We expect that as a part of the IGERT program students will have the opportunity to work with international collaborators to further their research. The duration of internships will depend on the individual student's needs, the technique that is being learned, the number of analyses that are to be conducted, and other factors. Some visits will be as short as two months and others may be six months or more.
Internships or other experiences should be of sufficient duration to acculturate the student and provide a meaningful research experience. Requests for travel funds for the sole purpose of attending international conferences or workshops will not be considered. Funds are for travel and analytical expenses at the host lab and language instruction.
If you are interested in working in a foreign lab, consult with your advisor to see how this travel would benefit your career.
Proposals for international
travel are reviewed twice a year. The proposal will have:
The Next Proposal Submission Deadline is February 1st, 2008.
In February the Curriculum and Assessment Committee will evaluate and rank the proposals. The travel awards will be made to the ranked list based on funds available.
International Travel awards will be announced in March.
At the conclusion
of your international travel, please supply us with a report that includes
at a minimum:
SUBSURFACE BIOSPHERE STUDENT RESEARCH SUPPORT
Our IGERT program was set up with research funds for students. In any given year, students may request up to a maximum of $3,750, with a total cap of $6,500. Research money not spent in a given year can be carried forward.
The goal of the research is to allow you to explore new and possibly risky ideas which often are not supported in the traditional manner. This allows you to conduct experiments that are outside of the scope of your advisors' funding. Also, the funds allow you to gain experience in the planning, executing, and managing of your own research project. Some examples of the use of the research funds are laboratory supplies, reagents, tools, standards, small equipment, and analytical charges and travel for workshops or conferences.
To use the funds consult with your advisor and co-advisor and develop your research and budget for the expenditure of the research funds. Have your advisors approve (sign) the plans and deliver the plans and budgets to the IGERT office (OSU students) or to Dr. Reysenbach (PSU students). You then initiate expenditures with Julie Cope (OSU students) or Anna-Louise Reysenbach (PSU).
Briefly, the procedure
for spending research money is:
An example proposal for Student Research Support is below. A similar format can be used for Student Travel Support.
Example Proposal for
Student Research Support
Statement of Research:
One technique for measuring surface area is known as the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method. I wish to explore the application of this technique to the measurement of surface area of basalt. If it is possible to measure surface area with this technique, these will be the first such analyses for a subsurface basalt aquifer and will provide valuable information on the reactive surface available to microorganisms. I have 150 samples from different depths in the CRB formation. An initial test indicates that a BET analyzer on campus is suitable for the measurements I wish to make.
Co-advisor #1 Signature, Date
Co-advisor #2 Signature*,
Our IGERT program was set up to support domestic travel for students. In any given year, students may request up to a maximum of $1,200 with a total cap of $3,000. Travel money not spent in a given year can be carried forward. The procedure for obtaining travel funds is the same for obtaining research funds, but describe your travel plans instead of your research. Travel funds must be used for travel.
For more information regarding supported research, please go to the faculty web page: osu.dept/igert.faculty.html