New Visiting Tribal Scholars Program at UI Aims to Create a New Generation of Scientists

Post date: Apr 29, 2020


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A new Visiting Tribal Scholars Program at the University of Idaho will connect Native American students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) with Indigenous scientific methodology providing high impact mentorship that will pave a way for native student success.  

The aim of the program is to increase completion rates for Native American students by providing culturally responsive support in the form of mentoring to Indigenous students, Indigenizing curricula in the affiliated programs, and by providing direct linkages to regional tribes to engage in research or projects of mutual interest to the scholar and college.  The intention is that visiting scholars might also model the value of STEM training for Indigenous students in regional communities to increase enrollment. 

The Program, which receives partial seed support for visiting scholars from the Idaho Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), funded by the National Science Foundation, will implement activities aligned with Idaho EPSCoR's current research initiative, the GEM3 program. 

Visiting scholars shall be recognized for their professional contributions in a natural resources or environmental science field and will be appointed to a term of up to two years, starting fall 2020. 

For more information and application details, please view the full flyer.  

Seeking M.S. Graduate Assistant to study Plant-Soil Interactions at BSU - Fall 2020

Post date: Apr 20, 2020


MS Assistantship - Plant-Soil Interactions, Boise State University, Idaho, USA

GRADUATE ASSISTANTSHIP (MS in Biology) - at Boise State University. A position is available for a MS student to evaluate how plant-soil interactions contribute to the recovery and persistence of sagebrush in a changing climate. You will employ traditional methods in soil and plant sciences, and molecular laboratory methods to study interactions between soil microbial communities and sagebrush genotypes in existing common garden experiments. Our research is conducted in collaboration with a team of supportive scientists from the USGS-Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center. 


We seek self-motivated, independent, and creative thinkers that are enthusiastic about pursuing a career in ecosystem ecology and biogeochemistry. Minimum Qualifications: a B.S. degree in Biology, Environmental Science, Soil Science or a related field. The position starts Fall (Aug) 2020.

Stipend and tuition and fees

This position includes support in the form of a graduate teaching assistantships (renewable at 12 months for a period of three years), tuition and fee waiver, and health insurance.

About the program and Boise

The Biology MS graduate program at Boise State University offers a wide diversity of courses in ecology and provides unique mentorship and training opportunities.  We have created a network of valuable connections in academia, local relationships with federal and state agencies, nonprofits and NGOs, as well as partnerships with international organizations all dedicated to providing students with transformative research and educational experiences for diverse career opportunities. To learn more, please visit:

Students in this program enjoy living in the beautiful city of Boise, which strikes a perfect balance with close-by outdoor recreational activities as well as a vibrant downtown life. Nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the capital of the State of Idaho, Boise is frequently featured as a top-ranked metropolis. The city has ample opportunities for world-class outdoor activities year round and a thriving arts and entertainment culture. In 2017, US News and World report ranked Boise the 12th best city to live in the United States. To learn more, please view “Visit Boise” link at:

To Apply

Please send via email in a single file attachment (include your last name in the file name): a cover letter including a statement of research interests, qualifications and career goals, a CV with the names and contacts for 3 references and copies of transcripts (unofficial are O.K to Marie-Anne de Graaff (email: Please put “MS application” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed as they are received until June 1st, 2020.  Top candidates will be asked to formally apply to Boise State’s Biology MS program.  All admission decisions must be approved by the Graduate Dean.

Boise State University embraces and welcomes diversity in its faculty, student body, and staff. Accordingly, applicants who would add to the diversity and excellence of our academic community are encouraged to apply.


'The research described is supported by NSF award number OIA-1757324 from the NSF Idaho EPSCoR Program and by the National Science Foundation.'

Defense Established Programs to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR) Funding Opportunity

Post date: May 13, 2020


Enhancing Basic Research Capacity & Competitiveness 
As part of the FY20 defense appropriations bill, Congress tasked the Basic Research Office with managing the Defense Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (DEPSCoR). DEPSCoR is a capacity building program that is designed to strengthen the research infrastructure at institutions of higher education in underutilized States/Territories. In order to achieve its congressional mandate, the Basic Research Office developed three major thrusts for DEPSCoR – 1) augment funding to an existing tri-Service program, 2) solicit applications for a stand-alone collaborative competition, and 3) outreach meetings. 

The Department of Defense EPSCoR program announcement is now open. Details can be found through the DEPSCoR website:

The solicitation notice for this DEPSCoR-exclusive competition is posted on  ( 

White Paper and Supporting Documentation deadline submission is 21 September 2020.