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Friday Harbor Labs - Graduate Student Fellowship

I would like to call your attention to the availability of graduate student fellowship funding to support independent research at UW-Friday Harbor Laboratories in 2013. These fellowships derive from philanthropic gifts by generous donors and are intended to support graduate research projects only. Those students who require financial aid to take FHL courses should apply for financial aid when submitting their student application.

The application deadline is February 1. Application procedures can be found at:


Please don't hesitate to send along your questions and fellowship applications to Scott Schwinge (schwinge@uw.edu)

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Student REU in Ocean Science @ Maryland Sea Grant

Maryland Sea Grant has opened up its application for the Summer 2013 Marine and Estuarine Science REU program on the Chesapeake Bay. The program will accept 14 students who will spend 12 weeks working with mentors at our marine science laboratories. Could you please share this information with your students who may be interested? Students are also welcome to contact me directly for more information and with questions.

Our application and information about our program can be found here: http://www.mdsg.umd.edu/programs/research/reu/

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program

NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2013-2014
academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing
Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to
ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA¹s scientific goals. Awards resulting
from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.

The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2013, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2013.

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 13 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ -
click on "Solicitations" then click on "Open Solicitations" then select the "NESSF 13" announcement. Also refer to ³Proposal Submission Instructions² and ³Frequently Asked Questions² listed under ³Other
Documents² on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The advisor has an active role in the submission
of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on
how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at

For further information contact Claire Macaulay, Program Administrator
for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0151, E-mail:
claire.i.macaulay@nasa.gov or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator
for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and
Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail:

Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) program

The website is open for applications for summer 2013 internships through the Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) program (http://computing.ornl.gov/internships/rams/)! The research internship targets under-represented U.S. citizens, undergraduate levels majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related disciplines. If you were a RAMS intern as an undergraduate, you may be eligible as a graduate student. Please evaluate your eligibility before applying.

Please note that all fields are required for submission and for cyber security, there is no opportunity to save partially completed applications. Current student resumes should be uploaded as a Word (.doc) file with LAST NAME as the first word in the filename. Resume files that are not named with your LAST NAME first cannot be accepted and will result in an incomplete application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

I look forward to receiving your application packages! Please note that the deadline is the deadline for your entire package. Your official transcript should show the courses you will have completed plus the courses you are taking now. It is understood that courses you are currently taking will not have a grade. Your faculty should comment on the expected grade for relevant classes underway in the faculty recommendations.

Please note: your academic standing is the last year of school you have completed. For most of you, that will be the academic year you completed in May 2012.

Volunteer Orca Bowl is February 23, 2013

We need volunteers to help us host the 16th annual Orca Bowl Competition!

What is the Orca Bowl, you ask?
Orca Bowl is one of 25 regional components of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB). Its Washington's regional marine sciences bowl competition for high school students.

When and where is the Orca Bowl in 2013?
Saturday, February 23, 2012 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
University of Washington campus, Seattle

Why volunteer?
Orca Bowl is fun - and it can't happen without its volunteers - that means YOU!
Your contribution enables high school students from the across the state to demonstrate their knowledge, meet ocean scientists and professionals (you!) and enjoy the activities surrounding the regional competition at the UW.

What do volunteers do?
You may sign up as a competition official or as a general volunteer. General volunteers assist with logistics up to and on the day of the competition. For information on the roles of competition officials, go to: http://www.nosb.org/volunteers/

ALL VOLUNTEERS must attend at least TWO training dates (see dates below) and be available on the day of the competition February 23, 2013. New volunteers should attend one Orientation Session and at least one Training Session.

How do I learn more about Orca Bowl?
Check out our website at http://www.wsg.washington.edu/education/events/orca/get_involved.html
or contact Maile Sullivan at orcabowl@uw.edu.

Check out the NOSB video of a competition in action:

How Do I Sign Up?
Just reply to orcabowl@uw.edu

Scheduled training dates are listed below.

We hope you will join us as a volunteer this year!


Maile Sullivan and the Orca Bowl Team

Go Orca Bowl!

Coming up:

Volunteer orientations and training sessions include introductions to your volunteer colleagues, general information about NOSB and the Orca Bowl; how the competition works and a practice sessions with competition equipment. You can try out different volunteer roles and answer tough ocean science questions in our mock competition set up.

Orientation Session (for new volunteers only) - Wednesday, Nov. 28th from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Marine Sciences Building Room 123, UW, 1501 NE Boat Street.

All additional Training Sessions will be held in the Fishery Sciences Building, Rm. 108 at 1122 NE Boat Street, Seattle

Training Session, Wed. January 9 from 5:30-7:30
Training Session, Tues. January 22 from 5:30-7:30
Training Session, Thurs. January 31 from 5:30-7:30
Training Session, Tues. February 12 from 5:30-7:30

Question Review Sessions, required for moderators and science judges: TBD in January/February 2013.
Orca Bowl Competition: Saturday, February 23, 2013. 8am - 5pm

Thank you!

Maile Sullivan, Orca Bowl Regional Coordinator, 206.543.2822
Raechel Waters, Washington Sea Grant Associate Director, 206.685.8209
Email us at: orcabowl@uw.edu

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***If you DO NOT want to be included in future Orca Bowl email notifications, please reply to orcabowl@uw.edu and indicated that you would like to be removed from the volunteer list.

Orca Bowl, Regional Coordinator, Washington Sea Grant http://www.wsg.washington.edu/education/events/orca.html
National Ocean Sciences Bowl http://www.nosb.org/


A postdoctoral position in computational biological oceanography is available
under the mentorship of Dr. Caz Taylor (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary
Biology and Center for Computational Science, Tulane University, New Orleans).
The successful candidate will further develop existing computational
particle tracking models that use underlying oceanographic data to simulate
pelagic larval movement in the Gulf of Mexico. The models will be applied
to research on the movements and population connectivity of blue crabs in
the Northern Gulf of Mexico and the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil
spill on this economically and ecologically important species. This research
is part of a larger project that includes investigations into population
genetics, evolutionary dynamics, population dynamics, fisheries management
and ecotoxicology. The postdoctoral researcher will develop his/her own
research questions and will be expected to present results at scientific
conferences and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

The preferred start date is January 1 2013 but some flexibility is
possible. The initial appointment will be for two years with an extension
of one additional year depending on performance. Starting salary is $40,000
per year plus standard benefits.

Requirements include: (1) Strong computational and programming skills,
prefer experience in C++ and Matlab; (2) Demonstrated research excellence;
(3) Strong oral and written communication skills. Preference will be given
to applicants whose research interests and expertise complement the research
project but outstanding applicants looking to broaden their field of interest
will also be seriously considered.

Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action
employer committed to excellence through diversity. All eligible candidates
are invited to apply for position vacancies as appropriate.
To apply, send a cover letter and CV electronically to:
Dr. Caz Taylor caz@tulane.edu

Applications will be reviewed on a continuing basis until the position
is filled.

2013 MATE-UNOLS Six Month Internship

R/V Knorr at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the R/V Walton Smith at the University of Miami

Full Description:
This spring/summer (mid-February – August 2013), the MATE Center and the University National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS) fleet will sponsor one marine technical internship onboard two research vessels: R/V Knorr and R/V Walton Smith (http://www.unols.org/info/vessels.htm). Interns will work with marine technicians on shore and at sea, learning how to operate and maintain a variety of scientific and navigational equipment in support of shipboard scientific research. The internship will begin in Cape Town, South Africa, on the R/V Knorr. The exact schedule through August will be determined before the acceptance date, but will involve work on the R/V Knorr and the R/V Walton Smith. Internship projects will be dependent on the funded science but previous interns have worked on projects ranging from chemical oceanography, marine biology, GIS/bathymetric surveys (seafloor mapping), geological studies, work with ROVs and much more! The position will last 6 months, and students will receive a stipend of $500 per week, reimbursement for travel expenses, and on station housing while ashore.

For more information about marine technician careers, please visit http://www.oceancareers.com/2.0/career_description.php?career_id=62. MATE internships focus on technology and scientific support of marine research rather than the academic research. This internship specifically aims to help recruit and train a new marine technician for the UNOLS Fleet of vessels. The MATE Center encourages a diverse pool of applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or age.

- Applicants must ready or soon-to-be-ready to enter the job market in this field with academic studies complete or near complete.
- Demonstrated sea time is highly desirable.

$500/week plus travel expenses and on shore housing when required

Closing Date:
January 4, 2013

To apply, please visit http://www.marinetech.org/prospective-students/ to complete the online application and submit your supporting documents. REQUIRED supporting documents include:
* A cover letter describing your ideal internship, career goals, why you are interested in becoming a marine technician, and skills / academic background
* Your current resume
* Your unofficial transcript
* At least one letter(s) of recommendation from an instructor, academic advisor, or employer (ideally, we prefer a letter from an instructor in a related course AND a letter from an employer)

For further information or questions, please visit www.marinetech.org or contact Tami Lunsford, MATE's internship coordinator, at tlunsford@marinetech.org.

SMART Scholarship for Service Program

We want to make you aware of a tremendous scholarship-for-service opportunity to fully fund students' undergraduate or graduate education. The SMART (Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation) Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities. A comprehensive list of facilities can be found on the SMART website: http://smart.asee.org. This is a highly competitive, national program, open to U.S. citizens only. The SMART program will pay for all educational costs and a stipend while enrolled for as little as one (1) term up to 5 years.

Specifically the program pays for:

- Full tuition - to any accredited U.S. university
- A very generous stipend while in school ranging from $25,000 - $38,000 per year
- Book allowance - $1,000
- Health insurance contribution
- Paid summer internships
- All required student fees

Eligible disciplines are:
- Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
- Biosciences
- Chemical Engineering
- Chemistry
- Civil Engineering
- Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
- Computer and Computational Sciences
- Electrical Engineering
- Geosciences
- Industrial and Systems Engineering (technical tracks only)
- Information Sciences
- Materials Science and Engineering
- Mathematics
- Mechanical Engineering
- Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
- Nuclear Engineering
- Oceanography
- Operations Research (technical tracks only)
- Physics

The application deadline is December 14, 2012. For more information and to apply, please

visit: http://smart.asee.org.

Thank you for your consideration.

The ASEE SMART Scholarship Team

1818 N St NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036


Interested in learning more about science and biotechnology research as a career? The UW Amgen Scholars Program provides a transformative opportunity for some of the nation's top undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in scientific research.

The application & information for the 2013 UW Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program is available at: http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/amgen APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2013.

To learn more about the program, register to attend an upcoming Amgen Scholars Program Information Session:

DISCCRS VIII Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Symposium

October 12-19, 2013
La Foret Conference and Retreat Center (Colorado)

Application Deadline: February 28, 2013
Participation limited to 30 early-career Ph.D. scholars
Airfare and on-site expenses are supported through grants from NSF and NASA

The DISsertations initiative for the advancement of Climate Change ReSearch (DISCCRS, pronounced discourse) hosts symposia for early-career climate change researchers. Our goal is to catalyze international, interdisciplinary collegial networks and foster collaborative interdisciplinary research and dynamic interactions between science and society to enable us to better understand and respond to the myriad challenges posed by climate change.

During the weeklong symposium, 30 competitively selected recent Ph.D. graduates will share their research, engage in discussions with peers, mentors, and funding agency representatives, and hone their teambuilding and communication skills. Most importantly, scholars will depart from the symposium with a collegial peer network that extends across the full range of climate science. For an overview of recent symposium scholars, visit:

Eligibility: Ph.D. requirements completed between September 1, 2010 - February 28, 2013 in any field. Applicants should be conducting research relevant to the study of climate change, its impacts, or its societal implications. We encourage applicants from the biological, physical, and social sciences, mathematics, engineering, and other fields. While U.S. citizens and residents have preference, some funds are available for non-U.S. participants.

Symposium Application Instructions: http://disccrs.org/application_instructions

WEBSITE: http://disccrs.org
Includes information about DISCCRS symposia, as well as a searchable Ph.D. dissertation registry, career resources, and other information for climate researchers.

Ph.D. Dissertation Registry:
http://disccrs.org/search - Browse this fully searchable database for an overview of recent climate change research and researchers, or to identify specific topics.
http://disccrs.org/register - Join over 2800 climate change researchers by registering your Ph.D. dissertation citation and abstract. You will automatically receive the DISCCRS e-newsletter after you register.

Career Resources:
http://disccrs.org/career - Includes resources for finding jobs, developing professional skills, locating funding opportunities, crafting grant proposals, and more.

With weekly climate change job listings, news stories, funding opportunities and more, our weekly e-newsletter is automatically provided to anyone who registers their Ph.D. at http://disccrs.org/register. Others may subscribe at http://disccrs.org/subscribe.

DISCCRS Sponsoring Societies

U.S. National Science Foundation Collaborative Grants: SES-0931402 to the University of Oregon and
SES-0932916 to Whitman College
U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Grant NNX10AJ53G to Whitman College

DISCCRS Organizers
Ronald B. Mitchell (University of Oregon)
C. Susan Weiler (Whitman College)
Jennifer R. Marlon (Yale University)

Contact: info@disccrs.org