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June 10, 2011
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SBI To Host More than 25 Undergraduate Interns This Summer

Photo of previous intern.This year more than 25 undergraduates will work in the field and in OSU laboratories on projects related to the subsurface biosphere. This is the sixth year of a paid internship program that gives students first-hand experiences studying microbes that live underground in soils, sediments and groundwater. The interns will be paired with mentors from a variety of disciplines including oceanography, soil science, environmental engineering, microbiology and geosciences. The mentors will help guide the students as they work independently on a suite of diverse projects. Example topics include: the role of microbes in nutrient cycling, engineering wetlands, groundwater remediation and fuel cells. On September 1, the interns will present their research results in a poster session. The intership program is sponsored by the Subsurface Biosphere Initiative and seeks to give students, particularly those from groups historically underrepresented in the sciences, experience conducting original research that will encourage them to pursue graduate study and a career in science or engineering.


Upcoming Events

Friday, June 10, 2:30-4:30 pm, Kelley Engineering Center Atrium. CBEE Expo Lite. Chemical, biological, and environmental engineers share their senior project results. There are a total of 12 projects with posters and some show and tell items. The first 45 minutes will be an open session, followed by short poster talks beginning at 3:15pm in two “tracks” of six projects each.

Thursday, June 23, H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Blue River, Oregon - HJA Day - The annual field tour of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest and Long-Term Ecological Research site. Spend a day in the forest and hear highlights of current research, education, and collaborations. The event is free. Lunch is provided on site. Transportation is provided between OSU campus and the Andrews Forest. To help plan for catering and transportation, registration is required by June 17.

Thursday, September 1, 2:30-4:30, MU 109. SBI Undergraduate Intern Poster Session. Save the date for this rewarding session where SBI interns share their summer research experiences.

Let others in the SBI community know about your upcoming relevant seminars - email with details.


Conference Information

July 31- August 5 - Archaea: Ecology, Metabolism & Molecular Biology, Waterville Valley, NH. Gordon Research Conference. Applications due July 3, 2011 but early application recommended.

October 19-22 - World Congress of Environmental Biotechnology-2011: Healthier, Safer and Environmentally Friendly, Dalian, China. Abstracts due August 30, 2011.

Opportunities for Students

(listed by due date)

NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowships (EAR-PF) - The research and education plans of each fellowship must address scientific questions within the scope of EAR disciplines. The program supports researchers for a period of up to 2 years with fellowships that can be taken to the institution or national facility of their choice. Applications due July 1, 2011.

Soil Science Society of America Video Contest - In celebration of the Soil Science Society of America's 75th Anniversary this year (2011) they invite the soils community to present original, inspirational videos illustrating what soil means to you in your world. There are cash prizes in several categories including $750 for the grand prize. Submission deadline: August 1, 2011.

2011-2012 WAGS/UMI Innovation in Technology - This award may be given either to a master’s thesis or to a doctoral dissertation for the development of an innovative technology and its utilization for the creative solution of a major problem. The award is $1000. Submission deadline: August 20, 2011.

The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry 2011 Funding Opportunity -  The Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry provides a principal investigator with an award of $120,000 over two years to appoint a Postdoctoral Fellow in environmental chemistry. Example topics include but are not limited to the chemistry associated with: the climate, the atmosphere, aquatic or marine settings, toxicology, soil or groundwater. Contact Martha Coleman, Director of Foundation Relations, OSU Foundation for more information. Application due August 25, 2011.

Think ahead for fall! Many fellowships and post-docs have a fall deadlines. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowships page has a thorough list of funding opportunities to check out.


Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

July 2011

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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