INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL

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.

 

Proposal Requirements:

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:
(a) a statement of a research problem
(b) an experimental approach
(c) justification for the use of the international lab such as unique facility or expertise
(d) a budget and budget justification
(e) a travel schedule
(f) a letter of support from your international host advisor and
(g) your CV
No special formatting or forms are needed.

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:
(a) host name and address
(b) host institution, city and country
(c) travel dates
(d) one paragraph describing research activities
(e) one paragraph about results
(f) concluding paragraph summarizing the international experience.

 

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:
1. Discuss research projects with your advisors.
2. Describe in a page what the project is.
3. Write a budget and explain items that are not self explanatory.
4. Have the plan and budget approved by your advisors.
5. Provide the IGERT with the plan and budget.
6. Work with IGERT to purchase items in the plan.

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
Joseph Bloggs, Phone 777-1234, email jbloggs@xyz.edu
Co-advisors: Advisor #1, Advisor #2

Statement of Research:
The main goal of my research is to stimulate microbial activity in an aquifer in basalt such as the Columbia River Basalt (CRB) or the ocean crust. Microbes in the aquifer are likely to dissolve some of the basalt and release elements such as Ca, Mg, Na, and K into the aquifer. One unknown in the surface are of the fractures, cracks, and pores in the basalt with which the microbes can interact. Searching the scientific literature indicates that there are almost no measurements of the surface area of basalts. I want to explore a method of measuring surface area of basalts from an aquifer in CRB.

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.

Budget
Item Amount
BET analyzer sample chambers (3), $150 each 450
replacement heating element for BET analyzer 800
liquid nitrogen, $10 per sample 1,500
instrument and data analysis training 1,000
Total $3,750

Budget explanation.
The present BET sample chambers are too small for my samples and three larger ones need to be made by a glass blower. The quoted price is $150 each. Each run requires 2 liters of liquid nitrogen. Cost of replacing one heating element is anticipated. The BET analyzer is in the Department of Chemical Engineering and partial compensation to the lab for training and data analysis is requested.

Co-advisor #1 Signature, Date

Co-advisor #2 Signature*, Date
* After their first term, students need their second co-advisor to approve the request.

U.S. TRAVEL

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