Graduate Student Summer Fellowship
The Sevilleta LTER program has allocated funds to support a number of graduate student summer fellowships for the 2013 field season. The Sevilleta LTER site includes the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and surroundings, and the Middle Rio Grande Bosque from of Cochiti south to Elephant Butte.
Stipends will be awarded to graduate students that are using Sevilleta LTER field sites as their primary research sites. The summer projects do not necessarily have to be part of current Sevilleta LTER research projects, but priority will be given to work that compliments and potentially enhances ongoing LTER research. An additional condition of the stipend is that up to ½ of the student’s time (10 hours per week) must be spent as an RA working with one of the co-PIs/senior scientists on a Sevilleta LTER project. Please identify a PI or project in your application that you would be willing to help with. Specific projects that require grad student participation are the creosote transition rainfall manipulation experiments, ET fluxes and nutrient dynamics in the Middle Rio Grande Bosque, the PJ rainfall manipulation project, the nighttime warming experiment, the monsoon rainfall manipulation experiment, and research on trophic linkages and dynamics, among others. The timing of any such work will be optimized to the schedules of the student and co-PI/senior scientist. The summer fellowships will be for up to $4,000 and may be used for any category of expenditure (e.g., salary, materials/supplies, equipment, and/or travel, including travel to a scientific meeting to present SEV-related research results), but not for purchase of computers or major research equipment. The funding is a stipend that will be split into two payments (one large and one small). Any materials and/or travel will have to be purchased through our office administrator, Rina Ouellette.