For your information: The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) has summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates.
The Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is a virtual organization dedicated to providing open, persistent, robust, and secure access to biodiversity and environmental data, supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation. DataONE is pleased to announce the availability of summer research internships for undergraduates, graduate students and recent postgraduates.
Up to eight interns will be accepted in 2011, each paired with one primary mentor and, in some cases, secondary mentors. Interns need not necessarily be at the same location or institution as their mentor(s). Interns and mentors are expected to have a face-to-face meeting at the beginning of the summer, and interns are encouraged to attend the DataONE All-Hands Meeting in the fall to present the results of their work. DataONE will pay all necessary travel expenses.
* March 15 – Application period opens
* April 8 – Deadline for receipt of applications at midnight Pacific time
* April 15 – Notification of acceptance. Scheduling of face-to-face kickoff meetings based on availability of interns and mentors
* May 23 – Program begins*
* June 27 – Midterm evaluations
* July 29 – Program concludes
* October 18-20 – DataONE All-Hands-Meeting, New Mexico (attendance encouraged)
* Allowance will be made for students who are unavailable during these date due to their school calendar.
The program is open to all undergraduate students, graduate students, and postgraduates who have received their masters or doctorate within the past five years. Given the broad range of projects, there are no restrictions on academic backgrounds or field of study. Interns must be at least 18 years of age by the program start date, must be currently enrolled or employed at a university or other research institution and must currently reside in, and be eligible to work in, the United States. Interns are expected to be available approximately 40 hours/week during the internship period (noted below) with significant availability during the normal business hours. Interns from previous years are eligible to participate.
Interns will receive a stipend of $4,500 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the midterm and one at the conclusion of the program). In addition, required travel expenses will be borne by DataONE. Participation in the program after the mid-term is contingent on satisfactory performance. The University of New Mexico will administer funds. Interns will need to supply their own computing equipment and Internet connection. For students who are not US citizens or permanent residents, complete visa information will be required, and it may be necessary for the funds to be paid through the student’s university or research institution. In such cases, the student will need to provide the necessary contact information for their organization.
Projects cover a range of topic areas and vary in the extent and type of prior background required of the intern. The interests and expertise of the applicants will, in part, determine which projects will be selected for the program. Off-list projects are also eligible, in which case potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the organizers and/or potential mentors with their ideas prior to applying. The titles of this year’s projects (see below for more detailed descriptions) are:
1. DATA MANAGEMENT: Best practices of data management for public participation in science and research
2. DATA MANAGEMENT: Online learning modules related to best practices throughout the data lifecycle
3. EDUCATION: Accessing and analyzing environmental data in the classroom
4. SOCIOLOGY OF SCIENCE: Understanding how scientists analyze data
5. DATA SCIENCE: How much ecological data is out there?
6. DATA SCIENCE: Tracking the reuse of 1000 datasets
7. PROGRAMMING: Subsetting and publishing “dynamic” scientific datasets
8. PROGRAMMING: Scientific workflow provenance repository and publishing toolkit
9. PROGRAMMING: Integrating loosely structured data into the Linked Open Data cloud
10. SCIENCE COMMUNICATION: Developing video animations for DataONE community engagement
Please visit http://www.dataone.org/content/2011-summer-internship-program for details!
Application materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on April 8th, and should include a cover letter, resume and letter of reference all in PDF format. The applicant should send the cover letter and resume, while the letter of reference should be sent directly by its author.
1. The cover letter should address the following questions:
* What DataONE Summer Internship projects are you most interested in and why?
* What contributions do you expect to be able to make to the project(s)?
* What background do you have which is relevant to the project(s)?
* What do you expect to learn and/or achieve by participating?
* What are your thoughts and ideas about the project, including particular suggestions for ways of achieving the project objectives?
* How will participation in this program help you achieve your educational and career objectives?
* Are there any factors that would affect your ability to participate, including other summer employment, university schedules, and other commitments?
2. The resume should include the applicant’s educational history, current position, any publications or honors, and full contact information (including phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address).
3. The letter of reference should be sent directly to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> and should be from a professor, supervisor, or mentor.
Evaluation of applications
Applications will be judged by the following criteria:
* The academic and technical qualifications of the applicant.
* Evidence of strong written and oral communication skills.
* The extent to which the applicant can provide substantive contributions to one or more projects, including the applicant’s ideas for project implementation.
* The extent to which the internship would be of value to the career development of the applicant
* The availability of the applicant during the period of the internship.
DataONE is predicated on openness and universal access. Software is developed under one of several open source licenses, and copyrightable content produced during the course of the project will made available under a Creative Commons (CC-BY 3.0) license. Where appropriate, projects may result in published articles and conference presentations, on which the intern is expected to make a substantive contribution, and receive credit for that contribution.
The Summer Internships are supported by The National Science Foundation: “INTEROP: Creation of an International Virtual Data Center for the Biodiversity, Ecological and Environmental Sciences” (NSF Award 0753138) and “DataNet Full Proposal: DataNetONE (Observation Network for Earth)” (NSF Award 0830944).
For more information
If you have further questions or problems about the application process or internship program in general, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>.
Google group on “Workflows”, http://groups.google.com/group/workflows.
Supported by Technical Area in IEEE TCSC on “Workflow Management in Scalable Computing Environments”, http://www.swinflow.org/tcsc/wmsce.htm.