Weekly Update (04/15/2024)

ESPP News and Announcements

Congratulations to recipients of ESPP Student Awards, Summer Research Fellowships, and Competitive Research Grant! banner image

ESP802 (Human Systems and the Environment) student presentation open to all ESPP students

April 16, 2024, 9:10 AM, Giltner Hall Room 273
Dr. Emilio Moran, students of ESP 802 (Human Systems and the Environment), and ESPP cordially invite you to join us for this spring's final class presentations. ESP 802 is a required course of the dual major doctoral degree program. Whether you are new to this course or have traversed its academic terrain before, this occasion presents an enriching opportunity to witness and engage with the diverse research endeavors undertaken by fellow ESPP students. Please come and join us, and we look forward to your participation in the vibrant discussions surrounding compelling research topics. RSVP for attending the student presentations.

Course Announcements

banner image

Seminars, Workshops, and Other Events


Rachel Carson Distinguished Lecture: Pedro Sánchez “A Tropical Scientist’s Life-long Response to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring”

April 18, 2024, 9:00 AM, Zoom
Dr. Sánchez is a leading tropical scientist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Florida after 14 years at Columbia University where he led the United Nations Hunger Task Force and the Millennium Villages Project. He has led path-breaking research on soil management for improved food production in the tropical world. In 2016 and 2022 President Obama and President Biden appointed him to the National Medal of Science Committee, respectively. For his exceptional accomplishments, he has received numerous prestigious honors and awards. For example, he is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and a recipient of the World Food Prize, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (“genius” grant), and a number of honorary Doctor of Science degrees. His lecture is titled “A Tropical Scientist’s Life-long Response to Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring”. Please do a very simple registration to receive the Zoom link.

Climate Conversations: Environmental Justice

April 26, 2024, 12:30 PM, Online
Join National Academy for a discussion exploring the role of environmental justice and what a just transition means. The webinar can be found on the Climate Conversations: Environmental Justice webpage on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 12:30 to 1:45pm ET. Closed captioning will be provided. The conversation will include questions from the audience and will be recorded and available to view on the page after the event.

Water Alliance Networking Event

May 2, 2024, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM, Graduate Hotel, 133 Evergreen Ave, East Lansing
For this event, we’ll focus on three of our hubs: 1) Supply sustainable food, water & energy; 2) Sustain aquatic ecosystems & build resilience; and 3) Ensure water security for healthy people, animals & planet. The hubs are interest + expertise affinity groups where people can coalesce around ideas and collaborate. Please join us for this in-person FREE event! Lunch will be provided, and parking will be provided at Grand River Avenue Ramp on MSU Campus (Ramp 6 , Lot 103).

The Center for PFAS Research Meet & Greet

June 10, 2024, 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Kellogg Center, Centennial Room
Come learn more about how our interdisciplinary center is leading multiple research efforts to solve problems with PFAS contamination. Appetizers and drinks will be provided. It is a great opportunity to network with others! Please RSVP by May 15th.

Scholarships, Fellowships, and Award Opportunities

  • Neogen Land Grant Prize | Deadline April 25, 2024

    This $40,000 endowed award program seeks to advance the work of an MSU graduate student whose research has the potential to contribute to economic and scientific improvements in society, with a promise of practical applications that benefit U.S. economic interests. Applicants must be graduate students in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary exam, have a track record of research accomplishment, and a project that is ripe for translation to impact through a commercialization/dissemination pathway.

  • Interdisciplinary Inquiry & Teaching Fellowship | Due April 26,2024

    The IIT Fellowship Program is for doctoral students with an interest in interdisciplinary inquiry and undergraduate teaching. The program welcomes applicants from all colleges whose teaching areas are relevant to a college of public affairs.