Thursday, April 1, 2010

Apply now to be a 2010-11 Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity

The Indiana University Graduate School is now accepting applications for the 2010-11 Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity program (  This recruitment support program includes ten emissaries (Masters and PhD graduate students) who will serve as first contacts and initial resources for prospective graduate students, in addition to working and engaging in dialogue with graduate programs, departments, the University Graduate School and the GPSO.

Program Description: The program (academic year and summer) promotes peer connections between individuals interested in IU graduate programs, especially science, technology, mathematics (STM) disciplines, and current IUB graduate students. Graduate student emissaries dedicate two semesters, and optional summer term, to serving as community-building liaisons between graduate studies and the graduate student body at IUB. Photos and profiles of graduate student emissaries will be posted on the University Graduate School website.

•    Through email, graduate student emissaries are asked to answer non-academic questions about graduate student life at IUB, Bloomington and other recruitment related questions to prospective graduate student applicants.
•    Graduate student emissaries will attend monthly meetings each semester with other graduate student emissaries. Meetings will be held with Graduate School staff, and others interested in graduate recruitment activities.
•    Graduate student emissaries will also participate in the annual new graduate student orientation sponsored by the GPSO, the University Graduate School and the University Libraries in August 2010.

Requirements: Applicants must be full-time graduate students in a graduate program at IUB, be in good academic standing, and demonstrate involvement in program, departmental, university or community organizations. Preference will be given to graduate students who are involved in diversity-building activities and programming. An in person interview is required.

Students must also submit the following:
1.    data form ( );
2.    a curriculum vitae/resume; and,
3.   1-page essay about their past experience with similar initiatives, diversity-building efforts, cultural competency, community involvement or leadership skills.

Email curriculum vitae/resume and 1-page essay to

Compensation: Graduate student emissaries will receive a $500 research/travel award for the academic year. In addition, graduate student emissaries who conduct four 1-hour tours to prospective graduate students will also receive funding to recruit at their undergraduate institution or conduct a job talk.

Application Deadline: Thursday, April 15, 2010

Questions: If you have any questions regarding the Emissary for Graduate Student Diversity Program, please feel free to contact us at

Monday, March 29, 2010

IU Office of Sustainability now accepting applications for the summer internship program

Courtesy of Indiana University.

March 29, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The Indiana University Office of Sustainability has begun accepting applications for the Summer Internship Program in Sustainability. Since its inception in 2007, the Sustainability Internship Program has been an integral part of the 'greening' of the IU Bloomington campus. This summer will mark the hiring of the sixth class of sustainability interns with 93 students having participated in the program in the last four years.

The student interns, selected from both undergraduate and graduate student applicants, will work on a broad array of issues related to sustainability, under the mentorship of IU faculty and staff. While engaging in research, students will be laying the groundwork for new initiatives to further improve the sustainability of IU Bloomington's campus. Information about the internship program can be found at

"Sustainability interns have proven to be powerful catalysts for positive change on our campus," said IU Director of Sustainability Bill Brown. "These outstanding students and their mentors transform the campus and community into a dynamic lab for applied sustainability research and implementation."

For 20 hours each week, the student interns will work on issues as diverse as sustainability reporting and assessment, local food distribution and processing, and green event planning. Students also will be enrolled in a one-credit, weekly seminar designed to provide students a comprehensive background in sustainability while providing them a forum for making connections and collaborating on their internship projects.

"The Sustainability Internship Program is one of our greatest achievements," said Michael Hamburger, co-chair of the Advisory Board to the Office of Sustainability. "To date, it has engaged over 83 of IU's best and brightest students to focus their talents on environmental education, stewardship of natural resources, campus community collaboration and fostering a program of positive institutional change. Together, they have made a lasting contribution to the life of our institution."

The IU Office of Sustainability is now accepting applications for 10 new internships. Four of these interns will join four continuing interns, working on ongoing IUOS projects. The other six will join four other continuing interns, working collaboratively with IUOS and the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board on projects designed to meet the strategic goals of the office's seven working groups.

Internships mentored through the Office of Sustainability:

    * Greening of the IU Alumni Association
    * Greenhouse Gas Inventory and STARS Reporting
    * Green Events Coordination
    * Communications, Outreach and Design

Internships mentored through the Campus Sustainability Advisory Board:

    * Academic Initiatives Working Group: Sustainability Related Opportunities for Students
    * Energy and Built Environment Working Group: Qualified Energy Savings Project Planning
    * Energy and Built Environment Working Group: Utility Conservation in Academic Buildings
    * Environmental Quality and Land Use Working Group: Composting and Green Waste Management
    * Food Working Group: Local Food Distribution Feasibility/Budget Study
    * Sustainable Computing Working Group: Sustainable Computing at IU Bloomington

Applications can be submitted online at: The online application and recommendation letters must be received by 5 p.m. Monday, April 5.

The Sustainability Internship Program is sponsored jointly by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice President for Capital Projects and Facilities.

General information about the IU Bloomington Sustainability Program can be found at Information on past internship projects is also available on the Web at