ECOLOG-L Deadline extended- summer field biology course

Sounds like a good opportunity for next summer. Application deadline in two weeks.


Andy Wilson


We have extended the deadline for applications for the 2014 summer field courses to Nov. 15. These courses are a great opportunity for undergraduates to learn the basics of field biology and to get experience conducting independent research.

The University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center (UNDERC) offers two Field Ecology and Environmental Science Programs for the summer of 2013

Hands on field work … Paid tuition and housing… 3 credits/summer…and get paid $3,500/summer!!

Applications due November 15th!

UNDERC-East: (May 19 – July 25) Spend the summer studying northwoods ecology

and conducting your own research in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

where UNDERC encompasses more than 7500 acres with abundant wildlife, and includes lakes, streams, wetlands, and forests that have been protected for nearly a century.

UNDERC-West: (June 7 – August 15): Spend the summer studying the ecology of an intermountain valley in Montana, learn how Native Americans lived and how this created their environmental awareness, and conduct your own research. Explore more than a million acres on the Flathead Reservation with abundant wildlife, grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes. (Pre-requisite – UNDERC-East).

These programs promote understanding of field environmental biology and how field research is conducted through 9 – 10 weeks in the field. Applications are accepted from students who will be completing at least their sophomore year at a 4-year college or university. Acceptance is based on past academic performance and a statement of purpose. Preference is given to students pursuing a career in environmental sciences. Four openings are reserved for students of Native American heritage and four openings are reserved for students from Puerto Rico.

Additional information and applications are available online (mcramer) or Dr. Angela Laws, UNDERC-West Assistant Director (alaws). Application deadline is Friday, November 15, 2013 and notification of acceptance will be provided by Friday, December 6, 2013.


U.S. EPA Funding Opportunity is Coming–Students Learn by Doing

Another funding opportunity!

From: US EPA P3 Program []
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To: Rutherford Platt
Subject: [BULK] U.S. EPA Funding Opportunity is Coming–Students Learn by Doing
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Dear Department Chair,

We want to alert you to a unique research funding opportunity coming in a few weeks from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

EPA offers annual research grants to U.S. colleges and universities to engage students in projects to solve our world’s most serious environmental challenges. Through its People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) program, students working on teams design sustainability solutions and compete for more funding to take their ideas from the lab to the real world.

In its 10th year, EPA’s P3 program fosters team-based learning, interdisciplinary effort and class-to-real-world experience. Take this opportunity for the 2014-15 school year to excite your students about making a difference in the world today. Be watching for this announcement in the coming weeks. Or click here to sign up for our listserv to receive notices instantly when opportunities are posted to our website:

You will find information about the program and all the official fine print about the upcoming request for applications here:

We look forward to sharing this wonderful educational opportunity with you!

The P3 Team at
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460

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Graduate Research Assistantships Available

FYI: this may be of interest to ES majors.

From: Paula Wicklund []
Sent: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:57 PM
To: Council on Undergraduate Research List
Subject: [curl] Graduate Research Assistantships Available

Annis Water Resources Institute Graduate Research Assistantship

The Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) has Graduate Research Assistantships available to full-time students interested in pursuing a Master of Science degree in Biology with an emphasis in aquatic sciences. Graduate assistantships include a generous 12-month stipend that is eligible for annual renewal. Accepted applicants will assist with research projects conducted by faculty and staff at AWRI in addition to performing research related to their thesis/project.

AWRI maintains state-of-the-art analytical and GIS laboratories, and has two research vessels and several smaller watercraft. AWRI is located on Muskegon Lake in Muskegon, MI, on the shores of Lake Michigan. The Institute is located approximately 30 miles from the main campus of GVSU.

To be eligible for consideration, students must be accepted to the Master of Science degree program in the Department of Biology at GVSU as a full-time student, and a faculty member at the AWRI must serve as their major advisor. Please visit the AWRI Web site ( for more information on the application process (graduate studies) and on our faculty, facilities, research programs, and educational/outreach initiatives. More information about the Master of Science Program is available at the Biology Web site (

Contact: Alan Steinman, steinmaa; (616) 331-3749 or Mark Luttenton, luttentm; (616) 331-2503

Paula Wicklund

Grand Valley State University

Annis Water Resources Institute

Lake Michigan Center

740 W. Shoreline Dr.

Muskegon, MI 49441

Phone: 616-331-3854

Fax: 616-331-3864

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Ph.D. Opportunities at Penn State’s Geography Department: Ecosystem consequences of shifting disturbance regim es

Dear Prospective Ph.D. Students:

I am interested in taking Ph.D. students who propose to work at the intersection of disturbance dynamics, ecosystem thresholds, and coupled human-natural systems.

My research group examines how global environmental change—including shifting fire cycles—alters plant communities and ecosystem function. Our research balances cutting-edge fieldwork with analysis of global ecological data to examine how human changes to fire patterns are encouraging forest-savanna transitions, degrading ecosystems, and increasing greenhouse gas emissions.
Together with an international community of collaborators, we work across disciplines and scales— from individual organisms to entire ecosystems.

Please see my website for more details:

There are two opportunities for Ph.D. graduate work with me: in either geography or ecology.

Please take a look at both programs:

Penn State Geography – Prospective Grad Students – DEADLINE DECEMBER 16th

Penn State Ecology Degree Program – DEADLINE JANUARY 15th

If you are interested in working with me, please email me with the following:
1. A paragraph or two telling me a bit more about what type of science makes you most excited and what types of research questions you are interested in (please take a look at my published papers and research themes to see what aspect of my work interests you specifically), 2. your c.v., 3. an “unofficial” transcript, 4. a writing sample, 5. and a brief description of your career goals or what you hope to get out of graduate school.

There are possible opportunities for highly competitive students to get support via teaching and/or research assistantships. But I also strongly encourage my future students to explore opportunities for outside funding. Please see external funding opportunities listed by the Penn State Graduate School here:

Best wishes,
Dr. Jennifer K. Balch

Assistant Professor
Department of Geography
The Pennsylvania State University
302 Walker Building
University Park, PA 16802

Twitter: Fire Works Lab @DrBalch

Outdoor MS program positions available for 14/15 class

I don’t know much about this program, but it sounds interesting. Worth looking into if you want to be an educator.




Graduate Assistantships Available
University of Idaho McCall Outdoor Science School

Live, learn, and teach in the mountains!

Looking for a rewarding MS program combining ecology, science communication, and field-based teaching? The University of Idaho’s award-winning McCall Outdoor Science School (MOSS) is currently recruiting for next year’s graduate student class.

Gain hands-on, outdoor teaching experience, study ecology in a field setting, and develop leadership skills while living in the spectacular natural environment of McCall, Idaho. As a University of Idaho MOSS graduate student, you will change lives by providing field-based environmental education programs for 5th and 6th grade students and teachers, and use those experiences as the foundation of your M.S. degree. Because MOSS is a program of the UI College of Natural Resources, students can earn a Master of Science in Natural Resources in as little as three semesters.

To learn more about MOSS, visit

For more information or to apply online, please visit

For further questions, please contact Dr. Karla Eitel at (888) 634-3918;

Priority Deadline: January 15, 2014; applications will be processed on a rolling basis after January 15 until all positions are filled.

New Ford Fellowship Programs for 2014

For those of you interested in pursuing a Ph.D., consider applying to the Ford Foundation Predoctoral fellowship.


Dear University Administrator:

As of September 16, 2013 applications are accepted for the 2014 Ford Foundation Fellowships Programs for Achieving Excellence in College and University Teaching. Full eligibility information and online applications are available on our website at:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizens, nationals, permanent residents, or individuals granted deferred action status under the DACA program
  • Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level in a research-based filed of science, social science or humanities

Stipends and Allowances:

  • Predoctoral–$20,000 to the fellow, institutional allowance of $2,000 for three years
  • Dissertation–$21,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral–$40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution

Awardees have expenses paid to attend one Conference of Ford Fellows.

Approximately 60 predoctoral, 35 dissertation, and 24 postdoctoral fellowships sponsored by the Ford Foundation and administered by the National Research Council of the National Academies.

Application Deadline Dates:

  • Predoctoral: November 20, 2013
  • Dissertation: November 15, 2013
  • Postdoctoral: November 15, 2013

For Further information please contact:

Fellowships Office, Keck 576
National Research Council of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.334.2872
Fax: 202.334.3419

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