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The William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science was established in 2002 to recognize the significant karst science contributions of the late William (Bill) L. Wilson. Bill Wilson used a variety of techniques, and unusual creativity, to tackle some of the most difficult karst science questions in Florida and elsewhere. He developed a leading karst consulting company in the United States, Subsurface Evaluations, Incorporated. To stimulate the development of new, energetic, motivated, and creative karst scientists, and to remember Bill Wilson and his dedication to karst science, the scholarship has been established in his memory. The value of the scholarship as a one-time award is $1,000.

To apply for the William L. Wilson Scholarship, the following conditions exist:

1) The applicant must be currently enrolled in, or have been accepted into, a master’s degree program at an institution of higher education in the United States. Ph.D. students are not eligible.

2) A written proposal of the planned karst study must be submitted.  It is limited to 1000 words or less for the narrative, not counting figure captions and references. The research topic should be one concerning karst science, from the field of geochemistry, geology or hydrology. A very simple budget indicating how the funds would be used should also be included (it does not count in the 1000 word limit). Applicants are requested to not recycle master’s thesis proposals as applications.

3) Academic transcripts of undergraduate, and any graduate work, should be submitted. Copies issued to the student by their institution are preferred.

4) Two letters of recommendation, with one of them from the student’s advisor or mentor, should be submitted. It is requested that these letters be emailed directly to by the letter writers.

5) Applications are due by February 2, 2015. They should be submitted electronically as a single pdf file that includes the proposal, budget, and all transcripts to: Dr. Jonathan B. Martin, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, PO Box 112120, Gainesville, Florida 32611-2120. Email:

Questions regarding the scholarship should be addressed to Dr. Martin. Applicants will be notified in early March of the decision of the Scholarship Committee. Publications derived from supported research should acknowledge the Karst Waters Institute and the William L. Wilson Scholarship.

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The American Geosciences Institute is accepting applications for the AGI/Schlumberger Fellowship in Geoscience Communication. The successful candidate will play a leading role in AGI’s Critical Issues program, a new initiative to improve the understanding and use of geoscience information by decision makers at federal, state, local, and individual levels.

The Critical Issues program is supported through AGI’s Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding.

About the Fellowship

The fellowship offers a superb opportunity to link the geoscience community and our understanding of the Earth to decision-making processes throughout the country.

Primary duties and responsibilities will include

·                     Convincing decision makers at all levels of the relevance and importance of geoscience information

·                     Creating information products that will enable decision makers to find, understand, and use geoscience information when making decisions on critical issues

·                     Fostering communication between geoscientists and decision makers via forums, webinars, social media, and other channels

·                     Providing regular status reports on fellowship activities and achievements

The fellowship is a 6- to 12-month appointment, based at AGI headquarters in Alexandria, VA. The fellowship carries a stipend of $4,000 per month.

A flyer about the fellowship, which can be posted on career placement bulletin boards, is available as a PDF.


The successful candidate will be a highly creative communicator who is proficient in traditional and new media and can deliver geoscience information effectively and efficiently to targeted audiences. We seek applicants with excellent writing and graphical skills who have experience in web content development and social media, in addition to a broad geoscience background. Enthusiasm and team spirit are essential. Candidates should have completed or be currently pursuing a Master’s or higher degree.

Application Procedures

Interested candidates should submit

·                     cover letter with the names and contact information of three references

·                     brief statement of purpose, which should outline why you are interested in the fellowship, what you would bring to the fellowship, and what you hope to gain from the fellowship (maximum 1,000 words)

·                     curriculum vitae

Please submit materials as a single Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF (.pdf) using our online submission form.

All application materials are due on October 26, 2014. The starting date for the Fellowship will be based on the schedule of the successful candidate, but is expected to be in January or February 2015.

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The Americn Geosciences Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

EARTH Science Writing Externship

EARTH’s externship is essentially an as-you-can or as-you-feel-like-it writing opportunity for select students or inexperienced science writers. It is an opportunity for you to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story and for you to get published clips. It fits around your schedule. We work with up to three students at a time.

If you are chosen to be an EARTH extern, in any given week or month when you have time to write, you'll email us and say, "Hey, I have time to write this week." Then, either you can pitch stories to us — which we would love if you feel confident in making pitches or would at least like the practice (most students don't, or don't have the time to comb the literature looking for stories) — or we can assign you a story. That is up to you. If you'd like to pitch ideas, go for it.

If you'd like us to assign you ideas, email us when you're ready for an assignment. We'll go from there. You can write as frequently or infrequently as works for you.

You can perform this work from your location, at your leisure. Once a story is assigned, you’ll have anywhere from a few days to two weeks to turn it around once it's assigned. We do ask that you stick closely to deadlines, so please keep that in mind when you tell us when you're ready to write.

Being a monthly news magazine, we obviously work on a monthly schedule. We usually assign stories for print mid-month and they're due a week or two later, with edits to follow. If you are not free when those news stories are due, then we will work around your schedule and will most likely post your stories to our website rather than put them in print (they may still appear in print as well though — at our discretion). There is also no guarantee of publication.

Whether for print or the website, you'll get published clips, professionally edited, and we will work with you throughout the process, helping you to hone your craft. We do not pay for clips as we consider this an educational opportunity for you.

If you're interested in the experience, email your resume, a cover letter, and at least one writing sample to