Information for Students

The Overall Goals for Students Attending the GLEON All-Hands Meeting are

  1. To continue to improve and develop student involvement within GLEON;
  2. To provide students with an opportunity to interact with an international assemblage of lake scientists, information technology specialists in an informal, highly interactive setting;
  3. To encourage students to conduct research using GLEON data or affiliated resources in collaboration with the GLEON community and sister networks.

General Requirement for ALL Student Participants at GLEON meetings

  1. Present a *poster at the Poster Session (also see 'Next Steps' at the end of this page);
  2. Attend the *GLEON Student Association-led workshop, usually scheduled on the day before the main program begins (12 October 2015 for G17). It is organized by the GSA leadership team, prioritized for student and post-doc attendees, but open to other registered participants at mid-career or experienced scientists if space permits.

* If you have any concern or for some reason are not able to bring a poster to GLEON 17, please contact the GSA co-chair Facundo Scordo (

** There may be exceptions according to individual needs and conditions, such as personal travel scheduling conflict so you will miss the GSA-led workshop, or there are other concurrent workshops on the same day that suit your research needs better. In the latter, you are absolutely free to choose any of the pre-meeting workshops to attend. 

Request to Participate, Student Travel Award (STA), and Registration

Depending on your funding situation and the level of support you are seeking from GLEON to attend G17, you need to complete the following steps:

Web form submission required (below) Due None (= I have my own travel funds secured elsewhere) Partial travel, room & board support fr. GLEON or SAVI Full travel, room  & board support  fr. GLEON or SAVI
Request to Participate 7-Aug Yes Yes to all Yes to all
Student Travel Award Application 10-Aug NO

Registration and *Abstracts Submission      

29-Sep Yes
Hotel Booking  27-Sep Yes

*Include abstract(s) for Poster session. 

G17 Student Travel Award (STA) Application 

To apply 

  • What you will be asked to upload or fill out when you apply online:
      CV Essay Advisor's letter Statement of Purpose for SAVI/SAFER
    Required? Yes Yes Yes Optional - for those interested
    PDF required Yes Yes Yes n/a
    Upload online Yes Yes n/a n/a
    Fill out directly online n/a n/a n/a Yes
    Email submission n/a n/a YES n/a
  • Note to current students (2nd cohort) in the GLEON Fellowship Program: the G17 STA application is *not* applicable for you. Please follow instructions distributed to your group listserv via the GFP leadership team with regard to G17 participation.

Complete applications must be received by Monday 10 August 2015 (12 PM EDT |4 PM UTC) to be considered for the G17 STAs.

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae (CV) listing publications, presentations, scholarships, hours, colleges/universities attended, degrees achieved and/or expected.
  2. An essay answering the following questions (total maximum: no more than 750 words. Upload your essay in PDF here:

    a. How does your research interest relate to GLEON (its mission or recent research projects)?
    b. How would you benefit from participating in GLEON 17?
    c. If you have previously attended a GLEON meeting, working group meeting or other GLEON activity (e.g. GLEON sessions at ESA, SIL, ASLO, or other workshops), how has that experience affected you and your research? 

  3. letter of recommendation from your main thesis advisor: please send it to gshong[a]
  4. Optional statement of purpose (200 words or less) for students that are interested in the SAFER project and NSF SAVI support:

    NSF SAVI (Science Across Virtual Institutes) travel awards are available on a competitive basis for graduate students who have interests that intersect with those of the Sensing the Americas’ Freshwater Ecosystems Risk (SAFER) project. Relevant research topics include: (1) Field and/or modeling investigations of “sister lakes” (e.g., U.S. or other lake(s) paired with SAFER lake(s) in Colombia, Uruguay, Chile and/or Argentina); (2) Remote sensing approaches related to catchment-lake connections (including land use change, algal bloom classification, etc.); (3) Integrated watershed-lake modeling studies related to flow and mass balances and primary production in lakes; (4) Assessing aquatic ecosystem services and risks to those services; and (5) Cross-cultural stakeholder engagement associated with GLEON/SAFER type research efforts. To apply please include a statement of purpose (200 words or less) when you submit G17 STA online.

    Feel free to contact SAVI PI Tom Harmon (tharmon[a] in advance if you have any questions. 

Evaluation and How Funding Will be Awarded

  • GLEON and SAVI/SAFER grants Project Investigators (PIs) will review the completed applications received and determine the awards.
  • Each successful student applicant receives one travel award - from one funding source only (see below, awards are issued through one of the two universities). 
  • Funding availability is limitedWe strongly recommend you consult with your advisor, university or regional funding agency to seek alternative sponsorship for your G17 travel expenses.
  • G17 STA issued via University of Wisconsin Madison will be coordinated by colleagues at UW Madison Center for Limnology and Grace Hong (gshong[a]
    => This award is designed to offset some of the following expenses incurred to attend G17: airfare, airport transportation (bus or short-distance taxi), G17 conference fee and lodging. The award will be paid directly to the successful applicants during September ~ October by bank transfer or a check. It will be the responsibility of the award recipient to ensure the funds awarded through the GLEON 17 Student Travel Support program contributes exclusively to the meeting.
  • G17 STA supported by the SAVI/SAFER Project will be coordinated by Tom Harmon (tharmon[a] and colleagues at University of California at Merced.
    => Exact payment terms will be communicated with travel award recipients by the end of August. 

Expectations of STA Recipients

  1. At G17: You are required to present a research poster at the Poster Session.
  2. After G17: Please acknowledge *GLEON and *SAVI/SAFER in any presentations or publications that may result from discussions at the GLEON 17 meeting, and that GLEON may document as such on the GLEON website.
  3. You may be asked to submit a brief report about your experience at G17, during or after G17 as part of a collective effort in documenting updates from ongoing and new ideas flourished from G17.
  4. As the GLEONite spirit you are exemplifying or perhaps already inspired by, be creative and volunteering when the contribution opportunity arises! 

*Funding agency and award numbers will be detailed in the G17 STA letter to successful applicants.

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