Dear all,

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center<> 
(SESYNC) in Annapolis, Maryland invites proposals from highly qualified PhD 
students interested in conducting collaborative, socio-environmental synthesis 
research<> (i.e. “Graduate 
Pursuits”) in parallel with their doctoral degrees.

Graduate Pursuits are supported for a period of 18 months as part of the 
first-of-its kind Graduate Student Research 
Program<> at 
SESYNC. Support centers around travel, meals, and lodging for 3–4 in-person 
meetings at SESYNC, but also includes a suite of services ranging from team 
facilitation and leadership training, to computational and cyber infrastructure 
resources and data acquisition, to science communication and outreach.

SESYNC is particularly interested in Graduate Pursuit proposals that bring 
together diverse backgrounds and disciplines as well as diverse sources of data 
in novel, integrative ways to solve pressing environmental issues. Graduate 
Pursuit proposals that are designed to be applicable or generalizable across 
multiple locations and scales in addition to those with potential to contribute 
to decision-making and non-academic communities are also of special interest.

Multiple teams are currently in development and looking to add student 
collaborators interested in synthesizing the following broad topics:

  *   Agriculture, built environments and urban planning
  *   Coral reef health, media and policy
  *   Urban stormwater pollution, process-based solutions and machine learning
  *   Marine protected areas, resource economies and climate change
  *   Deforestation and institutional governance
  *   Smallholder agriculturalists, weather variability and complex models
  *   Adaptive management, sudden and unexpected events and the 
science-policy-resource nexus
  *   Indigenous sovereignty and conservation practice and policy

Contact Dr. Nicole Motzer – SESYNC Graduate Program Manager – at<> for additional details, to 
connect with a team, or to pitch a Graduate Pursuit idea of your own! The full 
Request for Proposals can be found 
 while previously supported graduate research teams are listed 
 Proposals are due May 15, 2018. International students and students at 
institutions outside of the US are encouraged to apply.

Thanks very much!

Nicole Motzer, PhD
Graduate Program Manager
Interdisciplinary Researcher and Research Coordinator
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
University of Maryland, College Park

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