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COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY EARTH INSTITUTE - LAMONT-DOHERTY EARTH OBSERVATORY - SUMMER INTERN PROGRAM - SCIENCE RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Ocean and Earth Sciences are seeking outstanding rising sophomore and junior undergraduates to participate in its Summer Intern Program for Undergraduates (REU) program. The REU program provides research opportunities in earth, ocean, atmospheric and environmental science to undergraduate students who are United States citizens or permanent residents and are currently enrolled in a degree-granting program. Research projects involve climate, biology, field opportunities and a wide variety of laboratory and modeling studies. 

We provide a $5,000 stipend, subsidized housing, travel expenses (restrictions apply) and lab/research experience.

There are seminars on Earth, ocean, atmospheric and environmental science, professional development, graduate school and ethics in research.

For additional information about the research performed and application forms, please visit http://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/education/programs/summer-internship. Application deadline is February 15, 2016. You may also contact Dr. Dallas Abbott, Summer Internship Program, at dallasabbott@gmail.com (preferred).

FOUNDATION OF AIPG - WILLIAM J.SIOK GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Purpose: To assist graduate students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). One scholarship will be awarded to a declared graduate student in an accredited geoscience program with an emphasis in environmental geoscience and/or hydrogeology. Details for applying for this scholarship are provided below.

Scholarship Awards: Scholarship award is in the amount of $1,000.00 to an eligible graduate student attending a college or university in the U.S. Scholarships are intended to be used to support tuition, room and board, and/or research.

Eligibility Requirements: Any graduate student who is majoring in the geosciences in the U.S. can apply. Also, the student must be either a student member of AIPG or must have applied for student membership at the time the application for the scholarship is submitted.

The student who is awarded the scholarship agrees, by accepting the scholarship, to prepare a 600 to 800 word article for publication in The Professional Geologist. The subject of the article must be related to a timely professional issue.

Application Process:

1.     Submit a cover letter introducing yourself and tell us what you have done outside of the class room such as research projects, officer in club, or outside activities within the community. Address your career goals in near term and longer term.

2.     Submit an essay on “Why I Want to be a Geologist.” 

3.     Submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial) and documentation that you are a current student. Requisite standards to apply are a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4 point scale) and a minimum of 12 semester credits of geology/geoscience courses with a 3.0 GPA in these courses completed at time of application.

4.     Submit a letter of recommendation from a geology/geoscience professor that provides an emphasis on your performance and activities in the classroom, in the department, and your character in how you work and help other students.

The application packet should be submitted to: American Institute of Professional Geologists, Attn: Education Committee Chr., 12000 Washington St., Suite 285, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Vickie Hill by telephone
(303) 412-6205 or e-mail: aipg@aipg.org.

Applications must be received by February 15th and the scholarship is awarded the month of May.

Basis of Awards: Awards will be based on the cover letter, recommendation, transcript and the content and creativity of the essay as judged by the Education Committee. The decisions of the Education Committee are final.

Miscellaneous: Application requirements for student membership to AIPG: Student must be currently enrolled in a geological science degree program (as defined by the American Geosciences Institute). AIPG student membership is available online or applications can be obtained from: American Institute of Professional Geologists, 12000 Washington St., Suite 285, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134 (application forms are also available on the AIPG website http://www.aipg.org).

AIPG NATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP

Purpose: To assist students with college education costs and to promote student participation in the American Institute of Professional Geologists (AIPG). Up to four scholarships will be awarded to declared undergraduate geological sciences majors who are at least sophomores. Details for applying for these scholarships are provided below.

Scholarship Awards: Scholarship awards in the amount of $1,000.00 each will be made to eligible students attending a college or university in the U.S. Scholarships are intended to be used to support tuition and/or room and board.

Eligibility Requirements: Any student who is majoring in geology (or earth science), is at least a sophomore, and is attending a four-year accredited college or university in the U.S. can apply. Also, the student must be either a student member of AIPG or must have applied for student membership at the time the application for the scholarship is submitted.

Each student who is awarded a scholarship agrees, by accepting the scholarship, to prepare a 600 to 800 word article for publication in The Professional Geologist. The subject of the article must be related to a timely professional issue.

Application Process:

1.     Submit a cover letter introducing yourself and tell us what you have done outside of the class room such as research projects, officer in club, or outside activities within the community. Address your career goals in near term and longer term.

2.     Submit an essay on “Why I Want to be a Geologist.” 

3.     Submit a copy of your transcript (unofficial) and documentation that you are a current student. Requisite standards to apply are a minimum GPA of 2.8 (on a 4 point scale) and a minimum of 12 semester credits of geology/geoscience courses with a 3.0 GPA in these courses completed at time of application.

4.     Submit a letter of recommendation from a geology/geoscience professor that provides an emphasis on your performance and activities in the classroom, in the department, and your character in how you work and help other students.

The application packet should be submitted to: American Institute of Professional Geologists, Attn: Education Committee Chr., 12000 Washington St., Suite 285, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134. Questions regarding the application process can be directed to Vickie Hill by telephone
(303) 412-6205 or e-mail: aipg@aipg.org.

Applications must be received by February 15th and the scholarship is awarded the month of May.

Basis of Awards: Awards will be based on the cover letter, recommendation, transcript and the content and creativity of the essay as judged by the Education Committee. The decisions of the Education Committee are final.

Miscellaneous: Application requirements for student membership to AIPG: Student must be currently enrolled in a geological science degree program (as defined by the American Geosciences Institute). AIPG student membership is available online or applications can be obtained from: American Institute of Professional Geologists, 12000 Washington St., Suite 285, Thornton, Colorado 80241-3134 (application forms are also available on the AIPG website http://www.aipg.org).

SCIENCE WRITING SUMMER INTERNSHIP - EARTH MAGAZINE

EARTH Magazine is your source for the science behind the headlines, covering the latest happenings in Earth, energy and environment news. Combine your love of science and passion for writing with a science writing internship at EARTH this summer.

EARTH is currently accepting applications for the summer 2016 internship.

The intern will work as a full member of the EARTH staff for the summer. Tasks include: pitching and writing news, trends, profiles and feature articles for print; copyediting and proofreading; art research; writing news articles for EARTH online; and keeping up our social media presence. There is also the potential for illustration and multimedia work for the right candidate.

This internship is intended for young writers seeking careers in science writing. Preference is given to candidates pursuing or holding an advanced degree in journalism and with a background in science, especially earth science, or with an advanced degree in science and a strong background in journalism. Upperclassmen with strong science and writing backgrounds, as well as experienced writers transitioning to science writing are also welcome to apply. The successful candidate will have a proven record of being self-motivated and entrepreneurial.

The internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $4,000 stipend. Starting date is flexible.

The successful candidate has the choice to complete the internship at EARTH’s headquarters at the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, Va., or remotely from his or her location of choice — anywhere in the U.S.

Send a résumé, three writing samples and a letter describing what you hope to gain from the internship and how your previous experience makes you most suitable for this position via email to: earth@earthmagazine.org

All applications must be received by March 11, 2016.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer.

PHILMONT SCOUT RANCH VOLUNTEER GEOLOGIST PROGRAM - CIMARRON, NEW MEXICO, USA

Sponsored by the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists

Volunteer to teach and demonstrate area geology in back-country New Mexico! Philmont Scout Ranch is one of three national high-adventure bases owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. Located in the southern Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, Philmont is a 137,000 acre ranch dedicated to outdoor activities. The twelve-day backpacking experience serves over 21,000 high-school-age boys and girls from all over the USA as well as several foreign countries.

Fifty-four positions are open again this year, to be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Volunteers will receive a sign-up packet with scout applications (you have to be a scout, at least for the summer!), medical forms, and brochures in May 2016. Students who would like to volunteer must show proof of enrollment in a graduate-level program. The 2016 season begins on June 11. August 6 begins the last session of the program.

For more information and to sign up, contact Ed Warner, 62 South Ash St, Denver CO 80246, USA, +1-303-331-7737, ewarn@ix.netcom.com. Alternate contact: Bob Horning, P.O. Box 460, Tesuque, NM 87575, USA, +1-505-820-9290, rrhorning@grappawireless.com. Learn more about the geology of the area at http://pubs.usgs.gov/pp/pp_505/html/pdf.html.

 

EARTH Science Writing Externship

EARTH’s externship is an opportunity for select students and inexperienced writers to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story about recent scientific research, and to get professionally edited and published clips. Most of our externs have backgrounds studying science — particularly geoscience-related fields relevant to EARTH's typical content — and are interested in potentially pursuing science writing as a part- or full-time career option. But EARTH welcomes applicants of all backgrounds who are interested in sharing what's new in earth science with a broad audience. We typically work with three or four externs at any given time, but we regularly rotate in new writers as positions come open.

If you are selected as an EARTH extern, the position is essentially an as-you're-available writing opportunity. In any given week or month when you have time to write, you'll email us and say, "Hey, I have time to write." Then, either we can assign you a story or you can pitch stories to us — it's up to you. If you've got a great idea for a story and would like practice pitching your idea to an editor, you're encouraged to do so. On the other hand, if you'd prefer that we provide you with an assignment — as is the case with many first-time externs, for example — that's fine too.

Our extern-written stories typically cover a recent, peer-reviewed scientific study or report, and include quotes about the study from multiple expert sources — obtained via first-person interviews — just as a professional news story would. Before your first assignment, we'll provide guidance about the general style, tone and structure of the news stories we publish in EARTH to help get you started. And then we'll work with you through the writing and editorial process. You're encouraged to ask questions, and you're welcome write as frequently or infrequently as works for you and the magazine's editorial staff.

The externship is a remote position; you can work from any location and at your leisure. Once a story is assigned, you’ll generally have one to two weeks to research, report and write it before turning it in. (We do ask that you stick closely to deadlines, so please keep that in mind when determining your availability to write.) Once edited and finalized, extern-written stories are posted on EARTH's website as soon as possible. Select extern-written pieces may also appear in a print issue of the magazine. Publication, either online and/or in print, is subject to the discretion of the editorial staff and is not guaranteed. The externship is unpaid.

If you're interested in the experience, email a cover letter discussing your interest in the geosciences and why you'd make a great extern at EARTH, your resume or CV, and at least one writing sample to earth@earthmagazine.org to apply.