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All Upcoming Graduate School Fellowship and Award Deadlines:

McNair Graduate Fellowships: February 7, 2018 (preferred) and March 7, 2018

Wylie and Lee Thornton Semester Dissertation Fellowships: February 12, 2018

Summer Research Fellowships: March 7, 2018

Academic Achievement Awards (Spencer, Pelczar, Longest, Phi Delta Gamma): March 7, 2018

Charles A. Caramello Distinguished Dissertation Award: February 21, 2018

Graduate Faculty Mentor of the Year Award: February 28, 2018(newly extended)

Outstanding Director and Coordinator of Graduate Studies: February 28, 2018(newly extended)

Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize: February 28, 2018

Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Award: March 16, 2018

All-STAR Fellowship: April 20, 2018

Outstanding Graduate Assistant Award: April 20, 2018

External Fellowship and Award Opportunities:

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Fellowships: Various deadlines through March 15, 2018

Bloomberg Data Science Ph.D. Fellowship: March 15, 2018

Hispanic Scholarship Fund: March 30, 2018

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Dissertation Fellowship: March 31, 2018

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 School Writing Center begins offering Drop-In Consultations:

Starting on Feb. 8, the Writing Fellows will offer a limited number of drop-in hours for consultations. Students don’t need an advance appointment for these 30 minute appointments. Drop-in hours for Spring 2018 are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12pm-3pm. Click here for more information or call the Graduate School Writing Center at 301-405-9871.

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 the Graduate School Writing Center and the Research Commons for a workshop 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.

Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 10am-12pm, 6137 McKeldin. Register at

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, from 1-3pm, 6137 McKeldin. Register at

Professional and Career Development

Spring Career Workshops: This spring there are 16 PhD Career Skills Workshops scheduled that address career management and resources for PhDs, how to explore career options, the basics of conducting an effective job search, and preparing well-crafted job search documents such as resumes and CVs. Doctoral students and postdocs can review the complete schedule of workshops and events on the Graduate School events calendar. Registration is required and space is limited.

The Spring Career & Internship Fair will be held on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, February 21-23, in the Stamp Union. PhDs can use upcoming career fairs to make initial in-person contacts with organizations of interest. There are over 240 registered employers attending and 30% indicated that they are interested in PhD talent. A list of registered employers and more information is available on the University Career Center & The President's Promise webiste.

Save the Date for the 2018 Graduate Career Pathways Conference on Friday, April 20th from 8:30 am-4:00 pm. This event is a collaboration between the Graduate School, The University Career Center and 11 other units on campus. This new event will educate graduate students and postdocs about a wide range of career paths that exist for them. The schedule includes three sessions of three parallel panels featuring over 30 alumni and other industry professionals. Each panel will showcase a broad industry sector such as consulting, writing and publishing, research outside of academia, and NGOs and will include three to five alumni and professional panelists, from diverse disciplines and organizations. The conference program includes breakfast, lunch featuring a keynote address with alumnus Rita Leahy, PhD (’89) and a networking reception for attendees and panelists at the end of the day. Registration opens on March 1st.


1- The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

170+ postdoc positions:

2- 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 (

3- Immediate Two Postdoctoral Research Opportunities:

Two postdoctoral research opportunities available immediately in engineering biology at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. Please direct interested graduate research assistants or postdoctoral research associates to contact us directly at or

The first opportunity aims to develop genetic constructs, high-throughput methods for directed evolution, and high-throughput measurements of genotype-phenotype relationships. This position requires expertise in Synthetic Biology, Microbiology, or a related field. Experience in the following areas is strongly preferred: engineering genetic circuits or microbial sense-and-response systems, directed evolution, bacterial or yeast synthetic biology, and/or laboratory automation.

The second opportunity focuses on creating machine learning algorithms to analyze phenotype and sequence data, as well as active learning algorithms to optimize and control experiments in directed evolution. This position requires expertise in Computer Science, Statistics, or a similar field. Experience with machine learning, genetics, and/or bio-informatics is strongly preferred.

Both postdoctoral researchers will work together and within a collaborative, interdisciplinary team to enable innovative methods for the predictive engineering of genetic sensors and other living measurement systems in bacteria and yeast. Facilities available for this project include state-of-the-art automation for microbial engineering, culture, and measurement.

4- Rockefeller University/Hunter College Postdoctoral Associate Position:

We are seeking applications for a 2 year (renewable upon mutual agreement) Postdoctoral Associate position in beginning in 2018 that will be a joint appointment between the Laboratory of Integrative Neuroscience, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology of Dr. Marcelo Magnasco at The Rockefeller University and the Dolphin Cognition and Communication Laboratory of Dr. Diana Reiss at Hunter College City University of New York. The postdoctoral research associate will be in integral and active member of an interdisciplinary research group M2C2 conducting cognitive and communication studies with dolphins at our research laboratory at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, Maryland. The ideal candidate would be interested in animal cognition, animal learning, behavior and communication and big data analysis.

The postdoctoral associate will receive a competitive stipend and will work with guidance from a multidisciplinary mentoring team. Responsibilities will include conducting daily cognitive research sessions with dolphins, maintaining computers and interfaces between the dolphin lab and our remote university labs and assisting in the analysis of behavioral and acoustic data. Applicants are expected to be near completion of a terminal doctorate degree, have a strong research record with evidence of exceptional scholarship, be self-motivated, and embrace interdisciplinary research. The position is open to students including but not restricted to marine mammal behavior, biology, communication, bioacoustics, behavioral analysis, bioacoustics, computational biology and bioinformatics. We are looking for a person that has research skills and is animal and people oriented as the research is conducted with dolphins in a public aquarium. Computer software skills, experience and fluency in Matlab are required; video processing and bioacoustics analysis skills are preferred but not requisite. Experience with statistical and behavioral analysis is preferred. Research background in dolphin behavior and bioacoustics is preferred but not required. The position requires living in Baltimore.

To apply for this position, send an email to Please provide a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a one-page summary of your research interests. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to this address as well. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The start date can be as soon as January 1, 2018.

Rockefeller University and Hunter College are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status or disability.