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Request For Proposals: Short Courses on Topics Relevant to Socioenvironmental Systems

Short Courses

Dec 31, 2013

SESYNC supports short courses on topics relevant to socio-environmental systems, the synthesis process, data management and analysis, or cyberinfrastructure tools. Short-courses are typically 3-10 days in duration. SESYNC provides travel, accommodations, meals, and a small honorarium for instructors; accommodations, lunch, and local transportation are provided for participants. SESYNC handles the application and course administration logistics, provides classroom facilities and as appropriate, computational support for model building or data synthesis. Students are responsible for covering their travel to the center, their registration, and bringing their own laptops. Courses must meet a minimum enrollment; successful courses can be rerun depending on demand.

Short Course applications will be ranked with regard to their:

  • feasibility to significantly advance learning within a the 3-10 day time frame;
  • relevance of the course to SESYNC’s mission;
  • demand for the proposed material or skills;
  • qualifications and diversity of instructor(s);
  • plans for inclusion of diversity to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups with respect to gender, ethnicity, disability and geographic location; and
  • for informatics courses, the extent to which the course promotes the adoption and collaborative development of open source and platform-independent software tools.
Submission Instructions: 
Include the following using single spacing, 12-pt type fonts, and 1 inch margins.
Cover sheet (1 page)
  • Descriptive Title of proposed short course (“Short Course: ….”)
  • Short Title (25 characters max)
  • Name and contact information for up to two PIs
  • Project Summary (250 words) - appropriate for the public; posted on the SESYNC web site
  • Keywords (up to 5 keywords different from those used in the title)
  • Potential conflicts of interest with members of the SESYNC External Advisory Board or Leadership
Main body (3 pages max including references)
  • Short Course goals - Clear and concise statement of the materials covered or skills developed and how it may contribute to or broaden the participation in socio-environmental synthesis. As appropriate, specify the unusual novelty, creativity, or urgency of the course.
  • Sample curriculum - A syllabus as well as proposed hands-on activities for students.
  • Anticipated cyber-infrastructure needs - Briefly describe any anticipated needs for CI support that are important to the success of the proposed project, including support for coding, high performance computing, data aggregation and fusion, visualization, and development and maintenance of public databases.
  • Metrics of success - What metrics are the most appropriate for evaluating the success of the course
Short CV of the instructor(s) (2 pages for each)

Do not include talks, society memberships, or papers in preparation.

Application and Submission Process

Applications will be accepted in digital format only, with all elements combined into a single pdf file. Applications may be submitted at any time but will be reviewed quarterly by members of SESYNC’s External Advisory Board, the Leadership, and experts drawn from the external community. Email complete application as one pdf to:

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

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