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1- The Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP)

30+ graduate fellowships:

2- 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.

3- Dolores Zohrab Liebmann Foundation Fellowship

The University of Maryland may nominate up to three candidates for the Zohrab Liebmann Foundation Fellowship. Award information and application materials can be found here. Graduate students wishing to be considered for nomination must submit their complete application package in hard copy to the Graduate School by Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

4- American Association of Women Fellowships

The deadline is January 10, 2018.

5- LINK Foundation

The deadline is January 15, 2018.

6- BC Children’s Hospital Postdoctoral Program

The deadline is January 15, 2018.

7- Chateaubriand Fellowship Program

The deadline is January 16, 2018.

8- DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellowship

The deadline is January 17, 2018.

9- Ronald E. McNair Graduate Fellowship Program

The AY 18-19 McNair Fellowship enhances the program’s support package with $40,000 in awards over 4 or 5 years. The Graduate School invites programs to nominate McNair scholars for this program. Please see the McNair Guidelines for full details. Preferred deadline is Wednesday, February 7, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted through March 7th, 2018. We look forward to welcoming an increased number of McNair Scholars in Fall 18!

10- 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.


1- Winter Graduate School Success Symposium

The Graduate School is hosting its second annual Invest in Your Future Graduate School Success Symposium on Monday, January 22, 2018 from 9:30-4 pm. Open to all graduate students, especially PhD students, and postdoctoral research associates; registration will open next week. Encourage your students to attend and have the opportunity to connect with each other and engage in interactive, hands-on sessions to help them gain valuable academic and professional skills. This winter’s event will focus on communication/presentation skills, securing funding, and career management.

2- New Career and Professional Development Event for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Save the DATE: A new career and professional development event for graduate students and postdocs in all programs will be piloted during the Spring 2018 semester. The first annual UMD Graduate Career Pathways Conference is scheduled for Friday, April 20, 2018, from 8:30-4:00 pm, in the Stamp Union. This event is a collaboration between staff and faculty in the Graduate School, University Career Center & The President’s Promise, The Colleges, and other key campus partners. More details will be available shortly and student registration will begin in February.

* Now through the end of January break is a great time for your PhD students at all stages of their programs to create an Individual Development Plan (IDP), explore specific career paths, or ramp up their search for a summer or post-graduation position. Encourage students to attend the January 22, Success Symposium, which includes three career-related sessions, or suggest that they schedule career advising appointments with Dr. Susan Martin through Careers4Terps.


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.