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August 2008

Mei Lee Ling works in Roger Ely's lab.

Research Feature: 2008 SBI Undergraduate Interns

Sixteen undergraduate students are getting hands-on research experience through the SBI internship program this summer. Read about some of their projects and experiences in an SBI research feature...


Upcoming Events

August 12, Tuesday, 8:00 a.m., ALS 3006. Two SBI Interns Report Their Research (Crop and Soils Science Journal Club). Alese Colehour will speak on the methodologies and preliminary results of soil microbial community structure under different agricultural management treatments. Brian Wakefield will discuss modeling amino acid dynamics in forest soils. FMI: Dave Myrold,

September 3, Wednesday, 3-4:30 p.m., in MU 208. SBI Undergraduate Intern Research Presentations. SBI interns will give short presentations on the results of their research.

September 10. Deadline to submit abstracts for the 2008 AGU Fall Meeting. The meeting will be held December 15-19 in San Francisco.

Thursday, September 18, LaSells Stewart Center. University Day.

Monday, September 29. OSU Courses Begin.

Link to a calendar of other related events...


Opportunities for Students

NSF International Research Fellowship Program (IRFP) - This program introduces scientists and engineers in the early stages of their careers to research opportunities abroad. These awards are available for research in any field of science and engineering research and education supported by NSF. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen and have been awarded a doctoral degree within three years of the application date or expect to receive the doctoral degree by the award date. Applications due: September 9, 2008.

2008 Fulbright Program for U.S. Students - The U.S. Student Fulbright Program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide; grants are available in all fields of study. You can apply if you are a graduating senior; hold a B.S./B.A. degree; or are a master's or doctoral degree candidate and are thinking of studying, teaching or conducting research abroad. Contact Marit Legler OSU Fulbright Advisor for more information. Applications due: September 29, 2008.

Post-Doc with Penn State Center for Environmental Kinetics Analysis (CEKA) - CEKA is an Environmental Molecular Sciences Institute funded by the National Science Foundation to support research at Penn State in environmental kinetics over multiple time and length scales.  Positions for post-doctoral students are now available in a multi-year program of research and education in environmental kinetics. Students interested in (bio)geochemical kinetics using a variety of experimental, theoretical, or field techniques are encouraged to apply.

Funding Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

Preliminary proposal due: 16 September 2008. NSF Undergraduate Research and Mentoring in the Biological Sciences (URM) (Full Proposal due: 3 March 2009). Support will be provided to academic institutions to establish innovative programs to engage undergraduates in a year-round research and mentoring activity. Particular emphasis will be placed on broadening participation of members of groups historically underrepresented in science and engineering.

30 September 2008. DOE Science Financial Assistance Program, Biological and Environmental Research Program. Topic areas include... Life Sciences: Provide the fundamental scientific understanding of plants and microbes necessary to develop new robust and transformational basic research strategies for producing biofuels, cleaning up waste, and sequestering carbon. Environmental Remediation: Provide sufficient scientific understanding such that DOE sites would be able to incorporate coupled physical, chemical and biological processes into decision making for environmental remediation and long-term stewardship. Climate Change Research: Deliver improved scientific data and models about the potential response of the Earth's climate and terrestrial biosphere to increased greenhouse gas levels for policy makers to determine safe levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

October 19, 2008. 2009 Biology Scholars Writing Residency - The Writing Residency seeks biologists who are conducting classroom research on learning.  This program is part of the Biology Scholars Program to enhance biologists’ understanding and practice of evidenced-based teaching and learning.  The program is a multiyear leadership program for college biology faculty to bring about reforms in undergraduate education and is sponsored by NSF and several biology professional societies. 

18 November 2008. NSF Dynamics of Coupled Natural and Human Systems (CNH). This competition promotes quantitative, interdisciplinary analyses of relevant human and natural system processes and complex interactions among human and natural systems at diverse scales. Projects usually have three components: an integrated, quantitative systems-level method of inquiry, an education component, and a global perspective. Grants are for up to $1.5M.

The SBI has funding available for proposal development and maintains a list of external grant opportunities related to the subsurface biosphere.

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