Energy Initiative Offers Workshop with Cash Prizes for Graduate Student Research

Deadline: March 9, 2018

The Duke University Energy Initiative announces a half-day interdisciplinary research workshop for graduate students and new PhDs to tackle the pressing challenge of “Envisioning Energy Solutions.” The workshop will be held in the The Generator (Gross Hall 100 C) on April 13, 2018 from noon to 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by a happy hour reception. Graduate students, their advisors, postdoctoral fellows, and interested faculty are all invited to attend.

The workshop will begin with short presentations (approximately 10 minutes each in length) of research-in-progress by a select group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows across a variety of disciplines. Cash prizes ranging from $100-$500 will be awarded to the presenters who best “translate” their research to a general audience of scholars from many disciplines and demonstrate a contribution to advancing an accessible, affordable, reliable, and clean energy system.

The workshop will close with a brainstorming session around potential themes and opportunities for collaboration, with the aim of identifying potential future student-led interdisciplinary projects. Such projects may include novel research destined for peer-reviewed journals or syntheses of the current state of knowledge intended for an audience beyond academic scholars. Students and postdoctoral fellows will be encouraged to build upon their idea generation after the workshop, with the invitation to compete for a financial award to fund promising projects.

To identify workshop presenters, the Energy Initiative invites graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to submit presentation proposals to include presenter’s name and names of any co-collaborators, their titles and departmental/program affiliations at Duke, a presentation title, and an abstract of not more than 400 words describing the presentation and its relevance to “energy solutions”.

Submissions should be emailed with the subject “Interdisciplinary Workshop RFP” to by March 9, 2018 at midnight. Only one submission is allowed per presenter. Presentations will be selected from proposals based upon a merit review by a faculty panel no later than March 19, 2018.

Questions about the workshop or presentation proposals may be directed to Professors Robyn Meeks ( and Steven Sexton (