2017 IASNR Council Election Ballot – Please Vote by March 1st!

The 2017 IASNR Council Election is underway! Your participation in IASNR activities is essential to the success of the organization. As an IASNR member, we encourage you to cast your vote to elect the new cohort of IASNR Executive Officers and IASNR Council members. This year, we will elect a new Executive Director, Treasurer, and Secretary, along with three (3) IASNR Council Professional Members and a new Student Representative-Elect. Student members will elect the Student Representative-Elect.  Voting will be via anonymous online ballot. Personal statements from each candidate can be found by clicking here. The survey ballot was emailed to 2016 and 2017 current members on 2/6/2017. If you did not receive the email ballot, please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org).

Environmental and Energy Policy Program at Michigan Technological University – MS and PhD Graduate Assistantships Available

The Social Sciences Department at Michigan Technological University is accepting applications for its MS and PhD programs in Environmental and Energy Policy (EEP). Teaching and research assistantships are available that provide two years of funding for MS students and a minimum of three years of funding for PhD students. The assistantships include a stipend and a tuition waiver. The application deadline is January 15, 2017 for admission in Fall 2017.

The EEP program focuses student course and research projects on environmental and energy issues at regional, national, and international scales. Students are trained in policy processes, environmental governance, and community engagement.

Current funded research projects include: the environmental and social legacies of mining, renewable energy development, forests, biomass and climate change, community engagement in the Superfund process, and participatory GIS mapping of contaminated sites.

The EEP MS program cooperates with VISTA and Office of Surface Mining (OSM/VISTA) to provide students with funding and internships in mining communities on revitalization projects. See the website for details: http://www.mtu.edu/social-sciences/graduate/osm-vista/.

Social Sciences is an interdisciplinary department that supports two graduate programs: EEP and Industrial Heritage and Archeology (IHA). The department provides a range of qualitative, quantitative, and field methodology courses available to students from both programs. Michigan Tech also has a Great Lakes Research Center that examines water, pollution, and ecological issues.

You can find information about our faculty, courses, degree requirements, and guidelines for preparing your application on our program webpage: http://www.mtu.edu/social-sciences/graduate/environmental/.  We encourage PhD applicants to identify a potential advisor or sponsor in their application. For additional information contact:

Professor Carol MacLennan
Graduate Director
Social Sciences Department

MS in Environmental Studies program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington

MS in Environmental Studies program – UNCW

The University of North Carolina Wilmington is currently recruiting for the spring 2017 cohort in the MS in Environmental Studies program. The MS EVS is an exciting, interdisciplinary curriculum focusing upon linking classroom experience with hands-on fieldwork, culminating in a semester-long internship with an environmentally-related organization. I believe that you’ll find our program to be challenging and rewarding, with a high degree of collegiality among both students and faculty.

MS concentrations are available in Coastal Management, Environmental Conservation and Management, Marine and Coastal Education, and Environmental Education and Interpretation. An Individualized Concentration is also available for those who wish to design their own curriculum in conjunction with faculty.

More information, and a link to application materials, can be found at:http://www.uncw.edu/evs/graduate_programs.html. For more information about UNCW, feel free to peruse our web site: www.uncw.edu.

The deadline for spring 2017 application is October 15, but priority consideration will be given to those applications received by September 15. For questions or additional information, please feel free to contact me.


Dr. James A. Rotenberg
Graduate Program Coordinator
email: rotenbergj@uncw.edu

2016 ISSRM Student Scholarships

Students- During the 2016 ISSRM we offered over 70 reduced cost student registration subsidies on a first-come, first served basis. These became available on Friday, January 8th at 8:00 AM USA CST (2:00 pm or 14:00 GMT). If you were a graduate or undergraduate student and did not have support to attend the 2016  ISSRM, you were eligible for a $100 subsidy during registration.

Please email Jessica Burk (info@iasnr.org) if you have any further questions.

Announcement from Rose Verbos, Student Affairs Committee Chair

The SAC has been charged to increase student involvement and membership in the association, enhance student experiences at the International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM), and contribute to professional development of students.  If you are a professional, please share this email with any students you think might be interested.

Moving forward, IASNR is interested in exploring opportunities for the SAC to serve as a resource for IASNR student members throughout the year.  Would you like to help us reach new goals? Serving with the SAC is a great way to gain professional experience, make connections, and help other students.  We are currently recruiting new members for the SAC to assist in the following sub-committees:

  1. “Collaboration” – Students will work to connect existing IASNR Student Chapters and help establish chapters in and beyond North America.  Students in this sub-committee will promote dialogue on resources for research and will be available to assist future ISSRM Student Forum coordinators. There might be opportunities for an annual webinar for students as a way to connect between symposiums, review current literature on a particular topic, and discuss resources for research.  If you are interested in joining this committee please contact Allie McCreary at:  amccrea@ncsu.edu.

OR if you are interested in forming a student chapter at your institution please visit  HOW TO FORM A STUDENT CHAPTER for details.  We have recently updated this process.  To be considered, we require a simple application (see previous link for application details) with bylaws and a faculty letter of support, two Student Chapter officers, and a Faculty advisor.  Some of the benefits of Student Chapter’s include access to IASNR travel scholarships, discounted registration fee for ISSRM, and leadership experience.  We are also working to develop additional benefits for Student Chapters.

  1. “Quiz Bowl” – Students will assist with the 2016 Quiz Bowl working with the site-selection committee and Council members to put together an unforgettable quiz bowl at MTU. There are a number of directions this year’s Quiz Bowl can take, and we are excited to get students involved that are interested and creative in assisting with this event.  Please contact Mayra Sanchez Gonzalez if you are interested at: mosanche@mtu.edu.
  2. “Professional Development” – Students will discuss opportunities to provide SAC members with resources and information about professional development opportunities.  Students in this sub-committee could also help plan the Student Forum at ISSRM 2016.  Students may also contribute new ideas for professional development strategies.  Please contact Jenn Dunn if interested at:  jdunn@mtu.edu.

Additionally, we are always open to creating new subcommittees based on your ideas and any needs that we can address.  Students generally serve for two to three years, but we are happy to discuss your circumstances if you are nearing the end of your time as a student. Master’s students and doctoral students are welcome, as well as post-docs and professional students.  If you have any questions, general concerns, or ideas for student members of IASNR, please contact Rose at rose.verbos@utah.edu.

Are you:
A graduate student or post-doc who could benefit from mentoring?
A faculty member or practitioner with experiences you would be willing to share?
An advanced graduate student or post-doc who would be willing to mentor a newer student?
A mentoring opportunity is coming soon!

The IASNR Professional Development Committee is organizing a Mentoring Opportunity at this years’ ISSRM in South Carolina!

But we need to hear from you to make this a success. A brief survey has been developed to help us facilitate this opportunity.

If you are interested in participating – either as a mentor or a mentee – please go to the survey link below to answer a few questions to help us create mentoring pairs or small teams, depending on the level and diversity of interest.


Please respond by April 20, 2015.

We will leave it to the mentoring pairs or small teams to make arrangements for a one-hour conversation sometime during the ISSRM Conference. There are no obligations or expectations for continued engagement after ISSRM.

Future mentoring opportunities are planned, including resources regarding best mentoring practices to be available soon on the IASNR website.

Questions? Please email Courtney Flint at courtney.flint@usu.edu or the IASNR Office at info@iasnr.org.