Notices and Opportunities for Grad Students

-CALS Graduate Fellowship Opportunities available for 2009-10
-Federal Funding for Grad Students
-NSF Graduate Research Fellowship applications
-Project Assistantship in CALS Dean’s Office

CALS Graduate Fellowship Opportunities available for 2009-10
The deadlines for applications for a number of CALS 2009-2010 Fellowships have changed. In the past, several of the opportunities were announced mid-Spring, but awards were often not known until late-Spring/early-Summer. This year, these opportunities are being announced at this time and will have a December 5, 2008, application deadline, with the intent that awards will be made before the end of December 2008. Information about these opportunities with a link to the full announcement, application criteria, and cover page follow. Please get the word out and share this information widely with faculty, staff, and students.

1) Wisconsin Potato Industry Board Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
This Fellowship was endowed for the purpose of funding a graduate fellowship in potato research.

2) College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowships
CALS will have three “Thomsen” WDGFs available for 2009-10. These Fellowships were endowed by Louis and Elsa Thomsen to support WDGF’s within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

3) Senator Robert Caldwell Graduate Fellowship in Agricultural and Life
This Fellowship was established by Grace Caldwell Hopkins to support graduate research on behalf of her father, Senator Robert Caldwell.

Federal Funding for Grad Students
NSF- Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)

NSF – Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants in the Directorate for Biological Sciences (DDIG)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship applications
A copy of all applications submitted by graduate students for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) should be forwarded to the Research Division. For this opportunity, NSF does not require approval from or submission by the institution; however, the CALS Research Division does maintain a file of the submitted proposals for tracking and recordkeeping purposes. We are also available to help with any questions that may come up as you navigate the application process for this fellowship opportunity.

Just as a reminder, the NSF GRFP is unique in this regard; all other fellowships must be routed via WISPER through the CALS Research Division and the University for review and approval prior to submission.

For any questions regarding this or any other fellowship opportunity, please contact Becky Bound, 5-8443,

Project Assistantship in CALS Dean’s Office
The CALS Dean’s Office is seeking a graduate student to facilitate and support corporate and industry outreach. The individual will work independently, while taking direction from the Dean’s Assistant and the Dean’s Academic Planner.

Qualified applicants will possess excellent organizational and communication skills.

Duties include:

  • Providing background research on corporate, non-profit, and government agency officials meeting with the Dean or members of the Dean’s leadership team
  • Assisting with preparing for meetings, including logistical support, agenda creation, and pre-meeting communication materials
  • Data entry and maintenance for a contact database used by the Dean’s office
  • Correspondence support, including drafting communications for the Dean’s signature and appropriate filing

Applicable benefits associated with this position will be discussed further with qualified applicants.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover memo to Heidi Zoerb in room 140G Agricultural Hall or to by Friday, November 21, 2008, to assure consideration.

Desired begin date: January 2009