Friday, November 30, 2012

2013 NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

June 9 - August 2, 2013

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduates to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2013).  SARP provides students with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign, from detailed planning on how to achieve mission objectives to formal presentation of results and conclusions to peers and others. 

Participants will fly onboard the NASA DC-8 aircraft where they will assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands.  Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites.  Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes.  Each student will develop his/her own individual research project.  Many students have gone on to present their results at conferences such as AGU, AMS, and ASLO.

Instrument and flight preparations, and the research flights themselves, will take place at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility, in Palmdale, CA.  Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.  Applicants must have a strong academic background in any of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering and an interest in applying their background to the study of the Earth system.  We especially encourage applications from students majoring in Earth, environmental or atmospheric sciences and related disciplines.

SARP participants will receive round-trip travel to California, housing and transportation during the 8-week program, a $3000 stipend and a $2500 meals allowance.

The deadline for all applications is Feb. 8, 2013.
Applicants must be US citizens currently enrolled in a four-year college or university. 

For more information and to download the program application, visit:
To watch a video about the program, visit

Specific questions about the program should be directed to

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Summer 2013 Undergraduate Engineering Internships

The Earth Observing Laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research is seeking applicants for our 2013 Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER). The program is open to undergraduate students enrolled in engineering or engineering-related disciplines at accredited U.S. colleges and universities. However, note that some internship projects may require that the intern be (a) a U.S. citizen; (b) lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States; or (c) a protected individual as defined by 8 USC1324b(a)(3).

We will be hiring four students for SUPER internships during the summer of 2013, and applications are being accepted now.

MEBI 591A: Technologies to Support Aging: Implications for Design, Implementation and Evaluation

Winter Quarter 2013 Seminar Series

Tuesdays 11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Health Sciences I-132

The population of older adults is growing rapidly and expected to double in size from 2000 to 2030. As our health care system struggles with limited resources and a workforce shortage, there is a need for innovative approaches that will address this unprecedented demographic shift and improve quality of life for older adults. Technology can facilitate the design of such solutions that promote independent and healthy aging. Examples include among others fall detection systems, wearable sensors to capture vital signs or activity levels, telehealth devices for disease management, “smart” homes for independent elders. Technology-based solutions to support aging require interdisciplinary approaches that address not only the technical but also the clinical, ethical, legal and societal implications. This seminar series draws on the expertise of speakers from many disciplines (including health informatics, medicine, nursing, social work, computer science and engineering) to showcase examples of current or proposed systems and examine lessons learned and challenges.

Division of Biomedical and Health Informatics, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, UW School of Medicine. For questions or more information contact

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Graduate Writing Studio Courses this Winter!!

We will be offering two Graduate Writing Studio Courses this winter for *non-native English speakers* who would like support with academic writing. General Studies 391 (2 credits)
SLN 20895, section O
SLN 20896, section P

In this course, students develop strategies they can directly apply to academic writing tasks from their chosen discipline. Here are the learning goals for the course:

o Develop an awareness of audience, style, and structure for a particular genre
o Analyze sources in terms of reliability
o Develop an awareness of, and practice the grammar used to write reports, definitions, introductions, literature reviews, data commentary, titles and abstracts
o Summarize & critique ideas in academic readings
o Use APA (or alternate) style of documenting sources correctly
o Learn to integrate source material correctly and effectively

Students are welcome to register for one of these sections. No add codes are required. Please note that a course fee of $713.00 is charged in lieu of tuition. Contact Amy Renehan ( if you have questions about the course.

Career Launch Workshop - January 10, 2013

Looking for some help in your job search?  Not sure how to kick-start your career efforts, or where to look for opportunities?  Consider attending the Career Launch Workshop!  

January 10th, 2013
Fee: $30 for UWAA members; $35 for non-members (includes lunch)

The Career Launch Workshop is designed to help you think about how to get started with refining your resume, searching for a job and acing an interview.  This fun and informative 5-hour workshop will help you feel ready to get your resume out there and job search with confidence! For more information or to register, please visit .

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Secrets of Getting into Top Grad Schools for Engineering Students

Tuesday November 27, 2012 6:00pm | EEB 403

If you will be applying to graduate schools, this is an info session not to be missed! You are invited to hear our very own Prof. Alexander Mamishev speaking on the Secrets of Getting into Top Grad Schools for Engineering Students on Tuesday, November 27th - at 6pm in EEB 403. The session will have a 30 minute presentation, followed by a 30 minute Q&A. Bring your application materials on a thumb drive if you want a group criticism (time permitting). 

Monday, November 26, 2012

NASA and Associated STEM Opportunities

1.  Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) program

Dear students and faculty:
The website is open for applications for summer 2013 internships through the Research Alliance in Math and Science (RAMS) program (!  The research internship targets under-represented U.S. citizens, undergraduate levels majoring in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and related disciplines.  If you were a RAMS intern as an undergraduate, you may be eligible as a graduate student.  Please evaluate your eligibility before applying. 

Please note that all fields are required for submission and for cyber security, there is no opportunity to save partially completed applications.  Current student resumes should be uploaded as a Word (.doc) file with LAST NAME as the first word in the filename.  Resume files that are not named with your LAST NAME first cannot be accepted and will result in an incomplete application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

I look forward to receiving your application packages!  Please note that the deadline is the deadline for your entire package.  Your official transcript should show the courses you will have completed plus the courses you are taking now.  It is understood that courses you are currently taking will not have a grade.  Your faculty should comment on the expected grade for relevant classes underway in the faculty recommendations.

Please note: your academic standing is the last year of school you have completed.  For most of you, that will be the academic year you completed in May 2012.

4.  NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program
 NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2013-2014  academic year. This call for fellowship proposals solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing  Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. The purpose of NESSF is to  ensure continued training of a highly qualified workforce in disciplines needed to achieve NASA¹s scientific goals. Awards resulting  from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities.
 The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2013, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2013.
 The NESSF call for proposals and submission instructions are located at the NESSF 13 solicitation index page at -  click on "Solicitations" then click on "Open Solicitations" then select the "NESSF 13" announcement. Also refer to ³Proposal Submission Instructions² and ³Frequently Asked Questions² listed under ³Other  Documents² on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page.
 All proposals must be submitted in electronic format only through the NASA NSPIRES system. The advisor has an active role in the submission  of the fellowship proposal. To use the NSPIRES system, the advisor, the student, and the university must all register. Extended instructions on  how to submit an electronic proposal package are posted on the NESSF 13 solicitation index page listed above. You can register in NSPIRES at
 For further information contact Claire Macaulay, Program Administrator  for NESSF Earth Science Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0151, E-mail: or Dolores Holland, Program Administrator
 for NESSF Heliophysics Research, Planetary Science Research, and  Astrophysics Research, Telephone: (202) 358-0734, E-mail:

Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500) - Winter 2013

Communicating Science to the Public Effectively (CENV 500)
Winter 2013
3 credits (Credit/No Credit)
Meets Tuesdays 9:30-12:20 in Fish 203
This is a seminar, discussion-based course for graduate students in the sciences that focuses on effective techniques for sharing scientific research with non-specialists. At the end of the quarter, each student will present a 30 minute public talk on their graduate research to be delivered during the 2013 Engage: The Science Speaker Series at Town Hall Seattle.

In this course, students will:
- Develop and practice several analogies to distill their research
- Create a variety of concise research promoting statements
- Practice story-telling and audience consideration
- Use improvisation as a public speaking tool
- Engage in weekly readings and discussions
- Hear from guest speakers on science communication
General information about Engage: The Science Speaker Series and Seminar

What others have written:
Crafting the Story Behind the Science A&S Perspectives Newsletter 
Designing a Practical Science Communication Curriculum The Intersection at Discover Blogs 
Engage Speaker Series: Where science meets storytelling UW Today 

Questions?  Email Jessica Rohde