Weekly Research Newsletter

Awarded Proposals

Dr. Mary Beth Monroe (BMCE) won a US Air Force Research Labs award titled “A Novel Shape Memory Polymer (SMP) Foam for Hemorrhage Control”

Dr. Lawrence Tavlarides (BMCE) won a Department of Energy award titled “Capture of Organic Iodides from Vessel Off-Gas Streams”.

Dr. Jianshun Zhang (MAE) won an industry-sponsored award from AtmosAir Solutions titled “Full-Scale Chamber Testing of Air Cleaner Performance for the Removal of Volatile Organic Compounds”


Upcoming Events

Supporting Students Across the Spectrum of Academic Preparation

Wednesday, October 3rd: 5:15 p.m.-6:15 p.m., Hall of Languages 105

Students arrive at university with different educational backgrounds, and not all students are equally prepared for the college-level content Teaching Assistants are asked to deliver or the kinds of assignments they are asked to assess. A panel of experienced TAs will discuss strategies for working with differently prepared students and other tips for creating a productive classroom environment.

Master’s Students: Developing Written Communication Skills with Ben Erwin

Thursday, October 4th: 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m., Lyman Hall 114

In a small group setting, there will be a workshop to focus on written communication skills related to careers and internships. Ben Erwin, Writing Center Administrator, will lead students in an interactive session throughout the hour.


Thursday, October 4th: 2:00 p.m-3:00 p.m., Shemin Auditorium, Shaffer Art Building

Want to learn how to make better connections with future employers or on LinkedIn? Come to this seminar to network with fellow ECS graduate students to represent yourself.

Qualtrics Workshop I: Introduction to Qualtrics with Paul Bern, Research Data Services Librarian

Thursday, October 4th: 3:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m., Online via Adobe Connect

Research Data Services of Syracuse University Libraries is offering a series of workshops on using the Qualtrics online survey software, which is available to Syracuse University faculty, staff, and students. The first workshop in the series will explore the basics of finding your way around in Qualtrics, highlighting some of the more common tasks and options, learn how to document your survey as well as back it up.

Feed Your Mind with SU Librarians – Come to learn, stay for trivia!

Thursday, October 4th: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., The Inn Complete, Skytop Rd., South Campus

Join us for a relaxed evening of conversations and short presentations with SU Librarians who can guide you through research and connect you to the resources you’ll need to navigate your graduate program. There will be mini-presentations, chances to win prices, and free food for all!

Master’s Career Development Series: Career Preparation and Job Search

Friday, October 5th: 12:00 p.m. -1:00 p.m., Watson Theater, Watson Hall

This session is geared toward ALL master’s students seeking help for an internships or job search. We’ll discuss the steps you should take before graduating to launch your career.

Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Information Session

Friday, October 5th: 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Eggers Hall 341

Learn about this fully-funded opportunity to learn a critical-need language through an immersive experience abroad. Administered by the U.S. Department of State, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program offers fully funded cultural and language immersion programs for American students. For more information, contact Jolynn Parker in CFSA (jmpark02@syr.edu).

Teaching Controversial Topics

Friday, October 5th: 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Hall of Languages 202

This workshop will highlight strategies for addressing sensitive topics in the classroom and will provide guidelines for promoting effective dialogue surrounding controversial topics. To RSVP, please email TA Program Coordinator Shawn Loner (scloner@syr.edu).

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Essay-Writing Workshop #1

Friday, October 5th: 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.. Bowne Hall 306

Join a writing group with your fellow applicants and experts from throughout SU to get feedback on your Personal, Relevant Background, and Future Goals statement. Please bring five (5) hard copies of your essay draft to workshop.

So You Want to Be a College Professor? featuring Dr. Jerry Gaff, AAC

Friday, October 5th: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Life Sciences Building 105; reception in LSB Atrium

Headlining the Future Professoriate Program’s annual “kickoff” event is guest speaker Jerry Gaff, Distinguished Fellow with the Association of American Colleges and a Syracuse University grad alum (Psychology PhD). Dr. Gaff’s remarks will focus on advice for today’s academic job-seeker, informed by his many years as observer of, researcher on, and advocate for this population.

Funding Opportunities

For students:

Professional Internship Program (DoE/ORAU/ORISE)

(Oct 1) This program is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the challenges of conducting energy research. It is an opportunity to network with world-class scientists using state-of-the-art equipment and to expand students’ knowledge in their field of study while exposing them to new areas of basic and applied research.

Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP), (NSF)

(Oct, 23) The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education

American Concrete Institute Foundation Fellowships (ACI)

(Nov 1) Based on essays, submitted data, and endorsements, the Scholarship Council of the ACI Foundation will select scholarship and fellowship recipients who appear to have the strongest combination of interest and potential for professional success in the concrete industry. 

Shark Tank Competition (ORAU/Epilepsy Foundation)

(Dec 14) The Epilepsy Therapy Project, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation, is inviting entries that represent the most innovative new ideas in epilepsy treatment and care for its eighth annual Shark Tank Competition.

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (NIH/NCI)

(Feb 22, 2019) The objective of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to identify and encourage outstanding graduate students who are recognized by their institutions as having high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers, and then to facilitate their successful transition to postdoctoral positions.

For Faculty: 

Surface Modified Metal Nanoparticles for Compatibilization into Fluoropolymer Based Composites (DoD)

(Oct 27) The CRC currently focuses on preparing functionalized polymer and hybrid polymer composites directed toward developing next-generation, high-performance materials to meet operational Air Force and broader Department of Defense (DoD) mission partner needs.  

Big Data Regional Innovation Hubs: Accelerating the Big Data Innovation Ecosystem (NSF)

(Dec 18) The BD Hubs provide the ability to engage local or regional stakeholders, e.g., local industry and non-profits, and regional academic institutions, in big data research, and permit a focus on regional issues. These collaborative activities and partnerships play a critical role in building and sustaining a successful national big data innovation ecosystem.

Understanding the Rules of Life: Epigenetics (NSF)

(Feb 1, 2019) The purpose of the program is to enable innovative research and to promote multidisciplinary education and workforce training in the broad area of epigenetics and assimilating this new information into causal, mechanistic, and/or predictive relationships between the genomic and epigenetic makeup, the environmental experience, and the phenotypic characteristics of biological systems.

Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) Office-Wide (DARPA)

(May 26, 2020) This announcement seeks revolutionary research ideas for topics not addressed by ongoing MTO programs or other published BAA solicitations. Multi-phase efforts must also cover clearly identifiable research topic areas with quantitative technical metrics.

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (NIH)

(Sept 8, 2021) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention hereby notify Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) holding specific types of research grants (activity codes listed in solicitation) that funds are available for administrative supplements to improve the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research.

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (NSF)

(Proposals Accepted Anytime) The goals of the SaTC program are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy.

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