Month: March 2016

UC Berkeley Engineering Preview Days – Apply by April 1st

Engineering Preview Days

Berkeley Engineering Preview Days is a program designed for rising seniors who are interested in applying to Ph.D. programs in engineering.

April 27-30, 2016

Over the course of three days, participants will:

  • Meet individually with faculty members
  • Attend workshops on the graduate admissions and funding process and learn how to put together a competitive application to UC Berkeley
  • Receive advice on maximizing upcoming summer research opportunities
  • Network with researchers from national laboratories and engineering research centers
  • Interact with current UC Berkeley graduate students
  • Tour the Berkeley campus
  • Airfare, accommodations and meals provided

Participants will receive ongoing advising from the Engineering Graduate Outreach office throughout the summer and admissions cycle.


  • Academic goal is a Ph.D. in an engineering discipline
  • Intend to apply for graduate school in Fall 2016
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Apply Online Today!
Application Deadline: Friday, April 1, 2016, 5 p.m. PST.


2016 HSBC Scholarship for Rising Juniors and Seniors

2016 Scholarship Application for Rising Juniors and Seniors
The HSBC Scholars Program was established in 2013 by HSBC Bank as an initiative to provide educational funding, financial literacy training and business information and experience to students with unmet financial need pursuing a full-time education in a STEM or business-related field.
The HSBC Scholars Program will promote a positive attitude and incorporate HSBC’s core values of being open, dependable and connected by providing financial support of $5,000/academic year, mentoring, training, paid internship opportunities and networking.  Scholarship funds may be used for all eligible educational expenses including tuition, room and board and meal plans.

Paid internships will be available to HSBC Scholars from all participating institutions during the summer May-August time frame.  Positions will be hosted by a number of different departments and are based in either New York, NY; Buffalo, NY or in the Chicago, IL metropolitan area.  The hourly wage will be approximately $25 per hour.  Housing and other general expenses are not included in the internship opportunity.  Applicants will be required to apply for the positions and participate in an interview process.  Information about the summer internship program for HSBC Scholars will be made available in early 2017.

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and is the preparation of students in competencies and skills in the four disciplines. According to an article in MediaPlanet (June 2012), a successful STEM education provides students with these four subjects in sequences that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications. The HSBC Scholars Program places special emphasis on technology and math within STEM, and also considers students majoring in business-related academic programs.  A list of UB eligible majors is attached.

To be eligible for the 2016 HSBC Scholars Program, candidates must:

*   Be enrolled as a full-time junior or senior* at UB for the 2016-2017 academic year (third or fourth year student, with at least one academic semester completed at UB as a full-time student)
*Students eligible to graduate in December 2016 are not eligible to apply.
*   Be majoring in a STEM or business-related academic program field. Please see list of eligible majors on page 3
*   Agree to participate in all HSBC Scholars Program components which will include, but not be limited to, in-person meetings with a HSBC Mentor, two web-based trainings, and group telephone meetings with HSBC Scholars Program leadership
*   Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and maintain this average throughout the scholarship award
*   Demonstrate financial need-as demonstrated by FAFSA
*   Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
*   Complete a short essay
*   Use the scholarship funds for qualifying educational expenses during fall/spring (scholarship funds cannot be applied to study abroad or summer expenses)
To apply, send the following information by 5pm on Friday, April 8th, 2016

1.  Completed application form (attached)
2.  A resume (include information regarding your academic achievements, involvement in campus and community organizations, work experience, and special talents and interests)
3.  Response to the following question:

You’ve now completed a significant amount of college work towards your educational goals. How has your college experience allowed you to plan for the future? Where and what do you see yourself doing five years from now? Explain your vision and how you are working toward this goal in a short essay. (Maximum 500 words)

1.  One letter or recommendation from a faculty member
Submit your completed application via email to “HSBC Scholars application” in subject line). Alternatively, you may mail or hand-deliver your application materials to:
Undergraduate Education
Attn: HSBC Scholars Award
24 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1670
Applications must be received by 3pm on Friday, April 8th, 2016
For questions, please contact Elizabeth Colucci at (716) 645-6134 or

Online Guide for STEM Opportunities for Women & Minorities

For full guide, please visit:

In recent years, STEM has become a buzzword in educational and professional circles, though it is actually an acronym: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. As these fields begin to grow and more qualified professionals are needed to lead innovation, it has become increasingly clear that recruiting more women and minorities is essential for continued growth and creativity. Historically, these populations have accounted for a small fraction of scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians, which are often regarded as male-dominated industries.

In addition to the need for more qualified workers, STEM careers provide exciting opportunities for breaking the norm and offering upward mobility and economic security to women and minorities; groups disproportionately affected by poverty. The following guide provides an insider’s look at STEM industries, explores why women and minorities have traditionally been underrepresented in these fields and what is being done to change the status quo.

Stony Brook REU Nanotechnology for Health, Energy and the Environment – Apply by Mar. 18th!

REU Site: Nanotechnology for Health, Energy and the Environment is an opportunity for qualified, academically talented and motivated undergraduates interested in eventually pursuing their doctoral degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) discipline at Stony Brook University. The program gives students an intensive research experience with leading researchers in the field.

Participants will work with a faculty mentor and become fully integrated into active research groups using state-of-the-art facilities. Participants will have the opportunity to work closely with their faculty mentor, attend seminars on Research Methods and Graduate School Preparation, participate in workshops and present their research results at the REU Symposium and Closing Ceremony at the completion of the program.

Dates for the 2016 session: May 31st – August 5th, 2016

Program Components:

  • Full time research supervised by a faculty mentor
  • Research Methods and Graduate School Preparation Workshops
  • “Mid Week Lunch Seminar” – every week a faculty member will present a topic based professional development or academic workshop
  • Poster Presentation at REU Symposium and Closing Ceremony


  • Participants will receive a $4000 summer stipend for full time research
  • Lodging and meals will be provided to all participants. A $300 travel award will be provided for those participants living more than 75 miles from the Stony Brook Campus
  • Priority deadline is March 18th, 2016 (rolling thereafter)


Open to all undergraduate students majoring in a STEM field with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Applicants must have completed at least their freshman year; graduating seniors are not eligible. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

The deadline for applications is March 18th, 2016.

Application Checklist:  For best consideration, each of the following items must be received by the CIE office by the application deadline:

  •   A completed and signed application  submit online
  •   2-3 page personal statement as described in Part VI in the application emailed to
  •   Two recommendation forms
  •   One official transcript from each undergraduate institution attended

To email your Personal Statement and Recommendation forms send to : (Subject: REU Application 2016)

To send hard copies of Application Materials and Transcripts mail to:

Center for Inclusive Education
2401 Computer Science Building
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3387