Student Fellows

Details in Brief: 

Title: ESIP Student Fellowship 
Stipend: $2000/year + Travel to two ESIP Meetings
Location: Virtual, 2 physical meetings (Washington, D.C. in Jan and at an ESIP member-location in July) 
Contact: Erin Robinson (
Deadline: Application due October 8, 2014
Application Link

# of awards: 5-6


ESIP Student Fellows are a group of graduate students that are interested in working in cross-discipline activities that further the development of Earth science technologies that improve the flow of data bridging the gap between informatics and Earth Science and applying research to real-world problems. This fellowship provides students a chance to work closely with professionals in an interdisciplinary, cross-sector group on current Earth Science problems. The students become engaged in the group as rapporteurs, documenting the work of the group on the monthly telecons and at the semi-annual meetings (Summer/Winter). As the student become more familiar with the group activities he or she may chose to tie in his/her own research to the group activities.


  • Networking with professionals in your research field
  • Share research to a broader audience
  • Learn collaboration best practices
  • Exposure to potential job tracks - government, industry, academic


  • Rapporteur for a single cluster or work group that aligns with research interest
    • Document monthly telecons (~1 hr/month) on the ESIP Commons meeting template
    • Document Summer and Winter Meetings (~6 days total) using the ESIP Commons meeting template
  • Attend the Education Committee's Crash Course for Collaborative Technology
  • Support the cluster's use of collaborative technologies including, but not limited to: Twitter, WebEx, MediaWiki, Drupal, Facebook
  • Write one blog post every other month on current cluster initiatives or your research as it relates to cluster.
  • Share your research with community at the ESIP poster sessions during physical meeting


  • Research in Earth/environmental sciences, Computer Science or Earth science education.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Social media awareness/usage is desired.


  • Must be in a graduate program (M.S./Ph.D.) or a post-doc less than 2 years beyond your Ph.D.
  • Must be able to attend the full duration of both Summer and Winter Meetings
  • Must attend telecons for the cluster; attendance only excused if the chair knows at least 24 hours before the call. Only 1 call will be excused.
  • U.S. Citizen or authorized to work in the U.S. 


Fellows will serve a year-term starting from December 2014 - December 2015. Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,000 for participation, paid in two installments (one at the Summer Meeting and one at the conclusion of the year). In addition, required travel expenses will be borne by the Foundation for Earth Science. Participation in the Fellowship after the Summer Meeting is contingent on satisfactory performance. There will be an option to renew for a second year at the end of the first year.

Application Process

If you are interested in being considered for the ESIP Fellow position, please submit a cover letter stating your interest in the Student Fellow program and resume through this application form. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis; those submitted prior to October 8, 2014 will receive priority. Phone interviews will be conducted in mid-October. Please indicate in your cover letter which graduate program you are attending and which cluster, work group or committee you would like to work with. If you have additional questions: Erin Robinson, Information and Virtual Community Director, at


August 25: Call for Applicants Released 
October 8: Deadline for receipt of applications (midnight EST)
October 11-25: Interview applicants
October 30: Notify recipients of Fellowship
November: New Fellow Orientation
December 1: ESIP Fellowship begins
Jan 6-8 2015 - : ESIP Winter Meeting 
Jan - July, 2015: Fellows participate in clusters/work groups
July 14-17 2015: ESIP Summer Meeting
August - December, 2015: Fellows participate in clusters/work groups
December 31, 2015: ESIP Fellowship ends 

ESIP Collaboration Areas Currently Accepting Fellows for 2015

Find Collaboration areas here:

  • Agriculture & Climate
  • Data Stewardship
  • Disaster Life Cycle
  • Documentation
  • Energy & Climate
  • EnviroSensing
  • Science Software
  • Semantic Web

Current Fellows


  • Lindsay Bar
  • Sean Bar
  • Sophie Hou
  • Fox Peterson
  • Nic Weber
  • Brandon Whitehead

Past Student Fellows

2013-2014 Fellows

  • Reid Boehm, Agriculture and Climate (University of Tennessee)
  • Kevin Dobbs, Disaster Response (University of Kansas)
  • Kelly Monteleone, Documentation (University of New Mexico Ph.D. 2013)
  • Kyle Nelson, Education (University of Wisconsin)
  • Sarah Ramdeen, Data Stewardship (University of North Carolina)
  • Nic Weber, Science Software (University of Illinois)

2012-2013 Fellows

  • Reid Boehm
  • Cathy Vaughan
  • Eric A. Sproles
  • Brent Maddux
  • Eric Rozell
  • Ajinkya Kulkarni
  • Angela Murillo
  • Sarah Ramdeen
  • Tommy Jasmin
  • Kelly Monteleone
  • Sarah Clark

2011-2012 Fellows

  • Brent Maddux, University of Wisconsin, Data Preservation and Stewardship
  • Eric Rozell, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Discovery
  • Jesse Roberts, University of Wisconsin, Education
  • Oleg Aulov, University of Maryland, Information Quality
  • Tom Narock, University of Maryland, Semantic Web
  • Yasmin Zaerpoor, Columbia University, Energy and Climate


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