2017 WVU STEM Ambassador Program

WVU Stem Ambassadors act as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) instructors and camp/cabin counselors during 4-H summer camps and events across the state of West Virginia. Given training and materials, ambassadors travel throughout the state during the summer and deliver pre-arranged STEM curriculum in a variety of settings. Events include county 4-H day or overnight camps, summer youth program sites, state 4-H camps located at Jackson’s Mill in Jane Lew, WV, the West Virginia State Fair located in Lewisburg, WV, and camps on the WVU campuses in Morgantown and Beckley.

This is a great opportunity for students to earn some extra money this summer, improve their teaching and leadership skills, and camp in beautiful locations in the West Virginia wilderness all while spreading their enthusiasm for science to children across the state. This will be the fifth year of the program and the more than fifty previous STEM Ambassadors who served in summers 2012-2016 have reported that the program was a life changing experience. More importantly, because many of the more than 50,000 children served in the last five years have little access to hands-on science or college students and/or graduates, the STEM Ambassadors can actually change lives by inspiring future scientists and engineers.

Program Details:
This program is run through WVU Extension Services, the Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources, and the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. At this time, participation from the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences and the WVU Institute of Technology is undetermined.  Undergraduate and graduate STEM majors from these colleges may apply for the positions and will be paid a $3,000-$4,000 stipend for the full project (total days vary depending on schedule and need) to teach hands-on science activities to youth across the state.  Room and board will be provided at the various camps and travel is reimbursed.  Ambassadors are guaranteed at least 25 days of work on the project during the May 22 through August 11, 2017 timeframe or a portion thereof (greater total days are possible depending on scheduling and need). Priority is given to applications received by Monday March 13, 2017 but will be taken until all positions are filled.

More details and a full list of qualifying STEM majors is listed in the Position Announcement. A direct link to both the application and position announcement is available here: http://4-hyd.ext.wvu.edu/stem/stem-ambassadors

Jen Robertson-Honecker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
West Virginia University Extension Service
4-H Youth Development
PO Box 6031
616 Knapp Hall
Morgantown, WV 26506
Office: 304.293.8130

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Army Research Lab Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program

Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) administers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) research participation programs for civilians such as the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) Program that allow senior scientists, faculty; high school, bachelor's, masters' and doctoral students, and recent graduates to enhance their science education experience in projects and activities at our Department of Defense (DOD) and other Government and Private Industry customers' laboratories and research facilities worldwide.  Last year, ORAU placed over 9,400 participants in educational research roles across the country.

I am pleased to announce the U.S. Army Research Lab will begin accepting applications from BS candidates for the Summer Journeyman Fellowship Program.  Previously, only bachelor level graduates thru PhD candidates were able to apply.  The application deadline for this program is 12 MAR 17.  However, ARL is actively reviewing and selecting candidates on a rolling basis.  Applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP! The start and end dates for this program will vary depending the candidates availability to participate in the research.  The research appointments will occur between 15 MAY - 30 SEP.  

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Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS)

The Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) runs a unique summer program for undergraduate students. The Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) provides an opportunity for exceptional students in math and related disciplines to work in teams on real world research projects proposed by a sponsor from industry or a national lab. Sponsors have included Google, Symantec, Los Alamos National Lab, the Aerospace Corporation, Los Angeles Police Department, Arete, IBM, and many others. The RIPS web site at http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/rips/ gives the full details including a link to the online application. We encourage all bright, young students to apply, especially women and minorities.

This is an educational and very exciting two month program near the heart of Los Angeles at one of the premiere educational institutions in the United States. If accepted the program covers the student’s travel, housing and most meals, and offers a generous stipend. Students immerse themselves in research and learn how to deal with real world problems.

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Mcnair Summer Internship - Deadline Extended to Feb. 15

The 2017 McNair Summer Research Internship application deadline has been extended to February 15 to allow eligible applicants to apply.

To be eligible, students must have demonstrated financial need and be the first in their family to go to college OR  be a member of an underrepresented group, i.e., African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders. They should be full-time sophomores, juniors or seniors (not graduating in May 2017) and must be committed to doctoral study. They should have minimum 3.0 GPA and be available to participate in a paid research internship this summer.

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Chemistry REU - U. of Tennessee

We just extended our 2017 REU application deadline to Feb. 15th. If any of your students are still interested, please encourage them to apply. Thank you!

2017 University of Tennessee Knoxville Chemistry Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) funded by NSF

Program: The UTK Chemistry Department seeks applicants for an NSF-funded summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in 2017. Participants will work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor. The program will also offer multiple seminars, workshops, site visits, and social events. Student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, free housing and parking on campus for ten weeks. Travel will be reimbursed up to $500.

 Undergraduate student participants must have completed their freshmen year of college but not yet graduated, and must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Underrepresented groups in science are strongly encouraged to apply, including minorities, women, and first-generation college students. 

Key Dates and Deadlines: 
02/15/2017: applications due

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Securing Food Supply - UG Research Fellowship

Are you an undergraduate student looking for a summer undergraduate research fellowship? This unique opportunity is perfect for students interested in plant sciences that want to gain skill in both basic and applied research. Students spend 5 weeks at our main campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va, and 5 weeks at one of our Agriculture Research and Extension Centers. A generous living stipend, housing and meals are provided. More information is available on our web site atwww.securingourfoodsupplySURF.org

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REU in Advanced Polymer Materials - Colorado School of Mines

Polymer science and engineering provides jobs and produces technologies that
advance our quality of life. The Colorado School of Mines is offering a unique
interdisciplinary research experience for undergraduates that will apply
polymer science and polymer engineering practices to 21st
century technologies .

Research projects will focus the application of polymers to hot topics such as fuel cells,
photovolatics, batteries, tissue engineering, nanomedicines, andmembranes.

Participants Receive -
• Stipend of $5,000
• Paid on-campus housing
• Travel allowance
• Hands-on research experience

For program and application information contact Prof. Stephen Boyes (303) 273 3633
or Prof. Ning Wu (303) 273 3702 or e-mail: sboyes@mines.edu

Apply online at polymerreu.mines.edu
To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must be enrolled in an undergraduate program at a college or university through Fall 2017 (sorry, graduating seniors cannot be accepted). Applications are being accepted for Summer 2017.

Application deadline is March 3, 2017.

May 29, 2017 - August 4, 2017

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