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Student Online News 1-11-16

Student Online News 1-11-16

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Seeking Volunteers for Future City Competition (1/23) and Engineering & Science Festival (2/6)

The college of engineering is hosting two outreach events, and need student volunteers.  Please contact Leandra if you can help for either event, and if you have a preference of volunteer duty:

Saturday, January 23, 8:30am-12noon

Idaho Regional Future City Competition

38 teams of 6th-8th graders will compete in the Student Union Building

  • Need 1-2 volunteers to give segway rides
  • Need 1-2 volunteers to do data entry for competition scores
  • Need 2-3 runners to collect score cards and take to data entry room
  • Need 1-2 volunteers to judge COEN special award Most Sustainable Use of Existing Resources  
  • Possibly need more judges to be paired with local engineers

Saturday, February 6, 9am-4pm

Engineering & Science Festival

We expect about 5,000 visitors to enjoy 70+ hands-on activities, demonstrations, and presentations.

The goal is to inspire children (k-12) to pursue engineering careers.

  • Need volunteers to hand-out programs and give directions to room/building locations
  • Need volunteers to collect survey data (10-12, 12-2, and 2-4pm)
  • Need volunteers to assist with various activities run by local professionals and student clubs

Undergraduate Research Opportunities:

There are REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) opportunities for summer 2016 all over the country! These are for all levels of engineering students. Here are 2 great sites to start reviewing the lists, and apply!

Pathways to Science

National Science Foundation

CAES & INL is proud to announce the launch of the pilot Geothermal Design Challenge

Image of a banner from the CAES Website for the Geothermal Design Challenge 2016

A student competition open to both high schools and universities.

Help the U.S. Department of Energy design the future of clean energy.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and Idaho National Lab is recruiting students in graphic designcommunicationsscience and/or engineering to bolster their portfolio, resume or college applications by entering the 2016 Geothermal Design Challenge. They are looking for smart and creative student teams to design an infographic that will illustrate how geothermal energy is clean, safe, reliable and sustainable. Winners will share a prize purse of $7500 and present their infographic at a geothermal energy conference in California.

Form teams and submit a draft infographic by March 1, 2016.
Design the future of clean energy and register for the Geothermal Design Challenge today!

College of Engineering Clubs

Image of two students performing community serviceThe student organizations for engineering students at Boise State provide you with a great opportunity to meet other students with similar interests and career goals. In addition, many of the activities these organizations propose focus on enhancing academic performance, providing community service, and stimulating social interaction among members. View more information on COEN student organizations.

Boise State Microgravity Team Heading to NASA – Again

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of a flyer for NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NExT) programA multidisciplinary team of Boise State students has been accepted into NASA’s Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Team (Micro-g NExT) program. This is the eighth straight year a team from Boise State has been selected for the prestigious program at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Micro-g NExT challenges undergraduate students to design, build and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration problem. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations and educational/public outreach. The Boise State Micro-g NExT team wrote a proposal for a tool to help astronauts collect rocks on a future asteroid mission.

View the full “Boise State Microgravity Team Heading to NASA – Again” article

Meet Winter Commencement Speaker Dayne Konrad

By: Brady W Moore

Image of Dayne KonradDayne Konrad from Auburn, California, is graduating this winter with a degree in mechanical engineering and a minor in applied mathematics. Konrad has maintained a 4.0 GPA while at Boise State and has taken the initiative to apply his learning both inside and outside the classroom.

Konrad works as a research and development engineering intern for local company Rekluse Motor Sports and as a research assistant in the Advanced Energy Lab on campus. Shortly after transferring to Boise State from Sierra Community College in Rocklin, California, Konrad joined the Boise State Motorsports Club and helped the team build an offroad vehicle for competition at an annual race in El Paso, Texas.

View the full article on Dayne Konrad

Boise State Hosts Future City Regional Finals Jan. 23

By: Kathleen Tuck

Image of the Future City Competition logoMiddle school students will vie to create new and innovative solutions to the vexing issue of waste management in this year’s Future City Competition regional finals, held Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Student Union Jordan Ballroom at Boise State University. The College of Engineering is a sponsor.

Over the years, cities and towns have managed their ever-expanding piles of trash in a variety of ways, including dumping them into landfills, burning them in incinerators or shipping them away in trucks and barges. Such waste management systems contribute to air and water pollution and can be expensive and energy intensive. Today, engineers around the world focus on the four Rs of waste management (reduce, reuse, recycle and rot) in an effort to deal with solid waste as a resource instead of as trash.

View the full “Boise State Hosts Future City Regional Finals Jan. 23” article

The GREEN Program: Sustainable Development Programs Abroad

Image of the GREEN Program logoGot plans this summer?
How about protecting water resources in Peru, exploring cutting-edge renewable energy facilities in Iceland, or going behind the scenes in Philadelphia’s top sustainable development projects?
If you’re into adventures and want to add career-related sustainability experience to your resume, check out the GREEN Program’s hands-on summer sustainability program dates below.
Note: These program dates are flexible to fit your summer schedule. That means you can apply today, then choose your preferred program date when you’re ready.

Iceland Program: Renewable Energy & Sustainability

Image of a group of people looking at the Northern Lights in IcelandExplore Iceland’s latest innovations in renewable energy, dive into authentic Nordic culture and participate in “bucket list” adventures with the GREEN Iceland Program.

  • February 28th – March 6th
  • March 6th – March 13th
  • March 13th – March 20th
  • May 16th -May 25th
  • May 23rd – June 1st
  • May 30th – June 8th
  • June 6th – June 15th
  • August 1st – August 10th
  • August 8th – August 17th

Learn more about the GREEN Summer Iceland Program.

Peru Program: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices

Image of students on the GREEN Summer Peru Program tripJoin The GREEN Peru Program to discover how Peru utilizes methods from the Inca Empire and modern day technologies for water initiatives and a sustainable future.

  • March 13th – March 21st
  • May 22nd – May 31st
  • August 7th – August 16th

Learn more about the GREEN Summer Peru Program.

Philadelphia Program: Sustainable Design & Urban Regeneration

Image of downtown PhiladelphiaGain rare access to sustainable development projects throughout the city where local government policies in the USA are making impactful changes towards a greener future.

Now accepting applications for wait list – dates announced shortly.
Learn more about the GREEN Summer Philadelphia Program.

The Colorado Center for Biorefining and Bioproducts (C2B2)

A research and education consortia that mobilizes student academic researchers and industry partners for the advancement of renewable bioenergy technologies.

Join C2B2 in the Rocky Mountains this summer for the 9th annual Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (C2B2 NSF/REU).  The program will run May 21 to July 30, 2016!

Participants in this program will be researching biotechnology, bioproducts and biorefining through our research thrusts:

  • Feedstock Engineering, Plant Biotechnology and Crop Science
  • Biochemical and Thermochemical Conversion
  • Process and Product Engineering
  • Lifecycle Assessment and Economic Viability

All Majors are eligible to apply!

Biology, Chemistry, Chemical & Biological Engineering, Crop Sciences, Economics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics & MORE

Research fundamental scientific challenges of renewable energy. Work with research mentors at one of four C2B2 sites:

University of Colorado Boulder

Colorado State University

Colorado School of Mines

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

For more information, please visit the C2B2 website, or contact

National Institude of Standards and Techology’s (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)

Your school has been invited to participate in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST’s) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program for students majoring in science, engineering, and mathematics. This letter contains information about the program that operates at NIST’s Boulder, Colorado, campus and NIST’s Gaithersburg, Maryland, campus.

Applications for participation in the SURF program are accepted only from colleges or universities and not from individual students or faculty. We invite your Office of Sponsored Programs or Grants Office, to prepare a single proposal to the SURF program. (A separate proposal is required for SURF Boulder and SURF Gaithersburg.) This proposal will include a portion completed by an institutional representative and a set of materials provided by each student applicant. An administrative announcement of this Federal Funding Opportunity (FFO) has been posted on both and our program Web site.

SURF Program

Application due date: Friday, February 12, 2016 [Only electronic application submissions will be accepted via until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on the due date]

Students applying to the SURF Boulder program will be matched to opportunities in the Boulder divisions:

Students applying to the SURF Gaithersburg program will be matched to opportunities in the Gaithersburg laboratories:

Please circulate the information about this program to other appropriate academic departments and administrative staff at your institution. We encourage you to print (attached flier) and post our information poster that is attached to this message. You may also download our poster from our Web site, given below.

Further information and application materials may be found at these Web sites:

SURF NIST Gaithersburg

*Note: The SURF Program will host webinars tentatively scheduled on January 21, 2016 (2:00 PM Eastern Time) and January 27, 2016(1:30 PM Eastern Time). Please check the websites above for registration information.

Bureau of Reclamation in Boise, Student Trainee Position

This position is being advertised at the Pacific Northwest Region, River and Reservoir Operations, Boise, Idaho.

Student Trainee (Physical Science) (Hydrology), GS-1399-03

  • Pathways Indefinite
  • Salary: $25,434 to $33,068 per year
  • Moving expenses are not authorized.

Announcements Open: 1/5/2016 to 1/19/2016

BR-PN-PWT-RS-16-092 is opened to all students who are accepted for enrollment or currently enrolled and seeking a degree (diploma, certificate, etc.) in a qualifying educational institution, including preference eligibles (veterans) meeting this criteria.

View more information about the Student Trainee (Physical Science) position.

Toshiba-Westinghouse Fellows Program at Penn State

Penn State’s Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering is accepting applications for an outstanding undergraduate summer research program in the nuclear field at Penn State—the Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program.

The Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program is a 10-week paid summer program that provides an unparalleled opportunity for undergraduates to obtain hands-on research experience and professional development in the nuclear field at Penn State. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor on a state-of-the-art nuclear research project, and will have terrific opportunities to network with industry representatives and participate in site visits to locations such as Three Mile Island.

The program runs from May 30—August 4, 2016.  Fellows will receive a $6000 stipend as well as on-campus housing. Applicants must have completed their sophomore year by the start of summer 2016 and have a minimum GPA of 3.0. We are applications through January 31, 2016. 

View more information about the Toshiba-Westinghouse Fellows Program and access the online application.

Questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator, Lori Miraldi, at

Research Opportunity for Undergraduates at the University of Utah

Research Experience for Undergraduates Opportunity flyer

University of Utah MRSEC Next-Generation Materials for Plasmonics & Organic Spintronics – Salt Lake City, Utah

June 6 – August 5, 2016

$4500 stipend, travel allowance, housing & meal plan.
Apply online by February 15, 2016 on the MRSEC website.
Open to U.S. citizens & permanent residents obtaining an undergraduate degree after December 2016.
Women & minority students are especially encouraged to apply.
Students from non-research institutions may be given priority.
Supported by the National Science Foundation under grant no. DMR-1121252 CFDA NO. 47.049

University of Kentucky REU Program in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices

REU Program in Engineered Bioactive Interfaces and Devices flyer.  The program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn about graduate school through workshops, seminars and panel discussions and also provides them with a multidisciplinary research opportunity across various disciplines including engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, and anatomy and neurobiology.   This will be the 8th year of our REU program and we would appreciate it if you would forward this email along with the flyer to your undergraduate students.  Preference will be given to rising juniors and seniors.


Idaho Opportunity Scholarship

Image of the Idaho Youth Opportunity Scholarship 2016 logoIdaho students can now apply for the state’s Opportunity Scholarship. The scholarship, which provides up to $3,000 per year (within cost of attendance limitations), is renewable for up to four years and is awarded to high school seniors or undergraduate students with a grade point average of at least 3.0 and demonstrated financial need who attend an eligible higher education institution in Idaho. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2016.

View Idaho Opportunity Scholarship eligibility criteria and online application.

Some other points to remember:

Students must be working on their first bachelor’s degree, associate’s degree, or certificate. Opportunity cannot be awarded to students earning a second degree or certificate. The only exception are students who have an associate’s degree and are now working on a bachelor’s degree.

  • Students must be Idaho residents who graduated from an Idaho high school.
  • Student must complete a FAFSA by March 1, 2016

View Idaho Youth Opportunity Scholarship flyer for more information.


For assistance with BroncoJobs, preparing resumes and/or cover letters, or interviewing preparation, including dress code, please contact us at 426-1747. Career Center Boise State University Academic and Career Services Building 1464 University Drive, Room 111 (208) 426-1747 BRONCO JOBS – find details on the following jobs through the Boise State career center.

In addition use Indeed to find jobs and internships.

Energy Northwest: summer internship and full-time jobs for engineering majors

Here are a couple of Energy Northwest job listings that have our career openings for those that are curious what we have available. In addition, individuals can also check the Energy Northwest website for current listings.

FRL Scholars Program

Interested in an exciting, paid summer internship opportunity?

The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is looking for students in all academic levels interested in joining scientists and engineers on cutting-edge research and technology that directly supports our Nation’s defense.

The AFRL Scholars Program is a unique opportunity for students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to gain valuable hands-on experience and contribute to research-based projects. Graduate interns are also able to collaborate with AFRL on current research and incorporate the research into their graduate work.

Internship Locations:

  • Kirtland AFB, in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Eglin AFB, in Valparaiso, Florida
  • AFRL Maui Optical and Supercomputing Site (AMOS), in Maui, Hawaii

Who can apply:

  • Upper-level high school students
  • Undergraduate students
  • Graduate and doctoral-level students
  • K-12 professional educators supporting STEM (at select locations)

For more information visit the AFRL Scholars website.

Direct AFRL Scholars application link

Email questions to:

Flyer: AFRL Scholars Program Summer 2016

Apply Now! The Summer 2016 application deadline is January 19, 2016.


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