- Submission Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on June 15, 2016
Eligibility: Full details at http://www.iaspacegrant.org/students/scholarships
- U.S. citizenship required
- Full-time enrollment University of Northern Iowa as of August 2016
- Graduation date no earlier than May 2017
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 (out of 4.0)
- Underrepresented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
The awardee will receive $5,000 as a scholarship (or fellowship, if a graduate student) applied to their university account after receipt of an acceptance letter. Awards will be processed before Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 classes resume, as appropriate.
Additional scholarships of $5,000 to students who have transferred credits from a community college to an ISGC academic affiliate will be offered. Please check the appropriate box on the application form. Transcripts must show the transferred credits and associated dates. All other eligibility rules apply.
Research Project DescriptionThe interactions between the atmosphere and biosphere throughout Earth’s history play an important role in the dynamic climate system. The proposed study aims to involve undergraduate students in a multidisciplinary study of the biogeochemical evolution of Earth’s atmosphere at three key intervals of Earth’s history. (1) The anoxic atmosphere that supported Earth’s first life, (2) the Devonian, a time when forest ecosystems radiated onto the land surface and caused major CO2 drawdown from the atmosphere and (3) the modern agricultural source of atmospheric NH3. To accomplish this, we propose to bring together an interdisciplinary team including faculty from two departments, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Earth Science, at UNI and scientists from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center who will use a combination of laboratory simulations, field work and analysis, and weather and climate modeling to address the proposed research. Students involved in the project will be given the opportunity to travel both to NASA to analyze samples and national and local meetings to present results to the scientific community.
Please direct any further questions to either Dr. Joshua Sebree (firstname.lastname@example.org), Dr. Alexa Sedlacek (email@example.com) or Dr. Xinhua Shen (firstname.lastname@example.org).