Each year two internships are awarded to U.S. graduate students for research at the National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry (NOSAMS) radiocarbon facility at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Prospective interns are invited each year (usually by the end of May) to submit a brief two page proposal outlining their research goals, along with a CV. Successful applicants are chosen on the basis of novelty, research potential, and relevance to the NOSAMS mission. The internships involve application of radiocarbon measurements to an important research problem and/or development of new techniques for radiocarbon measurement and provide 2 to 6 weeks at NOSAMS. Available funds cover all analytical costs, a travel allowance, accommodation and subsistence at Woods Hole, but not field work and sampling.
Ian Ball (Scripps Inst. of Oceanography) analyzed lignin phenols standards to test a method he is developing to study the radiocarbon content of lignin in oceanic DOC.
Jeff Salacup (Brown University) used compound-specific 14C-AMS analysis of sedimentary alkenones from a muddy coastal setting to constrain and reconstruct climatic events in Naragansett Bay.
Branwen Williams (Ohio State University) measured radiocarbon in bamboo corals to study the western Pacific warm pool.
Juzhi Hou (Brown University) developed and HPLC method to isolate and measure the radiocarbon content of lignin phenols extracted from lake sediments.
Andrew Wozniak (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) used both stable and radio- carbon isotopes to characterize the total and water-soluble fractions of organic matter in aerosol samples from watersheds.