Elizabeth (Susie) Balser Memorial Graduate Fellowship
A 12-week Graduate Student Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce (2020)
The Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce (SMSFP) is accepting applications for the Elizabeth Balser Memorial Fellowship, a science research fellowship for training and exploration. Graduate students (MA, MS, or PhD programs) who want to utilize microscopy (compound and/or confocal microscopy) to study the development and life history patterns of marine invertebrates are encouraged to apply. Dr. Michael J. Boyle (SMSFP, Life Histories Program) will serve as the advisor for the recipient of this fellowship. The Elizabeth Balser Memorial Fellowship is for 12 weeks during summer or fall of 2020, or in 2021.
The Fellowship recipient will:
- receive a taxable stipend of $5,800 to be delivered in biweekly installments.
- receive a modest research budget of $500 to purchase specialized materials and supplies.
- work within, or in direct association with, the Life Histories Program at the SMSFP.
- have access to high-quality compound and dissection microscopes equipped with a high-resolution digital camera.
- receive training and/or supervision with immunohistochemistry and a state-of-the-art Zeiss LSM800 laser scanning confocal microscope system.
- obtain access to chemical and molecular laboratory resources for specimen preparation and processing.
- have access to marine station vehicles and small-boat services for collecting specimens.
- share a “live” wet lab with natural seawater for maintaining or culturing live specimens.
Following the untimely passing of Dr. Elizabeth (Susie) Balser in 2018, a graduate research fellowship was created through the generous donations of Susie’s professional and academic friends and colleagues. The Elizabeth Balser Memorial Fellowship was designed to promote studies of the development and diversity of life history patterns of marine invertebrate animals, with a focus on their embryonic and larval stages – areas of inquiry that were central to Susie’s research and teaching interests.
The deadline for completed applications is March 15, 2020. Applications will be evaluated by May 1, 2020 for selection of the Elizabeth Balser Memorial Fellow. The timing of research is negotiable for 2020 or 2021.
- Curriculum vitae
- Unofficial undergraduate transcripts (final two years only)
- Unofficial graduate transcripts
- The names and contact information of two faculty who can describe the applicant’s capabilities and potential for independent research
- Brief proposal (2-page maximum; 1.5 line spacing; 12-point font) with title, that includes:
- the problem(s) / question(s) to be examined through this fellowship project,
- name of the species / stages to be studied during the fellowship period,
- a description and purpose of the proposed research methods, and the
- impact of the project to science and the applicant’s professional goals.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Complete hard-copy applications should be sent to:
Balser Memorial Fellowship Committee
Attn: Dr. Michael J. Boyle
Smithsonian Marine Station
701 Seaway Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949
Complete digital applications in PDF format may be sent directly to: BoyleM@si.edu
Specific questions about research facilities, animals and project feasibility should be directed to:
Dr. Michael J. Boyle