2017 LSFSC Internship Program

2017 Request for Proposals

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC) is committed to ensuring that the ‘best available science’ is available for planning and managing northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States. Where there are current gaps in the science, the goal of the LSFSC is to assist in filling those gaps so that science informs practice and vice-versa. Unfortunately, for many local fire management issues, there are few resources available to bring managers and scientists together to solve these important issues.

In an effort to enhance the opportunities for managers and scientists to work together, and to expose future professionals to opportunities of management and research collaborations, the LSFSC requests proposals to fund research internships that address relevant fire science and management issues associated with northern fire-dependent ecosystems of the Lake States region (See our Ecosystems page for a description of fire-dependent ecosystems that are the focus of the Lake States Fire Science Consortium). Proposals must be developed by joint manager-scientist teams (i.e. both must be listed as co-PIs and equally contribute to proposal development) and outline how the research internship will address a critical need that will help improve management of fire-dependent ecosystems locally.     

The LSFSC anticipates awarding several $4,000 research internship awards.  It is expected that 100% of the funds will be used primarily as a stipend for a current undergraduate student intern and not as a supplement for graduate student funding.  All proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM Eastern/ 4:00 PM Central on February 1, 2017 by email to mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu.  There will be no exceptions to this closing date and time.

Proposals should be concise and no longer than four (4) pages in length. It is anticipated that the projects will be no longer than three to six months.  Upon completion of the project a brief final report, and a short webinar, will be required.  Proposals that do not meet all requirements will not be considered for funding. Each proposal will be reviewed and its merits judged in the context of specific goals, nature of the collaborative arrangement, and potential for the collaborative relationship to continue into the future.

The proposal should:

  1. Clearly articulate the nature of the fire science and/or fire management issue, and how the scientist/manager team coalesced to address this issue.
  2. Describe the significance of the issue locally and to the region
  3. Outline a clear plan of action (including the specific research questions or objectives and methods) and describe how the undergraduate intern will help advance this plan
  4. Specifically outline deliverables and a time frame for each
  5. Provide a clear indication of the collaborative relationship and plans to continue the collaborative research into the future. 
  6. Provide an itemized budget for the project.  Most funding should support the undergraduate intern; however, a small portion of the budget can be used to purchase materials and supplies that support the research project.  Travel and indirect costs will not be supported.

To view examples of the successful internship awards 2013 - 2016, please see our archived webpage and webinar recordings for December 19, 2013; December 18, 2014; November 19, 2015; and November 17, 2016.

Questions should be directed to:  
Charles Goebel, LSFSC Program Director (goebel.11@osu.edu; 330-263-3789)
Jack McGowan-Stinski, LSFSC Program Manager (mcgowan-stinski.1@osu.edu; 989-287-1734)