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John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis

Graduate Research Opportunities at USGS (GRO@USGS)

NSF has identified improvement in graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce as one of its Agency Priority Goals. As part of this goal, NSF has developed several programs that provide supplemental funding to current grants to be used to support graduate student research at federal agencies. All of these programs share the fundamental goal of providing science and engineering doctoral students with the knowledge, experience, and skills needed for highly productive careers both within and outside of academia.

The National Science Foundation and United States Geological Survey collaboration is designed to encourage, develop, and facilitate collaborative professional development and research opportunities at USGS for NSF supported graduate students.

The USGS is a science organization that provides impartial information on the health of our ecosystems and environment, the natural hazards that threaten us, the natural resources we rely on, the impacts of climate and land-use change, and the core science systems that help us provide timely, relevant, and useable information. Several internship opportunities involving USGS science, computational computing, and data management activities are available.

NSF Programs under this Partnership

There are currently three NSF programs in this partnership. In all of them, the PhD student will write a short (2-4 page) supplemental grant that is submitted to the relevant NSF program officer. In all of them, the money will flow to the University and the student will come to the USGS on a volunteer agreement. Internships are 2-12 months, and can be extended. The programs differ in the students they target, and the deadlines.

GRIP: Graduate Research Internship Program (NSF 16-015)

Students who currently hold a Graduate Research Fellowship are invited to apply under GRIP. Application deadline is December 4, 2017

GSP: Graduate Student Preparedness (NSF 16-067)

Students whose advisors hold grants in the following NSF Directorates (divisions) may apply: Geosciences-GEO (all), Biology BIO (MCB divison only), Mathematics and Physical Sciences-MPS (most), Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences-SBE (all). There is no formal deadline for this program; proposals are accepted at any time. There is a June 1 deadline for FY18 funds.

INTERN: Non-Academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (NSF 17-091)

This program targets grants funded in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR), Directorate for Engineering (ENG), and Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC) within the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE). Proposals are accepted at any time. There is a June 1 deadline for FY18 funds.

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