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November 2012

Graduate Research Fellowship Program Deadlines Begin November 13

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program is designed to recognize and support outstanding students pursuing research-based masters and doctoral degrees in its mission areas. It provides three years of support for the graduate-school education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research.

It also includes:
- $30,000 annual stipend (anticipated to increase to $32,000 for FY13)
- $12,000 cost-of-education allowance to the institution
- International research and professional development opportunities
- XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) supercomputer access

Full-Proposal Deadlines:
November 13, 2012
Engineering, Computer and Information Sciences and Engineering, Materials Research

November 14, 2012
Mathematical Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy

November 16, 2012
Social Sciences, Psychology, STEM Education and Learning

November 19, 2012
Life Sciences, Geosciences

For more information on the program and to access the application, go to http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201&org=DGE&from=home.

SFCC Receives $1 Million Grant for Youth Construction Program

Youth not currently in school, about to become too old to qualify for foster care programs, and others will have an opportunity to learn green-building skills and obtain a high school diploma or GED certification through a new program called SFCC YouthBuild. The Santa Fe Community College program is being made possible through a more than  $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and will provide education and training to 60 disadvantaged Santa Fe County youth during a three-year period beginning in January. Los Alamos National Security, LLC funded a grant writer for this effort as part of the LANS Grant Writing Assistance Program.

Participants who complete the program receive certification in Green Building Construction skills, 30 hours of training recognized by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, leadership training and experience, as well as post-program career placement and education counseling.

People interested in one of the 60 slots in the program should contact Jeremy Mier at (505) 428-1144.

In addition to YouthWorks and SFCC YouthBuild, partners include the Building Trades Advisory Corporation, which will provide construction materials and tools; Heroes Housing Alliance, which will provide the land and housing site at its Nava Ade Subdivision; and Santa Fe County Housing Authority, which will provide access to foreclosed properties for renovation.

LANL Foundation Conference Draws Teachers

Close to 1,500 people, including teachers, principals, and others, attended the recent Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s 15th annual education conference. The speakers included Harry K. and Rosemary Wong on the subject of “”Effective Teaching.”

Dr. Jeff Goldstein, director of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, was also a speaker at the conference and shared his perspective that the United States will have third-world status in 50 years unless students are inspired to compete in the high-tech market place. He was optimistic, telling the teachers “The classroom is not a place; it’s a frame of mind. It’s not about imparting knowledge – that’s on the internet – it’s about teaching a set of skills so our children are curious about their universe. You can do this.”

The conference was made possible by a financial investment from Los Alamos National Security, LLC in the Foundation’s Inquiry Science Education Consortium and from the Department of Energy. LANS also helped underwrite a January teacher conference held by the LANL Foundation.

Success Stories Spur Students

Late last month, 100 students gathered at Luna Community College in Las Vegas, NM, for the Accelerate: Technical Training and Job Placement Program fall mixer. During the event, attendees had an opportunity to interact with each other, participate in mock job interviews and hear from a host of panelists on the problems they had to overcome to complete their educations and succeed in their careers.

One of the panelists, Vangie Trujillo of the Lab’s Community Programs Office, welcomed the opportunity to try to inspire the students. “One of the things it seemed helpful for them to hear was that all the panelists had faced challenges at one time or another,” she said. “Sometimes, just hearing what other people have had to overcome reminds us that perseverance can often mean the different between success and failure.”

As part of its program, Accelerate provides career technical advisors at each of the participating schools to help keep students in Science, Technology, Engingeering, and Math (STEM) on track. This can include making sure they know which jobs are out there, helping the students select classes, preparing for job interviews, and even assisting with professional clothing.

The participating schools are Luna Community College, New Mexico Highlands University, the campuses of the University of New Mexico at Los Alamos and Taos, and Santa Fe Community College. The Regional Development Corporate (supported by Los Alamos National Security, LLC) and Accelerate sponsored the programs.

For more information on the Accelerate program, go to http://acceleratenm.org/.

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