Month: December 2012

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and REU

This message includes information about the “Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)” Program at the University of Wisconsin Madison, College of Engineering.

At this time we are soliciting assistance from you in identifying students at your institution who may have an interest in pursuing a graduate degree in engineering.  We are particularly interested in identifying students traditionally underrepresented in engineering (first generation, low-income, racial and ethic minority).  All applicants should have completed at least their sophomore year, have a GPA of at least a 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, be U.S. citizens enrolled in an accredited college or university, and have a strong interest in a graduate degree in engineering.

The *Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) *and* Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)* is a ten week program running May 28 (travel day) through August 2, 2013.  Participants receive transportation to and from the program, a single room in a shared apartment, a small food plan, and a $5,000 stipend.  Additional information along with a program application is available through the SURE/REU page at  The program recruits students from physical science backgrounds including engineering, physics, computer science, and chemistry.

Placements for Summer of 2013 will begin January 15, consequently we encourage applications prior to that date (to better ensure students are placed in their specific research area of interest) or as soon as possible after that date and before February 15, 2013.  Please note that not all students who apply will be invited to participate.  All placements are subject to faculty approval and are often outside the control of the SURE/REU program staff.


REU at Texas State University in Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Join the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University and engage in a traditional research experience while exploring how basic research contributes to molecular innovation, entrepreneurship and economic development in the molecular sciences!

Students will be participating in interdisciplinary group study into innovation and entrepreneurship guided by faculty from the College of Business and the College of Science and Engineering’s program in Material Science, Engineering and Commercialization. Since less than a quarter of Ph.D. chemists are employed in academic settings, this unique combination of research and innovation training will provide students with a broad basis of understanding both academic and industrial research that is lacking in most academic research environments.

10 week traditional research experience: June 1, 2013 thru August 9, 2013

15 faculty mentors in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Material Science/Polymers

Site visits to Texas chemical companies, campus visits by local chemical entrepreneurs and boot camp on commercialization

Research ethics, preparing for the GRE, career paths, preparing for professional meetings and writing for success

Movie nights, Bowling Tournaments, Volleyball, Tubing down the San Marcos River!!

Students receive $4,500 stipend for 10 weeks.

Free room on campus and $550 towards meals on campus

On-line application available December 1, 2012 thru February 4, 2013

University of Minnesota – Neuroengineering – Grad School Fellowship $30,000



The University of Minnesota has received an interdisciplinary training grant to support 6 students a year in the field of Neuroengineering.  We are looking for highly qualified students interested in this field.  This program provides stipend of $30,000 a year plus tuition for the first two years, followed with support by their graduate advisor.

Application deadline is January 10th, 2013

Students may apply to the following departments:

  • ·         Biomedical Engineering
  • ·         Electrical Engineering
  • ·         Mechanical Engineering
  • ·         Neuroscience

Program Description:

Bridging engineering and neuroscience, neuroengineering is an emerging field that translates research discoveries into neurotechnologies that provide new and powerful tools for basic and clinical neuroscience research and lead to enhanced patient care. This IGERT (Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship) program is motivated by the notion that future breakthroughs in this rapidly-growing area of research will be made by engineers who understand the fundamental issues and principles of neuroscience, and by neuroscientists who are truly competent in engineering concepts and tools. The education and training components of our NSF-funded IGERT program are designed to provide interdisciplinary graduate education and research training to highly qualified doctoral students to develop the skills to revolutionize technologies for interfacing with the brain and advance our fundamental understanding of neuroscience processes that arise when we interface with and modulate the brain. The program is open for doctoral students who may major in biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or neuroscience at the University of Minnesota.  IGERT Trainees will participate in an integrated curriculum that will provide them with a solid foundation in the interdisciplinary field of neuroengineering, along with broad research training using a team advising model, for the successful application of neuroengineering concepts and methods to real-world problems. Interdisciplinary doctoral research training will tackle grand challenges in systems neuroengineering focused on three themes: neural decoding, neural interfacing and neuromodulation.

For more information see the attached pdf, UMN_IGERT-NE

visit our website: or e-mail:

Cornell University Seeking Assistant Director for Engineering Co-op & Career Services

Engineering Co-op & Careers Services at Cornell University is presently conducting a search for an Assistant Director. You will find the description for this position below. Please share this opportunity with others within your respective networks and encourage any interested applicants to submit their materials by January 2, 2013.

Inquiries about this position can be directed to Mark S. Savage, Director of Engineering Co-op & Career Services,


Assistant Director, Engineering Co-op & Career Services – 18929

(Student Services Associate II – Level F)

Engineering Co-op & Career Services provides career development and job search resources / services for 4,300 undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Engineering, including career advising, workshops, on-campus recruiting, and Intern / Co-op / Fulltime job search. The Assistant Director position is 12-months / fulltime and plays a major role in planning & implementing policies, procedures, programs and services for engineering and technical students of all degree levels.

·         Performs career and job search advising for students

·         Creates, delivers, and assesses programs / services, often in collaboration with internal/external presenters

·         Coordinates and updates web postings and electronic /printed publications

·         Oversees selection, training, scheduling, and supervision of up to 10 student peer advisors

·         Assists with employer marketing initiatives, career fairs and other major events

·         Presents to 1st year orientation classes; opportunity to team-teach a Spring Career Development Course

·         Coaches a subset of Co-op students via phone and domestic travel to Co-op worksite locations nationwide

·         Participates in team-based projects with Cornell Career Services and Engineering Student Services

·         Handles additional duties, roles, and tasks as assigned

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years experience in college career or student services, human resources, education, or related field. Strong team, communication, advising, organization, and problem-solving skills.  Proficiency in MS-Office (Word / Excel / PowerPoint). Customer service orientation within a team environment is essential.

Preferred Qualifications

·         Master’s degree in Student Services, Education, Counseling, or related field

·         Proficiency in FileMaker and web-based recruiting systems (Experience, Symplicity, CSO) preferred

·         Ability to learn new software, and to add / manipulate web-based content

·         While an engineering background is not necessary, interest / curiosity in technology can be helpful

Apply online at and select “Cornell Careers”   — search Job #18929

Application priority date is January 2, 2013

Background check may be required. No visa sponsorship available for this position.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery and engagement. Located in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s far-flung global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell NYC Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

Diversity and inclusion have been and continue to be a part of our heritage. Cornell University is a recognized EEO/AA employer and educator.

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
Announcement of Summer Student Fellowships
May 26-August 1, 2013

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a paid summer internship designed to foster the entrance of talented students from diverse backgrounds within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts into graduate school and faculty positions in U.S. colleges and universities.  More broadly, the program seeks to increase the presence of minorities and others who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating racial disparities in graduate school and eventually in academic ranks. The program serves the related goals of providing role models for all youth and structuring campus environments so that they will be more conducive to improved racial and ethnic relations.  MURAP aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

Each summer, the program brings to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus a cohort of 20 undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) from colleges and universities in the U.S. for an intensive, ten-week research experience. With the guidance of a UNC faculty mentor with whom they will meet several times per week, students are expected to develop a 20- to 25-page research project.  In addition, all students must participate in the following components of the program: 1) a weekly 3-hour seminar where they will present and discuss their research with the entire cohort, 2) a GRE review course (2-hour sessions three times per week, with required assignments and tests), 3) three two-hour weekly workshops (Writing, Communication Skills, and Graduate Professional Development), 4) supplementary lectures, as scheduled, and a two-day academic conference on July 25-26. Also on the schedule are a Writing Clinic, available for four hours three times a week, and a variety of social events.

Participants must submit to the MURAP administrative office by scheduled deadlines mentor-approved assignments related to their research papers (abstract, prospectus, first draft, final paper). Students who do not follow the guidelines of the program risk being dismissed and will forfeit any unpaid portion of their stipends.  A sample calendar of required activities and deadlines is available on our website.

For their participation in the program, student fellows will receive 1) a stipend of $3500 (students holding Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships will receive the summer stipend from their home institutions instead), 2) an allowance for meals of $1500, 3) any required books, 4) a travel allowance up to $500 to cover the cost of transportation to and from Chapel Hill, and 5) on-campus housing.

1) Dr. Debra Skinner, Associate Director of UNC’s Center for Genomics and Society (CGS) and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, will fund and serve as mentor to one additional student whose proposed research project is related to the ethical, legal, or social issues involving genetic research.  She would be glad to receive inquiries from students who would like to hear more about the types of projects that would meet these requirements.  Students with backgrounds in sociology, anthropology or philosophy would be strong candidates.  For more information on research projects that would be relevant, please go to the CGS website (, or contact Dr. Skinner (<>).

2) Rising seniors applying to MURAP should consider applying simultaneously to the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), as their deadline for application is usually April 1. If selected for both our program and theirs, students will be allowed to join IRT’s Associate Program only. Through it participants will receive 1) valuable assistance and counseling during the graduate school application process, 2) fee-waivers when applying to consortium schools, and 3) help advocating for sufficient funding for advanced study.  For more information consult

Applying to MURAP

Program applicants should be mindful that MURAP offers an intensive research experience that requires a substantial commitment of time, intellectual resources and effort. Therefore, students may not be employed or take classes while enrolled in the program and must remain in Chapel Hill during the ten weeks.  Weekend travel is discouraged but may be permitted on occasion with approval from mentor and Director. Student fellows are selected based on a variety of factors that may include:

*  Academic promise
*  Serious intent to attain the PhD (as opposed to a professional degree) and become a college professor in one of our targeted fields
*  Clarity and quality of statement of research interests (must describe intelligently, concisely and informatively one or more possible lines of investigation for the summer project and demonstrate your suitability to undertake it)
*  Availability of an appropriate mentor
*  Demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities
*  Strength of faculty recommendations
*  Class standing (all things being equal, seniors are normally given preference)
*  Ability to partake in all required program components

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must have completed at least four semesters of undergraduate study, and must have at least one semester (or a minimum of 12 credit hours) of undergraduate work remaining when they enter MURAP.

To apply to the program please see the instructions found on MURAP’s website beginning on November 4, 2012.  For questions please contact Ms. Marissa Garcia, Program Coordinator, at<>.