Propose a Short Course

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Dec 31, 2021

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Please Note

Before applying, prospective applicants should first contact SESYNC at to express interest in this opportunity.


The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) supports short courses on topics relevant to socio-environmental systems, the synthesis process, data management and analysis, or cyberinfrastructure tools. Short-courses are typically 3–10 days in duration.

SESYNC provides travel, accommodations, meals, and a small honorarium for instructors; accommodations, lunch, and local transportation are provided for participants. SESYNC assists with the application and course administration logistics, provides classroom facilities, and, as appropriate, computational support for model building or data synthesis. Students are responsible for covering their travel to the Center, their registration, and bringing their own laptops. Courses must meet a minimum enrollment; successful courses can be rerun depending on demand.

Short course proposals will be ranked with regard to their:

  • feasibility to significantly advance learning within the 3–10-day time frame;
  • relevance to SESYNC’s mission;
  • demand for the proposed material or skills;
  • qualifications and diversity of instructor(s);
  • plans for inclusion of diversity to broaden the participation of underrepresented groups with respect to gender, ethnicity, disability, and geographic location; and
  • for informatics courses, the extent to which the course promotes the adoption and collaborative development of open source and platform-independent software tools.

Components of a Short Course Application

Include the following using single spacing, 12-pt type fonts, and 1-inch margins.

Cover sheet (1 page)

  • Descriptive title (“SESYNC Short Course: ….”)
  • Short title (25 characters max)
  • Name and contact information for up to two PIs
  • Project summary (250 words): appropriate for the public; posted on the SESYNC website
  • Keywords (up to 5 keywords different from those used in the title)
  • Proposed start dates, duration of meeting, and the estimated number of participants
  • Potential conflicts of interest with members of the SESYNC External Advisory BoardLeadership Team, Researchers, or Fellows

Main body (4 pages max including references)

  • Short course goals: clear and concise statement of the materials covered or skills developed and how it may contribute to or broaden the participation in socio-environmental synthesis. As appropriate, specify the unusual novelty, creativity, or urgency of the course.
  • Sample curriculum: a syllabus as well as proposed hands-on activities for students.
  • Metrics of success for evaluating the success of the course.

Other Information (1 page)

  • If applicable, briefly describe any anticipated needs for cyberinfrastructure (CI) support and any new data sets or software expected to result from the project. Applicants should review SESYNC's Cyberinfrastructure Support Information and Policies to familiarize themselves with the types of CI support SESYNC can provide and expectations regarding release of software and data upon project completion. Examples of supported CI needs include but are not limited to large data storage with collaborative access; assistance with database development, collaborative code development, and tool integration; use of SESYNC’s schedule cluster for large analyses; and advising/consulting on geospatial data processing and visualization. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to to discuss their proposed project prior to submission if the project’s CI needs are significant in scope.

Full CV of the Instructor(s) (2 pages each)

To Apply

Before applying, prospective applicants should first contact SESYNC at to express interest in this opportunity.

Once a prospective applicant is approved, applications should be submitted as a single PDF using the webform at:

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

The University of Maryland is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Minorities and Women Are Encouraged to Apply

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