The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) invites applications for the 7th Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental (S-E) Synthesis, to be held August 6-9, 2019, in Annapolis, Maryland, USA. Workshop goals are to:
Attendees of this workshop will join 30 of their peers from around the world and across scholarly disciplines. Attendees will participate in highly interactive activities and facilitated discussions as individuals, but will also be given the opportunity while in Annapolis to form the beginnings of diverse, interdisciplinary research teams.
Workshop sessions and activities will be led by noted S-E synthesis scholars and practitioners, and will range from synthetic proposal writing and research design, to the science of team science, to science communication and delivering actionable outcomes for stakeholders and decision makers.
Cost & Travel:
There is no cost to attend, but space is limited. Travel to SESYNC will be provided along with private accommodations for up to four nights in accordance with University of Maryland's travel policies. SESYNC will additionally provide lunch each day and reimburse participants for the costs of breakfasts and dinners during the workshop.
Workshop sessions and topics will equip graduate students with skills, knowledge, networks, and resources integral to advancing interdisciplinary science and collaboration. The workshop is additionally designed to prepare graduate students to lead and/or otherwise participate as part of a Graduate Pursuit team.
The SESYNC Graduate Pursuits Program is a first-of-its-kind program that supports independent research teams composed of 5-7 PhD students from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Simultaneous to but outside of students' doctoral degree programs, supported teams conduct data-driven synthesis research under one of SESYNC's research themes over a 12–18 month period, with a focus on contributing fundamental scientific knowledge, solving synthetic problems, producing peer-reviewed products, and developing actionable outcomes. The Graduate Pursuits Program involves a series of multi-day meetings in Annapolis, MD, long-term and structured engagement with SESYNC staff, and tailored cyberinfrastructure and computational support. Since 2013, SESYNC has supported 28 Graduate Pursuit teams. A list of supported Pursuit teams can be found here.
The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019 at 5:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST). Workshop attendees will be selected based on background, academic excellence, motivations, and interests. Non-US citizens and US citizens studying at institutions abroad are encouraged to apply.
Applicants must be currently enrolled first or second-year PhD students. Students from any discipline relevant to S-E research are welcome to apply, but selected attendees will demonstrate strong interests in bridging scholarly disciplines and conducting data-driven, use-inspired synthesis research. Selected attendees will also display a genuine interest and ideally an intent to participate in a SESYNC Graduate Pursuit, and will commit to spending the entirety of the 3.5-day workshop at SESYNC.Applicants must submit proposals as ONE PDF document via SESYNC's online form, including: