After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Limnology and Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program. These paid research exchanges are part of a new NSF-funded initiative to provide professional development in international research collaboration for graduate students. This will be the third and final cohort of this inaugural ASLO LOREX Program.
The LOREX international exchanges allow up to 20 graduate students per year to travel to host institutions in Australia, Canada, Israel and Sweden to conduct collaborative aquatic science research that they propose. These sites represent diverse settings for research ─ from costal to open ocean, tropics to high latitudes, saline, and brackish and fresh waters. Participating institutions are: Southern Cross University (Lismore and Coffs Harbour) in Australia; the Interuniversity Group in Limnology in Montreal and Dalhousie University in Canada; The University of Haifa and the Inter University Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat in Israel; and the Climate Impacts Research Centre at Umea University in Sweden. More information about each site, including participating faculty, tentative dates for the research exchange, and how to apply are available on the ASLO website.
Eligibility: Due to NSF regulations, the research exchanges are currently only open to US citizens or permanent residents enrolled in a graduate program. (Note: We hope to leverage support from other organizations for students from additional countries in the future. If you have ideas or suggestions for this effort, please contact us via email.) Students must be an ASLO member to apply and participate in the program (student memberships are $15).
Program Requirements: LOREX research program awardees will be required to participate in an in-person orientation in February 2023 (dates and location TBD) and online meetings in preparation for the field work. Students will have to participate in a formal evaluation of the program and will also be invited to present their work in a special session dedicated to the LOREX program at an ASLO conference following their field work to share their experience. LOREX students will also disseminate the results of their research exchange more broadly in coordination with ASLO’s Communications Office through multimedia blog and social media posts, as well as collaborative peer reviewed publications. The LOREX coordinator will obtain and directly pay travel expenses and lodging costs at the field sites. Students will be provided with an adequate allowance for each site to cover other expenses (food, transportation, etc.). Research expenses are NOT covered by ASLO or the LOREX program. Transportation costs and lodging for the days with orientation activities at the in-person orientation are also covered.
Applications are due 30 November 2022. Detailed information about application requirements, including the downloadable proposal template, is available here. An informational webinar for interested students will be held in early November and will be posted online afterward. More information about the date and time of the webinar will be circulated soon.
We are excited to be continuing the LOREX program after the major disruptions caused by the pandemic and hope that you will share this announcement broadly with interested students. Work products from the first to two cohorts of the program - including blog articles, paper and conference presentations, and a living handbook of international collaboration advice - are available for viewing on our website.
The LOREX Team