12 Jul 2018 - NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Research Coordination Networks (RCNs) for Driving Convergent Science in the Critical Zone
01 Jan 2018 - A 15-week semester-long upper-level undergraduate course curriculum entitled “Introduction to Critical Zone Science” is now available free online.
MENTORING PLAN FOR POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWS
The CZO will involve four post-doctoral fellows, one at Duke University working directly with the PI Richter, one at University of Georgia working with the UGA lead Co-PI Markewitz, one at Georgia Institute of Technology working with lead Co-PI Wang, and one at Kansas University working with co-PI Billings. The PI and co-PI’s will serve as main supervisors and mentors of the post-doctoral fellows in their institution, but the interdisciplinary nature of the proposed project will also foster collaborations among all post-docs and PI’s. Post-doctoral mentoring is important to the success of projects that employ the post-doc, but also to the post-doc’s growth as a scientist and scholar. Reinforcing the importance of mentoring is the rising competition among qualified scientists for faculty hires and other permanent scientist positions. The goal of mentorship is to improve core research skills and productivity as part of the development of a professional scientist. The goal is to facilitate post-docs as independent, productive, and satisfied scientists.
Depending on the specific tasks of each institution, the post-doctoral fellows will experience a range of scientific activities that will expand their publication record and expertise in soil biogeochemistry, hydrology, and ecosystem ecology, including theoretical modeling, and experimental work. Post-docs will participate to all the PI meetings and help coordinate setup and installation of instrument and experiments, and be responsible for setting up the space-for-time plots at Calhoun. In addition to such opportunities to improve scientific proficiency, and in accordance with NSF guidelines, we describe additional activities that will comprise the post-doctoral mentoring plan. It should be noted that this post-doctoral funding request encompasses tasks needed to prepare the post-doctoral fellow for academic positions. The activities within the plan primarily center on a close collaboration among the research team. In particular, the above-mentioned activities will be:
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