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Winter 2016
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Kyle Crocco

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Call for Applications: Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy

The UC Center Sacramento announces its second annual Emerging Scholars Award for Excellence in Research and Public Policy. The award will recognize excellence in graduate student research with a direct impact on public policy. The recipients of the Emerging Scholars Award will receive a $500 prize and will deliver an invited policy lecture at the UC Center in Summer 2016. Submissions will be accepted through March 1. UC Center Sacramento

Award: $500 and an opportunity to deliver a policy lecture at the UC Center.

Deadline: Mar. 1.

Application requirements: 250-word abstract; two-page summary of paper; CV; teaching evaluations from the last two quarters; letter of recommendation from a supervising professor.

To apply: Submit all materials (with the letter of recommendation sent separately by the professor) to Dee Powell with the subject line “Emerging Scholars."


The Belltown Spine & Wellness Scholarship

Write an essay, win a scholarship. It's just that easy.

One talented student who writes the best essay on the topic "In what ways can a holistic perspective improve healthcare in the U.S.?" will find themselves $1,000 richer. You do not need to be a student in the healthcare field to enter.

The Belltown Spine & Wellness Scholarship

Deadline: Saturday, Aug. 1

Amount: $1,000

Fine Print: Read the terms and conditions.


2015 Lindros Award for Translating Research to Medical Practice

TMRL logoThe Translational Medicine Research Laboratories has a call for applications for the 2015 Lindros Award to translate research to medical practice.

This award provides direct support for a significant "bench to bedside" project with acknowledged impact on human medicine. The project encourages graduate students and/or postdoctoral scholars to develop specific technologies that will impact clinical medicine.

The selection committee is seeking mature research projects that will have the greatest impact within a year time frame.

Competitive proposals will include substantiation of the research itself, explanation of its impact on human medicine, and justification for use of the award.

Deadline: Friday, April 17

Eligibility: Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars

Funds: $10,000

More info: Read the call for applications.


Simons Award for Graduate Students in Theoretical Computer Science

Man at computersCredit: openclipart.comThe Simons Foundation Division for Mathematics and Physical Sciences is offering awards to support graduate students studying theoretical computer science who have an outstanding track record of research accomplishments. The award is not intended to replace the regular academic-year support of these outstanding students, but rather to supplement their research through such things as equipment, travel, books, personal computer, and other supplies.

Awards will be based on the quality of the applicant’s research contributions, as outlined in the student’s list of publications and research statement, and on the strength of their letters of support.

Simons Award

Deadline: Feb. 12

Eligibility: A graduate student who has completed two, three or four years at a U.S. or Canadian institution of higher education at the time of the award start date and with a track record of outstanding results in theoretical computer science.

Support: A period of two years for up to $24,000 per year.

More Info: Read the call for applications.


Big Ideas at Berkeley Contest: Open to All UC Students

Big IdeasDo you have a big idea? Then the Big Ideas@Berkeley Contest might be for you. The Big Ideas@Berkeley Contest provides funding, support, and encouragement to interdisciplinary teams of undergraduate and graduate students who have "Big Ideas."

There are multiple categories for the 2014-2015 Big Idea Contest that are open to students on all UC campuses: food system innovations, global health, IT for society, and mobiles for reading.

Since its founding in 2006, Big Ideas has inspired high-impact student projects aimed at solving the world's most pressing problems.

2014-15 Big Ideas Contest

Deadline: November 13

Elgibility: All UC students

Support: Up to $15,000 in funding.

To Apply: A five-page proposal. See individual category link above for more details.

For more information: See Big Ideas Challenge website.


Buildium Technology Scholarship

Buildium, a cloud property management software business, is offering two scholarships this year for writing on an essay on Women In Technology. The scholarship is open to both men and women, who are studying in the fields of Product Design, Interaction Design, UX Design, Engineering, or Computer Science. You can apply for the fall scholarship now.Buildium

Women In Technology Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, October 31. (For fall scholarship. Award winner notified November 28).

Amount: $2,500.

Eligibility: College student enrolled in Product Design, Interaction Design, UX Design, Engineering, or Computer Science program.

Apply: Email your 1,001-or-fewer-words essay to The subject line must read “Women in Technology Scholarship,” and students should include their first and last name, email address, and phone number.

For more information: Read the call for submissions.


$50,000 Postdoctoral Scholar Award to Research Water Quality Improvement in Salinas Watershed

LogoThe Central Coast Wetlands Group (CCWG) at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML) in partnership with The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is offering a twelve-month Postdoctoral Scholar Award to research and evaluate the placement and location of different nature-based water quality improvement approaches in the lower Salinas watershed.

Deadline: Friday, May 30

Eligibility: Ph.D (received within the past 5 years) in the fields of Hydrology, Applied Math, Biology, Wetland Science, Coastal Watershed Processes, or related fields.

Amount: $50,000

Location: Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Co-advised by: Dr Kenneth Coale (MLML), Dr Walter Heady (TNC), and Ross Clark (CCWG)

Term: 12 months – to commence as soon as possible



Salinas Valley growers have a strong incentive under the current Agricultural Order to find solutions to their water quality impairments, particularly nutrients. They are now being monitored at a field level for compliance with drinking water standards but no single practice is sufficient to enable compliance. Thus, an opportunity exists for broader evaluation of the efficacy of cooperative management of nutrient runoff.

CCWG has implemented several projects demonstrating off-farm treatment wetlands to address elevated nutrient loading associated with intensive agriculture. CCWG and TNC seek a Postdoctoral Researcher to monitor and assemble available water quality data, and then use fate and transport modeling to inform the size, placement, and level of success of off-farm water quality improvement projects.

Results of nutrient transport research and modeling will inform a larger collaborative effort to help growers identify the best locations for natural solutions to improve water quality and habitat within a ‘management neighborhood’ that, together with on-farm improvements, will help the Regional Water Quality Control Board recognize grower cooperatives using this approach to meet the agency’s regulatory obligations.

Tasks / Research Areas

  • Compile and synthesize information on the global context of surface water nutrient impairment from intensive agriculture, the associated ecological impacts, and demonstrated off-farm solutions to the problem.
  • Support CCWG and TNC’s work to demonstrate the appropriate cooperative neighborhood approach to reducing nutrient runoff and nutrient loads to important estuarine fishery habitats including: deploying and monitoring water quality monitoring equipment and samples, assembling and managing data, researching and selecting fate and transport models, modeling nutrient fate and transport, interpreting research and modeling results.
  • Provide science support to CCWG to empirically assess and document treatment wetland demonstration projects in the Lower Salinas Watershed including: assisting with study design, data collection, analysis, modeling, and reporting out.
  • Communicate research and modeling results, with partners, in conferences and in peer-reviewed literature.
  • Grant writing.


  • Ph.D (received within the past 5 years) in the fields of Hydrology, Applied Math, Biology, Wetland Science, Coastal Watershed Processes, or related fields;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in modeling pollutant and/or water transport processes;
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in hydrologic processes;
  • Experience/expertise in data management;
  • Ability to design, collect, analyze, and interpret scientific data and prepare reports of findings;
  • Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, statistical software, scripting software), and familiarity with GIS;
  • An understanding of freshwater wetland, and estuarine ecosystems;
  • Works well independently and as part of a tight-knit team;
  • A desire to communicate results in presentations and peer-reviewed publications.


The recipient of the award will receive a stipend of $50,000, with health benefits, for a 12 month appointment. In addition, limited support is available for travel expenses, equipment, and supplies. Second year appointment is contingent on performance and additional grant funding.


To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to by May 30. Include a description of your qualifications as well as why you think this position is right for you.

Additionally please send contact information for 3 academic and/or professional references. Qualified applicants will be contacted after the close date.



Chicano Studies Institute Dissertation Award Deadline Extended to April 23

The Chicano Studies Institute has extended its deadline to Wednesday, April 23, for proposals from graduate students engaged in research on topics pertaining to Chicana/o or Latina/o populations in the United States. Projects grounded in all academic fields are welcome.

Deadline: Wednesday, April 23.

Eligibility: Graduate students who have advanced to candidacy.

Award: Grants of up to $2,500 each will be provided to support research leading to the completion of the dissertation for the period July 1, 2014, to June 30, 2015.

To Apply: Interested UCSB graduate students should submit one copy (hard copy or PDF) of the following:

  • application form
  • a three-page narrative that includes a
    1. description of the significance of the research,
    2. detailed description of the methodology to be used
    3. timeline
    4. detailed budget and budget justification.
  • current vitae
  • completed recommendation form from a faculty advisor

To Submit: By hard copy to the Institute, South Hall 4517, or via email to by 4 p.m. on April 23. Late, incomplete, or faxed submissions will not be accepted

Questions: Contact Raphaëlla Nau at

Funding can be used for supplies and other costs associated with research (e.g., interview transcribing, research subject payments). Up to $500 can be requested for research conference travel. Proposals will be evaluated by a selection committee appointed by the Advisory Committee of the Chicano Studies Institute. By the summer quarter of 2015, applicants awarded funding will be expected to write a brief report of their expenditures. Awardees may also be asked to present their research in a colloquium.


Apply for $1,500 F.C. Tucker Scholarship

Credit: F.C. Tucker CompanyThe F.C. Tucker Company Inc. will be awarding one scholarship this year. This $1,500 award will go to the student who best demonstrates the values and principles crucial to running a successful business.

In order to win the scholarship, students will have to demonstrate their personal values through an essay and attached personal statement. The winner will be chosen based on the quality of their personal essay and the character reflected in their personal statement.

Students who have a history of active involvement in leadership positions or the community will be at an advantage, though all eligible students are encouraged to apply.

The winner will be notified by June 30.


F.C. Tucker Scholarship

Deadline: Friday, May 30

Eligibility: Graduate students who are enrolled at an accredited academic institution for the 2015-2015 academic year and who are U.S. citizens or residents

Funds: $1,500

Apply: Complete online application.

For more information: See the scholarship description.


Fiona Goodchild Award for Excellence as a Graduate Student Mentor of Undergraduate Research

Wow. That is a doozy of a title, and would look good on your CV, right?

Well, if you or someone you know has been active and involved in mentoring undergraduate research, talk to your home department or a campus organization about nominations for the Fiona Goodchild Award for Excellence as a Graduate Student Mentor of Undergraduate Research. The deadline is right around the corner, coming up Friday, April 5.

This award was created to recognize two graduate students who have really gone above and beyond, and distinguished themselves through their excellence in and contributions to undergraduate research at UCSB. The award consists of a nifty $500 honorarium and a certificate of recognition.

The evaluation of nominees is carried out by the Academic Senate Committee on Undergraduate Academic Programs and Policy. View the Call for Nominations PDF, and head to the award's "Procedures for Nomination" page to learn more about the nomination materials and process.

Good luck!