Category Archives: Undergraduate research

CUWiP 2024 at Penn

Penn’s Physics & Astronomy department will host CUWiP in 2024!  More details will be posted soon.

From the APS CUWiP webpage

The primary goal of the Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) is to increase recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in physics by:

  1. Communicating the breadth of education and career paths open to physics majors
  2. Disseminating information and advice on applying for summer research, graduate school and professional employment
  3. Providing opportunities to share experiences, advice and ideas with women at different stages of their education or career paths

The conferences are typically a mix of presentations, workshops, panels, poster session, tours and social events designed to maximize participation and interaction among women in physics. Typically, sites are able to accommodate 100 – 250 undergraduate attendees. In the past, some programs have included targeted outreach and other special elements, such as recruitment of or programs for high school, community college or underrepresented minority (URM) students, or tours of national labs or industry facilities). All conferences should include in their schedule a 90-minute keynote address that is webcast from one of the host institutions.

The conferences provide an opportunity for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs at the host institution to participate in the organization of a conference. Please note that planning a CUWiP is a major undertaking, and sites should recognize that faculty and/or staff involvement has been vital for the success of the conferences.

Although CUWiPs are primarily aimed at declared physics majors, the conferences are also able to recruit physics majors by energizing and equipping CUWiP participants to be ambassadors for the major when they return to their home institution. The national organizing committee emphasizes recruiting participants who may otherwise not be aware of the opportunities that a physics major provides, such as community college students in STEM fields who are interested in transferring to a four-year college, or first-generation college students.

IRIS-HEP undergraduate Fellows (due 8 March 2022)

**Several Penn undergrads participated in this program last summer**

We are pleased to announce that applications for the IRIS-HEP undergraduate Fellows program in Summer 2022 are now open. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 8 March, 2022 (end of the day, any time zone).

People are the key to successful software. IRIS-HEP aims to promote the development of advanced research software skills by providing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to connect with mentors within the larger High Energy Physics (HEP) and Computational/Data Science community. At the same time, we aim to promote software as a collaborative activity and encourage collaborations which engage individuals in ways that maximize their potential and their potential impact on the community.

To accomplish these goals, IRIS-HEP has created a Fellows program.

IRIS-HEP Fellows will spend some number of months working with a mentor to build their skills while working on a research software project relevant to the Institute.

Who should apply to the Fellows program? – Are you reasonably comfortable with basic programming through skills acquired (for example) from coursework or dedicated training activities? Are you interested in building on those skills to gain experience through contributions to cutting edge open source research software projects?

Then the IRIS-HEP Fellows program could be for you. Prior physics knowledge is helpful, but not required. We will also offer dedicated training activities to help you improve specific software skills.

Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in STEM activities are particularly encouraged.

Fellows will receive a training stipend as part of their participation.

For more information on the program including how to apply, please

see: https://iris-hep.org/fellows.html

Note that a webinar on the program will take place on Wednesday,

23 February, 2022 at 12:00 U.S. east coast time (NYC/Princeton).

A link to register for the webinar can be found on the webpage above.

Questions about the program can be directed to fellows@iris-hep.org

Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program (due Feb 1 2022)

Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program

Applications open on Nov 1, must be complete by Feb 1 2022

The SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at 20 research institutions across the country. SR-EIP Participants…

  • Spend 8–10 weeks at a Leadership Alliance institution.
  • Receive a stipend, and travel and housing expenses from the research institution.
  • Work under the guidance of a faculty or research mentor.
  • Gain theoretical knowledge and practical training in academic research and scientific experimentation.
  • Make oral or poster presentations at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium.
  • Gain access to ongoing resources, mentoring, and professional networks to support your career path as a part of the Leadership Alliance community.
  • Receive professional development mentoring on applying to graduate programs and learn about research careers from alumni.

To participate in the Summer Research Early Identification Program you must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD.*
  • Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
  • Be a documented U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or another legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible for the SR-EIP. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible.

Caltech WAVE Fellows (due Jan 7 2022)

Caltech is now accepting applications for our WAVE Fellows undergraduate research program.

Please share with students and colleagues. Thank you!

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for undergraduate students, who are underrepresented in STEM and intend on pursuing a Ph.D., to conduct a 10-week summer research project under the mentorship of Caltech faculty.

Research opportunities in biology, neuroscience, chemistry, chemical engineering, engineering and applied science, geology, environmental science, sustainability, astronomy, physics, nanotechnology, quantum sciences, humanities, social science, and more!

Research-specific information sessions are scheduled starting on November 3. This is a chance to learn more about the program, application process, and meet Caltech faculty in different disciplines.

Applications due Jan 7, 2022.
Program dates: June 13 – August 19, 2022.

ELIGIBILITY
Applicants must be current sophomores, juniors, or non-graduating seniors;
have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2;
be a US citizen, permanent resident, or have DACA status.
Strong applicants are encouraged to have prior research experience.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Graduate school prep workshops
Faculty seminars
Networking events
Writing workshops
Social activities

Click here for more info

Questions about the WAVE Fellows program can be directed to Carol Casey.

CUWiP application deadline on Monday October 4

Undergraduate physics majors and graduate students, please note the deadline to register for CUWiP is Monday October 4 at 5pm eastern.  The closest one for us is Rutgers in New Jersey (about 1 hour away by car or train), and the Dept should be able to provide some support to attend.  The conference is Friday afternoon+Saturday+Sunday morning in January 2022, so it doesn’t clash with classes and is a lot of fun to attend!

CUWiP January 2022

 

IRIS-HEP fellowships for summer 2021 (by April 18th)

Hi All,

The Institute for Research and Innovation in Software for High Energy
Physics (IRIS-HEP) is now accepting proposals for IRIS-HEP student Fellows
for Summer 2021.

** Please circulate this email to students that may be interested **
**    in this opportunity for Summer 2021 research activities.    **

People are the key to successful software. IRIS-HEP aims to promote
the development of advanced research software skills by providing
opportunities for undergraduate and some graduate students to connect
with mentors within the larger High Energy Physics (HEP) and
Computational/Data Science community. At the same time, we aim to
promote software as a collaborative activity and encourage
collaborations which engage individuals in ways that maximize their
potential and their potential impact on the community. To accomplish
these goals, IRIS-HEP has created a Fellows program. IRIS-HEP Fellows
will spend some number of months working closely with a mentor on an
R&D topic relevant to the Institute.

Who should apply to the Fellows program? – Are you reasonably
comfortable with basic programming through skills acquired (for
example) from coursework or dedicated training activities? Are you
interested in building on those skills to gain experience through
contributions to cutting edge open source research software projects?
Then the IRIS-HEP Fellows program could be for you. Prior physics
knowledge is helpful, but not required. Applications from women and
members of underrepresented groups in STEM activities are particularly
encouraged.

For Summer 2021 we are happy to accept proposals for IRIS-HEP Fellows
from undergraduate students and graduate students that do not have
a research assistantship (e.g. Masters students). Due to COVID-19
restrictions, no travel or subsistence payments can currently be
paid to support co-location of either Fellows with mentors. Fellows
will in general work remotely at a distance with their mentors,
unless they happen to be at the same institution. Applicant students
should be associated with a US university.

Duration of fellowship and total stipend: An IRIS-HEP fellowship
will pay up to 3 FTE-months (full time equivalent) at $2000/month
during Summer 2021. We have some flexibility to accommodate different
summer schedules and lengths.

Full information on the program can be found here:

https://iris-hep.org/fellows.html

You will find examples of former Fellows and their projects, current
project ideas for Summer 2021 (including how you can propose your
own ideas) and information on how to apply.  Questions about any
aspect of the program (including possible projects, help finding
mentors, etc.) should be sent to fellows@iris-hep.org.

Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups in
STEM activities are particular encouraged to apply.

IRIS-HEP Fellow positions will be awarded in a rolling fashion based
on submitted project proposals. All proposals submitted by Sunday,
18 April, 2021, will receive full consideration.

best regards,
Peter

Summer 2021 DIANA Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunities

For the summer of 2021, several projects have been proposed and we invite applications from undergraduate students at U.S. universities. Each of these projects has been designed for a three month period, starting in May or June according to the student’s academic calendar. Participation will be remote. The stipend level will be $2000/month. Several of these projects are particularly well-suited to Computer Science or Computer Engineering students. Others are particularly well-suited to Physics students. All students with appropriate experience (as described in the individual project descriptions) are encouraged to apply, regardless of nominal major. Veterans, women, and members of other traditionally under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The due dates are March 21 and March 28, see here for more details

http://diana-hep.org/pages/fellows.html

 

Undergraduate research internships

Interested in summer research in Physics & Astronomy?
Who does what at Penn in Physics & Astronomy?

DoE scholars Program

The DOE Scholars Program introduces students and recent college graduates to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) mission and operations.

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

  • Stipends starting at $600 per week for undergraduates and $650 per week for graduate students and post graduates during the internship period
  • Limited travel reimbursement to/from assigned location
  • Direct exposure to and participation in projects and activities in DOE mission-relevant research areas
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts

Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Must be pursuing a degree or have received a degree within 5 years of their starting date in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) discipline or field that supports the DOE mission.

How to Apply

Applications and supporting materials must be submitted at

https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/DOE-Scholars-2021

Deadline

January 4, 2021 11:59:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

For more information

Visit https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars

Download program flyer:  https://orise.orau.gov/doescholars/files/doe-scholars-flier.pdf

Questions? doescholars@orise.orau.gov