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Student Online Newsletter 12/9/11

Student Online Newsletter 12/9/11

| 2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program | HS-STEM Summer Internship Program |ASME Treasure Valley Christmas Party | IAC Student Jobs | Calling all Wallpaper Designers! | American Council of Engineering Companies |Summer Research Experience| STEM Station Student Assistant | GRE/GMAT Prep Courses | NASA nternship Applications| Summer Undergraduate Research | REU Opportunity in Hawaii | Amgen Scholars program | Redesigning a reality show |NASA Langley Research Center | Jobs

2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP)

June 17 – August 10, 2012

Image of the NASA Student Airborne Research Program 2012 logoThe NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2012). 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 P-3B 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.

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 $3,000 stipend and a $2,500 meals allowance.

Applications received by Jan. 20, 2012 will be considered for early acceptance.
The deadline for all applications is Feb. 10, 2012.

View more information about the SARP Program and download the application.
Watch a video about the 2011 SARP Program.
Please also see the attached flier.

Specific questions about the program should be directed to

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HS-STEM Summer Internship Program

Image of a banner ad for the DHS HS-STEM Summer Internship Program 2012

2012 Summer Internships for Undergraduate Students

  • 10 week research experience; $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses
  • Areas of research:
  • Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biological/Life Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Emergency and Incident Management
  • Social sciences

Projects offered at:

  • National research laboratories: Argonne, Idaho, Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Sandia, Savannah River
  • DHS laboratories: Transportation Security Laboratory
  • Other research facilities, including Air Force Research Laboratory, Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology

U.S. citizenship required

Application deadline: January 5, 2012

ORAU DHS Internships webpage

ORAU DHS Internship application webpage

Administered by Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education


DHS Education Programs

100 ORAU Way

P.O. Box 117

Oak Ridge, TN 37831

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ASME Treasure Valley Christmas Party: Tuesday, Dec 14 at 6:30

Image of the ASME logoEvent: ASME Treasure Valley Section Christmas Party
Who: Professional and student members of ASME, guests, and prospective members
When: December 14, 2011 6:30 pm
Where: Sockeye Grill & Brewery, 3019 N. Cole Road, Boise, ID

We invite all ASME members and guests to join us for our annual
Holiday Celebration. This is just an evening of fellowship so there
is not a presentation, no lectures, just fun.

We have reservations for dinner at Sockeye Grill & Brewery on Cole
near Ustick. Feel free to bring a guest or two, members, non-members,
and anyone thinking about becoming a member. Please RSVP to so we can have a head count for the restaurant, even
up to the last day.

For information on this event and upcoming ASME meetings throughout
the year, check out the Treasure Valley ASME website.

We look forward to seeing you at the Sockeye Grill & Brewery.
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Calling all Wallpaper Designers!!! COEN Labs Wallpaper Design Contest

Image of a lab wallpaper design that is abstractAre you an engineering student with mad design skills? Do you like to see your work displayed in public forums? Do you enjoy manipulating non-copyrighted images that illustrate engineering concepts and then turning them into a stylish-looking computer background?

Submit your lab wallpaper designs to the COEN IT department at by December 19th. Resolution should be 1024×768, 1280×720, 1440×900, or 1920×1080. Content should be engineering-related (and ‘PG rated’).
The winning entry will be announced in a future edition of the COEN newsletter and included in Spring 2012 COEN labs image, where you can gaze upon your work each time you sit in front of a COEN Labs machine.

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American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Idaho and ACEC National Scholarship Opportunities

Image of the ACEC building with their logo in the top left corner

Who Is Eligible: Students entering their junior, senior, fifth or graduate year in the Fall of 2012. (View the ACEC Member Organization Scholarship Program eligibility requirements)

Scholarship Amount: One scholarship will be given for $1,000. The state winners will be forwarded to ACEC National competition for consideration of an additional amount up to $5,000 (only state winners may proceed to the national level)

Deadline for Scholarship Application: January 31, 2012

Application Availability: Applications can be found in your college engineering department, online at ACEC of Idaho website under the Scholarships button, or by calling the ACEC of Idaho office at 208-321-1502.

Where to Return Application: Applications must be returned by January 31, 2012 to:

ACEC of Idaho
P.O. Box 8224
Boise, ID 83707

Or delivered to:
ACEC of Idaho
5440 W. Franklin, Suite 108
Boise, ID 82709

Applications will be judged by a local panel of engineers and the state winner will be forwarded to ACEC National by March 16, 2012. Winners are expected to be announced by Spring of 2012. (View the ACEC scholarship application)

Applications will be scored on the following criteria (see Scholarship Guidelines at ACEC of Idaho website for more details on scoring guidelines)

Cumulative Grade Point Average: 24 points

Essay: 25 points

Work Experience: 24 points

Recommendation: 17 points (see separate form for recommendation – may NOT be a letter of recommendation)

Extracurricular College Activities: 10 points

For More Information: Contact the ACEC of Idaho office at 321-1502 or by email at


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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates at Northwestern University

Image of a woman working in a science lab with the words "Educational Programs" on the picture

The Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Northwestern University offers a 9-week, paid summer research experience for undergraduates. The students are paired up with some of the leading research professors in science and engineering fields. Research areas include ceramics, nanocomposites, photonics, nanoparticles, and molecular electronics. While there are many REU programs, the NU-MRSEC stands out in offering students an interdisciplinary research experience. Students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in science or engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible. The program dates this year are June 18 to August 17, 2012; Applications are due Feb. 15, 2012. Participants are paid a $4500 stipend and a travel allowance and on-campus housing is provided. For more information, please visit our website:

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center at Northwestern University website

If you have any questions, please contact our program assistant, Nic Tat at, 847-491-3606.


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STEM Station Student Assistant

The STEM Station is looking for a creative, tech-savvy, team-oriented, highly adaptable, customer friendly student to become our new STEM Station Student Assistant. You will assist with research and projects to support student and faculty success in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Tasks will include updating and creating web pages, helping to develop and coordinate events for students and faculty, creating flyers for STEM events, and organizing information and data files.

Pay is $9.50/hour, ~14 hours/week. *This is for WORK STUDY students only*.
Open to all majors with appropriate experience. The requirements for this
job are:

  •   Knowledge of or willingness to learn WordPress software to update STEMStation Web site
  •   Knowledge of operating a PC and a Mac computer
  •   – Excellent written and verbal communication skills and customer service attitude
  •   Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Publisher
  •   Ability to create spreadsheets and logically organize data on Microsoft Excel
  •   Work or applicable experience that demonstrates you are organized and responsible (bonus points for being creative!)
  •   Interest in science, math or engineering (even if you are not majoring in one of those fields)
  •   (Preferred, not required) Bonus points for experience with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator or other computer skills or technical software

Please apply through BroncoJobs:
STEM Station Student Assistant position joblink

To be considered complete, your application must include:

1) a current resume and 2) a detailed cover letter or e-mail explaining how you meet the job requirements. References will be requested if you become a finalist.

Application period is November 28 through December 19 and applications will be considered immediately as submitted, so it is best to apply early.

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GRE/GMAT Prep Courses

The Center for Professional Development has scheduled spring  sessions of both the GRE and GMAT Exam Prep Courses.  I sent you some fliers that advertise these courses last Fall and hope that you would be willing to help me again for Spring to get them into the hands of the appropriate
people. We also have a GRE and GMAT tutor available if participants want extra assistance outside of the regular course sessions.
GMAT Test Preparation flyer

GRE Test Preparation flyer
Feel free to contact me at 426-3740 or email me at if you have any questions or concerns.


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NASA Accepting Internship Applications

Image of the NASA logoAttention Students:

NASA’s summer internship application process OSSI: SOLAR is NOW OPEN!!!
Go to the ISGC Internship Webpage for you up-to-date internship information!
NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium Internships webpage
Deadline for 2012 NASA Summer Internships is:  Thursday, February 2, 2012

NASA Academies Information

NASA Academies is also accepting internship applications.  NASA Academies is NOT completely apart of OSSI: SOLAR.  You have to apply in a different way…
If interested in applying to the Academies, you must first create a profile on the NASA SOLAR website and then fill in the full academy application.

Deadline for 2012 NASA Academies Summer Internships is:  Monday, January 23, 2012

If you have any questions on any of the internships NASA has available, please contact the ISGC at (208) 885-6438 or email

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[WEPAN] LSAMP Summer Undergraduate Research at Rensselaer

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is pleased to accept registrations from underrepresented ethnic minority undergraduates at your universities who
would like to undertake summer 2012 research in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related fields of study.  Kindly
forward the details below to students at your university who may be interested.  Questions about the program may be directed to Ms. Mecaila
Smith in Rensselaer’s Office of Graduate Education via email at or by telephone at 518-276-3048.

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REU Opportunity in Hawaii

Image of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa logoWe are recruiting now, and until February 15, 2012, for the National Science Foundation (NSF) High Performance Computing Applications Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program: Computational Fluid Dynamics (HARP) at University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, for summer 2012. Engineering or Science undergraduates with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a strong interest in Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and High Performance Computing (HPC) should apply.  All work will be done from the campus at Honolulu, HI.  The students will receive a generous stipend, and travel to and from Hawai‘i will be provided.  Applicants can apply at University of Hawai’i NSF HARP application webpage.

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Amgen Scholars program at UWashington

Interested in learning more about science and biotechnology research as a career? The UW Amgen Scholars Program is a premiere summer STEM research program that provides a transformative opportunity for undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in scientific research. For more
information, visit: University of Washington Undergraduate Research Program webpage.

The application for the 2012 UW Amgen Scholars Summer Research Program is now live!  APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2012.

View more information about the program and register to attend an upcoming Amgen Scholars Program Information Session:
University of Washington Summer Research Programs webpage.

Or, contact Tracy Nyerges, Program Coordinator at with any questions or to make an appointment.

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Redesigning a Reality Show for the Students

The Edge Factor Team produces a series of high-energy, cinematic shows that spotlight exceptional design and manufacturing stories. Manufacturing is one of the most misunderstood industries in North America and Edge Factor is working hard to change this.  Our goal is to break the false perception that manufacturing is the dark, dirty environment they picture in their minds and we are achieving this by using cinema to spotlight technologically-advanced, innovative companies here in North America.

Hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed “Gnarly Metal” episode, the EF team is set to release the Reality Redesigned series. What is it? It is a design contest with a reality show twist. Students and bike enthusiasts from Canada and the United States will be invited to submit designs into one of three categories based on the theme of the show, in this case “Mountain biking”. The submissions will be analyzed and eventually critiqued by industry experts.  This is an amazing opportunity for students and aspiring designers to have their designs and ideas looked at by the top minds in the industry today.  Reality Redesigned promises to be a season filled with key insights into the amazing world of design, engineering and manufacturing. The top designs will win over $40,000 worth of prizing.

Submissions for the contest start December 16, so time is ticking on the February 24th deadline.

For more information on Edge Factor and Reality Redesigned or to watch the shows, please visit

If you have any questions, concerns please contact Matt Ormel at


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NASA Langley Research Center Research Internship Opportunities, Summer 2012 Session

Image of the Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars Program logoBoise State University engineering students are invited to apply for summer 2012 research internships at the NASA Langley Research Center located in Hampton, VA.  Applications can be made starting December 5, 2011.  The deadline for applications is February 1, 2012. Information
about NASA Langley’s research internship opportunities and the on-line application can be found at *National Institute of Aerospace LARSS webpage. *I request your assistance in distributing this information to the members of WIE at Boise State University, and look
forward to receiving their applications for the 2012 summer session.  Please note that we encourage female students and under-represented
minorities, first-generation college students, and students from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.

Langley Aerospace Research Student Scholars (LARSS) Program
LARSS is a paid, year round (3 sessions) research internship program for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  It is also a unique and highly competitive research internship program.  For the 2011 summer
session, we received 759 applications; about 200 applicants from 92 colleges and universities in 37 states were accepted.  LARSS is also a
nationally ranked internship program. In 2011, the staff of Vault-Career Intelligence reviewed over 800 national internships and named LARSS one of its top 10 best internship programs.  For 25 years, the LARSS program has helped to preserve U.S. leadership in engineering and science by providing exceptional students the opportunity to work with Langley researchers on some of the nation’s most important, difficult, and challenging problems that require multi-disciplinary and collaborative solutions.

The 10-week summer session begins on Monday, June 4, and ends Friday, August 10, 2012.  Students participate in a variety of tours, lectures, and
social events designed to achieve the “outcomes” established for the LARSS program. The summer session culminates with students presenting the results of their research in a variety of forums to various audiences.

LARSS Program – Eligibility Requirements
To qualify, a student

  • Must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Must be a full time student enrolled in an accredited U.S. college or university.
  • Must be pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  • Must have a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

LARSS Program – Goal
The goal of the LARSS Program is to

  • Increase and improve the quality of the Nation’s engineering and scientific workforce by providing undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to conduct supervised research in a creative, innovative, and supportive learning environment.

LARSS Program – Student Outcomes
Specific outcomes include the following:

  • Learning to apply basic engineering and science concepts and principles to developing research-based solutions using research methods,
    experimental designs and techniques, data analysis, and interpretation.
  • Gaining proficiency in presenting scientific and technical concepts including study design, analysis, research findings, and interpretations
    to peers and colleagues.
  • Developing skill using the physical and intellectual (analytical and computational) tools necessary for experimental design and research.
  • Developing the skills needed to (1) succeed as professional engineers and scientists, (2) fulfill their professional responsibilities, and (3) make sound ethical decisions.
  • Learning to work and successfully function as a member of a group, team, or project composed of individuals with divergent backgrounds and life views.
  • Developing the skills necessary to engage in life-long learning and to understanding the need to continually exploit those skills in refining and updating one’s knowledge base.

LARSS Program – Administration
Debbie Murray
Sarah Pauls

LARSS Program Coordinator
LARSS Program Assistant
Mail Stop 400-LARSS
Tele: (757) 864-4394
NASA Langley Research Center
Fax: (757) 864-9701
Hampton, VA 23681-2199
Tele: (757) 864-5215
Fax: (757) 864-9701
About the NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC)
The NASA Langley Research Center is an “ecosystem” for innovation, problem solving, and creativity. Our researchers are internationally-renowned investigators and problem solvers. Located in Hampton, Virginia (near Virginia Beach and Williamsburg and 3 hours south of Washington, DC), NASA LaRC is one of the country’s oldest civilian research laboratories. Since 1917, LaRC engineers and scientists have undertaken award-winning research and development efforts to pioneer (1) the future of flight (including entry, descent, and landing) in all atmospheres; (2) the characterization of all atmospheres; (3) space exploration systems and technology; and (4) structural materials concepts, analysis, and integration. Our engineers hold multiple degrees in a variety of disciplines (e.g., aeronautical, aerospace, bio and biomechanical, ceramics and materials, chemical, computer, electrical, electronics, environmental, mechanical, structural, and systems). Our scientists hold degrees in a variety of disciplines including chemistry, computer science, Earth and space science, mathematics, modeling and simulation, psychology (Wikipedia Outline of academic disciplines for Psychology), and physics.

Langley researchers are also engaged in a number of innovative challenges including atomistic materials; Earth systems science; affordable, safe, and sustainable space exploration; and “green aviation”. Our researchers are members and fellows of some of the most prestigious national and
international professional and technical societies. About 30 percent of our researchers hold PhDs. Awarded annually since 1911 for the greatest
achievement in American aviation, the Collier Trophy (named for Robert J.m Collier, a prominent publisher, patriot, sportsman and aviator) has been presented to the NASA Langley Research Center five times.

Lastly, I encourage you to visit the recently updated LARSS website. For a better understanding of the program’s research focus, please “click on”
project abstracts and student testimonials.  Do not hesitate to contact the LARSS program staff (Ms. Debbie Murray and Ms. Sarah Pauls) if you have questions or need additional information.  You can reach me by telephone at 757.864.2491 and by email at


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BRONCO JOBS – find details on the following jobs at Boise State Career Center

ITD seeking CE or CM intern –  junior or senior
View more information about the CE/CM internship and apply by December 23.



The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) is looking for highly qualified students to work in our Power Services organization located at our Headquarters building in  Portland, Oregon.

The Power Services Intern Program (Program) is an intensive development program comprised of both job rotations and classroom-style trainings that should prepare you for a long-term career in Power Services.  When hired into this Program, you will receive these opportunities:

Paid temporary work during the school year and/or summer and winter breaks

  • Exposure to a wide range of BPA and industry functions and issues through formal and informal trainings
  • Rotational assignments through different organizations within Power Services to provide specific on the job training
  • Tailored developmental plan
  • Program lasts approximately 12 months


Resumes will be accepted until January 31, 2012. View the Public Utilities Specialist/Operations Research Analyst Internship flyer and feel free to forward this announcement to
others who may be interested.


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