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NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award
Students who want to expand their professional networks should apply for a 2014 NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Award.
Students 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 May 18-22, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska.
"Many promising students 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 trade, water transfer, human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, tourism and so on). Topics may include causes and effects of telecouplings on socioeconomic and ecological sustainability of coupled human and natural systems (CHANS). For more information about CHANS, see: Science Magazine and AMBIO. For information about telecouplings, see Ecology&Society.
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.
Before starting the application process, students should have the following items available:
- all authors
- abstract (as it was submitted to US-IALE)
- cover letter
Each applicant should have discussed the application with her/his major advisor and received approval from the major advisor before applying.
The application form can be accessed here. The deadline is Jan. 20, 2014.
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