About Gary Morris

Dean of the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward's University.

Scholarships for Student Attendance at the AIAA Space Conference, 17 – 19 September 2018

I am happy to announce the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Space Diversity Scholarship, in support of student attendance at the AIAA Space Conference, September 17-19 in Orlando, FL. This program encourages students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.

Applications are welcome from students in all disciplines with an interest in space (including, but not limited to, STEM fields, communications, law, industrial design, journalism, political science, etc.).

Scholarships will cover hotel, registration, and transportation to the conference. Students will be selected based on a 300-word essay demonstrating their interest in space, diversity of participants, and geographic guidelines provided by certain sponsors. Due to cost constraints, this program will only fund transportation originating in the United States, including U.S. territories. Proof of current enrollment in a degree-granting institution will be required upon acceptance of the award.

The deadline for this application is 7/3/18.  Please contact Alex D’Imperio at with any questions.

 

Capital Factory – Round 2

Hi, all,

Due to a couple of survey glitches, I’ve re-posted a revised version of the survey as related to the 3 available seats at Capital Factory:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NSCI_2018_CapitalFactory

Please click on the link and fill out the survey above if you’re interested — even if you’ve already done so once.  We’ll take applications through May 15.

Thanks!
GM

Opportunities at Capital Factory for NSCI Students in 2018

Thanks to the generous support of a donor, the School of Natural Sciences is happy to announce the availability of three student co-working seats at the Capital Factory in downtown Austin.  The tech hub and start-up incubator has been an Austin landmark for years, and offers wireless internet, access to entrepreneurs and business mentors, and numerous seminars and presentations.  We are delighted to offer three students the chance to spend time at Capital Factory to pursue a project of their own design.

Eligible students will be majoring in the sciences, mathematics, computer science, or environmental science.  It is expected that students regularly spend time at the Capital Factory as part of their project, with more significant effort in the summer when classes on the main campus are not in session.  Project proposals may be for just the summer or may extend through the Fall semester as well.

A faculty member from NSCI will be present regularly to provide mentorship and guidance to students working on projects there.  Checking in with that faculty member is required for students working at Capital Factory as well.

For more information, please contact nscidean@stedwards.edu.

To apply, please fill out this survey.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, 11 May at 5 pm.

It is anticipated that projects at Capital Factory may begin as early as 15 May.

Scholarships through the Texas Space Grant

SEU joined the Texas Space Grant Consortium last fall.  For the first time, therefore, our students are eligible to apply to their scholarship program:

http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/grants/scholars_announcement.html

The deadline for applying is 27 April.

Good luck!

GM

Dean Chairs Session at 2018 National Air Quality Conference

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA), and the Association of Air Pollution Control Agencies (AAPCA) jointly sponsored this national conference on air quality in Austin, Texas, January 24 – 26, 2018.  The meeting brings together representatives from air quality management agencies, scientists, instrument companies, and other stakeholders to discuss the latest resources in air quality and plan for the future.

The conference was originally scheduled to take place September 11 – 13, 2017, but in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, it was rescheduled for this month.

Dr. Gary A. Morris, Dean of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s, was invited to chair a session:  “Case Studies, Data Analysis, and Modeling Tools.”  His research group also presented a poster at the conference on “More than a Decade of Ozone Profile Measurements in Texas Using Weather Balloons.”

Pictured below are Dr. Morris (left) with two of his former students:  Daniel Alrick (center, now with the Air Quality Management District in San Francisco, a presenter in his session above) and Mark Spychala (right, currently a research assistant in Dr. Morris’ group at SEU).

Opportunities with ESTEEM at Notre Dame

Many students (including 5 St. Edward’s U. grads since 2014) come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. For this reason, ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of itESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to become leaders in their chosen fields. 

ESTEEM curriculum

  • 11 months 
  • includes design thinking, customer validation, financial modeling, BMC, data analysis, finance and prototyping
  • Master’s Thesis Capstone: go-to-market approach with ND-based research, industry-sponsored projects or Founder’s Idea

ESTEEM students:

  • 44 students in the class of 2018 from various STEM fields
  • 100% receive some level of scholarship award
  • Average scholarship of $20k

ESTEEM graduates:

  • are changing the world at companies such as Apple, Eli Lilly, McKinsey, Walt Disney and more
  • 83% are placed at graduation; 95% @ 90 days from grad
  • 1 in 4 alums are in startups; 36% as founders or co-founders

You may email Kyle Williams for more details or learn more about the program at esteem.nd.edu.

“Monarchs on the Hilltop” – Friday, Nov. 3 @ 5:15 pm in Fleck 207

Business Plan Competition – Apply by 7 Nov.

The Munday School of Business’ annual Business Plan Competition is accepting applications now through Tuesday, 7 November.  The competition is open to SEU students who are in Austin during the Spring 2018 Semester.  For more details:

https://www.stedwards.edu/business/business-plan-competition

And to apply:

https://stedwards.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5hV9XSMoCiJk44t

NSCI All-School Mass – Wed., 15 Nov. @ 5:15 pm in the Chapel

Dear faculty, staff, students, and alumni,

We’ll hold our first annual All-School Mass in the Chapel at St. Edward’s on Wed., 15 November at 5:15 pm in celebration of the Feast of Albertus Magnus, patron saint of Natural Sciences.

Please spread the word and join us as a community of faith to celebrate the Eucharist with Fr. Peter.
GM

Biology Seminar – 10/19 @ 5 pm in Jones Auditorium

From Prof. Dan Gold – Biology Seminar Series Coordinator

This seminar will be given by Dr. Jennifer Gumm, Assistant Professor at Stephen F. Austin University. She is being hosted here at SEU by Dr. Raelynn Deaton Haynes. The title of Dr. Gumm’s talk is “From genes to behavior: An integrative approach to sensory ecology in freshwater fishes.” There will be pizza served between 4:30-5 PM in the lobby outside Ragsdale 100 (Jones Auditorium). Note that no food is allowed in the auditorium.