Graduate Student Research Program (Graduate Pursuits)

University of Maryland, College Park

Provide genuine, independent, interdisciplinary research opportunities for graduate student teams investigating socio-environmental questions & problems. Act as a resource, community, and training grounds for graduate students seeking to build interdisciplinary team science capacities.

Department/Institute/Unit: National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
City: Annapolis
Country: United States
State/Province: Maryland
Program Leader(s): Nicole Motzer
Point(s) of Contact: Nicole Motzer
Contact Email(s):
Year Initiated: 2013
Currently Active: Yes
Program Scale: International
Participant Model: Cohort Based
Participant Eligibility: Ph.D. Student
Time Commiment for Participants: 60+ hours
Requirements for Participation: Team members must attend all in-person team meetings and fulfill team obligations to best of their abilities
Application Frequency: Yearly
Application Process: Students submit team proposals, which are reviewed by SESYNC’s Scientific Review Committee; Program staff iterate with students upon receiving reviews
Program Recruitment Strategies: N/A
Cost to Participant: No
Funding or Support Available to Participants: N/A
Amount or Types of Support Available to Participants (if applicable): $2,000 honorarium; lodging, meals, and travel to Annapolis for 3-4 team meetings; suite of computational and cyberinfrastructure services as well as research facilitation and leadership consulting
Mentorship Model: Ongoing individual and group mentorship; formal and informal focus on team leads
Number of Participants in Program: 20-29
How Program is Funded: Public Grants
Other Program Partners: N/A
Number of Program Staff: 2
Is the Program Credit Bearing or Credentialing: No
Is there a Program Evaluation Conducted: Yes
Type(s) of Evaluation(s) Conducted: Surveys and interviews