Request for Proposals - Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Skill Building, Proposal Writing, & Collaborating

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Nov 20, 2017

 

Request for Proposals

Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Skill Building, Proposal Writing, & Collaborating

Application Deadline: November 20, 2017

Workshop Dates: January 23-26, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Overview:

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for the 5th annual Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis, to be held January 23-26, 2018, in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Workshop goals are to:

  • Energize and engage students in innovative, team-based, use-inspired S-E synthesis research
  • Increase student capactities through S-E synthesis training, skill-building, and networking
  • Prepare students for upcoming S-E synthesis research and leadership opportunities at SESYNC

Attendees of this workshop will join 30 of their peers from around the world and across scholarly disciplines. Attendees will participate in highly interactive activities and facilitated discussions as individuals, but will also be given the opportunity while in Annapolis to form the beginnings of diverse, interdisciplinary research teams. 

Workshop sessions and activities will be led by noted S-E synthesis scholars and practitioners, and will range from synthetic proposal writing and research design, to the science of team science, to science communication and delivering actionable outcomes for stakeholders and decision makers. 

Cost & Travel:

There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Travel to SESYNC will be provided along with private accommodations for up to four nights in accordance with University of Maryland’s travel policies. SESYNC will additionally provide lunch each day and reimburse participants for the costs of breakfasts and dinners during the workshop. 

Graduate Pursuits:

Workshop sessions and topics will equip graduate students with skills, knowledge, networks, and resources integral to advancing interdisciplinary science and collaboration. The workshop is additionally designed to prepare graduate students to lead and/or otherwise participate as part of a Graduate Pursuit team.

The SESYNC Graduate Pursuits Program is a first-of-its-kind program that supports independent research teams composed of 5-7 PhD students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Simultaneous to but outside of students’ doctoral degree programs, supported teams conduct data-driven synthesis research under one of SESYNC’s research themes over a 12–18 month period, with a focus on contributing fundamental scientific knowledge, solving synthetic problems, producing peer-reviewed products, and developing actionable outcomes. The Graduate Pursuits Program involves a series of multi-day meetings in Annapolis, MD, long-term and structured engagement with SESYNC staff, and tailored cyberinfrastructure and computational support. Since 2013, SESYNC has supported 18 Graduate Pursuit teams.

Submission Instructions: 
 

The deadline to apply is November 20, 2017, at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). Workshop attendees will be selected based on background, academic excellence, motivations, and interests. Non-US citizens and US citizens studying at institutions abroad are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be currently enrolled first or second-year PhD students. Students from any discipline relevant to S-E research are welcome to apply, but selected attendees will demonstrate strong interests in bridging scholarly disciplines and conducting data-driven, use-inspired synthesis research. Selected attendees will also display a genuine interest and ideally an intent to participate in a SESYNC Graduate Pursuit, and will commit to spending the entirety of the 3.5-day workshop at SESYNC.

Applicants must submit proposals as ONE PDF document via SESYNC’s online form, including:

Questions & Details:

For more information about the workshop and the Graduate Pursuits, visit www.SESYNC.org or email Dr. Nicole Motzer, Graduate Program Coordinator: nmotzer@sesync.org

Agenda Outline:

DAY 1

Interactive session: Establishing motivations, expectations & opportunities

Presentation: Introducing S-E synthesis & interdisciplinary collaboration

Interactive presentation: Kick starting S-E synthesis & interdisciplinary collaboration

Interactive session: Practicing S-E synthesis & interdisciplinary collaboration

Interactive session: Building interdisciplinary networks through “speed dating”

DAY 2

Interactive session: Pitching synthetic, interdisciplinary & collaborative research projects

Interactive session: Designing synthetic, interdisciplinary & collaborative research projects

Interactive presentation: Writing synthetic, interdisciplinary & collaborative research proposals

Interactive session: Outlining synthetic, interdisciplinary & collaborative research proposals

Interactive session: Building interdisciplinary networks through “speed dating”

DAY 3

Interactive presentation and session: Communicating synthetic & interdisciplinary science to diverse audiences & across divides

Interactive session: Developing synthetic, interdisciplinary & collaborative research projects & proposals

Presentation: Challenges and opportunities of synthetic, interdisciplinary & collaborative science

Presentation: The art and science of scientific leadership

DAY 4

Interactive session: Refining synthetic, interdisciplinary & collaborative research projects & proposals

Presentation: Presenting projects to panel of peers

Interactive session: Reflecting on motivations, expectations & opportunities

 

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

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