SESYNC Requests Proposals for its Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis

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Oct 28, 2016

Udita Sanga, PhD student at Michigan State University and now co-PI of the Agrarian Adaptation Graduate Student Puruist Group, sharing her insights and engaging with other graduate students at the 2015 Graduate Student Workshop.  

Request for Proposals

Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis: Interdisciplinary Skill Building, Collaboration, and Proposal Writing

Workshop Application Deadline: January 13, 2017

Workshop Dates: March 7-10, 2017 in Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Workshop Overview

Applications are now being accepted for the fourth Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis, hosted by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC). As part of this highly interactive workshop, graduate students from across disciplines and from around the world will participate in sessions and activities designed to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, team formation, and scientific proposal development while also building a variety of other skills crucial to the success of socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis, including effective communication across disciplines and incorporating diverse data types.

Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to engage with and receive feedback from S-E synthesis scholars and practitioners. Featured topics include:

Interdisciplinary team science and team skills

Interdisciplinary science communication

Interdisciplinary proposal writing and design

Bridging scientific knowledge to decision making

Workshop Details

There is no cost to attend the workshop, although space is limited. Travel to SESYNC’s facilities in Annapolis, MD will be provided along with private accommodations for up to four nights in accordance with our travel policies. SESYNC will additionally provide lunch each day as well as reimburse attendees for breakfasts and dinners purchased during the course of the Workshop. 

For more information on eligibility criteria and required application materials, please see below.

SESYNC’s Graduate Pursuits

Beyond encouraging and enabling graduate students interested in interdisciplinary training, networking, skill building, and research opportunities relating to socio-environmental synthesis, the Workshop is designed to serve as preparation for students interested in SESYNC’s Graduate Pursuits. The Graduate Pursuits, which represent an integral and innovative component of SESYNC’s broader Graduate Program, supports independent research teams (i.e. “Pursuits”) composed of 5-7 graduate students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds. Simultaneous to but outside of their doctoral degree programs, supported teams conduct synthesis research over a 12–18 month period, with a series of multi-day meetings in Annapolis, MD, structured engagement with SESYNC staff, and continuous cyberinfrastructure and computational support. Since its establishment in 2013, the program has supported 12 such Graduate Pursuits as they contribute synthesis-oriented knowledge to the scientific community and produce data products and actionable outcomes for end-users and policymakers. 

The Workshop introduces participants to the Graduate Pursuit program and offers preparation for the upcoming call for applications. Such preparation ranges from interdisciplinary problem solving and project design, to scientific proposal writing, to interdisciplinary networking and team leadership. Students interested in applying for the Graduate Pursuits are thus highly encouraged, to apply for the Workshop.

How to Apply

To apply and to learn more, please visit the opportunity pageApplications must be received by 5:00pm Eastern Time (ET) on Friday, January 13, 2017 in order to be considered. Please contact Nicole Motzer, SESYNC’s Graduate Program Coordinator, at with any questions.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

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