Tag: STEM

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Seminar Series – Request for Top/Competitive Students

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) solicitation has been published and a new website launched (http://www.nsfgrfp.org/. Michigan Tech students have historically done well with a 20% success rate (national average) of being funded through the GRFP.  With a goal of reaching 30% success rate, the Research Development Office will be sponsoring a series of workshops and seminars aimed at advising current or prospective Michigan Tech graduate students in developing competitive GRFP application packages.

NSF provides a stipend of $32,000 (potentially $34,000 for 2015) to the Fellow and a cost-of-education allowance of $12,000 to the graduate degree-granting institution for each Fellow utilizing the fellowship support in a fellowship year.

Please encourage faculty and advisors to forward me (nichopp@mtu.edu) names of your top students for our office to invite to participate in our NSF GRFP workshops/seminars.  More specifically, our office will send out a special/individual invite letting students know they have been identified by a faculty/chair/dean (name inserted) as “a competitive candidate” for the NSF GRFP.  The invite is often received as recognition in itself, as it should be.  In the past, this type of invitation has given students the confidence and motivation to put the time and effort into applying.  And of course, it is also a strategic move to maximize faculty and our office’s time in advising students most likely to succeed.  In addition, NSF has made it clear that the practice of requiring all students to apply to the NSF GRFP for the purpose of gaining proposal development experience is not a practice the agency endorses or encourages.

Note students who already have internal University/department funding are strongly encouraged to apply.  This in turn will free up internal funds for less competitive students.


Michigan AGEP Alliance 2014 Fall Conference

The Alliance for Graduate Education and Professoriate (AGEP) provides funds and fellowship awards to increase the pool of candidates pursuing masters or doctoral degrees for postsecondary faculty teaching careers from underrepresented backgrounds.  A featured experience for program fellows is the annual fall conference for networking, and academic career development.

We are excited to welcome you and your colleagues to participate in the 2014 Fall Michigan AGEP Alliance Conference on Saturday September 13.  The conference will be held in East Lansing, MI at the Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel. All AGEP and KCP affiliated graduate students, undergraduates, educators, alumni and professionals are welcome.


ORNL Graduate Opportunities

ORNL offers graduate students and recent graduates several distinct opportunities to stay engaged with research.  Students at ORNL are able to participate in short-term research appointments, internships, and get involved with the ORNL-UTK graduate program.  Whether you are seeking a short break after a master’s degree or looking for a cutting-edge graduate program to solve energy problems, ORNL has something for you.

OPPORTUNITIES
The Bredesen Center For Interdisciplinary Research in Graduate Education
“GO” ORNL Program
GEM Fellowship
Internships


Bridgat Scholarship for students from Asia

Bridgat Technology Limited announces Bridgat Scholarship is open to full-time undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited institution in the United States.

The Scholarships are merit-based and four individuals will be designated each year and awarded a one-time scholarship of up to US$6,500.  Major selection criteria includes academic performance and demonstrated leadership in cross cultural activities.

The application for 2014 Bridgat Scholarship begins on October 1, 2014 and ends on December 31, 2014.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must be full-time graduate students currently enrolled at an accredited institution in the U.S. and hold a valid student ID card.
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale to apply.
  • Applicants must be citizens of an Asian country.

More information and application materials, please visit http://www.bridgat.com/scholarships-graduate.html


Deisenroth Receives NSF Fellowship

David Deisenroth, a graduate student pursuing an MS in Mechanical Engineering, has received an National Science Foundation East Asia and Pacific Summer Institute Fellowship to travel to Korea this summer to conduct research.

Deisenroth will conduct an in-depth study on the collision of a falling drop of water and a resting drop of water. He will film the drops at high speeds and observe their characteristics. The results can be used to further the understanding of thermal management systems, aerosols and fuel injection.

An EAPSI award provides science, engineering and education research experiences in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan; an introduction to the science, science policy and scientific infrastructure of the respective location; and an orientation to the society, culture, and language. EAPSI awards help students initiate professional relationships to enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts.

Deisenroth’s award includes a stipend of $5,000 and travel expenses. His advisor is Jeff Allen, the John and Joan Calder Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics.

Published in Tech Today.


US News Ranks Michigan Tech PhD Programs in Engineering, Science

More of Michigan Tech’s PhD level engineering and science programs than ever made US News & World Report’s annual graduate school rankings, released today. The rankings reflect momentum generated by Michigan Tech’s focus on graduate education and research, said Provost Max Seel. The Graduate School has more than doubled its enrollment since 2005.

Michigan Tech’s PhD engineering programs earned an overall ranking of 90th, tied with George Washington University, Rochester Institute of Technology and Mississippi State University. Biomedical engineering at Tech showed up in the rankings for the first time, placing 71st.


International Summer School 2014 on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences

Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from institutions in Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States are invited to apply for the fifth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 1-6, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary.

The summer school is sponsored by the European Union Seventh Framework Program’s Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe Implementation Phase project (PRACE-3IP), U.S. National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project, RIKEN Advanced Insti­tute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS), and Compute/Calcul Canada.

Leading American, Canadian, European and Japanese computational scientists and HPC technologists will offer instruction on a variety of topics, including:

  • Access to EU, U.S., Japanese and Canadian HPC-infrastructures
  • HPC challenges by discipline (e.g., bioinformatics, computer science, chemistry, and physics)
  • HPC programming proficiencies
  • Performance analysis & profiling
  • Algorithmic approaches & numerical libraries
  • Data-intensive computing
  • Scientific visualization

Application deadline: March 9, 2014.


Scholarship Opportunity for Junior and Senior Engineering Students and Prospective Engineering Graduate Students

The Michigan Tech SSEED program (funded by NSF S-STEM) will award 35 undergraduate scholarships of $1,000-$5,000 to junior and senior engineering students and five graduate fellowships of $8,000 to engineering students in 2014-15. Please share this information with qualified students.

The purpose of the undergraduate scholarships is to improve the retention of upper-division engineering students who have financial need and other risk factors that make it difficult to complete their undergraduate degree.  The purpose of the graduate fellowships is to improve the recruitment of women and minorities to graduate school in engineering. The program also features mentoring and professional development opportunities.  Additional information and applications can be found at www.doe.mtu.edu/sseed/.  Spring application deadlines are Mar. 17 for undergraduate scholarships and May 1 for graduate fellowships.  For questions, contact Michele Miller (mhmiller@mtu.edu, 7-3025).

Published in Tech Today.


Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology Fellowship

The Office of International Climate Change Policy and Technology within the Office of International Affairs (IA) is now accepting applications for talented, committed fellows to support efforts related to the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM), which is a high-level forum to promote policies and programs that advance clean energy technology, to share lessons learned and best practices, and to encourage the transition to a global clean energy economy.

Application deadline:  Wednesday January 15, 2014

Eligibility:

  • Applicants must have received an undergraduate (BS/BA) or graduate (MS/MA or PhD) degree from an accredited institution within the past five years.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen to apply.
  • Must be available for full-time commitment for one-year appointment in Washington, D.C., starting in February/March 2014; appointments may be renewed for a second year.

Stipends range from $60,000 to $90,000 depending on academic level, skills, and experience.  Additional allowances for medical insurance or transportation may be provided.

Participating governments include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, the European Commission, Finland, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  The Fellowship position would involve frequent interactions with international counterparts and some international travel.

More information can be found at www.cleanenergyministerial.org.


2014 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program

The Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) is currently accepting applications for the 2014 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Program.

Through this flagship fellowship program, graduate, pre-doctoral, and post-doctoral students – as well as conservationists and senior scholars – have the opportunity to delve into independent research and study across an incredible range of disciplines.

Smithsonian Institution Fellows have access to unparalleled collections, world-class scholars, and state-of-the-art facilities to explore science, art, history, and culture.

Fellowship awards range from 10 weeks to 2 years with stipends ranging between $6,500 to $50,000.

Application deadline for the 2014 cycle is January 15, 2014.

The program is open to US citizens and Non-US citizens. Applicants whose native language is not English are expected to have the ability to write and converse fluently in English.