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Nutrient Dynamics Fellowship

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Florida Sea Grant announces a new graduate research award dealing with nutrient effects on coastal aquatic ecosystems, supported by a donation from The Scotts Miracle Gro Company. The title of this award is the Florida Sea Grant Nutrient Dynamics Fellowship.

The fellowship provides each of two University of Florida graduate students with $9,500 per year for two years to conduct research in support of a better understanding of how rates of nutrient input influence the structure and function of Florida coastal aquatic ecosystems. Applicants must demonstrate innovative ideas and scholarly excellence.

Students who have been accepted into a University of Florida graduate program or who are already enrolled full-time in a University of Florida graduate program are eligible to apply. Funds may be used to support the student’s stipend, or to support the research project with required supplies, small equipment or travel.

The Director of Florida Sea Grant and a panel of UF faculty members will review applications and select the award recipients on the basis of five criteria:

  1. The overall quality and scientific merits of the research proposal (45%).
  2. A 1,000-word career goal statement (25%).
  3. Two letters of recommendation, including one from the student’s faculty adviser (10%).
  4. The strength of academic performance, particularly in aquatic sciences, as documented by college transcripts (10%).
  5. Additional relevant experience, including extra-curricular coastal or marine activities, honors, and awards (10%).

Successful applicants will have an innovative research proposal addressing some aspect of nutrient dynamics in coastal marine ecosystems. The research may focus on aquatic plants, plankton, invertebrates, fish, nutrient cycling, food web dynamics, or any other aspect of the ecosystem — as long as it addresses the response to nutrients.

Additionally, successful applicants will have strong letters of endorsement, a clearly articulated statement regarding their professional experiences and career goals, strong academic credentials, and a breadth of educational and volunteer experiences related to coastal marine science.

Required Materials

I. A concise research proposal of no more than five pages, with these sections: title, name, affiliation and contact information of student investigator and any co-investigators; introduction and rationale; goals and objectives; methods; expected results and benefits; and literature citations. The proposal must be single-spaced with 11-point font and 1-inch margins, and must include a project budget with justification. The literature citations do not count as part of the five-page limit.

II. A 1,000-word personal and career goal statement that describes the experiences that led the applicant to pursue a degree in marine sciences, the key experiences the applicant would like to highlight that have contributed to his or her desired career path, the focus of the research the applicant is currently undertaking, and the applicant’s post-graduate career goals.

III. Two letters of recommendation – one letter from the faculty member who has primary oversight of the applicant’s research program, and a second letter from a person with a good knowledge of the applicant’s professional qualifications. The letters must be sent directly from the persons providing the recommendations in sealed envelopes. The information they provide will remain confidential and only be viewed by the selection panel.

IV. Official undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts.

V. A resume that must not exceed 2 pages with 11-point font and 1-inch margins, listing degrees, relevant work experiences, volunteer experiences, honors, awards, publications and presentations.