Apologies for late list posting. The deadline for this new small travel 
grant program is next Friday (3/21) but the application is simple and 
short. This posting also appears at

LacCore announces a new research award program for graduate students 
working with lake sediment cores. These $1000 grants will support 
student travel to Minneapolis, lodging while at the facility, and 
supplies consumed in initial core description (ICD). Funds supplement 
the free instrument time, staff support, and training offered to all 
LacCore visitors. Three grants are available in 2008.

To apply: send (1) a two-page description of the project, including how 
working at LacCore would forward the project goals, and (2) a letter of 
support from the graduate advisor, to Dr. Sheri Fritz ([log in to unmask]), 
by noon Central Standard Time on Friday, March 21, 2008. Applications 
will be evaluated by Dr. Fritz and other members of the LacCore External 
Advisory Group (EAG); award notifications will be made in late April.

Funds are intended to support student travel, core shipping, and initial 
core description (for a discussion of ICD, please see, and may not be used to pay for 
LacCore-related analytical services such as coulometry, stable isotope 
analysis, scanning XRF, etc.

Students may bring new or previously-collected cores to the Facility. 
Visits will ideally occur during summer/fall 2008 and involve a one- to 
two-week stay during which the student will work closely with LacCore 
staff and be trained in ICD and other techniques, using the student's cores.

Applicants are encouraged to contact LacCore staff (Kristina Brady 
[[log in to unmask]], Amy Myrbo [[log in to unmask]], Anders Noren 
[[log in to unmask]]) to discuss the scope and aims of their proposed work 
while preparing their applications. LacCore staff are not involved in 
the collection of proposals nor in the selection of successful applicants.

The primary criteria for selection are the quality of the proposed 
science and the degree to which the project would take advantage of, and 
benefit from, use of the LacCore ICD facilities. Candidates in the 
earlier stages of their grad careers, or lacking ICD instrumentation and 
expertise at their home institutions, will be given special 
consideration. Students from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and 
Duluth campuses are not eligible.

Funds for the LacCore Visiting Grad Student Program are provided by the 
National Science Foundation - Instrumentation and Facilities Program as 
part of LacCore's operational funding. The University of Minnesota is an 
equal opportunity educator and employer.


Amy Myrbo, Ph.D.
LacCore Facility Manager
Limnological Research Center
Department of Geology and Geophysics
University of Minnesota
500 Pillsbury Dr SE
Minneapolis MN 55455
fax 612-626-7750
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