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October 3, 2011
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Poster Session Showcases SBI Interns

Jackson Olson Dougan, Elizabeth Vargas, Kate Lajtha On September 1, SBI's summer interns shared their research experiences through a scientific poster session held at the Memorial Union. Read more about the 2011 interns and their poster session.

Upcoming Seminars

Thursday, October 6 4:00pm. Smart Tracer Reveals Spatial Patterns of Microbial Respiration in Streams (Geology Colloquium, Fall 2011). Roy Haggerty, Department of Geosciences Held on campus at Gilfillan Auditorium. FMI:

Wednesday, November 2 3:30 - 4:30 pm. Refreshments at 3:15 pm. CGRB Seminar Series. Jay Lennon, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University. Held on campus in OSU ALS 4001. FMI: Dave Myrold

Thursday, November 3 4:00 pm. Department of Botany and Plant Pathology Fall 2011 Seminar Series. In search of interactions between ammonia-oxidizing and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria Dr. Luis Sayavedra-Soto, Senior Research Associate Professor, BPP, OSU. Held on campus in ALS 4001. FMI: Jeff Stone 737-5260. Department of Botany and Plant Pathology Fall 2011 Seminar Series

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

See the SBI Calendar for national and international events.

Opportunities for Students

2011 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 11, 2011.

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.

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 8, 2011.

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 14-18, 2011 depending on discipline.

ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute. ASM invites dedicated undergraduate faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to join the distinguished roster of educators who have benefitted from ASM's faculty programs institutes. Now through November 15, 2011, is the time to apply for the ASM/JGI Bioinformatics Institute: Incorporating Bioinformatics Research in Undergraduate Education, which will be held March 7-10, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Learn more at

DOD Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) 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, 2011.

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 12, 2011.

ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone. The ASM Committee on Minority Education invites undergraduate students from under-represented minority groups to apply for the ASM Undergraduate Research Capstone, a program that helps participants pursue graduate or professional training by providing them with opportunities to present their microbiological-sciences-related research. Applications for the 2012 capstone are being accepted until December 15, 2011. Applicants must submit abstracts to the ASM General Meeting, as capstone awards are contingent upon abstract acceptance to this event. A detailed description of the capstone program and an application form are available from

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 16, 2011.

Opportunities for Faculty

(listed by due date)

State of Oregon: General Research Fund, Fall 2011 (OSU, The Research Office Incentive Programs) 10/17/2011

NSF: Biomaterials (BMAT) 10/31/2011

OSU: L.L. Stewart Faculty Development Award. Up to $2,200 for professional development activities that have a clear connection to the enhancement of teaching and student learning at OSU. 10/31/2011

NSF: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (DDIG) 11/10/2011

OSU Research Equipment Reserve Fund for Fall 2010 11/14/2011

NSF: Environmental Chemical Sciences (ECS) 11/30/2011

NSF: Hydrologic Sciences 12/05/2011

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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