U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Scholars Program

USDA

Office of Advocacy & Outreach (OAO) recently released its USDA 1890 National Scholars Program. The National Scholars Program is a major effort of the USDA and nineteen 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant Institutions (HBCUs) to award scholarships to students to attend one of the nineteen 1890 Institutions in any field of study in agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related disciplines.

The USDA/1890 National Scholars Program will provide full tuition, employment, employment benefits, fees, books, and room and board each year for up to 4 years to selected students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at the following universities:

  • Alabama A&M University
  • Alcorn State University
  • Central State University, Ohio
  • Delaware State University
  • Florida A&M University
  • Fort Valley State University, Georgia
  • Kentucky State University
  • Langston University, Oklahoma
  • Lincoln University, Missouri
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Prairie View A&M University, Texas
  • South Carolina State University
  • Southern University, Louisiana
  • Tennessee State University
  • Tuskegee University, Alabama
  • University of Arkansas Pine Bluff
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Virginia State University
  • West Virginia State University

Eligible students must be U.S. citizens, have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, have been accepted at one of the 1890 HBCUs, study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences or other related academic disciplines, demonstrate leadership and community service, and etc. Please visit the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program website for more information.

Share this information with all high school students, parents of students, school guidance counselors, principals, teachers, and churches. The scholarship may be renewed each year contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and normal progress toward the bachelor’s degree. High school applications and college applications may be downloaded from the site below:

http://www.outreach.usda.gov/education/1890/

Application and supporting documentation DEADLINE: February 1, 2015

Press Release – Expanding Library Support for Faculty Research – Sub Grant Awards

PRESS RELEASE 
HBCU Library Alliance Awards Faculty Research Sub Grants to Recipients
Atlanta, GA – December 9, 2014 – The Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Library Alliance has selected eight institutions as recipients of sub grants as part of the Alliance’s larger effort to expand library support for faculty research. This grant funded-initiative, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, focuses on improving library services at individual HBCU campuses and developing collaborative approaches to expand HBCU community-wide library support for faculty research.

The sub grants have been awarded to libraries at HBCU institutions that have proposed or are in the midst of model projects that are developing or expanding research support services. These projects will help address an identified gap in HBCU library support for research among faculty and library deans/directors.

The eight HBCU recipients of these sub grants are:

  • Atlanta University Center Woodruff Library (Georgia)
  • Fisk University (Tennessee)
  • Jackson State University (Mississippi)
  • North Carolina A&T State University
  • Prairie View A&M State University (Texas)
  • Savannah State University (Georgia)
  • Shaw University (North Carolina)
  • Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge (Louisiana)

The sub grants were awarded based on criteria established by a nine member Faculty/Librarian Advisory Committee (FLAC), and included looking at the effectiveness of each library’s proposed plan in addressing an identified faculty need and the ability of the project to serve as a model for other HBCUs. Each sub grant recipient has four months to complete the project. Final performance and financial reports will be included in the project results documentation. In addition, each library grantee will be required to present a webinar in early 2015 to HBCU Library Alliance members to describe their project and its impact.

“We look forward to seeing the project results, and the subsequent impact they have on faculty research in these eight institutions and the greater HBCU community – whether it’s conducting ongoing literature reviews across a wide variety of sources, managing intellectual property rights and copyright, preserving access to data sets and publications through repositories, or forming partnerships to increase availability of resources,” states Cynthia L. Henderson, Executive Director of the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library at Howard University and Chair of the HBCU Library Alliance Board of Directors.

“These sub grants extend the HBCU Library Alliance’s mission to strengthen member libraries through leadership development, archives preservation and strategic planning and assessment. This effort enables the implementation of innovative programs and increasing engagement with faculty in support for research, with the critical need to replicate effective programs on additional HBCU campuses,” says Sandra Phoenix, HBCU Library Alliance Executive Director.

For more information about the HBCU Library Alliance, please visit www.hbculibraries.org.

 

About the HBCU Library Alliance

The HBCU Library Alliance is a consortium that supports the collaboration of institutions dedicated to providing resources designed to strengthen the libraries and archives of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and their constituents. The purpose of the HBCU Alliance is to ensure excellence in HBCU Libraries and the development, coordination, and promotion of programs and activities to enhance member libraries.

For more infotmatoin please contact:

SANDRA M. PHOENIX
Executive Director
HBCU Library Alliance
sphoenix@hbculibraries.org
www.hbculibraries.org
800-999-8558, ext. 4820
404-702-5854

 

 

 

S&T Snapshot: Pre-solicitation Topics Announced for Nine Homeland Security Challenges Pre-solicitation

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the release of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program FY15.1 Pre-Solicitation. The Pre-Solicitation, HSHQDC-15-R-00017, contains topic descriptions from both S&T and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) for which Phase I proposals are sought. These include seven topics from S&T and two topics from DNDO.

Interested in learning more? Read the full S&T Snapshot story. Do you have any questions about the publication? Please e-mail st.snapshots@hq.dhs.gov

Summer Experiential Learning Fellowships in Disability Policy Research

Summer Experiential Learning Fellowships in Disability Policy Research The 2015 Summer Experiential Learning Fellowship program is an opportunity for graduate students in the social sciences and related disciplines to learn about the current state of the disability policy debate, pressing policy issues surrounding the employment of individuals with disabilities, and to conduct high-quality research in these areas. This opportunity is funded by a cooperative agreement between Mathematica and the Social Security Administration (SSA) via its Disability Research Consortium.

During their experience in summer 2015, fellows will:

  • Select a policy research topic on which to conduct an independent research project, and receive mentoring and guidance from a Mathematica researcher;
  • Write a research report summarizing their research by the end of the program and verbally present their findings to Mathematica and SSA staff;
  • Participate with other summer fellows in a weekly discussion group on selected disability policy readings, facilitated by a Mathematica researcher;
  • Meet with Mathematica researchers and SSA research and policy staff to discuss their research and other policy topics;
  • Have the opportunity to attend policy and research forums on a range of topics at Mathematica and in the DC area.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $6,500 for their efforts over the 8-week fellowship period. We expect to award up to four fellowships for summer 2015.

Program Eligibility

Eligible applicants include students who:

  • Are currently enrolled in or recently graduated (in the 6 months prior to the program start date) from a Master’s program, or are students early in a Ph.D. program (prior to the dissertation phase);
  • Have a strong interest in disability policy and a background in economics, sociology, psychology, political science, public policy, public administration, special education, public health, social work, or a related discipline;
  • Are available to be onsite at Mathematica Policy Research in Washington, DC for approximately 30 hours per week from June 1, 2015 through July 31, 2015;
  • At the time of fellowship award, selected graduate student researchers must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence. Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible for stipend award.

Applications from minority students, students with a disability, and students attending a Minority Institutionare strongly encouraged!

Application Requirements and Selection Criteria

To apply, interested candidates should submit the following materials:

1. Resume with candidate’s contact information;

2. Graduate transcript (unofficial or official) from current program documentingpr ogress toward degree;

3. A letter from the candidate’s advisor or department chair confirming the pplicant’s field of study, status in the graduate program, and reason why the applicant is a strong fit for the fellowship;

4. 2-page (double-spaced) personal statement detailing (a) educational and professional background, (b) reason for interest in disability policy, (c) proposed research topic and (d) how the selected topic and/or ELF opportunity relates to graduate study or future research or professional portfolio. Candidates should be sure to use the personal statement to draw a strong link between their current program of study and proposed summer research project. This is especially important for applicants who are students in disciplines not mentioned in the eligibility criteria above; while other disciplines are not excluded from applying, there must be a strong case made for why this program would be a good fit in those instances.

Please carefully proofread this statement and ensure that each of the topics mentioned above is fully addressed. We do not expect candidates to have fully researched their topic prior to arrival. Rather, we suggest selecting a topic that is relevant to the candidate’s current graduate studies. Research topics should be closely related to programs under SSA’s purview and/or promoting employment for individuals with disabilities. For students who have not yet narrowed their dissertation topic, we suggest selecting from the following list, ensuring that the proposed topic is linked to your current studies. Determinants of adult employment success for youth with disabilities, potentially including strengths and weaknesses of the current support system and/or how socioeconomic factors affect outcomes. The potential role of the federal/state vocational rehabilitation (VR) program in reducing the reliance on federal disability benefits through early intervention andeturn-to-work supports.

The role of increasing obesity prevalence on rates of disability and predictions regarding future strains on the federal disability system. The effect of the Affordable Care Act (the ACA or “Obamacare”) reforms on the employment and well-being of individuals with disabilities. Including an Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Tribal College or University (TCU), Hispanic- Serving Institution (HSI), or Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Institution (AANAPISI).

The role of program rules and work incentives in Social Security Disability Insurance and/or Supplemental Security Income on the return-to-work efforts of federal disability beneficiaries. Unique challenges faced by individuals with mental illness and psychiatric conditions in finding and maintaining employment, gaps in the support system, and promising practices for reform.

The United States’ support system for individuals with disabilities in an international context and reform proposals. Individuals with questions or seeking more information about the program should contact Jody Schimmel Hyde at JSchimmel@mathematica-mpr.com. Applications (with all supporting materials included as separate Microsoft Word or PDF files) should be ubmitted via email to DRCSummerFellows@mathematica-mpr.com. Complete applications must be received by

Friday, February 13, 2015 at midnight to be considered. A review committee will evaluate applications, and phone interviews will be conducted with finalists during mid-April. Selected fellows will be notified of their award no later than April 15, 2015.

Social Security Admistration Grant and Fellowship Programs for 2015!

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College announces the 2015 Sandell Grant Program and 2015 Dissertation Fellowship Program for research on retirement income and policy. These programs are funded by the U.S. Social Security Administration.

2015 Steven H. Sandell Grant Program

  • Provides the opportunity for junior scholars entering a new field to pursue projects on retirement income and policy. The program is open to scholars in all academic disciplines.
  • Awards up to three grants of $45,000 for one-year projects.
  • The submission deadline for grant proposals is January 31, 2015. Grant award recipients will be announced by April 2015.
  • Visit the Sandell Program website to view the proposal guidelines.

2015 Dissertation Fellowship Program

  • Supports doctoral candidates writing dissertations on retirement income and policy. The program is open to scholars in all academic disciplines.
  • Awards up to three fellowships of $28,000.
  • The submission deadline for proposals is January 31, 2015. Grant award recipients will be announced by April 2015.
  • Visit the Dissertation Fellowship website to view the proposal guidelines.

For questions, please contact: Marina Tsiknis, tsiknis@bc.edu.617-552-1092

Center for Retirement Research at Boston College 258 Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617) 552-1762 • fax: (617) 552-0191 • crr.bc.edu

Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program

This program provides $10,000 grants to graduate-level students to conduct supervised independent research on improving the efficiency and reducing the complexity of the Social Security Administration disabilitiy determination processes.

Program Information

Eligibility

Applicants must be masters, doctoral, or post-doctoral-level graduate students pursuing full-time studies in accredited programs at the time of the award (Fall semester of 2015) with an academic emphasis in topics of interest to disability programs.

Stipend Details

Up to 25 students will receive a stipend of $10,000 for a one-year project. The stipend may be added to other financial support the graduate student receives from his or her university/research organization.

Application Deadline:  March 2, 2015

Apply Today!

Visit: http://ddp.policyresearchinc.org for more details or E-mail  DDP@PolicyResearchInc.org.

 

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Opportunity

Now accepting applications for

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)

DHS Summer Research Team for Minority Serving Institutions

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program. This program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will engage in research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers. Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Centers of Excellence and DHS.

Application deadline: December 15, 2014

Faculty receives 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 the 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 is required.

Application deadline:  December 15, 2014

Previous program participants may apply.

Detailed information about the program can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/index.html

An informational brochure is located at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/files/DHSSRTFlier2015.jpg

Previous participants’ testimonials can be found at: http://www.orau.gov/dhseducation/faculty/stories-srt.html

DHS has partnered with the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) to manage the program. For questions please email us at DHSed@orau.org.

 

DOE Summer 2015 STEM Students – Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program now accepting applications! – Deadline January 2, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance.  For more information, visit http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/.

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree

Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015 – click http://orise.orau.gov/mlef/ to get started NOW!

 

National Park Service Mosaics in Science Internship Program – Deadline: February 3, 2015

The Mosaics in Science program developed by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), in partnership with the Geological Society of America (GSA), with the aim of increasing the diversity among those who seek STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers within the National Park Service.

The Mosaics in Science program offers paid, short-term STEM positions in some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world—National Park Service sites throughout the United States of America. Mosaics in Science is a relatively new, diversity-oriented program that began in the summer of 2013, with 12 different exciting positions from Washington, DC, to Washington state. For the the Summer of 2015, 26 Mosaics in Science positions will be offered.   Selected participants will spend 11 weeks working on a STEM project at a NPS site. After completing their projects, participants travel to Washington, DC, to participate in a career workshop that provides opportunities to present their work and meet with various members of NPS staff and management.  Mosaics in Science is a partnership between the National Park Service (NPS) Geological Resources Division, the National Park Service (NPS) Youth Programs Office and the Geological Society of America. Generous funding has been provided by the National Park Foundation.

Students are welcome to apply by visiting: http://rock.geosociety.org/mosaics/.