Duke’s Nicholas School on the Road!

Interested in a Master of Environmental Management or Master of Forestry from Duke? See below!

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Spring 2014 – MS Student to Study Shrub Encroachment into Coastal Prairie (Texas)

M.S. POSITION AVAILABLE TO STUDY SHRUB ENCROACHMENT INTO COASTAL PRAIRIE

I am seeking a MS-level graduate student to conduct research on the ecological consequences of shrub encroachment into coastal prairies of south Texas. Conversion of coastal prairies and other grassland ecosystems into shrublands is a global phenomenon with important implications because of the potential for changes in plant functional type (grass vs. shrub) to alter ecosystem function, such as the ecosystem’s ability to provide habitat for wildlife, control microclimate, produce and store carbon, cycle water and nutrients, and stabilize soils and prevent erosion. Research will be largely field-based and conducted in the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Refuge in south Texas, the primary habitat for the endangered ocelot and aplomado falcon.

The position will begin in spring 2014 in the Biological Sciences Department at the University of Texas-Brownsville (http://www.utb.edu/biology/). The student will be employed as a teaching assistant and will be expected to work 15-19 hours/week as assistant instructor in undergraduate biology laboratory classes, assist his/her faculty teaching mentor with laboratory preparation and grading, and participate in departmental outreach events.

Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, or a related field. Successful candidates must demonstrate an aptitude for research and ability to work independently. Prior experience in fieldwork related to plant and ecosystem ecology is preferred. The applicant must be field capable. A current, valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record is preferred.

The successful applicant will be expected to enroll full time in the UTB Biology Master’s program pursuing the thesis option. The available teaching assistantship has $1100 per month salary, is benefits eligible, and includes a waiver for in-state-tuition for out-of-state students. Additional summer salary is likely available. Please note that tuition is the student’s responsibility and is ~$2500/semester.

Interested applicants should send to Dr. Heather Alexander
(heather.alexander@utb.edu) a copy of their CV or resume, GPA and GRE scores, a written statement of graduate research interests, and contact information for two references. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships: STEM Teaching

Hi ES majors and alums,

Check out this interesting fellowship opportunity below.

~Salma

Salma Monani
Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies
Box 2455, 300 N. Washington St
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA 17325
http://www.salma.monani.org

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Dear Salma Monani,

You may have students who are perfect for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. Please share this email with students including recent grads and others you consider qualified, and with anyone who maintains your departmental listservs.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship, now offered in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, and New Jersey, seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) backgrounds into teaching in high–need secondary schools. This pioneering program has been recognized by the White House and touted as a model by the U.S. Department of Education.

The Fellowship offers current seniors, recent graduates, and career changers in the STEM fields a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s degree program that focuses on a year-long experience in a real-world classroom. In exchange, Fellows commit to teach for three years in high–need secondary urban or rural schools, with mentoring and support from both their universities and their schools throughout their three-year commitment.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellows are also part of the larger international network of Woodrow Wilson Fellows, a select group of 21,000 intellectual leaders who have received the Foundation’s support over the past seven decades. Since 1945, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has worked to identify and develop leaders and institutions to meet the nation’s critical challenges.

Today, there is no more urgent national need in education than to bring exceptionally able math and science teachers into high-need schools. Your students and alumni who have strong backgrounds in these fields can make a powerful difference in the lives of thousands of children, and in the nation’s future.

Please help us promote the program by sharing this exciting opportunity. To learn more about the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship program, visit http://www.woodrow.org.

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Director, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships
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Environmental Intern Opportunity at the White House

White House Council on Environmental Quality now accepting spring internship applications

Deadline: November 1, 2013

To apply: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/ceq_internship_application_0.pdf

The Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. The Council’s Chair, Nancy Sutley, serves as the principal environmental policy adviser to the President.

CEQ is also responsible for ensuring that Federal agencies operate in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The challenge of harmonizing our economic, environmental and social aspirations has put NEPA and CEQ at the forefront of our Nation’s efforts to protect the environment.

CEQ interns are given a wide range of assignments including conducting research, managing incoming inquiries, attending meetings, and writing memos on a variety of environmental issues. Interns have the opportunity to be involved in groundbreaking projects, working closely with staff from all levels and a variety of backgrounds. The pace in the office is fast, so accuracy and attention to detail are absolute requirements. Interns can expect to begin with the basics and gradually add more specialized projects as they gain experience.

Other essential intern duties include answering phones, routing mail, copying documents, filing and retrieving information (conventionally or electronically), assembling briefing materials and performing assigned research tasks.

Qualifications:

We are seeking students who are:

  • Highly motivated
  • Willing to contribute where needed
  • Have the ability to handle the inherent pressure that comes with working within the Executive Office of the President.

Additionally, candidates should have:

  • Excellent communications skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Relevant classroom or practical experience

We strongly prefer candidates who are available to work full-time, but will consider applicants who cannot. CEQ will work with interns who are attempting to arrange credit with a college or university to help fulfill academic requirements. All internship positions are unpaid.

For more information and to apply visit us online: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ceq/internships/ceq-internships