UW Graduate School Presidential Dissertation Fellowship

Nomination Deadline:  March 31, 2017

The Graduate School Presidential Dissertation award is intended to assist Ph.D. candidates in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and social professions in the final stages of writing and completing their dissertations. The 2017-18 Dissertation Fellowship is a one-quarter award established with support of the University President. The purpose of these awards is to relieve graduate students of their teaching duties or other employment not directly related to the dissertation in order to devote their full time to writing the dissertation.

This is a one-quarter award. The award provides a stipend equivalent that of a standard Predoc TA II (currently $2,572 per month), GAIP insurance, and UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and International Student Fee) up to 18 credits. The award must be used during the 2017-18 academic year (summer 2017 through spring 2018). The choice of the quarter will be left to the discretion of the graduate student in consultation with his or her supervisory committee chair.

Eligibility

  • The student must have passed the General Examination and attained candidate status by the time of nomination and
  • The student must have demonstrated progress on the dissertation which indicates completion by the end of Summer Quarter 2018 or sooner.
  • The student must be in a tuition-based program; students in fee-based programs are not eligible.
  • The student may not have received another dissertation award from the Graduate School (e.g., Gatzert, GO-MAP)

Interested students must be nominated by their department, and departments can nominate no more than two students. For complete information about this opportunity, including details of the nomination process and a list of eligible departments, click here.

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2017 Data Science for Social Good Summer Program

Application Deadline:  February 13, 2017

The University of Washington eScience Institute, in collaboration with Urban@UW and Microsoft, is excited to announce the 2017 Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program. The program brings together data and domain scientists to work on focused, collaborative projects that are designed to impact public policy for societal benefit.

Sixteen DSSG Student Fellows will be selected to work with academic researchers, data scientists, and public stakeholder groups on data-intensive research projects. This year’s projects will aim to extract and understand valuable, actionable information from data in urban topic areas such as: public health, sustainable urban planning, crime prevention, education, transportation, and social justice.

Who: Graduate students and advanced (junior/senior) undergraduate students are invited to apply. Spring graduates are eligible for this program. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply as long as their visa status allows them to work in U.S.

What: Each student will be part of a team working on a research project that has concrete relevance and impact. 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. Projects involve a range of stakeholders, including government officials, academic researchers, non-profit organizations, and the general public.

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 12th and ending August 18th 2017.

Compensation: Students will be given a stipend of $6,500 for the 10 weeks.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

Summer 2016+ RA Position in the Institute for Health Metrics & Evaluation

Application deadline:   May 29, 2016

Start date: 6/16/2016 or as soon as possible
End date: 9/15/206 (possibility of extension into the following academic year)

The UW Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is seeking an RA for Infectious Disease Surveillance. This position will average 20 hours per week.

The RA position involves two separate but related projects. The first project is focused on the integration of novel data streams (e.g., Internet News sources, and social media data) with environmental and epidemiological data for infectious disease surveillance and forecasting. The objectives of the project are to develop an automated process for acquiring, processing and filtering data for modeling. Once we gather these data, we will develop temporal models for the dynamical assessment of the relationship between the various data variables and infectious disease incidence. Finally, we will assess these modeling approaches for forecasting the dynamics of select infectious diseases.

The second project is focused on integrating data from social media, blogs, local news sources, restaurant and food service review sites to augment traditional approaches to foodborne disease surveillance. An approximately 48 million people experience foodborne illness in the United States each year, however, only a small proportion of cases are captured by traditional surveillance systems. This is mainly due to a limited number of affected persons seeking medical care and reporting symptoms to appropriate authorities. We therefore aim to supplement existing surveillance systems by developing a validated system for monitoring reports of foodborne illness using event-based digital disease surveillance data sources, and characterize and estimate the extent of foodborne illness and disease outbreaks in the United States.

Duties include:

  • Perform data analyses using statistical and machine-learning methods
  • Visualize results for presentations and publications
  • Aid in drafting manuscripts for journal publications
  • Participate in other research activities as needed by the project

Requirements :

  • Currently enrolled graduate student at the University of Washington during AY 15/16
  • Experience with machine-learning and statistical methods for data analyses
  • Interest in public health
  • Ability to work independently
  • Very strong analytic, creative, and writing skills
  • Proficiency in natural language processing is a plus

Desired qualification:

  • Proficiency in R or Python

For complete information about this opportunity, including application details, see HuskyJobs Position ID # 103088

Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information

Application deadline:   June 1, 2016

The Litwin Books Award for Ongoing Doctoral Dissertation Research in the Philosophy of Information consists of $1,000, given annually to a graduate student who is working on a dissertation on the philosophy of information (broadly construed). The range of philosophical questions relating to information is broad, and approachable through a variety of philosophical traditions (philosophy of mind, logic, philosophy of information so-called, philosophy of science, etc.).

The scholarship recipient must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be an active doctoral student whose primary area of research is directly philosophical, whether the institutional setting is philosophy or another discipline; that is to say, the mode of dissertation research must be philosophical as opposed to empirical or literary study;
  • Have completed all course work; and
  • Have had a dissertation proposal accepted by the institution.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://litwinbooks.com/award.php

UW Gatzert Child Welfare Fellowship

Nomination deadline:   April 1, 2016

The Gatzert Child Welfare fellowship was established in the 1930s by the Bailey and Babette Gatzert foundation for Child Welfare. In accordance with the donor’s wishes, the funds are to be used to promote education for “the better care and treatment of children suffering from defects, either physically or mentally.” The one-quarter fellowship will be awarded to support the writing of a doctoral dissertation in the field of child development with special reference to children with disabilities.

Eligibility

  • The student must have achieved doctoral candidate status by the time of nomination and
  • The student must have demonstrated progress on the dissertation which indicates completion by the end of Summer Quarter 2017 or sooner.
  • The student may not have received another dissertation writing award from the Graduate School (e.g., GO-MAP, Presidential Dissertation, etc.)
  • Students in fee-based programs are not eligible.

Award

  • The awards provide a stipend equivalent to the stipend of a standard Predoc TA II (currently $2,378r month), GAIP insurance, and UW state tuition and fees (excluding U-PASS and International Student Fee) up to 18 credits.

Students must be nominated by their departments. Departments can nominate no more than two students. Eligible programs include:

  • Anthropology
  • Bioengineering
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Epidemiology
  • Human Centered Design and Engineering
  • Information School
  • Neurobiology and Behavior
  • Nursing
  • Nutritional Sciences
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology and Biophysics
  • Psychology
  • Public Health Genetics
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Speech and Hearing Sciences
  • Urban Design and Planning Group

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://grad.washington.edu/students/fa/gatzert/index.shtml

DataONE Summer Internship Program

Application deadline:   March 16, 2016

The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. DataONE is pleased to announce the availability of summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates.

Interns undertake a 9 week program of work centered around one of the designated projects. Each intern will be paired with one primary mentor and, in some cases, secondary and tertiary mentors. Interns need not necessarily be at the same location or institution as their mentor(s).

The program is open to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their degree within the past five years. Given the broad range of projects, there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study.

Interns must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date, must be currently enrolled or employed at a U.S. university or other research institution and must currently reside in, and be eligible to work in, the United States. Interns are expected to be available approximately 40 hours/week during the internship period (noted above) with significant availability during the normal business hours. Interns from previous years are eligible to participate.

Interns will receive a stipend of $5,000 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the program). In addition, required travel expenses will be borne by DataONE.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://dataone.org/internships

Summer 2016 Data Science for Social Good

Application deadline:   March 1, 2016

The University of Washington eScience Institute, in collaboration with Urban@UW and Microsoft, is excited to announce the 2016 Data Science for Social Good (DSSG) summer program. The program brings together data and domain scientists to work on focused, collaborative projects that are designed to impact public policy for social benefit.

Who: Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students are invited to apply. Spring graduates are eligible for this program. Students who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents are eligible to apply as long as their visa status allows them to be employed in U.S.

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. Projects involve a range of stakeholders, including government officials, academic researchers, non-profit organizations, and the general public.

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 13th and ending August 19th 2016.

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

For complete information about this opportunity, see: http://escience.washington.edu/get-involved/incubator-programs/data-science-for-social-good/

UW Press Soden-Trueblood Graduate Publishing Fellow

Application deadline:   March 9, 2016

The UW Press Soden-Trueblood Graduate Publishing Fellow is a paid position with the University of Washington Press to work in a variety of departments, including editorial, production, and marketing.

The position requires a commitment to work 20 hours per week, and provides support equivalent to a 50% GSA position for three academic quarters. Salary is commensurate with degree level and the position offers a tuition waiver for state-tuition graduate programs (not applicable to fee-based programs).

Throughout the course of the fellowship the student will be exposed to a wide range of areas in the publication process, including acquisitions, copyediting, design, production, electronic publication, and marketing. The work will be substantial in nature, commensurate with the educational level and experience of the student. The fellowship will also offer a larger sense of the publishing profession and current issues gained through readings, opportunities to network within and outside the press, and discussions about career issues and further educational opportunities. Fellows should bring curiosity and energy to the job, and will be expected to complete assigned tasks and projects in a timely and professional manner.

To apply, please supply cover letter, current resume, recent transcript, two letters of recommendation, and a writing sample (5-10 pages).

For complete information about this opportunity, see: Husky Jobs, position ID 99477

 

Laura W. Bush/UNESCO Travelling Fellowship

Application deadline:   February 22, 2016   (for summer travel)

The Laura W. Bush/UNESCO Travelling Fellowship will help fund a proposal designed by the applicant to conduct brief work in a foreign country related to the mandate of UNESCO – using education, natural sciences, social and human sciences, culture, and/or communication and information to build strong ties among nations.

The fellowship is intended for American college/university students who express an interest in international collaboration but as of yet had not been afforded many opportunities to travel abroad.

The length of time for the travel is expected to be between 4 and 6 weeks and should include interaction with individuals from other nations. During his/her travel, the recipient should be willing to participate in public diplomacy events arranged with the pertinent U.S. State Department Consulate, Mission, and/or Embassy.

Following the travel, the recipient agrees to submit a report describing experiences and analyzing objectives achieved; share his/her experiences with others; and be available to make a presentation to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Eligibility
In order to apply for the Laura W. Bush Traveling Fellowship, applicants:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen eligible for foreign travel
  • Must be at least 18 years old and not older than 25 at the time of application
  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university in the United States

Selection
Only complete applications received by the application deadline will be considered. A subcommittee of the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, which shall include a personal representative of Mrs. Laura W. Bush, will conduct an initial review of the applications, conduct phone interviews as needed, and provide recommendations to the entire Commission about which candidates are the most qualified to receive the Fellowship. The number of recipients and exact amount of money awarded will depend on the quality of applications and the funds available. The average fellowship award amount is $2,500.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Originality and feasibility of proposal
  • Quality of essay
  • Apparent dedication to bridging nations, enlarging freedoms, and promoting democracy through one or more of UNESCO’s fields of competence
  • Performance during interview, if applicable

A application round will be held in the fall for winter/spring travel, with applications due in September 2016.

For complete information about this opportunity, including application materials, see:
http://www.state.gov/p/io/unesco/programs/143138.htm

Google Travel & Conference Grants

Application deadline:   Varies

Google Travel and Conference Grants for selected conferences in Computer Science and related fields are available in North America for all traditionally underrepresented groups in technology (including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, persons with disabilities, women and veterans) and in Europe for women in technology.

To encourage attendance at technical conferences, Google will provide selected recipients:

  • Free conference registration
  • North America: A $500 reimbursement to retroactively be used toward airfare and accommodation costs (will be awarded after the conference)
  • Europe: Up to 1000 EUR towards travel and accommodation costs (will be paid after the conference)

Grant eligibility varies by region. Grants will be awarded to the most qualified persons based on application review.

For complete information about this opportunity, see: https://www.google.com/edu/scholarships/google-travel-and-conference-grants/