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October 4, 2010
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SBI Research Feature: Modeling Bioremediation of High Concentrations of TCE

Photo of the recirculating column used in Andy's experiments.Read a short web interview where environmental engineering PhD graduate Andy Sabalowsky describes research published this month in the journal Biotechnology and Bioengineering. Andy is now a post-doc at the Montana State University Center for Biofilm Engineering. He co-authored the papers with his OSU doctoral advisor, Lewis Semprini.


Poster Session Showcases SBI Interns

Rick Colwell and Chris Neighbors On September 2, SBI's summer interns shared their research experiences through a scientific poster session held at the Memorial Union. Read more about the 2010 interns and their poster session online.


Upcoming Seminars

October 28, 10:00-11:00 a.m. - Chemical Oceanography Seminar - John Pohlmann, USGS: "The Biogeochemistry of Dissolved Organic Carbon in Gas Hydrate Systems: Connections between the Deep Biosphere and the Oceans." Burt 193


Conference Information

November 15. Abstract deadline for the Eleventh International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium, Reno, NV on June 27-30, 2011.

Opportunities for Students

2010 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.

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology. The fellowships encourage independence at an early stage of the research career to permit Fellows to pursue their research and training goals in the most appropriate research locations regardless of the availability of funding for the Fellows at that site.  For FY 2011, these BIO programs are (1) Broadening Participation in Biology and (2) Intersections of Biology and Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Applications due: October 19, 2010.

Sigma Xi, Research Grants for Undergraduate and Graduate Students. Sigma Xi, a scientific organization, offers grants-in-aid to fund research in science and engineering disciplines. Grant amounts range from $100 to $1,000 (with an average award of $600). Deadlines are October 15 and March 15 annually.

CUAHSI 2010 Pathfinder Graduate Student Fellowships to Support Multi-site Research in Hydrology. Applications due 11/1/10.

Fall 2011 EPA Science To Achieve Results (STAR) Fellowships For Graduate Environmental Study - These prestigious awards provide two to four years of full graduate support. Several research topics relate to the subsurface biosphere including global change, water quality: hydrogeology and surface water, science & technology for sustainability: energy among others. Applications due November 5, 2010.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. Consider applying for one of these prestigious fellowships! They provide three years of support for graduate study leading to research-based master’s or doctoral degrees and are intended for students who are in the early stages of their graduate study. Applications are due November 2-12, 2010 depending on discipline.

DOD Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program.Scholarship for service program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories. Applications due December 1, 2010.

Fall 2011 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study - Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and up to $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship. Applications due December 9, 2010.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) - Three year doctoral fellowships for degrees in many fields including biosciences, geosciences, engineering and others. Applications due December 17, 2010.


Opportunities for Faculty

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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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