Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Proposal Writing and Collaboration (Summer 2016)

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May 08, 2016

Workshop Dates:June 13-15, 2016 in Annapolis, Maryland

Workshop Overview:

SESYNC is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the third Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis. As part of the highly interactive workshop, participants will engage with noted scholars and experts in talks, sessions, and activities centering on socio-environmental synthesis, decision-making and actionable outcomes, interdisciplinary collaboration and team science, and scientific proposal writing. Participants will also undergo extensive preparation for SESYNC’s next round of Graduate Pursuit projects.

The Workshop as Preparation for SESYNC’s Graduate Pursuit Projects:

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) offers training, networking, skill building, and research opportunities specially designed for graduate students pursuing socio-environmental synthesis research. Building on these efforts, a major focus of the June workshop is to prepare graduate students for the third round of Graduate Pursuits to begin later this year (the most recent Graduate Pursuit RFP can be found here).

As part of this preparation, workshop attendees will have the opportunity to draft scientific proposals and to gain feedback from experts as well as potentially form interdisciplinary teams to jointly apply for the next round of Graduate Pursuit projects. Students interested in applying for the Graduate Pursuit projects are thus highly encouraged, although not required, to apply for the workshop first.

More about SESYNC’s Graduate Pursuit Projects:

SESYNC will support a limited number of independent synthesis research teams (i.e. “Pursuits”) composed of 5-7 graduate students from across disciplines and around the world. These teams will conduct synthesis research over a 12–18 month period, which will involve 3 team meetings at our center in Annapolis, MD. Team members will work within SESYNC’s structured engagement process and will receive a suite of support services to assist participants with the creation of new synthesis-oriented data products and actionable outcomes. Please note that SESYNC does not fund the collection of original research.

More information on SESYNC’s graduate-student oriented activities can be found here.

Workshop Cost and Travel:

There is no cost to attend the workshop, although space is limited. Travel to our facilities in Annapolis, MD, accommodations, and food expenses for workshop attendees will be provided by SESYNC in accordance with our travel policies. Please see below for information on eligibility criteria and required application materials.

Workshop Eligibility Criteria:

  • Attendees must be currently-enrolled first or second year PhD students in natural, social, or computational sciences
  • Attendees must have a strong interest in and a real potential to bridge and synthesize existing research and data across disciplines
  • Attendees must exhibit academic success in terms of grade point average, etc.
  • Attendees must commit to a 2½-day workshop in Annapolis, MD, from June 13-15, 2016 

Please contact Nicole Motzer, SESYNC’s Graduate Pursuit Facilitator, at with any further questions.

Submission Instructions: 

 ·      Proposals must be submitted as ONE PDF document, containing:

  • Applicant’s C.V. (no more than two pages)
  • Signed letter of recommendation from applicant’s doctoral advisor
  • Applicant’s statement of research (no more than 500 words) that:

- Presents a critical research question relating to socio-environmental synthesis
- Explicitly identifies sufficient existing data sources for the research question
- States the potential for interdisciplinary collaboration (i.e., how a natural systems question could be better informed by sociology)
- Explains actionable outcomes in answering the research question

Applications will only be accepted online via this form. Applications must be received by May 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

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