MCEDC Digest, November 7th , 2016
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Program News & Announcements
Seminar Speaker: Bruno Peroni

Our  November Seminar Speaker  is Bruno Peroni, an entrepreneur in residence at CU. His topic will be entrepreneurship in developing communities. Save the date for November 17th and stay tuned for more info!
EDC Student Group News & Events
Breakfast Discussion @ Le Peep

Friday, November 11th
8:30 - 9:30 am
2525 Arapahoe Ave E50

Come to another breakfast discussion! This week we will be discussing how/if funding sources influence development projects. A video or reading will be posted in next week's email. If you have any suggestions for future discussions, please let us know here. See you there!
Happy Hour @ Dark Horse

Tuesday, November 15th
5:00 - 6:00 pm
2922 Baseline Rd

Next week's EDC Social is at  Dark Horse Bar & Grill. This is a great opportunity to connect with EDC students, get to know each other, and hang out in a more relaxed environment!   EDC will buy appetizers, and drinks are on you! (All ages are welcome in the venue).
Photo Directory

We would love to create a Photo Directory with all of our EDC students on the MCEDC website. Please send an email to Sally Gerster at  with the following.

1) a photo of you - professional headshot if possible
2) your name, MS or PHD student, research/topic area?
3) your email or linked in profile if you want it to be public
4)  short bio about YOU
5) anything else you'd like to share!
Questions? Contact  Sally

WASH Symposium Planning Meetings

Every Wednesday
1:00 - 2:00 pm 
CEAE Graduate Student Lounge, Room ECCE 162
(across from the Bechtel computer lab)

The WASH Symposium  is a two-day event that brings together academics, practitioners, students, and community members to discuss relevant topics in water, sanitation, and hygiene globally. It's an entirely student-driven event and the planning starts now! Students interested in helping with the event planning should attend these weekly meetings and email Matt Bentley ( with any questions.
EDC Student Group Resources

List of Grants and Fellowships on the EDC Google Drive - click here.

Spin Research Database through CU

Get your 
Devex Career Account and upload your CV. This weeks Devex Webinar - How to Choose the Best Grad Degree for YOU
All current EDC students were emailed a link on 9/14/16.  If you didn't get the private link, contact Robyn Sandekian at

Check out the  EDC calendar - note that this is an updated link!
Add your info on the EDC Student Contact List on Google Drivelink to this was shared with the EDC student list serv on 9/16/16 .
Other Local Events
K-8 School Seeking Judges for Water Projects

Thursday, November 10th
8:30 am - 10:15 am

Every semester STEM Launch K-8 does problem based learning projects around their science standards in which the students are able to create solutions and present them to a panel board of experts. They are in need of some people who would be willing to volunteer any of their time Thursday, November 10th from 8:30 - 10:15 am to serve on this panel. They are hoping to have experts in the field of water conservation and would love your help. If interested, email Katrina Crawford at
Mentors Needed for Global Water Challenge

Saturday, December 10th
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Colorado Acadamy, Denver

The Global Water Challenge started in 2003 as an exciting competition for middle school student teams. Teams investigate a social, economic, environmental, or health-related water issue locally, and in a developing county, and prepare an innovative solution to that specific problem in the form of an interesting, creative, and informative presentation. They need volunteers that are able to go to the schools and help them prepare and/or come be a judge on Saturday, Dec 10th. The Global Water Challenge is put on by Global Health Connections. Check out this link or email  Holly Davis for more info and to sign up as a volunteer!

Making Usable Science for Policy ENVS 5100

Sign up for this new course taught by a Western Water Researcher on how to produce Usable Science. The course is Mondays from 1:30 - 4:00 pm and will be held in the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research conference room at 1333 Grandview Ave, Boulder. For more information, click  here.
EDC Relevant Conferences/Workshops
EDC Conference Travel Funds Available

Remember that the Mortenson Center offers travel funds to students who present EDC-relevant work at conferences. To apply, check out the link on the MCEDC Resources website .  You'll also find links to department, college, and campus funding opportunities for conference presentations.
Employment & Funding Opportunities
A Randomized Controlled Trial of Community Gardening

The Environmental Studies Program at CU invites applications for a full time Professional Research Assistant - Study Coordinator - for a new 4-year study funded by the American Cancer Society - A Randomized Controlled Trial of Community Gardening. For more information, click here.
NDSEG Fellowship Program
application deadline: Dec 9th, 5 pm Eastern

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is based in Washington D. C. From its inception, the goal of this program has been to increase the number of STEM professionals in the U. S. workforce. This program is a 3 year funding opportunity for students in or near the beginning stages of their overall graduate study and it is meant for students who plan to pursue research-based doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

The program provides awarded fellows with:
  • 36 month of full tuition and mandatory fee coverage at an accredited U.S. institution
  • A $1,000 medical health insurance allowance per each year of the 3 year program
  • And $102,000.00 in stipend payments over 3 years
Students can start applying to the program as early as their undergraduate senior year and as late as the start of their third year of overall graduate study. Find more information on their website.

Additionally - if you are eligible and interested, panelist registration for the 2017 NDSEG Digital Application Evaluation is now open at This year's evaluation panel will be held digitally throughout the month of January 2017. 

Contact our team at

Spin Research Database

Looking for funding? On this database through CU, you can create a profile, filter searches, and set up automatic notifications for new funding announcements. Check it out at this link.
MCEDC Grants and Fellowships List

Wondering what fellowships exist for EDC students but don't have time to search for them? MCEDC has compiled a list of grant and fellowship opportunities, noting due dates & application requirements. The list of fellowships is on the EDC Google Drive here.
Selected Professions Fellowship
American Association of University Women

Many MCEDC students have been accepted by the Selected Professions Fellowships. They are awarded to women who intend to pursue degree programs where women's participation traditionally has been low (architecture, computer/information sciences, engineering, mathematics/statistics). The AAUW is the nation's leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Click here for more information.

ICWA Fellowship Program

The Institute o f Current World Aff airs  Fellowship represents a generous investment in the future of a Fellow. The ultimate aim of the ICWA Fellowship program is to cultivate deep expertise in foreign countries and cultures. We achieve this by supporting a Fellow over a two year period, during which she or he carries out an immersive program of self-designed, independent study abroad. Find more information on their website.

Josh's Water Jobs

The jobs posted are related to water and internationally focused. The two broad categories are Water (policy, governance, law, economics, management, finance, advocacy, sciences, communications, etc) and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene).  Check out the job postings on  this website .  
Check out the Jobs & Internships at the Posner Center

The Posner Center maintains a jobs and internship board on their website. Check out the current opportunities, and if you want to do so, sign up for their newsletter to keep up to date on all the latest events and opportunities there.

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