CHOOSING AN INTERNSHIP OR RESEACH PROJECT

Choosing a summer internship or research project can seem like a daunting task. This page is designed as a resource to aid you in finding a project suitable for you. However, it is not meant to be the only resource you turn to in finding summer work. 

 

Faculty members are probably your most useful resource and you should go to them with questions about which programs to apply to. Once you have been accepted to a program (or several!), you should ask past and current students about the advisor you will be working with.


You need an advisor that you can work well with, and is dedicated to working with you. While other considerations such as pay and housing are also important, it is no exaggeration to say that the right advisor can make or break a program.

 

 

AVAILABLE INTERNSHIPS


NSF and NASA OPPORTUNITIES

 

NASA is still actively recruiting interns for its paid summer internship program! Internships are available in a wide variety of disciplines including engineering, physics, astronomy, life and earth science, and even some business and finance.

 

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2014. To apply visit http://intern.nasa.gov to complete your base application and apply for up to 15 specific internship opportunities.

 

For Undergraduates:

Paid Summer 2014 Undergrad Research Opportunities:
More than 650 programs – REU and other summer research opportunities for undergrads

 

For Financial Support in Graduate School:

Bridge to the Doctorate, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation.

For Postdoc opportunities:

More than 250 openings nationwide.

For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships

 

OSSI - Summer 2014 Opportunities

 

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative, or OSSI, strives to provide high school student and undergraduate and graduate students at all institutions of higher education access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and centers.

 

Visit the office of Education Infrastructure Division LaunchPad to find information on internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI online application for recruiting NASA interns, fellows, and scholars, or NIFS. This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities in one location. A single application places the student into the application pool for consideration by all NASA mentors.

 

Applications for summer 2014 opportunities are due March 1, 2014.

 

To find available opportunities and to fill out an OSSI online application for recruiting NIFS, visit: https://intern.nasa.gov/index.html.

 

Inquiries about the OSSI should be submitted via https://intern.nasa.gov/oic/.

 

 


SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

 

Xerox Technical Minority Scholarship Program

Xerox is committed to the academic success of all minority students. That's why we offer a Technical Minority Scholarship that awards between $1,000 and $10,000 to qualified minorities enrolled in a technical degree program at the bachelor level or above.

2014-2015 application available March 1st, 2014

http://www.xerox.com/jobs/minority-scholarships/enus. html

 

Peter Witt Scholarship (Undergrad Juniors and Seniors, CWRU only)

Application Deadline: March 9th 2014

 

Eva L. Pancoast Award (CWRU Undergrad Women)

Application Deadline: March 9 2014

 

"From Failure to Promise" Essay Contest

The "From Failure to Promise" Essay Contest is open to high school seniors, undergraduate, and graduate students. To be considered, you must submit a 1000 - word essay that addresses the following questions: "How has the book, From Failure to Promise: An Uncommon Path to Professorial positively impacted your pursuit of success and promise? What is your commitment to improving the lives of global citizens once you've reached your destined promise?" Selection will be based on originality, quality of research, and effectiveness of presentation.
Deadline: July 31st 2014
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My Mentor Was Me Video Scholarship

The My Mentor Was Me Scholarship Video Challenge is open to high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree at an accredited university in the U. S. You must create a one to three minute video identifying and describing the impact a mentor has had on your pursuit of success and the importance of mentor-mentee relationships. You must then upload the video to the sponsors website in order to qualify for this award.
Deadline: July 31st, 2014

FULL DETAILS

 

 

 

FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

2014 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

 

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, or JPL. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity and gain a more realistic view of the opportunities and demands of a professional research career.

 

SURF is modeled on the grant-seeking process. Students collaborate with potential mentors to define and develop a project and to write research proposals. Caltech faculty or JPL staff review the proposals and recommend awards. Students work over a 10-week period in the summer, mid-June to late August. At the conclusion of the project, each student will submit a technical paper and give a SURF Seminar Day oral presentation.

 

All application materials must be received NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 22, 2014.

 

For more information, visit http://www.sfp.caltech.edu/programs/surf

 

Please email any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student -Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

ORISE Research Participation Program

The ORISE Research Participation Programs at the CDC accept applications from students, recent graduates, and faculty researchers year round. Each opportunity listed on the website contains instructions concerning the process for submitting an application and other supporting documents.

Visit: http://orise.orau.gov/CDC/applicants/current-research-opportunities.aspx

 

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS

 

2012-2013

WISER AWARDS

Professional Mentor of the Year
Dr. Christine Elliot

 

Professional Mentee of the Year
Maggie Dillione

 

Peer Mentor of the Year
Meghan Thommes

 

Peer Mentee of the Year
Catherine Passmore

 

Science Club
Volunteer of the Year

Kiran Bandi

 

Superstar
Sarah Gavac

WISER /Source Scholars

Nashia Rahim - Biochemistry

Hana Litwin - Civil Engineering
Stacey Yeh - Macromolecular Science & Engineering
Vishnupriya Srivastava  - Pre-med/Undeclared

 

WISER Outreach Grant Awards

Kiran Bandi
Heather O' Keefe
Kimberly Yacoub
Sarah Gavac

 

 

 

2011-2012

Mentor of the Year

Kathleen Buse

Mentee of the Year

Anna Cater


Science Club
Volunteer of the Year

Kimberly Yacoub

Superstar

Victoria Rusnak

2011-2012

Friedman-Klarriech Scholars

Tiffani Burt

Victoria DeLeon

Christa Modery

Disha Sheth

Anna Spirk

Friedman-Klarriech
SOURCE Scholar 2012

Ashley Han

WISER/SOURCE Scholar 2012

Jingning Ao

Clinical Translational Science Undergraduate Research SOURCE Scholars 2012

Lauren Paige Brown
Nasiha Rahim

Spring Semester 2012

WISER Student Grant Awards

Lauren Bootzin
Christiane Mhanna
Amarinder Syan
Nandini Sharma
Kimberly Yacoub

 

Fall Semester 2011

WISER Student Grant Awards

Kristin Bolte
Mallory Busso
Christine Chen
Sarah Gavac
Jasmine High
Gabrielle Kelly
Kate Mrofcza
Diatrah Stott