Student Resources

Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)

Graduate Pursuit Program

“The Graduate Pursuit program presents a unique opportunity for graduate students interested in conducting team-based, socio-environmental synthesis research as they pursue doctoral degrees in social, natural, and computational fields,” said Nicole Motzer, Graduate Research Assistant.

The goal of this program is to engage graduate students in team-based socio-environmental synthesis research and transdisciplinary collaboration. Teams will conduct an independent synthesis research project (“Pursuit”), which involves a series of face-to-face meetings at our Center in Annapolis, Maryland. Ideally, each project should bring together social and environmental data in novel ways to address critical socio-environmental research questions.

Selected graduate teams will not only gain skills in team science and interdisciplinary collaboration, but also have the opportunities to develop projects and contribute synthesis research findings to a growing scientific field, produce actionable outcomes and co-create knowledge with involved stakeholders, and expand scientific communities as they engage with individuals from diverse disciplines, locations, and backgrounds.

Deadline: Aug 26, 2016
Read more here.
Apply here.


Postdoctoral Fellowships

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), located in Annapolis, Maryland, invites applications from early career scholars (≤ 4 years post PhD) for 2-year postdoctoral fellowships that begin August 2017. Fellows will co-develop research projects with Collaborating Mentors using synthesis methods to address a problem arising from, or associated with, the relationship between humans and the environment. Priority will be given to projects that have the potential to advance understanding of socio-environmental systems, but the synthesis may be primarily social or environmental in nature, or some mix. We will also consider proposals with a humanities focus. For more information, please visit: Pre-screening applications due October 24, 2016, but are accepted on a rolling basis and should be submitted as soon as possible. Full applications are due December 5, 2016.



Collaborating Mentors

SESYNC also seeks Collaborating Mentors interested in mentoring incoming SESYNC Postdoctoral Fellows and co-developing socio-environmental synthesis research projects with them. The mentor may be affiliated with any organization or institution, and we welcome mentors from universities, NGOs, government agencies, and other research institutions. For more information, please visit: Potential Collaborating Mentors must submit an application by October 24, 2016 to be included in a Mentor Registry that will be shared with successfully pre-screened applicants. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so prospective Collaborating Mentors are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

American Meterological Soceity’s

Symposium on Greening the Built Environment

Call for Papers

Program Chairperson: Richard D. Clark, Department of Earth Sciences, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551. (717) 940-5910,
Program Co-Chair: Robert Henson, Weather Underground, Louisville CO.
Meeting Coordinator: Jennifer Ives,
Event/Date: One-day symposium, Thursday, 26 JAN 2017

The Symposium on “Greening the Built Environment,” sponsored by the AMS and organized by the AMS Committee on Environmental Stewardship, will be held from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm local time on Thursday, 26 January 2017 as part of the 97th Annual Meeting of the AMS in Seattle, WA. The full conference program, registration, and general information, including basic hotel and travel information, can be found on the AMS web site,

Oral and poster presentations are solicited on all topics related to the theme of the symposium, “Greening the Built Environment,” with favorability for oral slots given to those that also address the overarching theme of the 97th Annual Meeting, “Observations Lead the Way.” The symposium agenda will include three invited speakers, 10 oral presentations selected from this call for papers, 4-5 panelists, and any number of poster presentations. The symposium will culminate with an afternoon (2:30-4:30) technical tour of the Bullitt Center, a six-story, 52,000 square-foot building that meets the net-zero-energy, net-zero-water “Living Building Challenge,” and is considered to be America’s greenest office building.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts. Monetary awards will be given for the best oral and poster presentations by first-time student presenters. Registrants should indicate their eligibility for student awards when submitting their abstracts.  More information on funding opportunities for student travel sponsored by the AMS will be made available soon in a separate announcement.

Please submit your abstract electronically online at by the deadline date of 3 August 2016.  An abstract fee of $95 (payable by credit card or purchase order) is required at the time of submission.  Please note that some abstracts may not be accepted, depending on program constraints, relevance, and merit of subject matter.  In any such cases the abstract fee will be refunded. Authors may indicate their preference for an oral or poster presentation during abstract submission; those authors presenting more than one paper should clearly indicate which they prefer for a possible oral presentation. Oral presentation slots will be very limited, thus authors may only request one oral submission but are welcome to present multiple posters. Authors of accepted presentations will be notified via e-mail by mid-August 2016. These authors are strongly encouraged to submit an extended abstract (at no extra cost) electronically prior to the start of the conference, but manuscripts will be accepted through the electronic submission system through 27 February 2017. Instructions for formatting extended abstracts (PDF format, up to 10 MB in size) will be posted on the AMS web site. All abstracts, extended abstracts and presentations will be available on the AMS web site at no additional cost.

For additional information please contact either of the program chairs: Richard Clark, Dept. of Earth Sciences, Millersville University, Millersville, PA 17551,; or Robert Henson,