Category: Announcements

Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG), MIT/Tufts

Summer Fellow Position Announcement (see:

Position ID: 1945SUMMERFELLOW [#11568]
Position Title: Voting Rights Data Institute Summer Fellows
Position Type: Student programs
Position Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139, United States
Subject Areas: Data science, geography, geometry, voting rights, gerrymandering
Starting Date: 2018/06/04
Application Deadline: 2018/02/01 (posted 2017/12/22)
Position Description:   Apply   

The Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (MGGG) is running a six-week summer data intensive, June 4-July 13, 2018. This program, called the Voting Rights Data Institute (VRDI), is supervised by Moon Duchin (Tufts Mathematics) and Justin Solomon (MIT EECS). The projected size of the program is 40 students: roughly 35 undergraduate and 5 graduate students. The principal goal of the program is to engage students directly with the geographical, demographic, and political data needed to assess and redress gerrymandering.

Work will take place in a group setting, with undergraduates working independently and in teams, supervised by graduate students and faculty. Groups will rotate through collaborative workspaces at Tufts, MIT, and Harvard, with housing available on the Tufts campus. For more information about the program and the necessary qualifications to apply, visit

Materials needed for application:

  • CV or resume including list of relevant research or coding projects, with links to repositories or web sites if applicable
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors or other mentors/supervisors
  • Cover letter specifically describing your interest in this program. Be sure to directly address any significant experience in any of the following background areas:
    1. Mathematics, especially discrete math or geometry
    2. Social science research, including demography, political science, law, racial polarization
    3. GIS (Geographic Information Systems)
    4. Programming, especially in Python; algorithm design and analysis
    5. Software development
    6. Data science; statistical analysis of datasets; network science
    7. MCMC (Markov chain Monte Carlo) or other probabilistic sampling methods

Please also describe your interest in elections, democracy, and civil rights. We are committed to training a diverse cohort of data scientists and we DO NOT assume that successful applicants already have all or most of the skills described above.

Application Materials Required:

Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Two Reference Letters (to be submitted by the reference writers at this site help popup)
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
(703) 623-4762
32 Vassar St, room 32-D460
Cambridge, MA 02139

Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship

2018-2019 Competition Deadline: October 6, 2017 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time

The Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and storytelling in one, two, or three countries on a globally significant theme. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society. Storytellers publish stories on the Fulbright-National Geographic Stories blog.

The wide variety of new digital media tools and platforms has created an unprecedented opportunity for people from all disciplines and backgrounds to share observations and personal narratives with global audiences online. These storytelling tools are powerful resources as we seek to expand our knowledge of pressing global issues and build ties across cultures.

For the 2018-19 competition, the Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship will accept proposals to undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue. Multi-country projects will compare and contrast how an issue or set of issues is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of storytelling tools – including text, photography, video, audio/podcasts, public speaking, maps, graphic illustrations, and/or social media – Storytellers will share their stories, and the stories of those they meet, and publish their work on National Geographic platforms, including a dedicated program blog. Stories deemed by National Geographic to be of interest or merit may be considered for publication on other National Geographic platforms.

In addition to receiving Fulbright benefits (for travel, stipend, health, etc.), and materials and reporting special allowance, Storytellers will receive instruction in story-telling techniques, including effective blog writing, video production, photography, and other relevant training by National Geographic staff prior to their departure. National Geographic will also provide editorial mentorship for Storytellersduring their Fulbright grant period. Storytellers will provide material for the National Geographic website on a frequent and ongoing basis throughout their grant term.

The National Geographic Society believes in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. The broad themes of this year’s competition fall under National Geographic’s three lenses: The Human Journey, Our Changing Planet, and Wildlife& Wild Places.

Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition 2018 (urban geography research & scholarship)

The American Association of Geographers (AAG), Urban Geography Specialty Group (UGSG)

— Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition 2018 —
Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018, midnight EST

In recognition of the increasingly diverse ways in which researchers disseminate their research, the UGSG Alternative Mode of Scholarship Competition solicits the submission of blogs, videos and websites created by individual undergraduate or graduate students or by groups of students during the 2017 calendar year. AAG/UGSG membership is not necessary to participate in this competition. Submissions should be in the form of a URL address plus no more than 300 words explaining how the submission contributes to an understanding of urban geography. Please indicate whether the project creators were undergraduate, master’s, or doctoral students (or a combination therein). Submissions to award competitions sponsored by other AAG-affiliated organizations are not eligible. The winner(s) of the award will receive $200.

Submissions should be emailed by the February 12, 2018 deadline to Astrid Wood ( and Kathe Newman ‎(‎ Please be sure in the email to include the full name, affiliation (university, department, and degree program), email address, and postal address of each project creators. Decisions will be announced to the winner(s) by Monday, March 12, 2018.

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