The Voinovich School announces two graduate assistantships

Are you interested in wetlands or watershed research? The Voinovich School has two rewarding graduate assistantships for you to apply to by February 10, 2016.

American Electric Power Foundation Graduate Assistantships for Watershed Restoration and Education

To support Ohio University Master’s or Doctoral students engaged in interdisciplinary, applications-based watershed research in the region (southeastern Ohio) and who also have strong interests in science education and outreach.  Responsibilities of the assistantships include development of water resource-related science and technology based lesson plans suitable for upper elementary and/or high school classes. Funding includes graduate stipends and some research project costs (equipment, supplies, and travel).  Duration of support ranges from one semester to two years (2016-2018), depending on the needs and progress of the student.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Stream and Wetlands Foundation Assistantship  Supporting Stream and Wetlands Research

To support Ohio University Masters students engaged in interdisciplinary, applications-based stream and wetland research in the region.  Responsibilities of the assistantships include development of application based stream and wetland research projects that advance the understanding of stream and wetland ecological restoration, evaluation, and outcomes. Funding includes graduate stipends and some research project costs (equipment, supplies, and travel).  Duration of support ranges from one semester to two years (2016-2018), depending on the needs and progress of the student.

Click here for more information and to apply.

OHIO Research Division to host workshop on STTR/SBIR grants

The Ohio University research division will be hosting a workshop on Tuesday, March 15 to provide an overview of the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) and Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) programs as well as tips for writing competitive applications.

The speaker, Dr. William Timmons, has extensive experience with SBIR and STTR submissions.

Timmons received his BS, MS, and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He has led multiple startup companies from inception through market entry, and, through his consultancy, he has worked with many large and small client companies, universities and all levels of government, often combining these diverse players into consortia to pursue novel opportunities.

The workshop will last roughly 1.5 hours, beginning at 9:40 a.m., and will be followed by a repeat session at 11:50 a.m. Then, in the afternoon, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., faculty may schedule 20-min individual meetings with the speaker.

Faculty interested in setting up a 20-minute meeting with Dr. Timmons should email Roxanne Male’-Brune at

Bobcats Publish to host student publications roundtable in March

Are you publishing a print or digital journal, newspaper, magazine, or blog? Are you interested in creating a publication or learning more about the current student publishing landscape? Bobcats Publish is a partnership between Alden Library and Ohio University Press to promote student publishing on campus. The partnership will be host a roundtable discussion on March 24, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and a display of student publications open to the public from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the same day.

Passionate and thoughtful students produce research and creative work every semester. Bobcats Publish will connect you to other students and mentors to help bring your research and ideas to a bigger audience. Join this gathering of student writers, editors, and publishers for a conversation on the routes and aspects of student publication at Ohio University.

Interested students should contact the event sponsors, listed below, by February 5 for full information on how to participate and what to expect. A list of participating publications will be announced on March 1.

Questions and topics may include:

  • What should you know about copyright and publication agreements?
  • How do you get your content published?
  • And in what formats: print, digital, or both?
  • What’s your business model?
  • How do you get your content noticed?
  • What kind of web presence should you have? How do you get it?
  • How do you plan so that your publication will keep going once you graduate?
  • Should you archive your content?

For more information, contact Marc Blanc at, Editor of Jettison, or Gillian Berchowitz,, director and editor-in-chief, Ohio University Press,

Grant writing, development workshops to be held Feb. 8 and 9

An international expert in grant writing and development will be leading two half-day workshops for Ohio University faculty members and graduate students on Monday, Feb. 8, and Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The workshops will be led by Djenana Jalovcic, an accomplished educator, policy advisor and development practitioner with more than 20 years of international experience working in Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America focused on disability and gender in the health, education, social and employment sectors.

Jalovcic has directed more than 20 reform initiatives with a total value of more than $30 million in conflict and post-conflict environments and countries in transition. This will be Jalovcic’s second visit to OHIO as she also led workshops here in February 2015.

“Djenana brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience to these workshops, and she is an excellent instructor,” said OHIO Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies Lorna Jean Edmonds. “She has accomplished a great deal, and her track record with grant writing and development is outstanding.”

All OHIO faculty members and graduate students are invited to take part in either of the workshops, which will be held in Yamada International House Room 009 at the following times:

  • On Monday, Feb. 8, from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, Feb. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon

The workshop will also be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.

For more information or to sign up for the event, please contact Marian Carr in the Office of Global Affairs and International Studies at

This article was modified from content published by Ohio University’s Office of Global Affairs and International Studies.

Ohio Legislative Service Commission fellowship program offers university graduates experience in the legislative process

Ohio University graduates with an interest in the legislative process who will have completed a bachelor’s degree by December, 2016 are encouraged to apply for the paid Ohio Legislative Service Commission (LSC) fellowship program. The program spans 13 months, from December, 2016 until December 31, 2017, and offers full state of Ohio employee benefits in addition to $28,000 per year and an opportunity to earn a $2,000 bonus.

A total of 22 fellows will work with party caucuses in either the Ohio House or Senate, while two additional fellows in telecommunications will work directly with the LSC research and fiscal staff, engaging in research, speechwriting and other administrative tasks.

Work as an LSC fellow will benefit anyone seeking additional understanding of state government and the legislative process, while advancing the careers of those seeking employment in the legislature, state government or other public service arenas.

Aspiring fellows may apply to either the legislative fellowship by April 1, 2016, or the telecommunications fellowship by April 30.

For more detailed information and to apply, click here.

Registration now open for Student Expo!

PrintRegistration for the 2016 Ohio University Student Research and Creative Activity Expo is now open. This year’s Expo will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Thursday, April 14, at the Convocation Center. To participate, interested students must register online at before Sunday Feb. 28, 11:59:59 pm. Registration will be capped at 800 presenters.

The annual event attracts more than 700 student presenters from dozens of disciplines. More than 2,000 students, faculty, staff, community members and local middle school and high school students attend to learn more about how Ohio University students are engaged in research, scholarship and creative activity.

Who can participate? Participation is open to all undergraduate, graduate and medical students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, on the Athens and regional campuses.

What can be presented? Posters, exhibits, performances, film screenings and other presentation formats are welcome.

Are students eligible for awards? Awards will be given for the best presentations in each category: $200 (1st prize) and $100 (2nd prize). Categories are limited to no more than 12 presentations and assigned by discipline. For sessions with undergraduate and post-degree students, judges may elect to give two 1st prizes (one each for an undergraduate and a post-degree student). In this case a 2nd place prize will not be awarded. In addition, several sponsors will offer special award categories.

Who sponsors the event? The Student Expo is sponsored by the Office of the Research Division, Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, Office of the President and the University Libraries.

More information about the event is available at

Ohio University Student Senate Alumni Society to host annual advocacy event on Feb. 18

The Ohio University Student Senate Alumni Society, in collaboration with the current Student Senate, will host its third annual advocacy forum on February 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This year’s topic is the cost of higher education. The event offers interested students and alumni an opportunity to engage in important discussion about this issue while networking with fellow Bobcats.

The forum will address how Ohio University’s costs compare to its peer schools, the implications of rising higher education costs and what the Ohio legislature and Ohio University’s leadership are doing to address rising costs.

Registration is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., when guests can network and enjoy refreshments. The advocacy panel begins at 6:30 p.m. and will feature speakers including Ohio Board of Higher Education Chancellor John Carey and Ohio Senate President Keith Faber. Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

More information is available on the Facebook event. Registration will soon be open here.

$1000 scholarship available to graduate students studying public administration

The Ohio Chapter of the American Public Works Association is awarding $1,000 scholarships to qualified graduate students studying in the fields of civil engineering and public administration. Applications must be postmarked by February 26, 2016, to be considered.

The scholarship will be awarded to students who demonstrate good character and integrity, leadership qualities and good academic standing.

You may access more information and a copy of the application here.

D.C. Networking Week offers students an opportunity to connect with OHIO alumni

The Ohio University Alumni Association and the Nation’s Capital Chapter will host Washington, D.C. Networking Week from March 24 – 26, 2016. The trip offers students an opportunity to connect with alumni in the Washington, D.C. area and learn about life after graduation.

Over the course of the trip, participants will join panel discussions, tour local companies and agencies and attend dinners and cocktail receptions with local OHIO alumni.

The registration fee is $50, which includes transportation, several meals, panel discussions and tours. Hotel accommodations are provided by Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, and the two-night stay will cost between $100 and $200.

The registration deadline is March 4, and registering prior to January 22 allows guests the opportunity to win free registration. A tentative schedule, additional information and registration can be found here.

Interested students are invited to contact Katrina Heilmeier at with any questions.

Tomorrow is the Center for Entrepreneurship’s first social of spring semester!

Eat free pizza and socialize with fellow entrepreneurs and students at the Center for Entrepreneurship’s first social of the new semester.

The semester kickoff is 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Baker University Center 240. Be sure to attend to meet fellow entrepreneurship certificate/major students and other entrepreneurs, as well as learn how to get involved in the entrepreneurship student organizations on campus. Free pizza will be provided.

For more information, contact

The Center for Entrepreneurship is a partnership between the College of Business and the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs.