Friday, December 30, 2011

Apply to be a SSSA intern at the the National Science Foundation

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) is seeking a Science Policy Intern (Intern) to take part in an exciting, short-term (six-eight weeks, with flexible starting date) research project. The ideal candidate will be an MS or PhD student whose advisor is or has been a recipient of an NSF grant from the Geosciences Directorate or Division of Environmental Biology in the Biological Sciences Directorate.

The intern will work with National Science Foundation (NSF) program officers and the SSSA Science Policy Office (SPO) to compile an inventory of historical and current soil and soil-related research and education funding supported by NSF. The position is based out of the NSF or SSSA SPO located in the Washington, DC metro area, and includes a $1500/month stipend. Note: transportation or relocation expenses are not covered. Interested candidates should contact SSSA Director of Science Policy Karl Glasener at or 202-256-6616 no later than Friday, January 20, 2012.

Background: The National Science Foundation supports soil and soil-related research and education throughout its various directorates, e.g. Geosciences, Biological Sciences, Education and Human Resources, etc (learn more about NSF at To date, however, a detailed accounting of total funding for soil and soil-related research and education programs has not been conducted. In order to identify those areas of research and education needing additional support to meet the growing US and global challenges of food security, sustainable renewable energy production, agro- and natural ecosystem mitigation of/adaptation to climate change, and environment and human health protection , SSSA is working with NSF to complete this inventory.

The Intern, working with NSF and the SSSA SPO for six-eight weeks, will interact with program officers across the directorates and conduct research on the NSF funding database to conduct a thorough inventory. Over the course of the project, the Intern will become conversant with NSF's research and education portfolio, build a network of contacts at NSF, and ultimately help to move soil science forward.


Chuck Rice
Soil Science Society of America

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