Student Opportunity: RISE at Rutgers

The Research in Science & Engineering program is a joint effort of Rutgers University and the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey.  Students interested in conducting STEM research at one of these institutions must submit applications in February.  Students meeting one or more of the following criteria are especially encouraged to apply:

  • from an economically/ educationally disadvantaged background
  • from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences
  • a first generation college student
  • a student who does not have opportunities for intensive research at your home university
  • someone who has followed a non-traditional path to college

Student Opportunity: Amgen Scholars Program (deadline 2/16/2010)

The Amgen Scholars Program places undergraduate students into top research laboratories at places like MIT, UC-Berkeley and the California Institute of Technology.  It is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are sophomores and juniors and who are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in a biomedical field.

Major grant to Trinity for Integrated Research in Biomathematics

Saber Elaydi and colleagues from the departments of Mathematics, Biology and Engineering Sciences have been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for the Interdisciplinary Training for Undergraduates in Biological and Mathematical Sciences (UBM).  This initiative is expected to build on the relationships between the mathematics and biology departments by forming research partnerships involving faculty and students, as well as deepening curricular collaborations.  Participating mathematics, engineering science, and biology faculty (12 in total) will work in teams with students (10 to 14 per year) from both disciplines and conduct research during the summer.  In addition, the departments of Biology and Mathematics will offer new interdisciplinary courses, culminating in the creation of a new minor in biomathematics. $900,000

Opportunity: Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program (Deadline 9/15/2009)

The Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program is a competitive peer-reviewed grant program created in 1987 by the 70th Texas Legislature. The purpose of the program is to encourage and provide support to faculty members and students in Texas institutions of higher education, both public and independent, to conduct basic research.

Brief pre-proposals are due September 15, with full proposals due in January.  Proposals MUST involve undergraduate researchers, who may be paid salary or wages.  Faculty salary is capped at $3,000 in summer compensation for the duration of the 24 month grant.  Interested faculty should create an account in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s online system.

Pursell & Kelly-Zion awarded ACS-PRF grant

Drs. Pete Kelly-Zion and Chris Pursell have been awarded a three-year grant totaling $65,000 to study the effects of the transport phenomena on the evaporation rate of hydrocarbon films.  This project is a continuation of a five-year collaboration between students and faculty in the departments of Chemistry and Engineering Sciences.  The grant was awarded by the American Chemical Society’s Petroleum Research Fund.

Elaydi and collaborators receive NSF grant

Dr. Saber Elaydi of Trinity’s Department of Mathematics, along with a team of mathematicians from around the country, has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant titled “Building a Community around Modeling, Statistics, Computation, and Calculus.”  Under the direction of Dr. Daniel Kaplan of Macalester College, the team will share experiences about developing quantitative curricula to support students in the natural and physical sciences.

Trinity awarded NSF Noyce Fellowships, Scholarships

Paul Kelleher, Jeff Nordine, Patricia Norman, of Trinity University’s Department of Education, have successfully solicited two National Science Foundation grants to support the training of teachers in science and mathematics.

The first, Noyce Teaching Fellowships, will provide scholarships and salary supplements to individuals with professional degrees and work experience in STEM fields who are seeking to enter the teaching profession. The total grant amount of $1,487,725 will support ten “career-changers” over 6 years.

The second grant, titled “Noyce Scholarships”, provides $595,643 to support  scholarships for Trinity STEM majors to offset the costs of their senior and MAT years.  This grant will also support four undergraduate internships each summer to science students who want to work on curriculum development or other education projects.

Both grants also provide administrative and salary support.

The Teaching Fellows grant was made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.