Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Center for Environmental geoChemistry and Genomics (CECG) accepts fellowship applications for Penn State undergraduate or graduate students to pursue work on research topics related to environmental chemistry and genomics during summer sessions. This is a broad request considering research areas ranging across the biological and agricultural sciences, engineering, and earth and mineral sciences. Genomics-enabled projects and projects involving substantive collaborations across research groups are particularly encouraged. We fund proposals with a 50% matching component. Students submitting winning proposals receive up to $2500 from CECG, to be paid via wage payroll, and we expect the host faculty member to provide at least that amount from other sources. Students are selected on the basis of intellectual promise as evidenced by their academic record, proposal text, and faculty recommendations. Genomics-enabled projects and projects involving collaborations across research groups are particularly encouraged. The deadline for applications is May 12, 2014.

Application materials should include the following:

  1. Student's curriculum vita, emphasizing pertinent work and research experience. Include information about science and mathematics courses completed.
  2. An unofficial copy of the student's most recent transcript.
  3. Short text (~1500 words) outlining the proposed research, including environmental focus and implications.
  4. Letter of recommendation (in a sealed envelope signed by the faculty) from a faculty member familiar with the student's work in class or laboratory settings. This letter should address such characteristics as the work ethic, maturity, intellectual preparation, and potential.
  5. Letter of recommendation and invitation (in a sealed envelope signed by the faculty) from the CECG faculty member whose laboratory will host the student. This letter should describe the research project in which the student will be involved including environmental focus and implications.
  6. List your advisor’s name as well as the name of the faculty supervising your research.
Letters of recommendation must come from two separate faculty members. Students are expected to give a presentation describing their completed research in a CECG seminar at the end of the summer, or at the subsequent Environmental Chemistry and Microbiology Student Symposium (ECMSS).

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee drawn from CECG faculty. Questions about the program should be addressed to Deb Lambert (dql6@psu.edu).