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LacCore and Continental Scientific Drilling Coordination Office (CSDCO) Visiting Graduate Student Travel Grant Program

LacCore and the CSDCO invite applications to a competitive award program for graduate students working with core samples from continental localities, including lakes. These $1000 grants can be used to support student travel to Minneapolis, core shipment, lodging while at the facility, and supplies consumed in initial core description (ICD). Funds supplement the low-cost instrument access, staff support, and training offered to all visitors. Six grants are available in 2018; these will be split between lacustrine and non-lacustrine projects as appropriate to the applications received.

To apply: send (1) a two-page description of the project, including a statement of how working at LacCore would forward the project goals, and (2) a letter of support from the graduate advisor, to ), by 5 PM Central Standard Time on Friday, March 16, 2018. Applications will be evaluated by Dr. Fritz and the other members of the LacCore External Advisory Group (EAG), along with members of the newly-formed CSDCO governance committees. Award notifications will be made by May 1, 2018.

Students may bring new or previously-collected cores to the Facility. Visits should occur before March 2019, and will involve an approximately one-week stay during which the student will work closely with LacCore staff and be trained in ICD and other techniques, using the student's cores. Awardees are also required to present an informal seminar about their research during the visit.

Applicants are encouraged to contact LacCore/CSDCO Scientific Staff (Kristina Brady Shannon [], Amy Myrbo [], Anders Noren [], Mark Shapley [] all can be reached at 612-626-7889) to discuss the scope and aims of their proposed work while preparing their applications. LacCore/CSDCO staff are not involved in the collection of proposals nor in the selection of successful applicants.

The primary criteria for selection are the quality of the proposed science and the degree to which the project would take advantage of, and benefit from, use of the LacCore/CSDCO facilities. Candidates in the earlier stages of their graduate programs, those lacking ICD instrumentation and expertise at their home institutions, and those who have not previously visited LacCore will be given priority. Students from the University of Minnesota are not eligible.

Funds for the LacCore Visiting Graduate Student Program are partially supported by the National Science Foundation - Instrumentation and Facilities Program as part of LacCore/CSDCO operational funding (1462297, 1338322).

Recipients of the 2017 LacCore Visiting Graduate Student awards: