Reminder - student support for TDWG

Rob Guralnick Robert.Guralnick at COLORADO.EDU
Tue Sep 14 21:29:23 CEST 2004

Dear List ---

       A couple weeks back I sent along an announcement that NSF has
helped fund underrepresented student travel to the Taxonomic Database
Working Group meeting in New Zealand Oct. 11-17.  As discussed below,
there is a very short grant application that is due in one short day
(Sept. 15) and can lead to up to $3000 for support of travel.  Please
consider applying or encouraging your students to apply.

       The original announcement follows:

Underrepresented student support for October 2004 Meeting of the Taxonomic
Data Working Group (TDWG), Christ Church, NZ and associated workshops.

With the assistance of the U.S. National Science Foundation, we expect to
fund up to $3,000 per student for underrepresented (based on gender,
ethnicity, disability, and geography) undergraduate, graduate and post-
doctoral students working in or proposing biodiversity informatics
projects, to attend the TDWG meetings from October 11 to 18, 2004. See for the meeting program. The
focus of the meeting includes: Biological Collections Data, the proposed
XML Schema for the Structure of Descriptive Data, Taxonomic Names, among
other topics (eg. Spatial Data).

Underrepresented resident students at U.S. institutions are invited to
submit an application describing their studies or research projects in
biology or computer science and a brief paragraph about how they expect
attendance could further their work. We will especially consider
applicants not traditionally included in the taxonomic community.

Application requirements:
- Total narrative should not exceed one page (when formated in 12-point
Times Roman, single spaced text on an 8.5x11" page with 1" margins)
- If relevant, include at most one additional page of references to web
links describing projects in which they participate, and papers on which
they are joint authors.
 - Applications may be accompanied by up to two letters of recommendation
from faculty members or other professionals aware of the projects
described in the narrative and commenting on the student's role and
expected benefit.

Please send documents in PDF format to Dr. Robert Guralnick
(Robert.Guralnick at by Sept. 15.  Applications will be
evaluated by a committee composed of Dr. Guralnick, Dr. Robert A. Morris
from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, and Annie Simpson at the
National Biological Information Infrastructure.

We expect funding to be available prior to the meeting.  Further details
will be provided to the successful applicants.

Best regards,
Rob Guralnick
Bob Morris
Annie Simpson

Dr. Rob Guralnick
Asst. Professor and Curator
Dept. of EEB and CU Museum
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder CO 80309-0265
tel: 303-735-0178

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