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President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program applicants sought

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President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program applicants sought

Topic: Campus News

Applications are being accepted through Nov. 1 for the U-M President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, now inviting applications for its sixth group of fellows.

The fellowship supports exceptional scholars in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, economics, and political science who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education and have the potential to become faculty members at U-M. 

Two postdoctoral scholars, Ashley Payne and Patricia Schuster, were selected for the fifth year of the program and arrived on campus this fall.

Payne, a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin who received her Ph.D. in earth science systems from the University of California, Irvine, is working on the representation of convection in the new generation of climate models. She works with Christiane Jablonowski, associate professor of climate and space sciences and engineering.

Schuster, a U-M graduate who received her Ph.D. in nuclear engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, aims to develop radiation detection materials and instrumentation for a broad range of nuclear security applications. She works with Sara Pozzi, professor of nuclear engineering and radiological sciences.

The President's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program was created in collaboration with the University of California, which has sponsored a successful postdoctoral program for many years. It combines funding (salary, benefits and research support) with faculty mentoring, professional development and networking opportunities. 

Applicants may apply to one or both of the California and U-M programs. Selections are made by independent committees, one on each campus. The program at U-M has attracted an exceptionally strong group of candidates. 

Each candidate is expected to identify a faculty member at the hosting institution who would be an appropriate mentor and contact that person in advance to determine her or his willingness to serve as a mentor. Faculty members are encouraged to identify emerging scholars who would be appropriate for the program.

The president and the provost have committed funds for postdoctoral support, and also for tenure-track positions for postdoctoral fellows who are subsequently recruited to become permanent members of the U-M faculty. Eight former fellows currently are assistant professors at U-M.

"The program is an important part of our effort to encourage young scholars and build an exceptional faculty," Provost Martha E. Pollack said.