are applying for the April 13 F31 Diversity deadline:

Submit completed application with Specific Aims and Research Strategy in good draft form and all other attachments in final form to gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu by March 30, 2012

Submit completed application with all attachments in final form to gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu by April 10, 2012.

OGS cannot guarantee that applications received after these deadlines will be submitted to the NIH on time.

Students preparing applications should refer to OGS’s F31 and F31 Application and Submission Guide to prepare their application.

Please note that four items must be submitted to OGS before the application can be submitted: The completed application, the budget workbook (template available in the Submission Guide), and the application checklist (available in the submission guide) should be submitted electronically to gradadvisor AT ucsd DOT edu. The Fellowship Assurance Form (template available in the Submission Guide) should be submitted to Zoe Ziliak Michel in OGS (MC 0003) in original paper form.

Please let me know if you have any questions. It is vital that you adhere to these guidelines.


Kenneth and Dorothy Hill Fellowship – Check with your Grad Coordinator

January 30, 2012

Earlier today, your grad coordinators received an email announcing the Kenneth and Dorothy Hill Fellowship, which funds $10,000 plus resident tuition and fees. Pre-doctoral students from Humanities and Social Science departments, SIO, Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience are eligible if a significant portion of their research will be carried out in the Mandeville Special Collections Library.

Please talk to your grad coordinator if you’d like to be nominated for the award.


UnitedGREEN $1,000 Scholarships for Sustainability Research in our Area

January 30, 2012

“UnitedGREEN is offering three $1,000 scholarships to students engaged in sustainable research projects. Students conducting research in how to make the San Diego, Imperial County, and Tijuana region sustainable in the areas of food, energy, and water are encouraged to apply for this scholarship. Top entries will present their research at the March 3-4 “Forging a Sustainable Future” Symposium, display their work at the event, and publish it on the website.

Research entries must meet the following criteria:
– Original Work
– Contain actionable ideas
– Worthy of review by experts in the field
– Be able to be synopsized in a 5-minute presentation

Any student currently enrolled in a college or university in San Diego and Imperial Counties, and Baja California is encouraged to apply if eligible. Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 with full work meeting minimum criteria to be presented the week of Feb. 20-25, 2012. One prize will be awarded in each of the three areas: food, water, and energy. Presentations will be judged by a panel of experts in each of those fields. All final decisions are to be received by the Heartland Coalition Board. Research work remains the property of the student.

If you would like to submit an entry, please email co-chair Walt Meyer at or call (858)254-8332 with your name, e-mail address, phone number, school, major, title, subject and one-paragraph abstract of your work.”


Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

January 30, 2012

The NSF’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program “seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science teachers. The Noyce Scholarship Track provides funds to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who earn a teaching credential and commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts. The NSF Teaching Fellowship/Master Teaching Fellowship Track provides funding to support STEM professionals who enroll as NSF Teaching Fellows in master’s degree programs leading to teacher certification by providing academic courses, professional development, and salary supplements while they are fulfilling a four-year teaching commitment in a high-need school district.”

LOI deadline: February 27, 2012


If you’re just about done with your PhD – California Science + Technology Policy Fellowships

January 30, 2012

The California Science & Technology Policy Fellowships allow professional scientists and engineers to work in the state legislature for a year. “The fellowships are ideal for qualified applicants who are interested in improving the interface between science and legislative decision-making and who want to learn the public policy decision-making process.”

:To be eligible for the Fellowship, candidates must possess the following minimum qualifications:

-A PhD or equivalent level degree OR
-An MS degree in an engineering discipline, plus at least three years post-degree experience; and
-U.S. citizenship OR
-Suitable immigration status for non-residents.

The following are not eligible to compete:

-Individuals who will not have their doctoral degree by September 1, 2012
-Individuals who have registered as lobbyists in the State of California or under the federal Lobbying Disclosure Act within 6 months of the application deadline
-Active state employees

Examples of PhD equivalent degrees include, but are not limited to: ScD, MD, DVM, DO, DDS, EdD”

Fellows receive a stipend of at least $45,000, plus up to $4,000 in relocation costs.

Application deadline: February 29, 2012


NIH post on trouble-shooting xTrain Termination Reports (for NRSA F31 and other fellowships)

January 27, 2012

Those of you currently funded under an NIH fellowship should read this blog post covering a common error with xTrain termination reports. You’ll have to fill out a termination report in order to close out your fellowship.