UF Graduate Assistantships
Spring Semester 2020
The UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute is awarding two half-time graduate assistantships for the 2020 spring semester (January through May). We are particularly interested in students from departments with diverse content expertise—related to any aspect of Earth systems science (air, water, land, life). Qualified candidates from any UF college are eligible. The assistantship will include a stipend consistent with the rate allocated by the student’s academic department, tuition waiver, and other related benefits.
Students will be expected to work 20 hours per week (0.5 FTE) on this project, and duties may include:
- Working directly with, and/or assisting, project staff
- Participating in planning meetings
- Outreach to schools, either in person or via videoconferencing, to include content delivery, lesson planning, nature of science, and role models
- Participating in teacher training (professional development) sessions and professional conferences
- Recruitment and retention of scientists for classroom visits
- Other duties as required
While you can remain in residence in your home department, there is an expectation that you spend some time (e.g., one day, or two half days per week) at TESI, located on the second floor of McGuire Hall.
DEADLINE: In order to be considered, applications must be received by October 28, 2019 and include:
- Your name and contact information
- Department and program (M.S., PhD), expected year of graduation
- Your research focus (300-word limit) related to Earth systems science (air, water, land, life),
- Statement (1000-word limit) addressing:
- Why you are applying for this assistantship?
- What prior experience do you bring to this project?
- Describe which aspects of the project duties (listed above in the 2nd paragraph) most interest you and why?
- In what innovating ways can you help SEFS grow?
- A short statement (100-word limit) from your major professor indicating approval and support for you to accept this fellowship, if awarded. This should be on letterhead or your professor can email SEFS directly.
- Name and contact information for a reference who can speak to your experience (i.e. K-12 outreach)
- Your resume, or CV attached.
Your completed application, including all of the above, must be received by October 28, 2019. Your application will be evaluated based on the specific entries 1–7 listed above. We anticipate that notifications will occur on or before November 4, 2019. These should be sent to Stephanie Killingsworth, SEFS K-12 Coordinator (email@example.com); she is also available to answer any questions that you might have concerning the prospectus above.
The mission of the Scientist in Every Florida School program is to build long-term collaborative relationships between teachers and scientists, to better integrate current scientific research and big data into classroom lessons that adhere to Florida Sunshine State Standards; and in so doing, will connect a scientist with every Florida school in the state.