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Friday, December 8

Urban Nature Research Postdoc fellowship

Urban Nature Research Postdoc Announcement

 The Urban Nature Research Center (UNRC) at the Natural History Museum
of Los Angeles County (NHMLA) invites applications for its 2018

 The UNRC at NHMLA is a cutting edge, urban biodiversity research group
that studies how species are responding to urbanization in Southern
California. Most of our research focuses on the Greater Los Angeles
Area, although we will consider a focus on urban faunas elsewhere.
Ongoing research efforts examine the taxonomy, distribution, ecology,
evolution, and behavior of native and nonnative species. Because
traditional methods of surveying biodiversity often cannot be applied in
highly urbanized areas, we use citizen science to crowdsource data
collection. Currently, our citizen science projects include Reptiles and
Amphibians of Southern California (RASCALs), Snails and Slugs Living in
Metropolitan Environments (SLIME), the insect-oriented Biodiversity
Science: City and Nature (BioSCAN) project, Los Angeles Spider Survey
(LASS), and the Southern California Squirrel Survey. The UNRC is an
outreach-oriented center that frequently communicates with the public
and works closely with the Museum’s Citizen Science Office.

 This research position is available for two years, subject to review
after the first year. Future announcements for this fellowship are
expected every other year. The expected start date for 2018 is January,
although an earlier start is possible and encouraged.

 For 2018, the UNRC is specifically looking for a postdoctoral
researcher who will analyze urban insect diversity data accumulated
through the BioSCAN Project over the past four years. Thus, applicants
with experience in urban ecology, community ecology, analysis of large-
scale biodiversity datasets, and/or entomology are especially encouraged
to apply.

Preferred candidates will be highly skilled and self-motivated
researchers who will:

1) collaborate with Museum systematists and other involved researchers
in the analysis of the voluminous biodiversity data from Urban Nature
Research Center projects;

2) conduct large-scale statistical analyses using data from weather
stations and faunal inventories;

3) collaborate with other UNRC scientists to write competitive grant

4) help plan and implement further projects directed towards larger
questions in urban and community ecology;

5) help guide the research goals of the UNRC;

6) be passionate about communicating science to a broad, public

The successful applicant must be an excellent communicator, both in
written and spoken venues, and must produce scientific research papers
on urban nature research. Collaboration with the existing network of in-
house and affiliated specialists is required.

The mission of the Natural History Museum is to inspire wonder,
discovery, and responsibility for our natural and cultural worlds. The
Museum’s vision is to inspire the widest possible audience to enjoy,
value, and become stewards of the Earth.

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity
Employer.  We seek applicants who have demonstrated experience and
commitment working with a diverse community. Women and minorities are
encouraged to apply.

Apply at the following web address:


Review of resumes will take place starting Jan 15 2018

Wednesday, December 6

FGS Graduate Student Advisory Board

Description: First Generation Initiatives is seeking motivated, innovative, and committed graduate students to serve as advisory board members who will assist with initiatives to create a positive campus climate for first-generation graduate students. Broadly defined, first-generation graduate students are students who were the first in their families to receive a bachelor’s degree and are now enrolled in graduate school.

This volunteer opportunity will include providing the direction for first-generation initiatives, attending first generation student events, and providing outreach to first-generation graduate students. This role will utilize a combination of communication, creativity, leadership, and teamwork skills.

This leadership experience begins January 2018 and will conclude May 2018 before winter semester finals. Selected individuals must be available for monthly meetings and events, approximately 1-3 hours per month (will be flexible) with occasional evening responsibilities.

● Create a mission and vision for the FGS Graduate Advisory Board
● Shape short-term and long-term objectives of FGS Graduate Advisory Board
● Attend all monthly meetings, January-May
● Attend and assist with the First Generation Student Dinner (mid-February) and First Generation Graduation Ceremony ( April 24 )
● Encourage other first-generation graduate students to give feedback to First Generation Initiatives
● Maintain timely communication throughout the semester

Time Commitment:
● 1-3 hours per month, including a 1-hour monthly advisory board meeting, and some evening
hours during weeks of special events
● Will begin January 2018 and conclude May 2018

Benefits of Joining:
● Voice in future first-generation student initiatives
● Develop a community within a team setting
● Improve leadership and communication skills
● Resume booster
● Build relationships with first-generation students, faculty, and staff

Preferred Qualifications:
● Any graduate class year
● Creative and innovative; great at thinking outside the box
● Reliable with a strong work-ethic
● Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills
● Strong interpersonal skills
● Must be in good standing with U of M

Application Process:
● Interested students will apply via our online application (paper copies are available upon request)
● Applications are due December 10

For more information, please contact Adan Hussain ( adanah@umich.edu ) or Paul Artale( artale@umich.edu)

Monday, November 27

International Institute Fellowships & Grants: December Newsletter

Information related to fellowships and grants for U-M students and faculty/staff 
Upcoming Events for Students
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship
Final Information Session

Friday, December 1 at 12 pm (Noon)
355 Weiser Hall

For more information, please visit the II FLAS website or contact the FLAS Coordinators at ii.flasinfo@umich.edu.
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships provide tuition and stipend to undergraduate and graduate students studying designated foreign languages in combination with area studies or international aspects of professional studies.

The priority is to encourage the study of less commonly taught modern languages. FLAS Fellowships are administered by the University of Michigan Area Studies Centers and are awarded competitively through annual fellowship competitions.

The U.S. Department of Education (US/ED) funds these awards under the provisions of Title VI of the Higher Education Act. The amount of funding and number of awards are contingent upon annual US/ED program approval, federal regulations, as well as continued congressional funding, all of which may change from year to year.
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The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the U.S. State Department, administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which makes fellowships available to approximately 1,900 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. This competition is administered on campus by the International Institute.

The Winter 2018 Information Session Schedule has been set and is now available on the International Institute website. Info sessions for the 2019-20 application year will begin January 17, 2018.

Those interested in applying for the 2019-20 application year should sign up to receive information from campus advisors, and attend a general campus information session prior to meeting with an advisor.

For more information, please visit the II Fulbright U.S. Student Program website.
Statement of Purpose Writing Workshop
"Turn a Great Project into a Great Application: Tips on Writing Competitive Fellowship and Grant Applications"

Friday, January 5, 2018
4:00 – 5:00 pm | 555 Weiser Hall

*Open to all U-M Ann Arbor students. No registration required.*
This presentation will focus on how to write competitive and successful fellowship and grant applications, and will provide information that applicants can use to assist them in applying for international funding opportunities related to research and internships.

Presentation by: Ann Takata, PhD.; Graduate Academic Services & FLAS Coordinator (U-M International Institute)
Statement of Purpose Writing Workshop
"Peer Writing Workshop"

Friday, January 19, 2018
4:00 - 6:00 pm | 455 Weiser Hall

*Attendance is limited.  Registration is required for this event.*
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Getting a second set of eyes on your statements can only increase your chance of rising to the top. Facilitated by fellowships advisors at the International Institute, this hands-on writing workshop is designed to help students write compelling and competitive fellowship applications for internships or research abroad.

All attendees should come to the workshop with a laptop or paper copies of their statements, and prepared to share their work and feedback with peers.

Email staff at iifellowships@umich.edu.
Upcoming Deadlines for Students
International Institute Student Fellowships
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Application opens December 1, 2017
Application Deadline: February 15, 2018 | 11:59 pm (ET)

The International Institute Student Fellowships are designed to support University of Michigan students, regardless of citizenship, who are enrolled in a degree program and wish to participate in internships or conduct research abroad. There is no preference for particular fields of study and the International Institute (II) aims to fund a diverse array of students and projects.

Basic Eligibility Criteria
  • Research/internship must take place outside of the U.S. and its territories, and cannot begin before May 1, 2018
  • Must be a U-M Ann Arbor student, regardless of citizenship, enrolled in a degree program. Students graduating before the start of the project are not eligible.
  • Student must return to campus for at least one term prior to graduation
  • Internship or research projects must be: at least one month in length, a 30-hour-per-week time commitment (exclusive of language training),  meet all requirements of the University Travel Policy and (if required) the Institutional Review Board 
  • Funding is not available for language study or service learning
Eligibility requirements for awards may vary. Applicants should carefully review award details prior to applying.

The II Student Fellowships application (IISF) is the common application for several International Institute fellowships, including some from II centers. The IISF Application will prompt applicants to select the award(s) for which they wish to apply.

For a complete list of awards and for additional information, please visit our website.
Boren Fellowships for Graduate Students
Application Deadline: January 30, 2018 | 5 pm (ET)

The National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Fellowshipsprovide a unique funding opportunity for U.S. graduate students to study world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East).

Boren Fellows represent a vital pool of highly motivated individuals who wish to work in the federal national security arena. In exchange for funding, Boren Fellows commit to working in the federal government for at least one year after graduation.

Boren Fellowships provide up to $24,000 for overseas study.

Eligibility Criteria
  • U.S. citizen at the time of application
  • Enrolled in or applying to a graduate degree program at an accredited U.S. college or university (to receive the award you must provide evidence of admission and enrollment in such a program)
Boren Fellows must remain enrolled in their graduate programs for the duration of the fellowship. Proposals to countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are not eligible.

For additional information, please visit the II website.
Upcoming Event for Faculty/Staff
Advisor Information Session
December 6, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm | 555 Weiser Hall

Campus faculty and staff advisors are invited to an information session to learn about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program from U-M campus Fulbright advisors Beth Dutridge-Corp and Heather Johnson.

This brief presentation will detail changes and updates to the campus process and 2019-2020 application cycle.

A light lunch will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own.

Please RSVP for this event by Friday, December 1.
RSVP for this event HERE.

The Institute of International Education (IIE), on behalf of the U.S. State Department, administers the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which makes fellowships available to approximately 1,900 U.S. students annually to study, conduct research, teach English, or train in the creative arts in more than 140 countries worldwide. This competition is administered on campus by the International Institute.

For questions or to make an advising appointment, please visit our website or email staff at iifellowships@umich.edu.
Copyright © 2017 International Institute, University of Michigan. All rights reserved.

To contact us:
e: iifellowships@umich.edu
p: 734.936.3966

Assistant Professorship in Evolutionary Biology at UC Irvine

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in the Ayala School of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor faculty position in Evolutionary Biology, broadly interpreted. Relevant topics include, but are not limited to: evolution of development, complex traits, population genetics, ecological genetics, evolutionary theory, systematics, phylogenetics, and comparative genomics. We are interested in applications from scientists applying both empirical approaches (including genetics, high-throughput genomics, and development) as well as computational/theoretical approaches (including statistics, theory, simulation, and bioinformatics). We encourage candidates studying any organism(s) to apply.

The successful candidate is expected to build an independent, externally funded research program leading to innovations in the understanding of evolutionary biology. The candidate will also contribute to teaching and mentoring at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Biological Sciences at UC Irvine is a vibrant community of scholars comprised of over 100 faculty members, including six Fellows of the National Academy of Sciences, seven of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and two of the Royal Society. UCI is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and as an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). These federal designations align with UCI’s aspiration to be a national leader and global model of inclusive excellence. Biological Sciences at UCI is highly interdisciplinary with many connections to the Schools of Medicine, Physical Sciences, Information and Computer Sciences, and Engineering through its Center for Complex Biological Systems. The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is home to 38 faculty and about 55 graduate students. Research in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, http://ecoevo.bio.uci.edu/, uses a range of methodologies spanning field studies, experimental approaches, and theoretical and computer modeling. Students and faculty have easy access to field sites that include marine, desert, and California chaparral communities. UCI is a top ten public research university that excels at improving outcomes for students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and as a consequence has consistently been ranked as the best university in the nation in promoting upward mobility of its graduates.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and based on University of California pay scales.

Review of applications will begin December 20, 2017. For application instructions, please go to the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Assistant Professor Section at https://recruit.ap.uci.edu/apply/JPF04381.

Tuesday, November 21

NECSI Courses in Complexity Winter Session

January 1-12, 2018 
Courses in Complexity Winter Session
Scholarship Application Deadline December 18

We have funding for a limited number of partial scholarships for the NECSI Winter School. The deadline to apply is December 18. Apply online at: http://www.necsi.edu/education/postdoc/scholarship.php

The NECSI Winter School offers two intensive week-long courses on complexity science, modeling and networks, and data analytics. The format is modular and you may register for either week. If desired, arrangements for credit at a home institution may be made in advance.

The courses are intended for faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, professionals and others who would like to gain an understanding of complexity science and data analytics for their respective fields, new research directions, or industry applications.

The schedule for the winter school is as follows:

  • Week 1: January 2-6 CX202: Building Models and Mapping Networks
    includes Lab 1: January 1 CX102: Computer Programming for Complex Systems
  • Week 2: January 8-12 CX203: From Data to Insight using Machine Learning and AI
    includes Lab 2: January 7 CX103: Setting up for Data Analytics

Register before December 1 for an early registration discount. For more information, go to:


New England Complex Systems Institute
277 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-547-4100
Fax: 617-661-7711

Monday, November 20

Sweetland Dissertation Writing Groups

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Dissertation Writing Groups
Winter 2018

Please forward to interested graduate students.

In collaboration with the Rackham Graduate School, the Sweetland Center for Writing coordinates several student-led writing groups for graduate students writing their dissertations. These interdisciplinary writing groups provide structured support in a facilitated peer-based setting to aid dissertators working through long-term projects. Dissertation Writing Groups typically consist of four – five members including a group leader. Participants must be in the writing phase of their dissertations and available to meet at least eight times per semester to workshop group members’ writing on a rotating basis. Each group will determine meeting schedules and expectations.

Group leaders will receive a stipend for their services, and those interested in becoming group leaders must provide additional information with their applications. All accepted students participate in an orientation session on Monday, January 15, at 4:30 pm in North Quad room 2435. Group leaders attend mentor meetings through the term.

Applications must be submitted online by Monday, December 4, 2017. You can access the application by clicking here.  

Application can also be found on the Sweetland website.

AIBS Annual Congressional Visit Day


Join the American Institute of Biological Sciences for our annual Congressional Visits Day in Washington, DC.

This event is an opportunity for scientists to meet with their members of Congress about the importance of federal support for biological research and education. Event participants advocate for federal funding for biological, life, and environmental sciences research. This event works to build support for the National Science Foundation, but also advocates for research programs in other federal agencies.

This year's event will be held on April 17-18, 2018 in Washington, DC. During the afternoon of April 17, individuals will participate in an advocacy-training program that provides the information required to effectively advocate for their science. On April 18, scientists will participate in congressional meetings organized by AIBS with their elected officials.

Optional training program: In addition, we are offering a one-day short course version of the popular AIBS Communications Boot Camp for Scientists. This eight-hour professional development program will train scientists to translate scientific information for non-technical audiences and to engage with the news media. The course includes formal instruction as well as hands-on and interactive exercises. This professional development training will begin on the afternoon of April 16 and be completed during the morning of April 17. We are pleased to announce that participants in the Congressional Visits Day event may register for this training program at the reduced rate of $150.

Scientists and graduate students who are interested in communicating the importance of federal investments in scientific research and education to lawmakers are encouraged to participate in this important event.

Participants are responsible for their own travel costs.

The ideal participant will:
  • Have an interest in science policy.
  • Work in a scientific profession or be enrolled in graduate school.
  • Be able to speak about the importance of biological research funded by NSF and other federal agencies, and provide compelling examples from their own experiences.
  • Be able to pay their hotel, food, and travel expenses.
Need more information? Read the frequently asked questions.

Registration will close on March 4, 2018. Register at https://www.aibs.org/public-policy/congressional_visits_day.html.

Graduate students: Consider applying for the AIBS Emerging Public Policy Leadership Award. Award winners receive free domestic travel for the event.

Friday, November 17

WRITING 630: Advanced Writing for Graduate Students – Winter 2018

WRITING 630: Advanced Writing for Graduate Students – Winter 2018

Writing 630 is designed for graduate students who have made significant progress in their degree programs and are thinking about larger, ongoing writing projects: a prospectus, a conference paper, an article for publication, or a specific dissertation chapter. Writing 630 targets projects that are essential to a graduate student’s success, but are not exclusively part of the dissertation.

The first seven weeks will be spent in a traditional discussion forum, reviewing the basics of clear academic writing and the demands of writing in graduate school. Topics will include argumentation, drafting, revision, grammar, audience, tone, and incorporating sources. During the next four weeks you will share portions of your work, in groups, for peer review and discussion. These meetings will focus on the project you have been working on during the semester. The course will then progress to individual conferences with the instructor to discuss the results of the peer reviews and their application to your work.

To apply, please complete the application form and return it along with 5 pages of academic writing (excerpts from longer works are welcome) as a single PDF to: Laura Schuyler,

The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 4, 2017.
Decisions will be made and students notified by December 12, 2017

Please send all questions to Laura Schuyler

The Writing 630 application is also available on our website:  https://lsa.umich.edu/sweetland/graduates/courses.html