Monthly Archives: September 2016

Tenure Track position: UC Davis

by Lyn

The University of California, Davis invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor or recently tenured associate professor in the social studies of data and data science including the scientific, political, social, and scholarly use and creation of data. Experience and a genuine interest in working in a collaborative environment and especially in collaborating with data scientists are highly desired. The successful applicant will be appointed in the Science and Technology Studies Program, with expectation for cross-appointment in an emergent multidisciplinary data science program. The appointee is expected to actively participate in the growing interdisciplinary team of the Data Science Initiative and to take a central role in teaching in and developing a new Data Studies minor. Aimed at social science and humanities students, this minor is designed to introduce students to data science concepts and techniques, teach them to critically analyze and contextualize data questions and results, and prepare them to collaborate with data scientists in work environments.

Applicants should have expertise in at least one of these areas: ethnography and history of the scientific, political, social, and scholarly use and creation of data, computational media, software studies, as well the ethics, law, and policy of data. Applicants should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in STS and on topics related to critical approaches to data science, data visualization, information ethics, privacy and policy, and introductory courses in data analysis using Excel, R, or equivalent. A Ph.D. in either science and technology studies, anthropology, media studies, cultural studies, communication, sociology, or a related field must be completed by September 25, 2017.

Applicants should be prepared to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in data studies. Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV, 3 letters of recommendation, 2 example syllabi, and a writing sample through the online application form:

Applications must be received by October 30, 2016.

The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action / equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity.


NSF Grad Fellowship Workshop Series

by Lyn

The UW Graduate School is running a series of workshops designed to help UW-Madison senior undergraduates and graduate students in the early stages of their graduate studies prepare a competitive application for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program. To learn more about the GRFP fellowship visit

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Application Overview and Fellows Panel

This workshop is intended to be an informational session about applying to the National Science Foundation GRFP. It will give an overview of the application to provide prospective applicants (i.e. senior undergraduates or graduate students in the biological, physical, or social sciences) an idea of the amount of work involved and where to start. There will also be a panel of current fellows who will be able to answer questions about the process.

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 Time: 5:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Auditorium, Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall

Writing Fellowship/Grant Applications

This workshop will provide an outline of the fellowship application writing process. We will cover how to take into account argument, organization, and style in preparing a fellowship application. We will also discuss how to adapt written applications to different funding audiences.

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2016 Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Helen C. White Hall, Room 6191

NSF GRFP Faculty Reviewers Panel

This panel will feature faculty members who have served as reviewers for the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program competition. They will share insights about the review process and tips on how to make your application more successful.

Date: Monday, October 3, 2016 Time: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Location: Auditorium, Biotechnology Center, 425 Henry Mall

NSF Application Broader Impacts Workshop: How to Address the Broader Impact in Your Fellowship Application

The National Science Foundation (NSF) employs two criteria in the review of Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) applications, namely intellectual merit and broader impact. Experience shows that while most applicants have little difficulty responding to the criterion relating to intellectual merit, many struggle to frame the broader impacts of the activities they propose to undertake. To address the broader impacts, applications are expected to include ways in which activities and projects will advance discovery and understanding, broaden the participation of underrepresented groups, enhance the infrastructure for research and education, and ultimately benefit society. This workshop is designed to help you address the concept of broader impacts in your fellowship application, and specifically is a time for you to discuss strategies for writing a successful broader impact plan, hear from panelists about successful fellowship proposals, and learn about resources on campus focused on effective integration of research and education.

Date, Time and Location TBA

For more information contact: Irina Diaz, Fellowship and Funding Coordinator, Graduate School, Office of Fellowships and Funding Resources,, 608-890-0738