Thursday, November 15, 2012

Summer Research at Caltech

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.


The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, or first-generation college students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech's research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

Support: MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program. An additional $500 housing and travel supplement will be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 9 2013.

For more information, visit


Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2013.

For more information, please visit

Short term student hourly position for french translation in software developer course

Looking for a student who speaks French fluently to help UW I-TECH[1] out during a software developer course on OpenELIS[2] open source lab information system.  We are conducting the course in January / February to two software engineers from Cote d’Ivoire who speak English, but may need some translation into French at times to clearly understand the training.  Prefer a software programmer, computer science major, or other technical capacity to help explain technical concepts.  Position will be hourly.  Undergrads or Grads welcome.

Please send your information to Jan Flowers,

[1] ITECH,

WIN 13 - Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Materials (MSE 498E/599G)

Winter Quarter 2013
MSE 498E/599G (Fundamentals of Optoelectronic Materials)
3 credits
TTH 1:30-2:50
Prof. Peter Pauzauskie
Senior or graduate student class standing recommended

The objective of this course is to introduce the optical properties of insulating, semiconducting, and metallic materials at both marcoscopic and nanometer length scales.  Fundamental operating principles of optoelectronic and photonic devices are considered including wave-guides, light-emitting diodes, laser diodes photodetectors, and solar cells.  Particular attention is paid to applications in telecommunication, biomedical-sensor, and rewenable-energy industries.  A mixture of lectures, in-class discussion, and individualized research projects are used to assist students in gaining a quantitative understanding of the optical properties of modern materials.


Wednesday, November 28
5:30 – 7:30pm
Location:  EE Building 2nd floor atriums
Cisco, Philips and more employers will be giving EE students direct resume advice and tips on getting internships, co-ops and jobs after graduation. 

Student registration instructions:

1.      Log in to your Co-op account on the link here:
2.      Register for the resume review café by following directions to publish your resume to the “EE Resume Café Resume Book” 
3.      We will contact you to confirm your registration. 
4.      Questions?  Send to Ana at

NASA Opportunities

1. 2013 Lunar and Planetary Institute Internships
2. Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
3. 2013 NASA Ames Academy Application is now open
4. Registration Open for 20TH Annual NASA GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE
5. NASA Internships - applications open


Application Deadline: January 18, 2013

The Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI) invites undergraduates with at least 50 semester hours of credit to experience research in the planetary sciences. As a summer intern, you will work one-on-one with a scientist either at the LPI or NASA Johnson Space Center on a research project of current interest in planetary science. Furthermore, you will participate in peer-reviewed research, learn from top-notch planetary scientists, and preview various careers in science.

The 10-week program begins June 3, 2013, and ends on August 9, 2013. Selected students will receive a $5000.00 stipend plus a travel stipend of $1000.00 (U.S. students) (foreign nationals will receive a $1500.00 foreign travel reimbursement).

Applications are only accepted via the electronic application form found at the LPI's Summer Intern Program website:

Claudia Quintana
Phone: 281-486-2159

2. Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) (includes student internships)

Interested in a summer appointment? Consider the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)! We are now accepting application for the 2013 Summer Program. The deadline to apply is January 10 - apply online now at!

ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. Scientific programs focus of materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security. Visit to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers a great internship experience!

For selected faculty/students, benefits of the summer VFP program include:
· spend 10 weeks (June 3-August 9) engaged in a research project under the direction of a laboratory scientist
· build collaborative relationships with scientists, become familiar with DOE-sponsored programs, scientific user facility and potential funding opportunities
· participate in enrichment activities (workshops, laboratory tours, seminars)
· faculty receive a total stipend of $13000 during the internship period ­ undergraduate students receive $500 per week during the internship period
· faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students receive travel reimbursement and housing allowance (for those who qualify)

Contact Julie Malicoat at for additional information!

Julie Malicoat
Program Manager
Educational Student Programs
ORNL, Bldg. 5100, MS 6173
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6173
Phone: (865) 576-2311
FAX: (865) 574-4528

3. 2013 NASA Ames Academy Application is now open

The NASA Ames Academy Application is now open. You may apply online at The application deadline is January 7, 2013.

If you have questions or need additional information, please feel free to browse our website at, or contact me via email. Thank you and have a wonderful day.

Desireemoi Bridges
M/S: 17-2
Building 17 Room 208
PO Box 168
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: (650) 604-2447
Fax: (650) 604-2929 (With Cover Sheet)

4. Registration Open for 20TH Annual NASA GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE

Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.


HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Registration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight "moonbuggies" of their own design.

The students' work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA created the event two decades ago to complement classroom learning, provide young thinkers and builders with real-world engineering experience and inspire them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- the STEM fields.

"It's our goal to keep the wheels turning," said Tammy Rowan, manager of the Academic Affairs Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, which organizes the race each year. "The ingenuity and enthusiasm we see among racers begins in the classroom. That first spark of interest -- whether it's in basic chemistry or astronomy or the history of spaceflight -- starts the wheels turning. The Great Moonbuggy Race helps sustain that momentum, turning interest into passion, and dreams into a lifelong pursuit of new answers and new horizons."

International registration for the 2013 race closes Jan. 7. Registration for U.S. teams closes Feb. 4. Participating high schools, colleges and universities each may register up to two teams and two vehicles. For complete rules and to register, visit:

When Marshall created the race as a regional college challenge during the 1993-1994 school year, only eight teams participated. The high school division was added in 1996, and registration has swelled ever since.

Racers compete to post the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions, while incurring the fewest penalties. Prizes are awarded to the three teams in each division that finish with the lowest final times. NASA and industry sponsors present additional awards for engineering ingenuity, team spirit, best debut by a rookie team and more.

The course, built each spring on the outdoor grounds of the Space and Rocket Center, comprises a winding half-mile of gravel embankments, sand pits and obstacles that mimic the harsh surface of the moon. The race's creators drew inspiration from conditions faced by the Apollo-era Lunar Roving Vehicles. Three rovers built at Marshall in the late 1960s were used on the moon during the Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 missions in 1971 and 1972.

Today, the students' moonbuggies address many of the same design challenges NASA and industry engineers overcame to deliver those historic rovers. The vehicles dramatically expanded astronauts' reach across the lunar surface and enabled them to conduct much more scientific research during their brief stays on the moon.

In the most recent Great Moonbuggy Race, held in April 2012, more than 70 teams tackled the course. Petra Mercado High School in Humacao, Puerto Rico was first place in the high school division. The University of Alabama in Huntsville won first place in the college division. Petra Mercado, in only its second year in the competition, earned a completion time of 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The winning University of Alabama in Huntsville team finished in 4 minutes and 3 seconds.

To date, more than 5,000 students from around the world have participated in the races. Past winning teams have hailed from Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming -- and from Canada and Germany. International racers have come from as far away as India, Italy, Romania, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.

Racers from Erie High School in Erie, Kan., have held the record for the best course-completion time since 2008. Their best overall time of 3 minutes and 17 seconds earned the first-place trophy in the high school division that year.

More than 350,000 people watched live and archived coverage of the spring 2012 race on NASA TV and on UStream. For archived footage of the competition, visit:

For images and additional information about past races, visit:

5. NASA is currently accepting internship applications from undergraduate students, please visit the following webpage: onal_internships.html