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Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program – Apply by Dec. 30th!

Opportunity
Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program
Organization
Department of Energy (DOE)
Reference Code
MLEF 2017
How To Apply

The MLEF application process is a two-part process.

  1. The online application: Go to https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2551 to start the application process.  You will need to upload your unofficial transcripts, upload a resume, and provide contact for two individuals who can provide you with a reference.  Documents must be uploaded in PDF format. Your online application must be submitted by the application deadline listed above.  Once you submit your online application, you can no longer make changes to the information provided.
  2. References:  You will need to have two individuals submit references for you.  Please note that your reference will not be e-mailed with instructions until you submit your online application. Refer to the section below for more details.
Application deadline
12/30/2016 11:59 PM Eastern Time Zone
Academic Levels
  • Graduate Students
  • Post-Master’s
  • Undergraduates
  • Post-Associate’s
Description

The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program provides college students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy for 10 weeks over the summer. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (short for science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.

Selected candidates will train under the mentorship of program officials and scientists on focused research projects consistent with the mission of the Office of Fossil Energy. During the 10 weeks, Fellows will receive a stipend and some students may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowance for the duration of the program.

At the conclusion of the program, Fellows are required to attend a “Technical Forum” where they will present their research findings and tour a technical site located nearby.

Stipends

The MLEF program provides stipends to Fellows based on the following scale:

  • Undergraduate students receive a weekly stipend of $600;
  • Master’s students receive a weekly stipend of $750;
  • Ph.D. students or graduates receive a weekly stipend of $850.

Some participates may be eligible to receive a housing and travel allowance.

Locations

Selections are based on a student’s qualifications and the needs of the host site. Proximity to the host is not factored during the selection process. The 10-week summer program may place students at one of several possible FE sites including:

  • Department of Energy Headquarters, Washington, DC and Germantown, MD
  • National Energy Technology Laboratory, Pittsburgh, PA; Morgantown, WV; Albany, OR
  • Strategic Petroleum Reserve, New Orleans, LA; and other SPR sites in LA and TX
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA
  • Sandia National Laboratory, Livermore, CA
  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  • Los Alamos National Lab, Los Alamos, NM

Important Dates

Below are the important dates for the 2017 program.

  • Application Deadline: December 30, 2016
  • Letters of Reference only will be accepted until January 13, 2017
  • Candidates Notified of Selection: Candidates will be notified of their status by February-April 2017
  • Program Dates: June 5, 2016 to August 11, 2017
  • Kick-off Meeting/Orientation: June 12, 2017 in Washington, DC
  • Technical Forum: August 7-11, 2017

For more information on the MLEF Program, visit http://energy.gov/fe/mickey-leland-energy-fellowship or contact us at MLEF@hq.doe.gov.

Qualifications

The MLEF is open to all students who meet the following application requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application;
  • Be a U.S. Citizen;
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in a STEM degree program at an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) on or after January 1, 2016
  • Available to participate in the full 10-week program
Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing a Bachelor’s degree , Master’s degree , or Doctoral degree or have received one of these degrees within 12 months.
  • Overall GPA: 3.00
  • Affirmation: I certify that I am at least 18 years of age; that I am a U.S. Citizen; that I am currently enrolled full-time in a STEM program at an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher)  on or after January 1, 2016; that I have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; and that I am available to participate in the MLEF program from June 5, 2017 to August 11, 2017.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Physics (All)
    • Earth and Geosciences (All)
    • Engineering (All)
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (All)
    • Mathematics and Statistics (All)
    • Other Physical Sciences (All)
    • Computer Sciences (All)
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (All)
    • Nanotechnology (All)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
    • Science Writing
  • Veteran Status: None

DOE Scholars Program – Apply by Dec. 15th!

Opportunity
Organization
Department of Energy (DOE)
Reference Code
DOE Scholars 2017
Application deadline
12/15/2016 11:59 PM Eastern Time Zone
Academic Levels
  • Graduate Students
  • Postdoctoral
  • Post-Master’s
  • Undergraduates
  • Post-Bachelor’s
  • Post-Associate’s
Description

The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. EST December 15, 2016.

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations.

The U.S. Department of Energy is committed to:

  • Energy security
  • Nuclear security
  • Scientific discovery and innovation
  • Environmental responsibility
  • Management excellence

Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

The DOE Scholars Program presents you with the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at various stages in your education.

DOE Scholars selected by the Federal Energy Management Program are given a Veteran’s Preference. Selected veterans will be placed at various federal agencies in Washington, D.C.

Stipends 

The DOE Scholars program provides stipends to Fellows based on the following scale:

  • Undergraduate student – minimum of $600 per week
  • Graduate and post-graduate student – – minimum of $650 per week

Travel

Inbound and outbound travel may be provided according to ORAU Travel Policies and the policies of the sponsoring federal agency.

Additional Information

For more information on the DOE Scholars Program, visit http://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/index.html or contact us at doescholars@orau.org.

Qualifications

The DOE  Scholars program is open to all students and recent graduates who meet the following qualifications:

1.  U.S. Citizen

2.  16 years of age or older

3.  Undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate of an accredited institute of higher education

4.  DOE Scholars internships are typically during the summer months and are approximately 10-weeks in length. Extensions may be granted based on the needs of the facility and the intern’s availability.

 

Eligibility Requirements
  • Citizenship: U.S. Citizen Only
  • Degree: Currently pursuing an Associate’s degree , Bachelor’s degree , Master’s degree , or Doctoral degree or have received one of these degrees within 60 months.
  • Affirmation: I certify that to the best of my knowledge all information contained in this application is accurate.  I understand that any falsification will render me ineligible for participation and, if found after participation has begun, may require me to reimburse any funds received.
  • Discipline(s):
    • Business (All)
    • Physics (All)
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences (All)
    • Earth and Geosciences (All)
    • Engineering (All)
    • Life Health and Medical Sciences (All)
    • Mathematics and Statistics (All)
    • Other Physical Sciences (All)
    • Computer Sciences (All)
    • Environmental and Marine Sciences (All)
    • Communications and Graphics Design (All)
    • Other (All)
    • Nanotechnology (All)
  • Veteran Status: Veterans Preference
    • Degree Received Within 120 Months

Job Posting: EPA Toxicant Exposure Research Associate

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program is searching for an EPA Toxicant Exposure Research Associate with the Office of Research and Development at the EPA facility in Chapel Hill, NC. The Research Associate will assist in laboratory experiments aimed at identifying molecular and epigenetic mechanisms associated with adverse outcomes of pollutant exposure and biomarkers of susceptibility to the effects of pollutant exposure. The job is expected to begin July 2016.
  • Full time, $20.65/hour
  • Must have earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or related field
  • Must have experience with general laboratory skills, scientific literature searches, laboratory research, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • Will perform tasks such as conducting in vitro pollutant exposures, examining epigenetic modifications, and assisting with clinical study operations
For the full position description and to apply, visit our website: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2349

NanoSafe REU at West Virginia University – Apply by March 18th!

Design, Characterization, and Toxicity Assessment of Safe Advanced Performance Nanomaterials

REU participants are trained on research projects that support the design of safer and more effective nanoparticles that have been characterized and assessed for potential toxicity. The research activities focus on multifunctional nanomaterials and support improved material design with attention to properties that impact human and environmental health. The REU Site provides a diverse pool of projects through 18 faculty advisors each supporting independent research integrated within three NanoSAFE areas of focus: (1) design and fabrication of advanced performance nanomaterials, (2) biomolecular and inorganic material characterization, (3) and toxicity assessment. These research foci support an iterative approach enabling researchers to realize high performance nanomaterials that can safely support manufacturing processes. Faculty collaborate across research groups and students have access to cutting-edge technology in nanolithography, nanotemplating, material self-assembly, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, fluidics, and unique tools required to elucidate complex facets of nanotoxicity. Upon completing this REU experience, undergraduate students will actively contribute to innovative research that advances nanotechnology manufacturing, while receiving professional development throughout the 10-week summer activity through workshops, speakers, and scientific conferences.

We offer a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is pending funded by the National Science Foundation Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry (DMR-1004431) with recreational activities funded by WVU Research Corporation and the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Our program runs May -July and takes place at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2016 NANOTECHNOLOGY-NANOSAFE REU ARE CURRENTLY BEING ACCEPTED

Completion of this electronic form constitutes the first part of your application to the Nanotechnology-NanoSAFE REU Site.

Application Portal Here

You must also submit (regular mail preferred): 1) official or unofficial verifiable undergraduate transcripts (sent directly) and 2) a recommendation letter from a faculty member within your discipline or from a research adviser (sent directly and preferably from a faculty member at your home institution) which addresses your potential/abilities/motivation for engaging in research to:

Nanotechnology-NanoSAFE REU Site Application – 2016
c/o NanoSAFE
313 White Hall PO Box 6315
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6315
Tel: (304)293-7382; email: NanoSAFE@mail.wvu.edu

Chemistry REU at West Virginia University – Apply by March 18th!

Applications are now open for the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded REU Site: Research in Chemistry at West Virginia University (Award # CHE-1559654). This REU Site provides participants (~10 participants per year) with ten-weeks of summer research experiences that are intellectually stimulating, have societal relevance, and improve participants’ research self-efficacy by rapidly moving participants from dependence to a relatively independent status. Site objectives are to:

  1. provide authentic research opportunities for students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry and attending predominately undergraduate institutions;
  2. involve participants in research projects that benefit society, either directly or indirectly;
  3. improve participant understanding of the research enterprise (from project inception, attainment of funding, to research completion, and dissemination of results); and
  4. retain participants within the chemistry/biochemistry major and encourage them to continue to post-baccalaureate opportunities.

REU Program Dates? May 23-July 29, 2016; (10 weeks in duration; with Memorial Day on May 30 and July 4th as holidays)

REU Site Location? The C. Eugene Bennett Department of Chemistry at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV

Who Can Apply? REU participants must be/have:

  • citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories;
  • undergraduates enrolled at an institution of higher education (students from community colleges and primarily undergraduate institutions are encouraged to apply);
  • college freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors as of the fall 2016 semester;
  • enrolled in chemistry or biochemistry undergraduate degree programs (baccalaureate or associate and part-time or full-time; pre-majors also considered); and
  • grade point average of 2.8 or above in STEM undergraduate coursework.

Students from groups underrepresented within the chemistry and biochemistry disciplines (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities), veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and students from socioeconomically depressed regions (e.g., Appalachia) are especially encouraged to apply.

NOTE: WVU students are not eligible for this WVU-based REU Site. WVU students are encouraged to apply to REU Sites at other institutions or to the WVU-based SURE Site.

REU Participant Benefits? Stipend of $5,000 ($500/week for 10-weeks), lodging, meal expenses, travel reimbursement to/from REU Site (limited to ~$250/participant) and comprehensive training to move participants toward intellectual and research independence.

Applications
? Applications for the 2016 Chemistry REU Site are now open!
2016 Chemistry REU at West Virginia University (May 23 to July 29, 2016): Student Application & flyer.

Application Deadline? Review of completed applications will begin March 18, 2016. The online application will be closed at midnight on March 18, 2016. Priority will be given to applications completed by the March 18 review date.

Advice to Student Applicants – Before beginning the online Student Application, we suggest you take some time to fashion your short essay so that you can spell check, proofread, and obtain feedback on it before submission. In your short essay (300-600 words), you should state your motivation in applying to the REU program (i.e., Professionally speaking, what do you hope to get out of/learn from the program? How can you contribute to research ongoing at WVU? What do you bring to the table? What area(s) of research are of interest to you and why are you interested in those specific areas and, more generally, in scientific research? Why should you be awarded a REU appointment this summer?). A good essay is important! Use the “Personal Statement” tips available at the WVU Career Services Center  and at ASPIRE.

Available Research Projects? Participants will receive an integrated experience where research and education are concurrent priorities. Available research projects address fundamental questions related to the chemistry of health, including for example, the development of therapeutic drugs for detection or treatment of diseases (Alzheimer’s, cancer); andcatalysis in chemistry, including for example, the synthesis of pharmaceuticals and fine chemicals using sustainable and biocompatible methods, and examining the combustion process, both experimentally and theoretically, in order to reduce environmentally harmful emissions. Projects will focus on the potential of research to benefit society both directly and indirectly in the fields of health care, forensics/criminology, energy, sustainability, and transportation. REU participants will engage in joint efforts with expert faculty advisers to enrich their educational experience. Click on the link above or read about faculty members’ research interests for more information on available research projects. Research projects may vary from year to year and will be updated as needed.

Participant Activities? REU participants carry out full-time research on a chemistry/biochemistry focused research project. Research will be supplemented by training in:

  • general topics of basic laboratory safety and chemical management, animal compliance in research, and scientific ethics;
  • library skills specific to the chemistry discipline (e.g., use of ChemDraw, SciFinder Scholar, Web of Science);
  • basic instrumentation for chemical structure determination (e.g., crystallography, NMR spectroscopy, surface imaging techniques);
  • research project presentations by faculty advisers;
  • oral communication and poster presentation skills; and
  • career building (resumes, interviewing, elevator speech).

Other components include:

  • career mentoring by speakers from academia, industry, and governmental laboratory facilities;
  • peer mentoring by current graduate students;
  • scientific tour (e.g., National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) or IBM’s Allegany Ballistics Laboratory);
  • workshops on for example graduate school, career building, STEM outreach and scientific communication, prestigious scholarships; and
  • culminating judged, poster presentation at the Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium attended by 80+ student presenters and 250+ faculty, administrators, graduate students, and members of the general public.


Team Building Activities?
To facilitate formation of the REU cohort, REU participants will engage in team building activities biweekly on weekends. The state of West Virginia and the Laurel Highlands area of Western Pennsylvania offer a multitude of outdoor recreational activities within one-hour drive of WVU. Past participants have engaged in:

Questions? Contact Office of Undergraduate Research, c/o Chemistry REU Site, email: undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu; phone: (304)293-9354.

Harvard Summer Clinical & Translational Research Program – Apply by Dec. 18th!

Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP)

 

The Summer Clinical and Translational Research Program (SCTRP) is a ten-week mentored, summer research program designed to enrich the pipeline of college students’ understanding of and interest in pursuing clinical and/or translational research, as well as to increase exposure of college students from groups underrepresented in medicine and from disadvantaged groups to clinical/translational research.

In addition to mentored clinical/translational research experience, SCTRP students will participate in weekly seminars with Harvard faculty and graduate students focusing on topics such as research methodology, health disparities, ethics, career paths, and the graduate school and medical school application process. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in offerings of other Harvard Medical School programs such as career development seminars and networking dinners.

Eligibility

Eligible participants are undergraduate sophomores, juniors and seniors, particularly those attending Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) NIH-funded institutions, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and/or Tribal Colleges with baccalaureate degree programs, and/or alumni of the Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program and/or the Biomedical Science Careers Program. US Citizens or U.S. Noncitizen Nationals or Permanent Residents of U.S. are eligible to apply.

The deadline for application material delivery to CTSC office is December 18, 2015.

Program Details and How to Apply

The 2016 Harvard Catalyst SCTRP application process is now open.

Email us to request an application.

Download program brochure

University at Albany Summer Research Program – Applications due February 28th

The University at Albany Summer Research Program (UASRP) is accepting applications!

http://www.albany.edu/oaae/uasrp.shtml

Program Description:

UASRP is a paid eight week summer research opportunity that provides undergraduate participants with the opportunity to work with outstanding faculty and staff from across the Capital District. For example the University at Albany, Gen*NY*Sis Center for Excellence in Cancer Genomics, Pharmaceutical Research Institute Albany College of Pharmacy, Albany Medical College, New York State Department of Health, Wadsworth Center, Albany Stratton V A Medical Center and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.  In addition we offer weekly workshops and programs that encourage continued discover of STEM fields. Scholars present their research at the Buffalo McNair Conference and the University at Albany Symposium.

Start Date:  June 14 – August 1, 2015

Eligibility:

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident and underrepresented or economically disadvantaged
  • Must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 2.7 or higher
  • Have completed at least two (2) semesters of college or have advanced standing

Benefits:

  • Room and Board included with meal plan
  • Stipend
  • Bus transportation to site

Application Deadline:  February 28, 2015

Note: Participants may not take courses during UASRP Sessions.

Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships with DOE – Applications due Jan. 9th

SULI Program Overview

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) Program is now accepting applications for the 2015 Summer Term. Applications are due January 9, 2015 at 5:00PM ET

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Benefits

  • Research interns spend 10 weeks (summer term) or 16 weeks (semester term) at a DOE laboratory engaged in a research project under the guidance of a laboratory scientist or engineer.
  • Host laboratories provide enrichment activities, including career professional development workshops (e.g. technical and scientific writing skills development, poster, or oral presentation activities, etc.), laboratory tours, scientific lectures and seminars.
  • Host laboratories provide all required site specific training.
  • Beginning with the 2013 Summer Term, selected students receive a stipend of $500 per week during the internship period.
  • Selected students are reimbursed for one round trip domestic travel to the host laboratory (if permanent address is more than 50 miles from the host laboratory). Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route. Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current government rate up to a maximum of $500.00 or the cost of the lowest commercial airfare, whichever is lower. Travel by air will be reimbursed at the cost of the lowest commercial airfare.
  • Housing information will be provided to interns prior to arrival at the host laboratory. In general, housing opportunities will vary from laboratory to laboratory. An allowance is available for participants placed at host laboratories that are unable to offer direct housing arrangements.

Eligibility for the SULI program requires that all applicants:

  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited institution, and also have completed at least one year as a matriculating undergraduate student at the time of applying (additional undergraduate credits obtained prior to enrollment cannot be applied to meet the minimum one-year completion requirement). Applicants who will complete their undergraduate degree prior to starting their internship may apply as a “Graduating Senior”, if (1) the applicant has not yet started a program of graduate study and will not matriculate as a graduate student prior to completing the SULI term, and (2) the time period between receipt of an undergraduate degree and starting the SULI term is less than one year. Community college students are eligible to apply.
  • Must have an undergraduate cumulative minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for all completed courses as a matriculating student.
  • Must be 18 years or older at the time the internship begins.
  • Must be a United States Citizen or Permanent Resident Alien at the time of applying.

    Proof of U.S. Citizenship or Permanent Resident Alien status will be requested at the time an internship offer is accepted. Acceptable form of proof of U.S. Citizenship includes, but is not limited to, a Certified Birth Certificate, an U.S. State Government Issued Enhanced Drivers License, U.S. Passport,  U.S. Passport Card, Naturalization Certificate, Certificate of Citizenship, Consular Report of Birth (of U.S. citizen) Abroad, or Certification of Birth. Permanent Resident Aliens must hold an active United States Permanent Resident Card.

  • Must have earned a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) equivalent at the time of applying.

    Proof of an earned High School diploma or for passing all five GED tests required to achieve a Certificate of General Educational Development should be provided on the applicant’s undergraduate transcripts.

Additional Eligibility requirements:

  • Applicants are limited to participation in the SULI program to no more than two internships.
  • Applicants can apply to the SULI program a maximum of three times.

 

Research Experience for Undergrads @ University of Utah – Applications due January 20th!

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Research Experience for Undergrads
Summer Program

Each year, MRSEC funds up to 10 exemplary undergraduates to participate in summer research projects in the areas of Plasmonics or Organic Spintronics. Students with an interest and background in physics, chemistry, materials science, and engineering (chemical, electrical, mechanical, metallurgical) are good candidates for the MRSEC Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Apply for the 2015 summer program now! 

To apply, complete these steps, in this order:

1. Complete the Online Application
2. Have two academic or professional references recommend you here and submit a letter (a pdf letter can be uploaded in the form) about your abilities.
3. Arrange for your official transcripts to be sent to the Administrator listed below.

A complete application package includes submission of the online application form, two academic or professional references (via this online form) with letters of recommendation (AFTER you complete the Online Application) and official transcripts mailed directly to the Administrator (contact info. listed below) from the applicant’s university or college transcript office. Unofficial transcripts will not be reviewed.

Deadline to complete the Online Application is 11:59 pm on January 20, 2015. Deadline for recommendations and official transcripts to reach the Administrator is 11:59 pm on February 2, 2015

Nanotechnology for Health, Energy & Environment REU at Stony Brook

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.

http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/reu/index.html

Dates for the 2014 session: May 27 – August 1, 2014

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

Award:

  • 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 7, 2014 (rolling thereafter)

Eligibility:

  • 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.