Aggies Commit Award

Are you involved in high-impact learning experience that go beyond required degree program? If so, you can apply for the 2017-2018 Aggies Commit Fellowship. 

The fellowship is administered by GPSC and OGAPS and sponsored by the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President. 

You can apply for up to $1,500 to assist you in your activities. 

Learn more about the fellowship here: http://gpsc.tamu.edu/accessibility/awards-scholarships/aggies-commit-fellowship/

Apply here: http://gpsc.tamu.edu/aggiescommit/

Deadline: Thursday, November 30th, 2017

Thank you, 

GPSC Awards Committee

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New Graduate Course: HORT 630 Postharvest Biology and Physiology of Horticulturalcrops. Click here for more information.

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RefWorks Workshop at MSL 

The Medical Sciences Library is hosting an Introduction to RefWorks workshop.

Date and Time: Tuesday, November 14, 3-4 PM

RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases and other various sources. You can use these references in writing papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography in seconds.  

Register and a complete list of upcoming library workshops is available on the Library Calendar

Thanks and gig’em! 

Carolyn

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3 Minute Thesis Competition

Texas A&M University’s 3MT finals will be held at the Bethancourt Ballroom MSC on November 16th, 5:30-8:30pm. This is a research communication competition that was developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), which has spread to Europe and the U. S. over the last 6 years. Finalists have only three minutes and one slide to present a compelling oration on their thesis/dissertation research and its significance. 

Click here to RSVP for the Finals Competition on November 16th!

The finalists will be from various graduate programs across campus and will compete for a chance to win a prize of up to $1500 and represent Texas A&M at the regional competition in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  Our final’s judge panel will include Distinguished Professors, Graduate and Professional Student Council, and local community leaders. Come out and support excellence in graduate education at Texas A&M University.

Hope to see you there!

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2018 Grad Camp Director Application

We are excited to share that the 2018 Grad Camp Director application is now open!   Grad Camp would not be successful without the Director! The Grad Camp Director is responsible for all components of Grad Camp 2018 including the planning, coordinating, and execution of camp. The director will oversee three assistant directors’ as well graduate camp counselors.  Applications can be found on the Grad Camp website at http://gradcamp.tamu.edu/apply-to-be-the-director/

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NESSF Call for Applications for Graduate Student Fellowships

NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program

NASA's Science Mission Directorate announces the call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2018-2019 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 NASA’s scientific goals. Awards resulting from this competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities. 

The deadline for new applications is February 1, 2018, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2018

The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 18 solicitation index page at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ - click on "Solicitations" then click on "Open Solicitations" then select the "NESSF 18" announcement. Also refer to "Program Specific Questions" and "Frequently Asked Questions" listed under "Other Documents" on the NSPIRES page for this solicitation.

All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The faculty advisor has an active role in the submission of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the faculty advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 18 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/.

For further information, contact the NESSF Program Administrators listed below:

·        For Space Science (Heliophysics, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics): Program Administrator for NESSF Research – Marian Norris at (202) 358-4452 or by Email atmnorris@nasa.gov.

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Pathways to Science STEM Scholarships, Fellowships, Postdocs Available

Students are often surprised at how early scholarship and fellowship application deadlines are, so we are trying to get this last reminder out now, before the majority of the deadlines have passed!

Thank you in advance!

30+ undergraduate scholarships:

http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspx?u=Undergrads_Undergraduate+Students&r=&s=&i=&sa=either&p=YesPortable&o=either&c=either&f=&dd=&ft=&submit=y&adv=adv


30+ graduate fellowships: http://pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.aspx

170+ postdoc positions:
http://pathwaystoscience.org/Postdocs_Portal.aspx

Follow us on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Pathways-to-Science-120825625433/

Liv Detrick, Senior Advisor
The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP) www.PathwaysToScience.org

The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. We design and implement strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on reaching and supporting individuals from underserved communities and underrepresented groups, including underrepresented minorities, women, persons with disabilities, first-generation college students, and students from underserved communities. The Institute for Broadening Participation is a 501(c)(3) organization, tax ID #20-1891162. Your contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

http://pathwaystoscience.org/giving.aspx

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Student Travel TREE Grants

Travel, Research, and Educational Experience (TREE) Grants

The Association for Fire Ecology (AFE) has been awarded the privilege of administering the distribution of the Joint Fire Sciences Program (JFSP)TREE grant, which is designed to help students travel to present or otherwise perform outreach at conferences, symposia, and workshops related to wildland fire science and management. These grants of $250 to $1,500 will fund direct travel costs for transportation, lodging, registration fees, and printing or preparation of presentation materials.  

All registered graduate students in good academic standing in a field related to wildland fire science, ecology, or management are eligible to apply for grants. Grants are limited and competitively awarded, with special preference for graduate students planning to deliver oral or poster presentations.

For more information, please visit http://fireecology.org/tree-student-travel-grants

How to Apply

 
Applications are due 60 days before the start of the event; however, we have a special application deadline of October 20, 2017 for the upcoming Fire Congress.

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Alternative Spring Break Staff Leader Openings

My name is Chau Dong, and I am the leader of Alternative Spring Break, an organization committed to providing spring break service trips that take Aggies to other parts of the country in order to give them not only a fun spring break trip, but also an experience serving a community outside of College Station/Bryan.

The reason for my email is that we as an organization are required to have a staff advisor for each trip we send out. The role of a staff advisor is to act as a university official, to take over in the event of a larger scale emergency that our student trip leaders cannot handle, (Medical Emergency, Natural Disaster) and to support the student leaders on our trips should they require it.

The requirements for a staff advisor are the following: must be an employee of Texas A&M University (full-time faculty or staff or graduate/teaching assistant) and be free over the break to attend a trip. That's it!

The cost of a staff advisor attending a trip is always FREE. As such, we would love it if you would pass this along to your department's TAs, Instructional Professors, Advisors, Professors, or anyone you may know who would be free for spring break and excited to travel with a group of service-minded students. It really is a great opportunity to give back and we are looking to fill four trip SA positions on the following trips:

Jefferson SPCA West Bank Animal Shelter, New Orleans

They are home to almost 700 dogs and cats that have been abused, abandoned, neglected, or negatively impacted by natural disasters. The shelter’s backbone is it’s adult and young volunteers that they have so few of, so we will be assisting the staff, walking the dogs, cleaning small dog and cat cages, refilling food and water bowls, playing with the animals, and having fun!!

JohnL. McClellan Veterans Memorial Hospital , Little Rock   

They are a hospital that provides medical care specifically to Veteran patients in addition to other services such as Veteran Suicide Prevention Program & Hotline. While there, we will be completing project that the hospital will have ready for us to do. These projects include but are not limited to beautifying the hospital and its landscape, keeping hospital and wellness areas clean, interacting with the veteran patients and tending to their needs, and being a friendly and helpful face around the hospital! 

Mid South Food Bank, Memphis

They are one of the largest food banks in Tennessee and their mission is to change lives by eliminating hunger in the Mid South Area, one meal at a time. While there, we will be volunteering in their Warehouse stacking, packaging, and organizing donated food to be provided to the hungry in the area and having fun while doing it!

SpecialOlympics Organization , Tulsa

Special Olympics is a volunteer ran organization that provides year round sports training and athletic events for special needs kids and young adults to develop physical fitness, show courage, and embrace joy. We will be working with the organization to help set up for their Olympic Games in May while interacting with kids from the surrounding Special Needs youth development centers and ending the experience by participating in the St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run, a fun run for the special needs athletes to be themselves, do what they love, and have fun doing it!

Once again, we'd really appreciate you passing this on, and if you or anyone happens to be interested (or if you have a student interested in attending as a normal member), please direct them to either my email address or our Staff Advisor Coordinator, Annie Montgomery (annie.montgomery97@tamu.edu). Thank you for your time!

Chau Dong '18

Biomedical & Neuroscience | Texas A&M University

Committee Chair 2017-2018 | SGA's Alternative Spring Break

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Funding for Prairie Research

offered by Prairie Biotic Research, Inc.

We Are Prairie Biotic Research (PBR) is an all-volunteer, scientific public charity established in 2000 to foster basic biotic research in prairies and savannas. One way we do this is through a competitive Small Grants Program that funds grants up to $1500 to individuals for the study of any grassland taxon anywhere in the USA. We support both natural history and experimental science. We are especially eager to support independent researchers (those lacking institutional support), but anyone having a U.S. Social Security number may apply. Since 2002, we’ve awarded 275 grants worth $264,236 to people in 37 states to study insects, plants, mammals, reptiles, slime molds, mycorrhizal fungi, spiders, snails, amphibians, birds, fish, invasive species, effects of management, and the human dimensions of conservation. Many of these grants supported graduate student research. We believe in the importance of collecting voucher specimens that will be carefully curated as information-rich specimens and donated to a public institution; we are not categorically against collecting specimens, as some citizen science groups are. In 2018, we expect to fund at least 20 grants of up to $1500 each with the donations we have received, including some restricted by donors for work in IA or WI.

To Apply for a Grant Visit our website (prairiebioticresearch.org) to learn more, to find our proposal form, instructions, and a sample researcher agreement form that winners of this competition must sign. Check out the history and overview files in the Small Grants section of the website to see what sorts of proposals have won funding in the past. Several winning proposals from past years are available as models on our website. Review the reports submitted by researchers of past years. Those who won funding in 2017 are ineligible for this funding in 2018, but those who won funding longer ago are welcome to submit proposals to further that same work or to support a new project. Please submit your proposal electronically as a pdf file attached to an email. We must receive your proposal via email by December 20, 2017.

Become a Supporter Please make a donation to support our work; you can now do so using Visa or Mastercard through PayPal on our website. We cannot give away money that we don’t have. Any amount is welcome. PBR is volunteer-run so our overhead is very low. You may specify that your entire tax-deductible donation be given to researchers through our Small Grants Program, or to expand our research endowment that produces income we give away annually through this program. Please help us to help others!

We Foster Curiosity!