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Hilltop Review Call for Papers

The Hilltop Review is currently accepting submissions for the Fall 2014 issue. More detailed submission instructions are available at http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/hilltopreview/policies.html. This is a great opportunity to publish your work and gain some experience of the academic publishing process. Graduate students are encouraged submit items including: new research, a letter to the editor, a book review, creative writing, or artwork to share with the WMU community!

Deadline for submissions: September 22, 2014

The Hilltop Review is also looking for peer reviewers, graduate students interested in becoming involved with the publication should contact Rebecca Straple for more information.

Contact information:

Rebecca Straple
Editor
The Hilltop Review
A Journal of Western Michigan University Graduate Research
gsa_hilltop@wmich.edu



National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research
The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and about 30 fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.
Website: http://www.naeducation.org/NAED_080200.htm
Deadline to apply: October 3, 2014


National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Education Research

*** The Postdoctoral Fellowship underwent an applicant qualification change last year. Please note the new eligibility requirements pertaining to the date in which the doctoral degree was earned. ***

The NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of educational scholarship. Fellows will receive $55,000 for one academic year of research, or $27,500 for each of two contiguous years, working half time. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. Applicants must have had their PhD, EdD, or equivalent research degree conferred between January 1, 2009, and December 31, 2013. This fellowship is non-residential, and applications from all disciplines are encouraged. Up to twenty-five NAEd/Spencer Fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form are available on our website.
Website: http://www.naeducation.org/NAED_080201.htm
Deadline to apply: November 7, 2014


Contact Information:
E-mail: info@naeducation.org
Website: www.naeducation.org


 

WMU again called best buy, top-100 school by Washington Monthly
KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University has once again been named one of the country's top 100 national universities and a "Best Bang for the Buck" school in rankings released Aug. 25 by Washington Monthly.
WMU is one of four Michigan universities to make the 2014 list, which the popular Washington, D.C., magazine has published annually since 2005. The publication's College Guide and Rankings rates schools based on what they are doing for their students and the country. This is the second year WMU has appeared on the list of top-100 national universities and its second appearance in the more recent "best bang for the buck" category. On earlier Washington Monthly lists, WMU consistently appeared on the overall list of national universities.
WMU ranked No. 90 on the list of top national universities and No. 54 on the "best bang for the buck" list. Also appearing on the overall list were University of Michigan and Michigan State and Michigan Technological universities. Of Michigan's top national universities, only Michigan State and Michigan Tech also appeared with WMU on the "best bang for the buck" list.
The lists appear in the magazine's September/October issue. The overall list is based on three factors the publication characterizes as college qualities that are good for the nation--producing cutting-edge research and new Ph.Ds., encouraging students to give back to the nation through service, and promoting social mobility by recruiting and graduating low-income students. The editors also, for the second year, credited universities for offering a good value proposition, giving its highest marks "based on the economic value students receive per dollar: Best Bang for the Buck."
"Our rankings have always rejected the idea that expense, luxury, and exclusivity should be held up as the highest values for colleges and students to aspire to," wrote the editors in an introduction to this year's rankings. "Instead, we ask a different question: What are colleges doing for the country?"
WMU's rankings in the public service measures were particularly high this year, with two key measures--participation and institutional support for service ranking nationally at No. 35 and No. 28, respectively.
"I've always found the Washington Monthly rankings intriguing," says WMU President John M. Dunn. "The measures used by the group to assess quality and effectiveness dovetail with Western Michigan University's values, which are centered on opportunity, scholarship and serving the community. Washington Monthly gets it right."


 

The Graduate College announces a new associate dean

The Graduate College has announced Christine Byrd-Jacobs as the new associate dean. Dr. Byrd-Jacobs comes to the Graduate College from the department of biological sciences and will begin her new position on July 1st.

Find out more about Dr. Byrd-Jacobs in this article from MLive


 

Photos from the 2014 Graduate Honors Convocationthis photo shows two international students at an awards ceremony.  Both women are holding up certificates of recognition for their out standing work as students at W M U .

The awards ceremony honoring WMU graduatestudents selected to receive the All-University Graduate Research and Creative Scholars and Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards are now available on the Graduate College Facebook page. The awards took place on Thursday, April 24, 2014 in the WMU Bernhard Center.

[View the photos on facebook here]


 

Graduate Student Teaching Institute

This five day professional development program will help graduate students assess their teaching practices, refine teaching and learning approaches, and improve communication for diverse learners.

Graduate students: invest in your teaching!

The GSTI will Include:

Topics covered will include:

WHEN: July 14 - 18, 2014

WHERE: WMU Main Campus

REGISTRATION: $200.00

HOW TO APPLY: Apply on-line at: wmich.edu/facdev

The first 20 applicants are eligible to receive $100.00 in registration assistance from the Office of the Provost.

[Download a .jpg poster for the Teaching Institute here]


 

Nippon Foundation Fellow Postdoctoral Position in Climate Modeling and Fisheries at Princeton University

 The Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Biogeochemistry group at Princeton University is seeking energetic and enthusiastic applicants for a postdoctoral position in the area of modeling climate impacts on global fisheries.  The position is part of a long-term multi-institutional effort, the Nereus Program, established in collaboration with the Nippon Foundation and University of British Columbia to improve multi-decadal scale predictions of global ocean fisheries.    

The individual will join a vigorous interdisciplinary research group under the direction of Prof. Jorge Sarmiento and collaborate with climate and ecosystem modelers at NOAA’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.  He/she will also be able to take advantage of a wide range of related research at Princeton University and at Nereus partner institutions: The University of British Columbia, Duke University, University of Cambridge, Stockholm University and the University of Utrecht.  Areas of particular interest for this position include: improving biogeochemical climate-change projections, expanding these projections to improve their utility for fisheries and living marine resource impact assessments, and developing more mechanistic and integrated representations of climate-fisheries interactions.

Candidates must possess a Ph.D. within three years of the starting date for the appointment, in biological oceanography, fisheries science and management, earth sciences, applied math, or the physical, biological, or chemical sciences.  An ability and interest to work across these disciplines is a must, as are strong modeling, quantitative, and statistical skills. 

Applicants are asked to submit vitae, a statement of research experience and interests, and names of at least 3 references to http://jobs.princeton.edu, Req.# 1400245.  Review of applications will begin as soon as they are received, and continue until the position is filled.  This position is subject to the University’s background check policy. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


 

External Fellowship Opportunities

For the 2014-2015 academic year, NWRI is offering four different fellowship funding opportunities to graduate students at U.S. universities conducting research in the areas of water resources, treatment, and policy. The deadline for fellowship applications is June 1, 2014.

The available fellowships include:

· NWRI Fellowship (two fellowships of $7,500 a year for 2 years). Research must pertain to the following areas of interest in the water and wastewater fields: recycled water, treatment technologies, water and energy nexus, sustainability, exploratory research, desalination, and policy and regulation.

· Ronald B. Linsky Fellowship for Outstanding Water Research (one fellowship of $15,000 a year for 2 years). Research must pertain to interdisciplinary issues in water resources and public policy, planning, or economics. Research topics include, but are not limited to, water and energy nexus, public health and risk assessment, water policy and economics, and water resources management.

· NWRI-AMTA Fellowships for Membrane Technology (two fellowships of $10,000 a year for 2 years). Research must pertain to the advancement of membrane technologies in the water, wastewater, or water reuse industries. Funding is provided by the American Membrane Technology Association (www.amtaorg.com).

· NWRI-Southern California Salinity Coalition Fellowship (one fellowship of $10,000 a year for 2 years). Research must address the critical need to remove or reduce salts from water supplies and to preserve water resources in Southern California. This fellowship, which is funded by the Southern California Salinity Coalition (www.socalsalinity.org), is limited to students at Southern California universities or colleges.

A total of 6 fellowships will be awarded. For more information, including the application process, please visit www.nwri-usa.org/fellowship.htm.


 

Graduate Research and Creative Scholar, anda photo of a three graduate students at the Graduate Student Advisory Committee table at the Graduate Student Proffessional Fair. The woman on the left is wearing a grey jacket, the woman in the middle is wearing a black jacket and the woman on the right is wearing a purple jacket.
Teaching Effectiveness Awards Announced

The Graduate College, the Graduate Studies Council, and the Graduate Student Advisory Committee are proud to announce the 2013–14 recipients of the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Awards at Western Michigan University and the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Awards

View the Graduate Research and Creative Scholar Award Recipients Here

View the Graduate Teaching Effectiveness Award Recipients Here


 

Council of Graduate Schools Launches GradSense

The Council of Graduate Schools (CGS), a nonprofit organization devoted to graduate education and research, has launched GradSense, a novel on-line tool. This tool was designed and developed by CGS in collaboration with leading financial service provider TIAA-CREF to help students plan financially for their education and future careers. Among other features, the tool provides a Debt to Salary calculator as well as federal data on education debt. GradSense is part of the Enhancing Student Financial Education projects, which awarded grants to 15 colleges and universities across the country to develop innovative financial literacy programs that teach students about successful strategies for borrowing, lending and managing personal finances. Lessons and data from each of the 15 university programs and many of the 19 affiliate partner universities, which includes Western Michigan University will inform the development of new financial education resources for students nationwide.

Check out GradSense to help plan financially for your education and future career.



 

Western Michigan University Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) Launches New Discovery Experts Database

Western Michigan University is home to a variety of amazing people who are doing great research. Do you have an interest in a specific field of study? See why WMU stands out from the crowd with faculty such as Dr. Chris Coryn Director of the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Evaluation and Associate Professor of Evaluation, Measurement, and Research. Or look up other experts on the database here:

Discovery Experts Database


 

Graduate Center for Research and Retention Announces New Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial

The Graduate Center for Research and Retention now provides an E-learning course: Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial. This tutorial is available to all WMU students and faculty who want to gain an understanding and knowledge of basic statistics concepts. This tutorial is free, self-paced, and moves students from module to module in a logical order that builds skills sequentially. The tutorial was prepared by Haolai (Lincoln) Jiang, Ph.D. student with the WMU Department of Statistics. We acknowledge the expertise of Dr. Magdalena Bugaj, David Nivala, John Mackenzie, and Bradley Morgan in the preparation, design, and delivery of this important tutorial.

Instructions for course registration:

1. Visit https://elearning.wmich.edu/ and enter Bronco ID and password to log in.
2. Click "Self Registration" on the upper right bar.
3. Find course "Statistics Concepts Video Tutorial" and register for the course by following the instructions.
4. After registration, the course name should appear on the E-learning home page.


 

WMU announces new participation with Versatile Ph.D.

Students and recent alumni--with access to GoWMU--can access the link in GoWMU, in the My Self Service channel (top left corner). New users must access the subscription through the portal to establish a new account. Once log-in credentials are established, access is available directly at the versatilephd.com website.

View the announcement flier


a photo of a student visiting a table at a recruiting fair. The recruiter is dressed in a red shirt that matches his coworkers that are visible in the background.  The student is wearing a button-up shirt and carrying a notebook. The banner in the background has the phrase Exceptional People in large letters.

New Teaching Assistant, and Research Discovery Training Booklets Available


2013/14 GA Health Insurance Enrollment Information Now Available

Fall 2013 Health Insurance Letter [docx]


Professional Email Etiquette in 11 Easy Steps

Get to know the rules of email etiquette before you hit the send button [email_etiquette.pdf]