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1- The Costmos Club Foundation Scholars:

Applications are now being accepted for the Cosmos Scholars Grant Program of the Cosmos Club Foundation. The Cosmos Scholars Program provides grants to meet specific research needs not covered by other supporting funds, including but not limited to special supplies, travel, unanticipated expenses that would enhance the work, etc. Specifically excluded are general financial support, tuition, and living expenses (except in connection with supported travel). There is no restriction as to academic field, but the project should be focused on objective scholarly research rather than commercial or political activity, social activism, or other non-academic goals. The number of grants to be awarded is not rigidly fixed, but is expected to be at least fifteen. Amounts of awards will be determined individually, and are contemplated to be in the range of $500 to $4,000.

Applicants must be enrolled, on a full-time or part-time basis, in a program leading to a graduate degree (Masters or Doctoral) at one of the eligible local institutions. The application deadline is November 1, 2017. Complete information and application instructions can be found at

2- The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship:

Are you a 1st or 2nd year Ph.D. student in science, engineering, math, or the social/behavioral sciences? Are you a senior or recent alumnus planning graduate studies toward the Ph.D. in those fields? Are you a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident? The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is the largest and one of the most prestigious awards available to support graduate studies toward Ph.D.’s in science, math, engineering, and social/behavioral sciences. The NSF award provides 3 years of support, with an annual stipend of $34,000. THERE IS STILL TIME TO APPLY - DEADLINE ARE IN LATE OCTOBER!

Eligibility: You must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident to apply for the NSF graduate research fellowship, and you must not have earned a masters degree within the last two years.

Deadlines to apply are in late October 2017, for NSF GRFP awards (dates here: There is time to prepare a strongly competitive application if you start soon!

Be sure to use this extremely helpful online resource site:

3- Spring 2018 Nomination Deadlines for Student Fellowships and Awards:

AY 18-19 Fellowship and Award Guidelines are now available on the Graduate School’s Funding website. A summarized list of the Spring 18 nomination deadlines can be found here.

4- DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program:

The deadline is November 16, 2017.

5- Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowships:

The deadline is December 7, 2017.

6- NCI-UMD Partnership fellowship:

You are invited to submit collaborative projects for graduate student support. Several graduate students will be supported through NCI CRTA (Cancer Research Training Award) fellowships starting in the Fall 2018 semester. Tuition will be covered by the University of Maryland. Seed awards will be initially for one year with the possibility of renewal for second and third year funding. For consideration, please send the proposals to Stephanie Noel ( by 5 PM March 15, 2018. Proposal preparation instructions can be found here.


Graduate Writing Initiatives:

1- How to Write a Literature Review: An Introduction to Writing and Research in Graduate School

New to research at the graduate level or just need a refresher? Not sure how to move from research to writing? Join us for this workshop, offered in conjunction with librarians from the Research Commons, focusing on entering an academic conversation through research and writing. The workshop will cover graduate-specific library privileges, effective research and citation practices, writing from sources, and a general introduction to the literature review process.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 2-4pm,6137 McKeldin. Register here.

2- Snack Writing: Take a Bite Out of Your Writing

Tuesday, October 17, 9:30-11:30am, Graduate Student Life Office, Stamp Student Union

Wednesday, October 18, 2-4pm, Graduate Student Life Office, Stamp Student Union

You might think you need to sit down for hours at a time to accomplish much in your writing project, but there's good research that suggests that "snack" writing, rather than "binge" writing, can be an effective way to make progress on your writing projects. Come join the GS Writing Center and the Graduate Student Life Office for a snack writing break to discover how to use just 25 minutes to move your writing forward. And, of course, we'll have snacks!

3- Graduate Writing: Writing with Sources and Self Editing

Three week course (six sessions) meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 31-November 16

This course introduces a range of strategies essential for writing at the graduate level: reading papers strategically, taking effective notes, accurately and effectively integrating source material into your prose, and writing with clarity and concision. By the end of this course, students will understand how to use source material in their writing effectively and appropriately while keeping their voice clearly in the forefront. Students interested in the course should contact Dr. Linda Macri

4- Dissertation Retreats

Fall Weekend Thesis and Dissertation Retreat Applications now being accepted at

October 20-22 (Friday, 4:30-8pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 12-5pm). The Thesis & Dissertation Retreat will afford participants time to write along with opportunities for one-on-one consultations about their writing with Graduate School Writing Center Fellows, presentations about setting goals, structuring writing time, and addressing obstacles that may complicate progress toward completion. Participants must have an approved prospectus or thesis topic and must commit to attending each day.


1- Postdoctoral Position in Dr. Colenso Speer's lab at the University of Maryland, College Park:

If you are interested in this position, please communicate with Dr. Speer directly (

2- Postdoctoral Position at Optical Spectroscopy Section, NHLBI, NIH:

Postdoctoral fellow (IRTA fellow or VF designation, see for description.) We seek someone skilled in the instrumental aspects of lasers and fluorescence spectroscopy in the microscope. We do FLIM, 2pFCS, RICS, STED (and related STAQ), regular and spectral-focusing CARS, and combinations thereof. Please email Dr. Jay Knutson ( with subject line “new position in OSS”.

Applications from women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

3- Postdoctoral position in Dr. Francesco Zamponi's lab and Martin Weigt's lab:

We are seeking candidates for a postdoctoral research position at the interface between statistical physics and computational biology. The postdoc will work in collaboration with Martin Weigt (UPMC) and Francesco Zamponi (ENS Paris), on statistical-physics inspired data-driven modelling approaches to the evolution and coevolution of proteins.

The scientific project concerns in particular the study of the impact of phylogenetic effects on the Direct Coupling Analysis (DCA), both in stylized toy models and in real protein sequence alignment data. We will use methods from statistical physics and statistical inference. Most of the work will likely be computational, although some analytic calculations might also be performed.

A background in statistical or biological physics is required. The candidate should have a general interest in working with biological data, but no prior background in biology is needed.

Applications are welcome at any time, until the position is filled. Please send an email to and, containing your CV and, if you wish, other application material such as research statement, etc. Please use the email subject "Application YOUR_NAME YOUR_SURNAME". Recommendation letters (at least two and no more that four) should be sent to the same addresses with the same subject. Alternatively, the complete application package (including recommendation letters) can be sent through AcademicJobsOnLine at this address:

Applications from young candidates (for a first postdoc after the PhD), women, and underrepresented minorities are especially welcome.