[Ecsa] [Nsa] 2014 Summer Colloquium Call for Proposals
paulad at ucar.edu
Thu Aug 15 12:44:26 MDT 2013
Call for Proposals from the NCAR Staff
2014 ASP Summer Colloquium
Deadline: September 30, 2013
ASP invites proposals from the NCAR staff for the annual Summer
Colloquium topic for 2014. As you may know, ASP hosts a summer
colloquium designed for graduate students. We favor subjects that
represent new or rapidly developing areas or research for which good
course material may not yet be available. The colloquium brings together
lecturers and graduate students for three weeks at NCAR for classroom
presentations and other forms of instruction and interaction. ASP
provides support for the costs of the meeting, typically for about 25
student participants and up to 10 lecturers from the community at
large.The number of supported participants and lecturers will vary
depending on travel expenses.
In recent years, ASP has supported an additional workshop during the
second week of the colloquium, known as the Researcher Colloquium
(RC).The details of the RC are included at the bottom of this
announcement.No funds are currently identified to support the Researcher
Colloquium for 2014.Those submitting a proposal may choose to include
plans for a Researcher Colloquium should internal or external funds be
identified to support one.However, including a Researcher Colloquium
component is not required for a successful proposal.The student
colloquium will still be three weeks in length.
Your proposal should be 2-3 pages in length. Colloquium proposals will
be evaluated based on the following criteria:
1. Identification of a colloquium topic that represents a suitable
balance of (a) established knowledge with numerous major questions ripe
for investigation; (b) breadth to interest students with diverse
backgrounds yet enough focus to allow adequate treatment in three weeks.
While a detailed agenda is not required, the proposal should contain a
rough outline of lecture topics, tutorials (if any), and the scope of
student projects./The target student audience should be clearly identified./
2. Assembly of an appropriate group of organizers, lead by at least one
NCAR staff member and consisting of at least one non-UCAR person.
3. Timeliness of the colloquium, both in terms of the science topic and
from the perspective of other recent or nearly concurrent workshops
geared toward students.Past ASP colloquium topics may be found at
If you plan to include hands-on computer tutorials or interactive
exercises, please provide us with details about that tutorial such as
what type of computers will be required and who will be providing the
systems support for the tutorial.Also, please let us know if any GAUS
will be required.Please keep in mind that the colloquium is not meant to
support ongoing workshop activities; it must be a stand-alone event.
Feel free to contact me to discuss options with regard to tutorials.
The ASP typically schedules the Colloquium in June, but other times
during the summer may be considered subject to the availability of rooms.
To see a list of recent colloquia, please see
Questions and proposals should be referred to Paula Fisher,
paulad at ucar.edu, x1328.
P.S. The purpose of the RC is for both senior and early-career
scientists to meet to discuss research challenges of the Colloquium
topic, or perhaps a sub-topic, and allow students to engage researchers
in these discussions. The specific goals for the RC are determined by
the colloquium organizers, but could include (a) strategizing
collaborations necessary for progress, perhaps in the context of large
proposals; (b) planning a particular program (e.g. model
intercomparison, field project, etc.); or (c) brainstorming complex
problems to generate pathways of possible investigation. The RC is meant
to combine discussion and presentation with a schedule that is more
relaxed than that of a typical meeting.Colloquium organizers may wish to
appoint a subcommittee to organize the RC.An important objective for the
RC is to effectively involve students while still allowing them time to
complete the student-colloquium requirements.
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