Candidate Search, NSF Asst. Director for Geosciences

NSF is initiating a national search for the National Science Foundation’s Assistant Director for Geosciences (GEO) and seek your assistance in the identification of candidates. Dr. Roger Wakimoto has served in this position, with distinction, since February 2013.

The Assistant Director, GEO, leads a directorate comprised of four divisions: Atmospheric and Geospace Sciences (AGS), Earth Sciences (EAR), Ocean Sciences (OCE), and Polar Programs (PLR). Enclosed is an information sheet that summarizes the directorate’s activities and the responsibilities of the position, together with the criteria that will be used in the search.

We are very pleased to announce that Dr. Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences, will head the search committee. We seek your help in identifying candidates with the following qualifications: outstanding leadership; a deep sense of scholarship; a grasp of the issues facing the geosciences in the areas of research and education; experience developing and overseeing complex scientific facilities; and the ability to serve effectively as a key member of the NSF management team. Recommendations of individuals from any sector – academic, industry, or government – are welcome. The National Science Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to employing a highly qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our nation.

Please send your recommendations, including any supporting information that you can provide, to the AD/GEO Search Committee via e mail ( or at the following address: National Science Foundation, Office of the Director, Suite 1205, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22230. We would appreciate receiving your recommendations by May 20, 2016.


Pandora Road Crew 2016 Summer Internships Now Available!!!

Pandora Road Crew summer 2016 internship opportunities are available!! You can find career and internship opportunities on their careers website. The deadline is Friday March 11 by midnight (Pacific). In order to qualify as a Roadie, candidates must have rising senior status (December 2016 or May/June 2017 graduation date). Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Candidates should click on the job title(s) that interest them and they qualify for based on the skill sets listed. Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. Informational materials are listed below.

Pandora Summer 2016 Internship Opportunities

Pandora Recruiting Program FAQs

DOE-EM Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program Internships

The MSIPP Internships is a new program to promote the education and development of the next generation workforce in critical science, engineering, technology, and mathematics (STEM) for full time students currently enrolled at an accredited Minority Serving Institution (MSI). These programs assist current missions of the DOE efforts in environmental management. The MSIPP Internships is designed to provide an enhanced training environment for the next generation scientists and engineers by exposing them to research challenges unique to our mission.

The website link is Students can find information on how to apply, as well as contact information on this site.  The deadline for applications is February 28.

NASA Summer 2016 Internship Session

NASA is accepting graduate and undergraduate student applications for summer 2016 internship opportunities through the NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) portal. Students may complete applications at the following link Applications are due by  March 1, 2016; however, NASA may begin selecting students as early as February 2016.

If you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Daesha Roberts at

DHS SRT 2016 Summer Internships available!!

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
2016 Summer Research Team Program for
Minority Serving Institutions

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers). The SRT Program and DHS Centers are sponsored by the DHS Security Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs.

Faculty receive a $1,200 weekly stipend.

Graduate students receive a $700 weekly stipend.

Undergraduate students receive a $600 weekly stipend.

All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances.
10-week research experiences are offered at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers).

Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. Additional information regarding DHS Areas of Research may be found on the program website.

U.S. citizenship required

Previous program participants may apply.
Application deadline: December 20, 2015, 11:59PM EST

How to Apply: Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

Detailed information about the program can be found at:

For questions please email us at

Fellowship Opportunities for Graduate Students Interested in Disability Policy Research

The Social Security Administration (SSA) is excited again to offer graduate students opportunities to participate in our fellowships programs!

SSA’s Disability Research Consortium (DRC) is pleased to announce summer fellowships for graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines.  Mathematica Policy Research, a DRC research center, is administering the program through a cooperative agreement with SSA, and is currently accepting applications for two fellowship opportunities for graduate students conducting research related to disability policy.  These opportunities are funded via the SSA’s DRC.  Applications for both programs are due by Friday, February 12, 2016.  Selected participants for our Programs receive a stipend for their participation.  While these opportunities are available to all graduate students pursuing studies in accredited programs, we appreciate your assistance of distributing this information to our Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) student prospects also.  We hope for strong participation from the MSI community.

Summer Fellowship Program and Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Summer Fellowship Program is an opportunity for students in Master’s programs or early in doctoral programs (pre-dissertation phase) to spend the summer of 2016 at Mathematica’s Washington, DC office to learn more about conducting an independent research project related to disability policy. The last two years of this program have been highly successful, and we are looking forward to another fantastic experience for this year’s fellows. Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,500 for their efforts over an eight week fellowship period.

We are also pleased to offer a new opportunity this year. The Dissertation Fellowship Program will offer financial support via a $28,000 stipend to students conducting doctoral dissertation research on topics related to disability policy. This program is geared to more advanced graduate students, and in contrast with the summer fellows program, dissertation fellows will remain at their home institution.  This fellowship will run for a year beginning in or around May 2016.

I have attached descriptions of each program to this email. They contain information on each program’s eligibility criteria and application submission guidelines, as well as contact information for students who may have additional questions. This information can also be found at and Please share these opportunities with graduate students who might be interested!

For additional information on these opportunities, please see the attached.  Please contact Lynn Fisher (, if you have any questions.

Minority Fellowship Program – Accepting Applications!

SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) team would like to share with you that the MFP grantees have started to accept fellowship applications for the 2016-17 academic cycle. The MFP seeks to improve behavioral health outcomes of racially and ethnically diverse populations by increasing the number of well trained, culturally competent behavioral health professionals available to work in underserved, minority communities. Specifically, the program offers scholarship assistance, training and mentoring for individuals seeking degrees in behavioral health who meet program eligibility requirements. 

Chere HERE to learn more about the fellowships an dapplication periods.



Mahogany & Blues Babe Foundation Scholarship Program

Deadline: October 30, 2015

Hallmark’s Mahogany brand and the Blues Babe Foundation, brainchild of Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jill Scott, are providing two $10,000 scholarships to current undergraduate students pursuing a career in the writing arts. Scholarships are offered for full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university.  Award recipients also will be invited to attend a three-day, all-expenses-paid workshop at Hallmark’s headquarters in Kansas City during the spring or summer of 2016.

To apply, students must be current postsecondary undergraduates pursuing a career in the writing arts, and must be enrolled full-time at a four-year college or university for spring and fall 2016.

Visit for more information and an application.




NASA KSC Pathways Positions – Spring 2016

NASA Pathways Internship Employment Program (IEP):

This is a Program for students currently enrolled or accepted for enrollment in a degree seeking program. These positions may lead to full time employment with NASA after graduation.

NASA Center:
Kennedy Space Center, FL

Application Open Date:
Monday, October 5, 2015

Application Close Date:
Friday, October 9, 2015 11:59 EST

Anticipated Position Start Date:
Monday, January 25, 2015

Available Positions:
between 40-50

Application Website:

KSC Pathways Program Website:

**After you apply online through please do not forget to submit your transcript(s) and veterans documents (if applicable) via email to prior to the closing of the announcement following the instructions provided in each announcement**


Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) – 2015 Flight Research Opportunity NNH15ZDA010C

Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) – 2015

Flight Research Opportunity NNH15ZDA010C

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD), in collaboration with the Office of Education (OE) National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) will release the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Student Flight Research Opportunity (SFRO) on or about August 21. USIP-2015 solicits proposals from U.S. institutions of higher education to develop an undergraduate-led Project Team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV), or CubeSat launched on an orbital launch vehicle (hereafter referred to collectively as suborbital-class platforms).

The cost cap for an investigation awarded by OE is $200K, including the design, development, integration, and testing of the payload; student internships; and research on key innovative technologies. OE funding is limited to consortia of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant). See Appendix E for proposal conditions and guidelines for Space Grant consortia.

The cost cap for an investigation awarded by SMD is $100K, including the design, development, integration, testing of the payload; and student internships. SMD funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education.

Funding by NASA may be supplemented with contributions by the implementing institution (no limit); however, there are no expectations as to the amount of the institutional contribution and such contributions will not be considered in the evaluation of proposals. The selected projects must be launch-ready within 18 months of project initiation. SMD and OE estimate total funding available for award at $6.0M, and expect to select at least 30 projects for implementation, subject to available funding. The launch/flight services are provided by NASA at no cost to the project. Proposals to the USIP 2017 Solar Eclipse solicitation are not eligible for award under USIP-2015.

The two goals of this USIP SFRO are:

  • To provide a hands-on flight project experience to enhance the science, technical, leadership, and project skills for the selected undergraduate student team.
  • To fly a science and/or technology investigation relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a suborbital-class platform.

The key dates of this solicitation are:

SFRO Release Date                                     August 21, 2015

Question and Answer Telecon                   September 10, 2015 (2:00 PM)

Notice of Intent Deadline                           October 1, 2015 (11:59 PM)

Proposal Submittal Deadline                     November 20, 2015 (11:59 PM)

Selections Announced (target)                 December, 2015

Launch Readiness                                        August 1, 2017

The solicitation may be found on NSPIRES at

by searching on NNH15ZDA010C

General questions concerning this solicitation may be directed to:

David Pierce
Senior Program Executive for Suborbital Research
Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 358-3808

Questions specifically concerning the Space Grant component of this solicitation may be directed to:

Dr. Lenell Allen
Director, Aerospace Research and Career Development (ARCD)
Office of Education
NASA Headquarters
Phone: (202) 358-1762