NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award

Junior scholars, including students, post-docs and junior researchers (e.g. assistant professors), who want to expand their professional networks should apply for a NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award.

Scholars who receive the awards give oral or poster presentations at the annual symposium of the U.S. Regional Association for the International Association for Landscape Ecology, or World Congress of the International Association for Landscape Ecology.

"Many promising junior scholars who are interested in research on landscape ecology may not be able to attend conferences and other professional events without financial assistance," said Jianguo "Jack" Liu, who holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and is director of the Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability at Michigan State University. “This award program was set up to help them connect with leading researchers at an international and national event."

NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards (up to $700 each) are given each year to cover expenses associated with attending the symposium. Applications are judged based on the merits of the applicants' abstracts, financial needs, and professional backgrounds and goals. 

Special consideration will be given to presentations related to telecoupling (environmental and socioeconomic interactions over distances, such as human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, sound/noise transmission, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism). Topics may include applications of the telecoupling framework to address issues across landscapes or coupled human and natural systems (e.g., cross-scale and cross-border dynamics, pattern, process, structure, function, and sustainability). For more information about CHANS, see: Science Magazine and AMBIO.  

Former award recipients are not eligible to apply. Underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply.

These special awards are made possible by the support of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Michigan State University.

Watch this site for the announcement of the 2016 awards application period.

For more information about the NASA-MSU Program, please contact:

Dr. Jianguo (Jack) Liu
Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability
115 Manly Miles Building
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824, USA

NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award recipients by year

Alphabetical listing of all recipients