NASA-MSU award returns – applications open

The program has supported more than 440 junior scholars from some 170 institutions worldwide since 1998 to present their research and interact with leading scientists.

An award that provides a career pathway paved with networking and mentorship opportunities has returned after a COVID-mandated hiatus.

The NASA-MSU Professional Enhancement Awards are given to cover up to $800 in expenses associated with attending the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) North America Annual Meeting April 1-5 in Oklahoma City. Applications are due Jan. 8, 2024.

The awards are made possible by support from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and Michigan State University (MSU). The program has supported more than 440 students and other junior scholars from approximately 170 institutions worldwide since 1998 to present their research and interact with leading scientists and other attendees at national and international meetings.

The program also has invited over 200 nationally and internationally renowned scientists to meet and mentor awardees at special dinner gatherings over the years.

“Many promising junior scholars may not be able to attend conferences and other professional events without financial assistance,” said Jianguo "Jack" Liu, MSU Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability, who founded and administers NASA-MSU. “This award program was also set up to help them connect with leading researchers at international and national events." 

Applications are judged based on the merits of the applicants' abstracts, financial needs, and professional backgrounds and goals. 

Special consideration will be given to presentations related to telecoupling (human-nature interactions over distances, such as human and animal migration, species dispersal, species invasion, disease spread, sound/noise transmission, spread of pollutants and wastes, trade of goods and products, flows of ecosystem services, environmental and hydrological flows, foreign investment, technology transfer, water transfer, and tourism), and/or metacoupling (human-nature interactions within and across adjacent and distant systems)

Topics may include applications of the telecoupling framework or metacoupling framework to address issues across landscapes or coupled human and natural systems (e.g., cross-scale and cross-border dynamics, pattern, process, structure, function and sustainability).




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