Student Opportunity: Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (12/31/2009)

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is soliciting applications for the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).  The research opportunity is part of the Department of Energy’s Global Change Education Program.  Opportunities are available in Atmospheric Science and Biometeorology, Earth Systems Modeling, Atmospheric Boundary Layer Modeling, Atmospheric Radiation Measurement, Atmospheric Science, Terrestrial Carbon Studies and Ecosystem Research, and Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences.

The approximately ten-week SURE program generally begins in early June through mid-August. Fellows attend a one-week orientation and focus session that includes a series of lectures to provide a detailed overview of all research areas within the BER global change mission. Fellows also receive more focused information on the specific areas in which they expect to conduct research. Following the orientation and focus sessions, SURE fellows travel to their nine-week research assignments at national laboratories or universities (or other participating DOE funded contractors) to conduct BER-supported global change research. Each Fellow has a mentor who directs and monitors his/her summer research experience.

The deadline for the submission of applications is December 31, 2009; transcripts and Letters of Reference will be accepted via U.S. Mail, email or fax through 11 January 2010

BENEFITS:  $475 weekly, plus travel. Fellows are responsible for their housing arrangements and costs, food and transportation while at their research facility.

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.

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.

ACS awards astronomy grant

David Hough and five collaborators received a Faculty Renewal Grant of $8,000 from the Associated Colleges of South to support “Student Observation Driven Astronomy (SODA) Across ACS”.  A pilot SODA course will be developed at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX with modules developed by Dr. Hough, his co-investigators and their students.

Summer Research Opportunity Fair (1/19/2010)

Interested in doing research with a faculty member this summer?  Come to the third annual Summer Research Opportunity Fair in the Fiesta Room from 4:00 to 5:30 on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.  Representatives from the HHMI, McNair, and Noyce programs will be there, as well as faculty sponsors of other summer research opportunities.  Also learn about stipends, summer housing, off-campus opportunities and more!

NSF awards $117k grant to Dennis Ugolini

The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of $117,573 to Dennis W. Ugolini for support of the project entitled “Optical Charge Mitigation Studies with the Trinity University Kelvin Probe.”  Part of the award will go to hire an undergraduate researcher for each of the next three summers.  Ugolini and his students search for gravitational waves emitted by astrophysical sources with the Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO).