Public Health & Alzheimer’s Disease Scholarships for Graduate Students

Application deadline:   April 20, 2015

Graduate students in public health schools or programs are invited to apply for a $1,000 scholarship from the Alzheimer’s Association. The Association is making up to five scholarships available to support projects toward a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation on a topic related to cognitive health, cognitive decline, and/or Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as a public health issue. The applicant’s public health school or program must be accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), and the project must relate directly to The Healthy Brain Initiative: The Public Health Road Map for State and National Partnerships, 2013-2018.

Award recipients will be notified about their award by May 31, 2015. An external, independent review committee will evaluate all applications.

Scholarship recipients will receive:

  • $1,000 scholarship to be awarded in a single payment; the actual award is contingent upon the submission of several additional documents in June 2015.
  • Complimentary registration to the 2015 Alzheimers Association International Conference, July 19-23, in Washington DC ($965 value)
  • An opportunity to present the project to the public health community via an Alzheimer’s Association webinar in 2016
  • Select technical support from the Alzheimer’s Association Public Health Department, such as introductions to experts or connections to local Alzheimer’s Association chapters.

For instructions, FAQs, and more, please access the full announcement at: http://www.alz.org/national/documents/Public-Health-Alz-Scholarships.pdf

Application Submission: http://alzpublichealth.submittable.com/submit

Summer 2015 Data Science for Social Good Paid Internship

Application deadline:   March 31, 2015 (5:00 pm)

The eScience Institute at the University of Washington invites students to join the Data Science for Social Good incubator program this summer. Sixteen students will be selected to work with academic researchers, computer scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects with public policy implications. These are paid positions.

Who

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply, preference given to University of Washington students.

What

Each student will be part of a team working on a research project that has concrete relevance and impact to the local community on the theme of Urban Science. Projects will involve analysis and visualization of data on topics such as public health, sustainable urban planning, environmental protection, disaster response, crime prevention, education, transportation, governance, commerce, and social justice.

Where

Most work will be conducted on the UW campus in the WRF Data Science Studio, but some field excursions in the City of Seattle or King County may also be involved.

When

This is a 10-week long, full-time program beginning June 15th and ending August 21st. Class schedules can be accommodated for students who are enrolled during summer session.

Compensation

Students will be given a stipend of $6,500 for the 10 weeks. Stipend payments will be dispersed through the UW payroll system on the 10th and 25th of each month.

Qualifications

  • Strong academic record
  • Previous programming experience (although strong candidates without significant programming experience will be considered)

How to Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume, and transcript (unofficial is acceptable) to manager@escience.washington.edu. In your cover letter, please describe your background, interest in the program, and relevant experience/coursework. Favorable candidates will be contacted for an interview.

2015-2016 GSA Position with the College of Engineering Diversity & Access Team

Open until filled.  Application review begins April 1, 2015.

The CoE Diversity and Access Team has an outstanding opportunity for a Graduate Staff Assistantship (GSA) to work with the STARS Program. Flexible schedule and 20 hours per week for the 2015-2016 academic year (entire academic year commitment preferred). The Washington STate Academic RedShirt (STARS) program provides entering UW engineering students from economically and educationally underserved backgrounds with a specialized first year curriculum designed to build learning skills and academic preparation. The STARS program helps participants build the necessary skills and support systems to successfully navigate and graduate from UW engineering programs.

Description

The graduate student appointment involves many aspects of student services and administration, organization, programming, and advising, with a particular emphasis on working with students from low-income, underrepresented minority and first-generation-college backgrounds.

Qualifications

Candidates must be accepted into a University of Washington graduate program for the 2015-2016 academic year. The successful candidate will have:

  • Genuine, demonstrated interest in working with and assisting students
  • Strong commitment to going the extra mile to ensure the success of all students
  • Comfort reaching out and working well with diverse populations of students, parents, faculty and staff [GSA will regularly communicate with and reach out to several offices across campus, as well as off-campus constituents and alumni]
  • Highly proficient oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent multi-tasking, prioritizing, organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple competing priorities and must be highly detail and deadline-oriented
  • Savvy computer skills (experience with MS Office Products, working with databases and spreadsheets and ease with learning new software)

Preferred: Experience with student advising, teaching, or related experience at the college level preferred but not required. Program planning, organizing and implementation experience preferred. Experience in marketing and promotion and social media communications is a plus.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

GSA may assist the Assistant Director of Diversity and Access (Lead STARS Program) with any of the following student services and administration including but not limited to:

  • Assisting in developing and maintaining communication processes with STARS students
  • Assist with recruiting, outreach and admissions, including organizing and coordinating STARS application process resulting in identifying the new STARS cohort and possibly attending some off-campus recruitment events and meetings
  • In general, assist with program development, coordination and implementation of the STARS Transition Week
  • Assist in the development and revision of STARS handouts, web site, and other informational items
  • Assist in initiating, planning, coordinating, and implementing STARS volunteer opportunities and mentor programs
  • Stay informed regarding University policies and regulations and College of Engineering and departmental policies and requirements
  • Assist in managing and maintaining day-to-day operations of the STARS program, including general administrative duties
  • Collaborate with other Diversity and Access programs including Math Academy and NSF REM
  • Additional responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Director of Diversity and Access (Lead STARS Program) and the Associate Director of Diversity and Access.
  • Some evenings and weekends required
  • The graduate staff assistant may also work with other College of Engineering Diversity and Access programs.

Candidates must possess the maturity, leadership, teamwork, conscientious attitude and other personal qualities to work interdependently with professional staff and undergraduate students, take initiative and ownership of assigned tasks and projects and work at times with minimum supervision. STARS is a growing and emerging program and the candidate must be able to exercise good judgment, have an open mindset and be open to learning new skills.

Education

The best candidates for this position are those working toward a master’s degree (or higher level) in college student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, social work, public or health administration, communications, intercultural- communications, or other related fields.

Salary

This 20 hour per week GSA position includes salary payment, benefits and tuition waiver for graduate students. The salary range is fixed and dependent upon academic standing, qualifications, and experience (effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).

Graduate Staff Assistant must register for and carry throughout each quarter except summer quarter a minimum of 10 credits in formal courses or in research, thesis, or dissertation work. These credits must be in courses that are applicable toward an advanced degree. For summer quarter the appointee must register for and carry a minimum of 2 credits.

How To Apply

Persons interested should submit resume, letter of interest summarizing qualifications and relevant experience, and the names and contact information—via email only–for two (2) references from past or present faculty, administrators, or employers to: sgc4@uw.edu. Please include from where you learned of the position.

For questions specifically related to this position, call Sonya Cunningham (206) 685-9537 Application Deadline: Open until filled. Review of applications will begin April 1st.

Start date: September 16th (preference is for a starting date of August 1st and thus hourly work/pay up until September 16th.)

Please see http://www.engr.washington.edu/curr_students/stars.html for more information on the STARS Program.

Bill Raskob Foundation Interest-Free Loans

Application deadline:   May 15, 2015

The Bill Raskob Foundation seeks to aid deserving students through no-interest educational loans. It does not award scholarships, grants or gifts. The Foundation depends upon the repayment of loans in order to continue to help students obtain an education.

In order to qualify, you must be an American citizen, enrolled at an accredited institution for the upcoming school year. At present, the Foundation is not accepting applications from foreign students, US students graduating from a foreign school, for first-year study (undergraduate) or correspondence courses. You will also wish to know that it is the policy of this Foundation to not fund students through more than one degree or accept applications for theses, dissertations, internships, residencies or affiliations. (If you are in a combined Degree Program, you might wish to call the Foundation at (410) 923-9123 to see if you qualify, prior to submitting an application.)

Regarding repayment, the Foundation offers a 6-month grace period following graduation to all students, except medical/dental/veterinary students who may begin repayment within 12 months. The Foundation determines the repayment schedule and time frame, and since the Foundation basically operates as a revolving loan fund, deferments are not granted. The minimum loan is $1,000 and the average amount is $5,000.

For more information and application details, see:  http://www.billraskob.org/index.html

Spring 2015 TA Position in the Program on the Environment (PoE)

Application deadline:   March 19, 2015

Position Description

The Program on the Environment (PoE) is an interdisciplinary program emphasizing undergraduate education in environmental studies. ENVIR 480 is a team project based course offered each quarter. This course explores definitions and critical concepts of sustainability and an analysis of sustainability practices on the UW campus. Student research teams analyze specific sustainability practices related to food, water, energy, and climate, among other topics. The sustainability project topic focus is different for each quarter. This course is open to all undergraduates. Course Schedule: Lecture: T/Th 11:30‐1:20

Application Details

Go to https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/acorboy/34807 and follow the instructions.

Required application materials:
(1) Current CV/resume, no more than 2 pages worth of text;
(2) Two references (name, title, phone, email) familiar with your teaching abilities;
(3) Cover Letter Assessment, no more than 2 pages worth of text, stating what strengths you would bring to serving as a teaching assistant in an interdisciplinary environmental studies course, as well as your strengths and background relevant to the specific activities outlined in the position and course description.

Acceptance: If offered the position, the candidate must accept within one week.
Notification: Those candidates not hired will be notified via email.

Please contact Ann Corboy, Administrator, Program on the Environment, at acorboy@uw.edu with any questions.

Foundation for Global Scholars Study Abroad Scholarships

Application deadline:   April 3 & July 10, 2015

The Foundation for Global Scholars awards scholarships of up to $2000 to undergraduate and graduate U.S. citizens studying abroad, three times annually. For summer, early fall, and fall 2015, application deadlines are April 3rd and July 10th, depending on the dates the student will be abroad. The student must be in the host country for a minimum of 4 weeks/28 days.

For more information, see:  https://fgscholars.org/overview/
For application details, see:  https://fgscholars.org/apply/

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid Research Program

Application deadlines:   March 15th & October 15th annually

The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research (GIAR) program awards grants of up to $1,000 to undergraduate and graduate students from all areas of the sciences and engineering. Designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision related research. Students use the funding to pay for travel expenses to and from a research site, or for purchase of non-standard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project. While membership in Sigma Xi is not a requirement for applying for funding from the Grants-in-Aid of Research program, approximately 75% of funds are restricted for use by dues paying student members of Sigma Xi or students whose project advisor is a dues paying member of Sigma Xi. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding. Research grants may be used to support scientific investigation in any field. Below is a description of the types of expenses funded by the Grants-in-Aid of Research Program.

Fundable Expenses:

  • Purchase of specific equipment necessary to undertake the proposed research project.
  • Travel to and from a research site.
  • Supplies specific to the proposed project not generally available in an institutional research laboratory.
  • Reimbursement for human subjects (psychology studies).

Expenses Not Fundable:

  • Travel to a scientific meetings or symposia
  • Educational programs, tuition, general room and board, textbooks, curriculum development.
  • Purchase of supplies and equipment considered standard and normally available in an institutional research laboratory (i.e. common laboratory chemicals, petri dishes, agar, data storage devices, pipettes, glassware, etc).
  • Salaries or stipends for applicants or assistants.
  • Manuscript preparation and publication costs.
  • Indirect costs or institutional administrative fees.
  • Requests for a third Grant-in-Aid of Research.

Funding Exceptions

The following expenses are not generally funded. However, an applicant who demonstrates a particular need may receive funding if a detailed justification is provided in the budget section of the application. Demonstration of support from the applicant’s institution or department for other aspects of the project may strengthen such requests.

  • Computer Equipment, software, digital phones, GPS and cameras. Note these items, if funded, remain the property of the institutional lab at the conclusion of the grant.
  • Institutional or departmental equipment use fees. Except in the fields of astronomy, mathematics and computer science, fees for using institutional or departmental equipment and facilities are not generally funded. Equipment use fees for astronomy, mathematics and computer science are generally fundable.
  • Transcription or analytical services. Except in the fields of astronomy, mathematics and computer science where transcription and analytical services are generally funded without additional justification.

For more information and application materials, see:  https://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/grants-in-aid

Graham Foundation Carter Manny Doctoral Awards

Application deadline:   March 15, 2015

Since the Carter Manny Award’s establishment in 1996, over $672,000 has been awarded in recognition of outstanding doctoral students whose work represents some of the most innovative and advanced scholarship on architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. The Carter Manny Award supports dissertation research and writing by promising scholars whose projects have architecture as their primary focus and have the potential to shape contemporary discourse in the field of architecture. Projects may be drawn from the various fields of inquiry supported by the Graham Foundation: architectural history, theory, and criticism; design; engineering; landscape architecture; urban planning; urban studies; visual arts; and other related fields. (See the Overview of our grant programs). The award assists students enrolled in graduate programs in architecture, art history, the fine arts, humanities, and the social sciences working on architecture topics.

The Graham Foundation offers two Carter Manny Awards: one for a student at the research stage of the doctoral dissertation and one for a student at the writing stage of the doctoral dissertation.

Research award:  The research award assists students with research that is essential to the doctoral project. Research-related expenses include travel, documentation, materials, supplies, and other development costs. Applicants for a research award should have a clearly defined work plan, travel plan, and goals. The research award is acknowledged with up to $15,000.

Writing award:  The writing award encourages timely completion of the Ph.D. by assisting students who are in the advanced stages of the dissertation with one year of writing. While some of the award funds may be used for final research, the award is intended to support and facilitate uninterrupted writing. Applicants for a writing award will be asked to submit a writing sample from the dissertation, a dissertation table of contents, and a writing schedule. The writing award is acknowledged with up to $20,000.

For more information and application materials, see: http://www.grahamfoundation.org/grant_programs?mode=award

Spring 2015 UW Student Fiscal Services Tax Classes

Student Tax Class for US Residents

You’ve received your 1098T tax form! Student Fiscal Services is presenting this workshop to help US Resident students understand the information on the 1098T tax form and how it relates to education tax credits plus tax issues regarding scholarships and grants. Class is appropriate for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

March 9, 2015
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Odegaard room 220

April 2, 2015
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Odegaard room 220

April 9, 2015
1:30pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Odegaard room 220


Student Tax Class for Graduate and Professional Students

Join us to learn about student taxes including information on the 1098-T form. This workshop is jointly presented by the UW Low Income Taxpayer Clinic and UW Student Fiscal Services.

March 10, 2015
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Location: Odegaard room 220

April 8, 2015
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Odegaard room 220


Student Tax Class for Non-US Residents / International Students

UW non-resident students may receive tax forms related to US source funds they receive. The information contained in these forms can be confusing. Student Fiscal Services sponsors tax classes with student tax information for UW non-resident students. The session focuses on helping students understand the 1042S forms sent out by the UW Payroll Office. This class is co-sponsored by International Student Services Office. Class is appropriate for undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

March 10, 2015
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Odegaard room 220

March 20, 2015
2:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: Odegaard room 220

April 7, 2015
1:30pm – 2:30pm
Location: Odegaard room 220

You can find more information on the Student Fiscal Service tax class website: http://f2.washington.edu/fm/sfs/tax

Spring 2015 RA Position in the Evans School of Public Affairs

Application deadline:   March 16, 2015

This position is posted on UW Hires, Req # 117645.

The Evans School is looking for a 50% Research Assistant (RA) to assist Prof. Ann Bostrom for Spring quarter (with the possibility of extension into summer) to help with her Climate Communications project.

Open to UW Graduate Students only. Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary is commensurate with academic standing, qualifications, and experience. This position does include tuition waiver and health benefits for Spring quarter.

The RA will have responsibility to help facilitate this study and specific tasks may include assistance with:

  •    Survey and interview data analysis (quantitative and qualitative).
  •    Writing and literature reviews as necessary.
  •    Survey and interview coding,
  •    Data entry, management (creation of code book(s), design and maintenance of simple databases and data sharing protocols, quality control of data).
  •    Telephone and in person interviewing.
  •    Other tasks as required.

Requirements  

  •    Training in social science research methods, statistical analysis competence at a graduate level (some econometrics or comparable);
  •    Able to create and manage simple databases; qualitative analysis proficiency or ability/willingness to pick up quickly.
  •    Understanding of basic policy analysis.
  •    Writing proficiency.
  •    Ability to work independently on all aspects of social science research.
  •    Savvy quantitative research skills.
  •    Skill in using Excel.
  •    Programming in Stata (or other statistical program).
  •    Academic research experience.
  •    Office skills, research skills, and project management skills.

Desired      

  •    Experience with qualitative research methods is preferred.

Condition of Employment

Must be an enrolled graduate student at the UW.

Appointment to this position is contingent upon obtaining satisfactory results from a criminal background check.

How to Apply

Submit resume, transcript (unofficial ok) demonstrating competencies, and brief description of research interests and availability for work.

Application inquiries may be made with: Prof. Ann Bostrom, Evans School of Public Affairs, abostrom@uw.edu

Decisions and notification to all applicants will be communicated no later than the week of March 23, 2015.