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Funding Opportunity: Paid NSF Survey on Undergrad Research in the Life Sciences

National Science Foundation (NSF) LogoDear Students,

For those of you with research experiences in the life sciences (at least 2 quarters or 1 summer), consider contributing your thoughts by filling out this National Science Foundation Survey on how undergraduate students are mentored. The survey takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and they will send you $20 for participating.

The study is being conducted by the Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science, University of Texas at Austin. Please see below for full description and link to survey. For questions regarding the survey, contact: Mentors@austin.utexas.edu

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Dear Undergraduate Researcher,

We are conducting a study examining how undergraduate researchers in the life sciences are mentored. It is called the “National study of undergraduate-postgraduate-faculty mentoring triads.” This is the first large-scale study investigating how undergraduate researchers are affected by being mentored by graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and/or faculty members. The results from this study will help design effective undergraduate research experiences, which are critical for developing the next generation of scientists, for developing students’ understanding of what science is and how science is done, and for retaining students in the sciences.

If you have conducted at least one semester or summer of undergraduate research in the life sciences within the past two years, we want to hear about your experience!

Your participation will involve completing an online survey about your research experience. This will include personal questions about your interactions and relationship with the faculty member, graduate student, and/or postdoctoral researcher with whom you have conducted research, and questions about your personality, which may affect mentoring.

The survey will take about 30 minutes to complete, and you will receive a $20 check for your participation.

We would like to stress that all of your responses will be kept confidential, which means that your name and any identifying information about you will not be included in any report about the study results. It is important that we hear from undergraduates who have had both positive and negative experiences so that we can understand the factors that make undergraduate research experiences effective and enjoyable. Your decision to participate is voluntary and will not affect you in any way.

If you are willing to participate, please follow this link to the survey: https://utexas.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0Tcp0oDlAcVFRSR

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Funding Event: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Info Sessions

National Science Foundation (NSF) LogoNational Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Information Sessions

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards & the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will offer the following information sessions this spring:

In person:
o   Tuesday, May 10, 2016; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Allen Auditorium (room 181L)

Webinars (To Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1672084879455059457)
o   Wednesday, April 27, 2016; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
o   Tuesday, June 21, 2016; 4:00-5:30 p.m.

NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $34,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered. For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

Eligible fields include the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), but there are also a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, among others. We encourage all students in these fields (or planning to be in) for their graduate research to consider applying for this fellowship.

Rising seniors, graduating seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school starting in fall 2017 can apply this year and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.  UW graduate students who will are starting graduate school in autumn 2016 are also eligible as are (usually) graduate students beginning their second year of studies in autumn 2016.  This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2017.

The information sessions will cover the application process, strategies for successful applications and more details regarding how the fellowship operates.  Application deadlines are usually late October. Even though the official announcement may not come out until August, students are encouraged to start early on this process!

Basic eligibility criteria:
*Research in an eligible NSF research area (includes several of the social sciences)
*US citizens or permanent residents by the application deadline
*Students in their first year of graduate study or at the beginning of their second year of graduate study (with some limitations)
*Students who have not earned a previous graduate degree
*Graduating senior undergraduates and alumni who plan to apply to begin graduate studies in fall 2017

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March/April Scholarship Workshops and Deadlines

Did you know that all 3 UW campuses have dedicated scholarship & fellowship advising offices? All of our offices are hard at work helping students connect with scholarships, supporting them through competitive application processes, and offering workshops and information sessions for students interested in learning about scholarship opportunities from UW, local, national and international organizations.

Attached, please find information about upcoming March/April scholarship deadlines and workshops for undergraduate, graduate, professional students and alumni offered at all three campuses.

Scholarships Update – March & April 2016

Graduate Funding Opportunity: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Information Sessions

The Graduate School Office of Fellowships and Awards & the Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will offer the following information sessions this spring:

  • In person:

o   Thursday, March 31, 1:30-3:00 p.m., Allen Auditorium (room 181L)
o   Tuesday, May 10, 2016; 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon, Allen Auditorium (room 181L)

o   Tuesday, April 12, 2016; 3:30-5:00 p.m.
o   Wednesday, April 27, 2016; 7:00-8:30 p.m.
o   Tuesday, June 21, 2016; 4:005:30 p.m.

NSF GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund graduate study.  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $34,000 annual stipend and full cost of tuition/fees covered.

For UW graduate students, GAIP health insurance is also covered.

Eligible fields include the “usual suspects” (e.g., life sciences, engineering, math, etc.), but there are also a surprising number of social science disciplines included in the eligibility list, including STEM education, Political Science, Public Policy, Communication, Anthropology, History, and Sociology, among others. We encourage all students in these fields (or planning to be in) for their graduate research to consider applying for this fellowship.

Seniors and alumni who are planning to attend graduate school can apply in the fall and take the funding with them to whatever school they attend.  UW graduate students who will are starting graduate school in autumn 2016 are also eligible as are (usually) graduate students beginning their second year of studies in autumn 2016.  This year’s application cycle will be for funding starting in fall 2017.

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Job Opportunity: STEM Coordinator – High Point Neighborhood House (Application Deadline: 07/13/15)

Neighborhood House LogoNeighborhood House has an opening for STEM Coordinator. This is a regular, full-time, benefit eligible position, open to external and internal candidates. The complete job description is available at the link below. This was previously an internal posting.

Scope
The STEM Coordinator will play a key role in a National Science Foundation sponsored partnership between Neighborhood House (NH) and the University of Washington (UW). This partnership operates an innovative project in the High Point Community offering a range of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs to middle and high school youth. This project includes building and sustaining a new “tinkering studio” in the High Point community, modeled on the Exploratorium in San Francisco, middle school student programs to increase awareness of the role women and people of color have played in STEM careers, and High School Programs that include career exposure and job shadows or internships with STEM related employers. Students will be matched with mentors from UW to support their learning and enthusiasm, and to support NH students to understand important steps for college and career readiness. These activities are designed to increase awareness and interest in STEM academic and career choices among diverse, low income and immigrant youth. The STEM Coordinator will develop and deliver culturally responsive curriculum as well as help coordinate with our partners at UW to support project success.

Responsibilities
Youth STEM Programming and Youth Development

  • Adopt, design and implement engaging youth multicultural STEM curriculum for approximately 40-45 middle and high school age youth per year.
  • Recruit youth for program participation and monitor attendance for high program retention.
  • Lead in maintaining a “tinkering lab” onsite, and support programming of the lab in partnership with UW collaborators including faculty, graduate student research assistants, and undergraduate mentors.
  • Work with youth to identify areas of interest, passion, skill development, and career interest in order to create enhanced learning opportunities for High Point youth (job shadows, speakers, experiential learning, etc.).
  • Organize and facilitate community events, field trips, college visits or other activities to promote interest in STEM education and career options.
  • Foster strong relationships with diverse families to support youth in their development, including leading or participating in family events.
  • Provide regular, on-going sound coaching and mentorship to participating youth, and be a visible role model to all youth living in the High Point Community.
  • Coordinate with internal team on NH youth experts to maximize linkages and partnerships, share best practices, ensure high quality programming and develop new program ideas to meet youth needs.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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Funding Opportunity: AccessSTEM

AccessSTEM, a National Science Foundation-funded project here at the University of Washington, is recruiting students with disabilities who are pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Students who join AccessSTEM can apply for funding to support:

* Research internships on campus
* Industry internships
* STEM tutors
* Travel & registration for conferences

The project also helps students FIND internships and develop job-seeking skills. Mentoring and social events are available to all participants.

Interested students can set an appointment to fill out an application at the AccessSTEM office, or fill out the application located here: http://www.washington.edu/doit/sites/default/files/atoms/files/AccessSTEM-Team-Application.pdf

For more information, contact:
Scott Bellman swb3@uw.edu
206-685-6222
206-685-3648(TTY)

Graduate Funding Opportunity: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) – UW Information Session (05/14/15)

National Science Foundation (NSF) LogoNSF GRFP Program Manager Christopher Carr will be at UW to provide students, faculty and staff with information about this graduate funding opportunity. Many, many fields in social sciences, sciences, engineering, etc. are supported (illustrative list included below).

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) – UW Information Session

Webinar:    to register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/1318371982738825218

  • Wednesday, May 27, 2015; 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015; 3:30-5:00 p.m.

In person

  • Thursday, May 14, 2015; Mary Gates Hall room 171, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  (with Christopher Carr from NSF) (RSVP at https://expo.uw.edu/expo/rsvp/event/457)
  • Tuesday, May 19, 2015; 10:30-12 noon.,  Allen Library auditorium (room 181L)

Open to all students, faculty and staff!

Attend this session, then stay for the Graduate School Fair! 12:00-3:00pm, MGH Commons, hosted by the UW McNair Program

NSF GRFP Program Manager Christopher Carr will be at UW to provide students with information about this graduate funding opportunity. NSF’s GRFP is one of the premier opportunities to fund your graduate study!  It provides 3 years of funding that you can use in a 5 year time frame.  This includes a $32,000 annual stipend and tuition. Fellowships are open to US citizens or permanent residents who intend to pursue a research-based Master’s or PhD program in one of the supported fields. Current juniors, seniors, and grad students who have not yet completed more than twelve months of full-time graduate study may be eligible to apply this year for 2016-17 awards.

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