Friday, November 14, 2014

University of Utah Engineering Graduate Programs Looking for Applicants

The College of Engineering features seven academic departments bolstered by 27 multidisciplinary research centers and institutes. Our diverse faculty provides the knowledge and skills to solve some of society’s most critical engineering challenges.

An interdisciplinary research environment promotes innovation, entrepreneurism and large-scale, multidisciplinary research breakthroughs. A frontrunner in computer graphics, scientific visualization, fossil energy, robotics, neural interfaces and MEMS, the College is also a premier hub of data science, nanotechnology, nuclear and petroleum engineering.

Financial support is readily available, and there is no cost for domestic Ph.D. applicants; foreign applicants pay just $15. Our strengths have attracted government and private funding, creating fellowships, paid research, teaching assistantships and loans. Eligible students may receive paid tuition.

College of Engineering
In the past decade, we've more than doubled the output of master's and doctoral degrees awarded. With $79.2M in research expenditures, the College ranked 33rd out of 208 schools in research productivity in the 2013 ASEE Profiles, which compares U.S. engineering and technology programs. We have also grown the size of the faculty to 179, which puts the College among the top 10 percent for faculty size.

Living in Utah
Utah is legendary for snowboarding, skiing, camping, hiking and biking.
There is plenty to see and do:
• Seven world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts within a 30-minute drive of the University of Utah.
• Five scenic national parks and dozens of state parks celebrated for their beauty and accessibility.
• Ranked No. 1 for Best Hiking Cities by National Geographic.
• Home of the internationally-renowned Sundance Film Festival, Real Salt Lake soccer team and the NBA's Utah Jazz.

Chemical Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
School of Computing
Entertainment Arts and Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
MBA/MS Engineering Program
Petroleum Engineering Program

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Winter Quarter Academic Achievement Courses

Winter 2015 Academic Achievement Courses
THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON’S ACADEMIC SUPPORT PROGRAM is offering three different content areas for Winter Quarter 2015 titled, “Race, Class and Gender in Sports Media”, “Immigration and Higher Education: What is an American?” andSmart-Phone, Small-Planet? Identity and Community in the Digital Age”. These courses are great for freshmen, sophomore, and transfer students who are interested in improving their academic performance. Through these courses, students will be presented with interesting course material and will learn strategies to improve their note-taking, essay writing, reading, and study skills. As a part of the course, students will meet with a tutor-mentor three hours per week to work on class assignments and learn about university resources.  Sections C & E will be reserved for English Language Learners (ELL) and recent immigrants. 
General Studies 101 B: Immigration and Higher Education: What is an American?
·         SLN  14672
·         3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
·         Class meets on Tuesdays  2:30PM – 4:20PM
·         Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week
General Studies 101 C: Smart-Phone, Small-Planet? Identity and Community in the Digital Age
·         SLN  14673
·         Reserved for English Language Learners and recent immigrants
·         3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
·         Class meets on Wednesdays 11:30AM – 1:20PM
·         Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week
General Studies 101 D: Race, Class and Gender in Sports Media
·         SLN  14674
·         3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
·         Class meets on Tuesdays 11:30AM – 1:20PM
·         Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week
General Studies 101 E: Smart-Phone, Small-Planet? Identity and Community in the Digital Age
·         SLN  14675
·         Reserved for English Language Learners and recent immigrants
·         3 credits, numerically graded, W credit
·         Class meets on Wednesdays 2:30PM – 4:20PM
·         Meet with a tutor-mentor for 3 hours/week

To request an add code, please contact Anne Browning at


ESRM 321, Finance and Accounting From a Sustainability* Perspective, is an introductory business course designed for non-business majors and has NO prerequisites. We cover the basics of finance and accounting WITH SUSTAINABILITY * (environmental and corporate social responsibility) woven throughout the course.
ESRM 321, Finance & Accounting From a Sustainability Perspective
SLN 14264
NW and I & S credit
5 credits
TU/TH, 4:30-6:50 PM
Anderson 223
ESRM 321 explores sustainable business through the lens of finance and accounting and offers an opportunity to learn about the connections between businesses, society, and the environment. This course first lays a foundation by reviewing basic finance and accounting concepts, followed by discussions/exercises relating to the stock market and investing, money and counterfeiting deterrence, financial institutions, the U.S. Federal Reserve Board, accounting, and financial statements. Students will learn a tool for assessing corporate environmental, social responsibility, and financial performance and explore relationships among these three dimensions of sustainability’s triple bottom line.
* What does sustainability mean, and how is it manifested in business? Various definitions of sustainability have been used, but all share a common understanding that sustainability refers to integrating environmental, social responsibility, and financial/economic elements in order to meet the needs of people today without compromising Earth’s capacity to provide for future generations. Said another way, practicing sustainability involves balancing the three Ps: planet, people, and profits.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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.

WAVE Fellows Program at Caltech

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. Caltech is committed to promoting diversity within its educational programs and activities and strives to ensure that differing cultural, ethnic, social, geographic, and economic perspectives are represented. Caltech's WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, and educationally and financially disadvantaged students.

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: WAVE Fellows 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 7, 2015.

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 in the US, 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 $6000 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2015.

For more information, please visit

Internship Opportunity for EE undergrads with RockTenn

Date:  Thursday, November 20th
Where: 207 Anderson Hall
Time:  6p (sandwiches will be provided)
Why:  Recruiting Interns for Summer 2015*

RSVP to Juliet Louie ( no later than Nov 17.

Rocktenn is seeking a Project Electrical Engineer – College, with the ability to learn, adapt and apply a wide range of electrical and control engineering practices on capital projects throughout the Mill operations. Incumbent will work under the direction of a mentor (senior electrical project engineer) and be asked to perform a wide variety of tasks but will report directly to the engineering manager.

Knowledge of power distribution systems and equipment up to an including 110 KV
Knowledge of instrumentation, PLC Controls and DCS Controls

a.       Send your resume in PDF (use this file naming convention:  “John Smith - Resume.pdf”). 
b.      Indicate in your email that you are applying for the EE internship.
c.       If you are selected for an interview, Juliet will contact you on Wednesday to schedule that interview.  Interviewing will take place on November 21st.

Direct all questions to Juliet.  She is best reached via email. 

Upcoming FLAS Fellowship Information Session Wed Nov 12, 3:30-4:30 in Smith 309

-Smith Hall Rm 309: Wed Nov 12, 3:30-4:30
-UW Tacoma International Week, CP 331 (Cherry Parkes), Nov 19, 12:30 PM
-Thomson Hall Rm 317: Th Nov 20, 2:30-3:30
-Thomson Hall Rm 317: Th Dec 4, 3:30-4:30

Applications now open! Due January 30, 2015. Questions: email

For more information and to apply, visit

Foreign Language & Area Studies Fellowships (FLAS) available to undergraduate, graduate and professional students
FLAS fellowships award tuition and a living stipend as follows:

Academic Year Graduate: $18,000 tuition, $15,000 livi! ng stipend
Academic Year Undergraduate: $10,000 tuition, $5,000 living stipend
Summer Graduate/Undergraduate: $5,000 tuition, $2,500 living stipend

The FLAS Fellowship is available to U.S. citizens and permanent residents. FLAS Fellowships support study of the following languages and their world regions:
-Arabic -Bangla -Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian -Bulgarian -Burmese -Canadian First Nations -Chinese -Czech -Danish -Estonian -Filipino/Tagalog -Finnish -French -German -Hebrew -Hindi -Indonesian/Malay -Italian -Japanese -Kazakh -Khmer -Korean -Latvian -Lithuanian -Norwegian -Persian -Polish -Portuguese -Russian -Slovenian -Spanish -Swahili -Swedish -Tajik -Thai -Turkish -Uighur -Urdu -Uzbek -Vietnamese

Winter 2015 Courses for Graduate Students on Experiential Learning

The Center for Teaching and Learning is offering two experiential courses for graduate students during the Winter 2015 Quarter. Each evidence-based course encourages students to reflect and participate by engaging in active learning. Full course descriptions and information on how to register can be found on the course website at:

GRDSCH 525/HUM595:  Acting Up:  Amplifying Voices Through Interactive Theater as Pedagogy
Instructors:  Theresa Ronquillo (Center for Teaching and Learning) and Tikka Sears (Memory War Theater)
When:  Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30-4:20 p.m. in Gerberding 100
Credit:  3 (C/NC)

GRD 630:  Teaching and Learning in Higher Education:  Frameworks and Practices
Instructors:  Calla Chancellor and Karen Freisem (Center for Teaching and Learning)
When:  Wednesdays, 1:30-3:20 p.m. in MGH 228
Credit:  2 (C/NC)
Entry Codes are required for registration in all periods.  Contact Calla Chancellor at<> to request a code.

Electrical Engineering Internships at Seattle City Light

We’ve been keeping the lights on since 1910. The Nation’s Greenest Utility seeks awesome interns to help maintain that tradition.

Our Energy Delivery Division seeks junior electrical engineering students to assist with electrical distribution system design, network load flow, project construction, load studies and system modeling, and capital improvement projects. Interns will rotate through different aspects of engineering design, including pole, overhead electrical, underground electrical, and transformer overload replacement.

Interns should have training or experience with AutoCAD or similar CAD programs and with engineering drawing standards. Interns will also need to emphasize any experience in performing project coordination and record keeping tasks.

These internships will start in January and run for a minimum of one year (with a possibility to last up to two years).

Read the position announcement and apply online. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18.

And one more thing. Check out all the perks of our Seattle City Light Internship Program. We think you’ll like what you see.

Drama 103 through online learning!

Add a little drama to your life!   Register today for Drama 103: Theatre Appreciation, SLN 13157
An Online Course!

Offered in the user friendly Canvas system, the new iteration of Drama 103 has no on campus requirements and is an excellent choice for students who are out of area, studying abroad, working, or have other time constraints that require remote study.

This course is aimed at familiarizing students with the art of theater through a survey of the key components of the live theatrical experience. In this course we explore and compare performance in its many forms by viewing video/film alongside live performance. This is an excellent course for students who are both new to performance studies and those seeking to further develop the critical skills and vocabulary needed to appreciate and thoughtfully analyze a performance event. As this is not an acting class, you are not asked to perform but rather to view, enjoy, and discuss the art of performance as you experience it!

INTSCI 301: Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar - Course Announcement

INTSCI301:  Integrated Sciences Careers Seminar (1 credit, credit/no credit grading)

Are you interested in a career in the sciences? Would you like to:
  • Explore a wide variety of careers available to students with a broad science background?
  • Network with professionals in science careers, including science education, science writing, and science policy?
  • Learn about successful pathways to careers in science, as well as the skills required for those careers?
Weekly guest speakers in INTSCI 301 expose students to a variety of possible careers and provide students with tips and insight based on their own careers in the sciences.  Students complete a final "field experience" consisting of a visit and informational interview with someone working in the sciences.

Open to undergraduates at all levels with an interest in learning more about science careers.

Here's what some of our previous students had to say about the class:
“The field experience exposed me to a career I didn’t even know existed!  This class should be required for all science majors.  I wish I had taken it when I first came to the UW.”
“This class was a very pleasant surprise.  It proved to be helpful in areas other than just exploring science careers.”
“Having guest speakers come in from different fields is really awesome and gives lots of different perspectives.”

INTSCI 301 will meet on Wednesdays, 3:30-4:50 p.m. For registration questions, please email Meghan Oxley, Integrated Sciences Adviser, at:

Jicamarca International Research Experience Program - JIREP 2015

The students will work with staff engineers and scientists on projects
related to ongoing research or instrumentation development programs.
Research may be conducted in neutral atmospheric and ionospheric science as well as radar/radio instrumentation and software development. Given its
location, frequency of operation, and array system, most JRO's research
capabilities are unique. Besides the unique research capabilities where
students are welcomed to propose and run their own experiments, JRO offers a good opportunity to get hands-on-experience on different aspects of radar
systems, from changing the antenna connections, improving RF components of the system, to develop sophisticated acquisition and processing programs.

A side benefit of the program is that students will get to know Peru,
heir to ancient cultures and rich colonial tradition. This program is
offered to junior/senior undergraduate and/or first and second year graduate
students and will cover the travel expenses (to and from Lima), as well as a
reasonable stipend. Given that the Observatory is located outside Lima city,
transportation will be provided.

• Application deadline: January 30, 2015
• Decision: February 20, 2015
• Starting date: Anytime between May 11 until June 19, 2015
• Duration: 10 weeks

More information and application/recommendation forms can be found at or by contacting us at

Commuter Commons Programming

The Commuter Commons ( is a space in the HUB room 141 which serves as a “Home in the HUB” for commuter students who desire a “home base” between classes.    The space features a changing room, lactation station, day-use lockers, kitchenette, tutoring and advising, and equipment rentals.  Finally we also offer programming.

Thursday, November 20th @ 1:00pm
Building a budget, Building Your Credit, and Minimizing Your Loans
Come learn more about managing your finances in college.  This session will be presented by First Year Programs and a financial aid representative will be present to answer specific questions as needed.