Student Opportunity: NIST Gaithersburg

Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents majoring in science, mathematics and engineering may apply to participate in a variety of research programs with the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Gaithersburg, MD Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students.  NIST will provide a $4,500 stipend as well as housing to students who participate for the full 11 week program.

AAPT issues statement on undergraduate research experiences

The American Association of Physics Teachers has issued a statement in support of undergraduate research experiences for students of physics.

Research in the real world involves the intense and often exhilarating experience of studying nature, learning some new things, and then bouncing that knowledge off fellow workers within your discipline to see if they agree. Richard Feynman likened this to cooperatively observing a chess game without knowing the rules – and gradually learning and celebrating a few of those beautiful rules and the evolving simplicity that should make up physics.

Whether in basic or applied sciences, every undergraduate physics major depends on such an experience to mature toward an investigative state-of-mind and self-confidence that will serve them well in their next professional endeavor. While often learning new experimental, theoretical, or analytical skills, they will also experience the very human frustrations, successes, serendipity, and late nights that can take science totally out of the classroom and into the fabric of their lives. Whether in a graduate school application or a job interview, they will have stories to tell about when they really helped figure something out.

Research experiences will necessarily take on different forms depending on the interests and goals of the student and on the resources and capabilities of their department and may begin early or late during the undergraduate years. Thus undergraduate research will not always involve sophisticated equipment or methodology, but it should be both meaningful and appropriate for the student and situation. On-campus faculty-mentored projects, participation in research at NSF-funded REU sites, research opportunities at national and corporate laboratories, and research opportunities provided through other federal agencies and private foundations should be strategically utilized to meet the needs of our students and departments.

 

via Physics Today

Student Opportunity: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Deadline 2/15/2010)

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts offers summer undergraduate research fellowships in ocean sciences, oceanographic engineering, mathematics, or marine policy.  Fellowships include stipends of $468 per week for a ten- to twelve-week program.  Student fellowships and minority fellowships are available and have slightly different requirements.

Student Opportunity: HHMI International Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (Deadline 11/13/09)

The HHMI International Research Opportunities for Undergraduates program provides international research opportunities for students in the labs of HHMI International Research ScholarsTrinity’s HHMI program will provide a $3,750 stipend, 1 semester hour of tuition, all travel expenses, insurance, registration, and all room expenses (food isn’t included) for up to two students.

Interested applicants should obtain a copy of the application materials by emailing Kimberly Messersmith, TU-HHMI Grant Coordinator.  Completed application forms must be returned to Ms. Messersmtih by November 13, 2009.

Students selected as Trinity’s nominees to the program will be allowed to list their five top choices of international research labs.  Note that students are not permitted to contact the international scholars directly.  Nomination documents will be forwarded to the scholars by HHMI.

Preference will be given to students who have previously engaged in independent research, are beyond their freshman year, and are majoring in life sciences, chemistry, or physics.

Student Opportunity: Department of Energy Graduate Fellowships

Students interested in pursuing graduate studies in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, engineering, environmental science or computers science are encouraged to apply for these new DOE fellowships.

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (SC) has established the DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship ( DOE SCGF) program to support outstanding students to pursue graduate training in basic research in areas of physics, biology, chemistry, mathematics, engineering, computational sciences, and environmental sciences relevant to the Office of Science and to encourage the development of the next generation scientific and technical talent in the U.S.