Summer School 2024: Application

I-GUIDE is Seeking Participants for the 2024 Summer School to be Held at the UCAR Campus in Boulder, CO August 5-9, 2024. This year’s Summer School theme is “Leveraging AI for Environmental Sustainability.”

If you are a graduate student, postdoc, or early-career scholar new to geospatial data science and want to learn more about integrating them into your research, or are already working with data-intensive geospatial science approaches, this Summer School will offer new and exciting opportunities for your professional development, and will help you develop interdisciplinary skills and build new connections with others in related fields.

Learn more about what to expect by exploring the projects and final presentations from the 2023 I-GUIDE Summer School.

Funding

Through generous support of the National Science Foundation (NSF), all participants will receive full support for travel, lodgings, and food during the week of the Summer School.  Travel support includes air travel to and from Boulder, CO if required.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a currently-enrolled or incoming (accepted to a program) graduate student, a postdoctoral scholar, or an early-career scholar (within four years of completing a graduate degree).
  • Must be affiliated with a United States institution.  Because the Summer School is funded by United States National Science Foundation, we are unable to accept applicants who are not affiliated with US-based institutions.
  • Must be able to participate in-person at the University Consortium for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) in Boulder, Colorado for the duration of the program (Sunday, August 4 through 5:00pm MT Friday, August 9, 2024).  Air transportation support is included for all accepted participants. No remote participation options will be available.
  • Applicants who are not US citizens will need to report their visa status.

Application Process

  • Upload a brief statement of interest (maximum 1 page) and a current CV (maximum 2 pages).
  • Current graduate students and postdocs will also need to submit a letter of recommendation from an advisor or department head detailing how the I-GUIDE Summer School experience will benefit their research and academic goals.

All application documents must be received by Monday, April 1, 2024 at 11:59pm PT. Decisions will be finalized and all applicants will be notified by Monday, April 22, 2024. Accepted applicants must confirm their acceptance by Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 11:59pm PT.

We plan to have project topics finalized in early May 2024.  Accepted applicants will be asked to rank their project preference at that time and will be notified of their assigned project by Sunday, May 26, 2024.

Application Support

Please reach out to Kate Vavra-Musser (kvavramu@umn.edu) with any questions regarding the application process.

Important Dates

  • Monday, April 1, 2024 at 11:59pm PT: Application Deadline
  • Monday, April 22, 2024: All Applications Notified of Decisions
  • Sunday, April 28, 2024 at 11:59pm PT: Deadline to Confirm Participation for Selected Applicants
  • early- to mid-May 2024: Accepted Participants Provided Information on Project Topics
  • Sunday, May 26, 2024: Projects Assignments and Teams Finalized
  • Monday, August 5 - Friday, August 9, 2024: Summer School in Boulder, CO
Summer School 2024: Application
Please indicate your current academic / professional status. Select the answer which most closely represents your current status.
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Please provide a statement of interest that explains 1) why you would like to participate in the Summer School and 2) how the Summer School will contribute to your research and career development. The statement should be succinct (not to exceed one page) and should be in MS Word or PDF format. Name your file: yourfirstname_yourlastname_statement.
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Please provide a brief CV that details your education and research experiences. The CV should be succinct (not to exceed two pages) and should be in MS Word or PDF format. Name your CV: yourfirstname_yourlastname_CV.
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If you are a graduate student or postdoc, a letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor or department head is required. The letter should endorse the applicant’s participation in the Summer School and explain how the Summer School experience will benefit the applicant’s research. The letter should be signed by the applicant’s advisor. Such a letter is not required for a faculty applicant. The letter should be succinct (not to exceed two pages) and should be in MS Word or PDF format. Name the letter: yourfirstname_yourlastname_letter.
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