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2014 Geothermal Student Competition

The US Department of Energy's Geothermal Technologies Program and Oak Ridge Institute for Science Education are pleased to announce the 2014 Geothermal Student Competition. The Geothermal Student Competition seeks students interested in building and showcasing scientific research, communication and leadership skills to promote geothermal energy as a player in the nation’s renewable energy future. This year’s event focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development: public communications.  Energy production can be a complex topic to explain to a broad public audience, and describing energy that comes from a subsurface environment—difficult to visualize for many—amplifies the challenge of explaining geothermal energy, how it works, and how it can benefit consumers. 

The Challenge:

This year’s Competition focuses on a non-technical barrier to geothermal development: public communications. Students are asked to develop a cutting-edge geothermal communications tool that integrates accurate, technical information with a graphical visualization infographic. Students will also create an outreach plan to disseminate the infographic to local middle and high schools.

Who Should Apply?

Teams may consist of undergraduates and/or graduate students. High school seniors are encouraged to apply.

Where do I Apply?

The Competition application, guidelines, and further details can all be found on the Competition website:  http://orise.orau.gov/geothermal

Semi-Finalist Awards

The five most compelling and competitive applications will receive a total award of $2,500, where $2000 is expected to be used as project development funds (stipend) and $500 is to develop an outreach presentation for middle and high school students.

Key Dates:

·         Feb. 21: Application page opens

·         March 25: Kick-off Call with prospective Student Teams

·         April 5: Round 1 deliverables due: Project plan, Communications and Education Strategy, and Infographic mock-up due

·         NLT April 16: Five finalists are notified and invited to submit full application packages

·         June 14: Final packets due

·         NLT June 27: First, second, and third place teams are notified

·         September 28-October 1: GRC Conference: Five finalists attend the GRC conference in Portland and winners are announced. Additionally, GRC attendees will have the opportunity to vote for a “People’s Choice Award,” the winner of which will be announced at GRC’s conclusion. 

For more information please contact Dr. Desmond Stubbs, Program Manager by Email: Desmond.Stubbs@orau.org

SunShot Postdoctoral Research Awards

Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
Solar research opportunities for recent Ph.D. graduates
The SunShot Postdoctoral Research Awards support innovative solar research by offering recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied R&D at universities, national laboratories, and other research facilities.

Award Highlights:
Yearly stipend with two years of support
Research and travel allowance
Health insurance
Relocation allowance

U.S. Citizenship or lawful permanent resident status
Economics, Social Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Materials Science, Physics, and Chemistry are just a few of the disciplines that may apply
Have a Ph.D. for no more than five years
Application Deadline: April 30, 2014
For more information and to apply, click here

2014 Dow Awards Program: Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability

The program seeks two-page project proposals that describe a compelling and practicable effort to foster sustainability at the local, national, or global level. Proposals should be action oriented and outline a new product, service, or project that seeks to protect the environment and enhance quality of life for present and future generations. The program encourages proposals spanning the full breadth of sustainability topics, including but not limited to: energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, etc. Project proposals in partnership with external entities are also welcome. As there are other U-M student award programs that recognize efforts to implement sustainability improvements directed at the U-M campus, the Dow Awards program is instead focused on improvements beyond the campus environment.

The 2014 Dow Awards Program is loosely modeled after the successful MCubed program in that it provides seed funding to nurture a wide range of project ideas. To be minimally eligible, each team must include a representative from three different schools/colleges. All project teams selected to receive seed funding must provide a progress report by Oct. 1, 2014 summarizing their accomplishments. A few of the most impressive projects will then be selected to receive additional funding to drive further progress.

Proposals are reviewed by an independent committee of U-M faculty and external practitioners from business, government, and civil society. It is envisioned that up to two project proposals in a calendar year will be awarded with Distinguished Awards of up to $50,000 each. All award funds must be used for project implementation. Disbursement of funds will be staged and will be contingent upon satisfactory progress and achievement of pre-identified project milestones.

Full information is available here