“My internship and graduation have been cancelled, now what?”

2020 is a year like no other. It has been tough for all of us but for those of you graduating, whether it be high school graduation or college graduation it’s an even tougher time.  Although many campuses are postponing commencements for a later date, right now it’s just not the same. That feeling of taking your last final of the semester on campus or walking across the stage is a milestone that has been taken away suddenly and with no advance warning.  

The hardest part of all of this is that we simply do not know when things will come back to normal and for now this is our “new normal.”  Because things are so up in the air right now many REU’s and internships are notifying candidates that they might have to cancel programs and rescind offers. If this is your situation you are justifiably disappointed but I urge you the importance of keeping up your momentum. The resilience and forward thinking that got you where you are today will get you through this.  

Keeping up the momentum doesn’t mean you have to ignore what’s going on.  On the contrary, keeping up the momentum means not giving up your academic and career goals.

Many students are worried that Pass/No Pass grades on your spring 2020 transcripts will reflect poorly on graduate school applications or just in general.  Please understand that we are all going through this together.  No one is going to judge you if you struggled this semester.  No one is going to deprive you of an opportunity because you were affected by the pandemic, you are not alone, we are all being affected by this. 

Once this crisis passes, and it will, Class of 2020 graduates will have a bond that will forever tie them together. Postponed commencements, postponed graduation parties, cancelled proms and other cancelled and postponed social milestones will forever be a connection that you have as the Class of 2020.  Millenials and Gen Z’ers have gotten a bad rap since day one but now more than ever we see you and we salute you.

Here are some options and ideas for you to explore to Keep the Momentum during this challenging time! 

  1. If your internship has been cancelled ask if you can work remotely.  Some companies might be able to accommodate this as an option. 

  2. If your REU has been canceled ask if you can contribute to the project in a remote capacity.  Although research in a wet lab might be more of a challenge its worth asking  Graduate students are still doing research so it’s worth asking if you can somehow be involved on a smaller scale. For instance, you can possibly help with modeling simulations or literature reviews.

  3. If you need to find a job and are on social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram are using #hiringnow to inform others about job opportunities.

  4. Develop an independent research project. Is there a project you have always wanted to work on? Now is the time.  Ask a faculty member or graduate student if they will be willing to mentor you through this project. 

  5. Take an online class for free. Check out our recommendations for the best free courses to take now

  6. Become an online tutor. Even if classes continue to be online throughout the summer the need for tutors may actually increase. Ask your campus or local community college if they need tutors or teaching assistants for the upcoming summer. 

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The Best Free Online Classes

Almost overnight you likely transitioned to online courses. Now three weeks in you’ve likely gotten the hang of it. Did you know that there are hundreds of free online courses that you can take from top university’s. Here is a short list of free online classes you should take now. 

Stanford University’s Intro to Machine Learning offered by Coursera
Learn the theoretical and practical application of ML in this free course. 

Yale’s The Science of Well Being. Want to increase your happiness and productive habits.  Regardless of your major this is a class anyone can benefit from Offered by Coursera

John Hopkin’s Ruby on Rails
. Chances are you have heard of C++ and Java but in this course you’ll learn “web applications with the Ruby on Rails web application framework, which is geared towards rapid prototyping.” Offered by Coursera

University of Michigan’s Python for Everyone. Learn the basics of Python in this course offered by Coursera

Vanderbilt University’s Introduction to Programming with MATLAB offered by Coursera

Imperial College of London’s Incorporating Renewable Energy in Electricity Grids

Offered by edX

MIT’s Principles of Synthetic Biology” Learn how to engineer biological systems and program organisms to perform novel tasks. Offered by edX

Cornell University’s A Hands-on Introduction to Engineering Simulations-
 
Learn how to analyze real-world engineering problems using ANSYS simulation software and gain important professional skills sought by employers. Offered by edX

Aside from EX and Coursera there are a number of other just for fun classes that might be of interest.  For example, have you always wanted to study photography? Now’s your chance. During the month of April Nikon is offering free online photography classes during the entire month of April.

This just a small sample of the free online courses that await you. 

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Conferences for Women in Engineering

March is International Women’s History Month commemorating the vital role that women have played in American history. We can’t let March go by without mentioning a few upcoming conferences that celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and inspire the next generation of women in engineering. Check out these Travel Scholarships and Free online Conferences to to meet other women in engineering.


Women in Engineering Silicon Valley   
Saturday, March 14, 2020
Stream online for Free!

Are you an aspiring engineer? Do you want to learn about current trends and innovations in the field? Do you want to learn from top female engineers in Silicon Valley? Mark your calendar for Saturday, March 14th. San Jose State’s Women in Engineering Silicon Valley Conference is 100% free and online for students. Register to hear from top leaders from Intel, Google, and many more. It’s free!!
2020.siliconvalleywie.org

IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference
May 19-20, 2020  San Diego, CA

Launched 7 years ago, the IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Conference (IEEE WIE ILC) provides professional women in technology, whether in industry, academia, or government, the opportunity to create communities that fuel innovation, facilitate knowledge sharing and provide support through highly interactive sessions designed to foster discussion and collaboration. http://ieee-wie-ilc.org

ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing
September 16- 19, 2020
Dallas,  Texas

The goal of the Tapia Conferences is to bring together undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, researchers, and professionals in computing from all backgrounds and ethnicities to celebrate, connect and inspire.   Students (community college/undergraduate/graduate), and post-docs at colleges/universities in the U.S and U.S. Territories are encouraged to apply for a travel scholarship to attend this year’s conference.

Scholarships include conference registration, meals during the conference, hotel accommodations, and a reimbursable travel stipend.
Deadline to Apply: March 27th
Apply

IEEE Energy Conversion Congress & Expo Detroit Michigan
October 11 – 15, 2020
Detroit,  Michigan, October

Travel Grants for Women in Engineering
Meet practicing engineers, researchers and other professionals for interactive and multidisciplinary discussions on the latest advances in various areas related to energy conversion The IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS) and the IEEE Power Electronics Society (PELS) have generously provided 30 student travel grants to support their student members to attend ECCE 20.
To apply for a travel grant fill out the application form by May 15, 2020
Apply

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
National Conference
November 5 – 7, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
November 5 – 7, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana

Through the generosity of donors SWE will be giving a limited number of registration grants to collegiate and professional members.
Deadline to Apply: July 31, 2020
Apply

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REU’s with March Deadlines

Georgia Tech

The Research Experience for Student Veterans in Advanced Manufacturing and Entrepreneurship (REVAMP) program is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) summer site. The Georgia Tech Manufacturing Institute (GTMI) hosts the program to train undergraduate students in the fundamental principles of:

  • Advanced manufacturing science and technology
  • The transition of basic discoveries in manufacturing science into innovative commercial products and processes

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Non-graduating Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2020
Apply

UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

INTERDISCIPLINARY EVOLUTIONARY SCIENCES – RESEARCH EXPERIENCES FOR UNDERGRADUATES (REU)

The focus of this REU is training in evolutionary science, with students working on research projects across several disciplines. Three academic departments at the University of Iowa – Biology, Anthropology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences) will collaborate with the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History to offer research projects that span a range of topics, including evolution of behavior, origin of species, cancer evolution, evolution of sex, and paleontology. Study organisms span a large range of taxa, and include: crocodiles, insects, snails, fungi, human cancer cells, frogs, and conodonts. Students will work on one project and through interactions with their cohort will ultimately receive a broad exposure to evolutionary science

Levels: Rising Juniors & Rising Seniors
Minimum GPA 3.0
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline to Apply: March 15, 2020
Apply

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY

Site Name: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) in the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Northeastern University

Program Description: This NSF-REU program offers interdisciplinary research opportunities in Biochemistry, Organic, Physical, Computational, and Analytical Chemistry laboratories with an overarching focus on the theme of Catalysis. Students will do research in a nurturing and vibrant academic setting and spend a summer enjoying all what the city of Boston has to offer.

Students will be paired with a Northeastern Chemistry faculty mentor and a graduate student mentor based on their stated research interests. These mentors will guide the student as they immerse themselves in full-time laboratory research over 10 weeks. Participants will attend research seminars presented by program faculty and invited speakers; academic and professional skills development workshops and panel discussions on topics such as research ethics, literature searching, graduate school; social activities and events with other members of the chemistry department or with students from other summer research programs at Northeastern; and field trips to pharmaceutical & biotech companies, or other research institutes in the Boston area. The REU program will conclude with a research symposium where students will orally present their research findings to the wider chemistry community.

Applications are encouraged from students who are first generation college students, women, and students underrepresented in STEM. Students should be majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, or other related disciplines

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, and non-graduating seniors
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline:  March 16, 2020
Apply

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH SWANSON SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

The Pre-PhD Scholars Program at the University of Pittsburg is a 9 week summer research internship that creates a pipeline for students who wish to pursue PhD degrees in engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. The Engineering Office of Diversity (EOD) identifies prospective students with a 3.5 or higher GPA as Pre-PhD Scholars. These STEM students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the STEM fields are recruited from institutions across the nation, and are assigned to Swanson School of Engineering faculty mentors who lead multidisciplinary teams in advanced research. At the end of the program, all students present their research findings to faculty members, staff and current students.

Scholars are placed in the admissions pipeline as candidates to the MS or PhD program at the Swanson School of Engineering. Students are paid $3500 stipend, $500 feeding subsidy and transportation to and from Pittsburgh is covered by the program.

Levels: Juniors, Seniors, & Recent Graduates
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA 3.5
Deadline to Apply: March 18, 2020
Apply

UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT COMPLEX SYSTEMS CENTER

Undergraduate Fellowship in Complex Systems & Data Science
Through a partnership with MassMutual students will spend ten weeks in the summer understanding human wellness through data analytics at the University of Vermont’s Complex Systems Center in Burlington, Vermont. Students will work on projects in areas such as:

Longevity & Wellness
Algorithmic Fairness
Measurement methodologies for large scale social systems
Computational Finance 

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: No citizenship requirements
Minimum GPA: Not specified
Deadline to Apply: March 23, 2020
Apply

NASA/CALTECH JET PROPULSION LAB

The Internship Program offers 10-week, full-time, summer internship opportunities at JPL to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. 

Levels: Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors
Minimum GPA: 3.0 GPA
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Deadline: March 30, 2020
Apply

UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT LOS ANGELES

Are you a current community college student interested in applying to UCLA Samueli Engineering?  Are you interested in learning more about engineering research? Want to get a paid position over the summer that will help your engineering preparation?  Consider applying to one of our UCLA Samueli Engineering summer research programs. These paid 8 week summer academic research programs are recruiting current community college students who are interested in applying to UCLA Samueli Engineering.  

UCLA is recruiting for 3 programs for community college students:

1) Functional NanoMaterials REU Site

2) Wireless Health Institute Summer Scholars Program,

3) Translational Applications of Nanoscale Multiferroic Systems (TAMNS)

Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2020
See flyer for more information

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Summer Programs in STEM for High School Students

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute

In this three week program students will receive a three week introduction to computer science. Students will explore areas of computer science and software engineering.

Residential Programs run July through August in California, Florida, Illinois, New York,.  Commuter Programs will take place in July in California, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, & New York.

Criteria for CSSI:
Applicants must be High school seniors intending to enroll in a four year program in the United States or Canada in Fall 2020

Students should be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related area.
Students must be available to participate in the entire program.  
Deadline to Apply: February 28th at 11:59 pm PST
Apply

Google’s Computer Science Summer institute
HBCU Program

Google’s CSSI-HBCU is a three-week residential program that takes place in North Carolina and Alabama.  In this three week program students will receive a three-week introduction to computer science exploring areas of computer science and software engineering.Criteria for CSSI-HBCU.

Applicants must be High school seniors intending to enroll in an HBCU in Fall 2020.  Students should be majoring in computer science, computer engineering, software engineering, or a related area.

Deadline to Apply: February 28 at 11:59 pm PST
Apply

Google’s Computer science summer institute

Google’s Computer Science Summer Institute has two different types of programs. If you live near one of the partner camps students will commute to the program daily.  If you do not live close enough to commute then you will be considered for the residential program.

Programs will take place in California, Georgia, Massachusetts, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., and Washington State.Google is committed to  diversity in the technology industry.

Students that are members of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.

Deadline to Apply: February 28 at 11:59 pm PST
Apply

SMASH Academy – National program

SMASH Academy is a three-year STEM- intensive residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Every summer, scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies at leading universities throughout the country.  During the academic year, scholars participate in monthly programming.

They are coached by instructors of color that represent the future they can have. Because of their common background, students connect more deeply with instructors and gain true mentorship from these STEM professors and industry professionals. As they go through the program, scholars not only develop their skills and network – they also find their voice and build the confidence to become who they want to be. SMASH takes place at over 8 universities throughout the United States including the University of Pennsylvania, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UCLA, Morehouse College,

Deadline to Apply: February 28, 2020

Apply

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, ca

The SES program is designed to motivate young people to pursue science and engineering majors in college so they can ultimately participate in the scientific and technical work force. It provides participants with a chance to explore the many possibilities of engineering as a career while living in University residence halls staffed by program counselors. Participants eat their meals in University dining facilities, attend special workshops and complete their own engineering projects. Participants experience the outside-of-class aspects of Santa Clara University through afternoon and evening recreational activities. Feel free to browse a recent SES schedule to take a look at the variety of program activities offered (schedule is subject to change).

During their stay on campus, students attend introductory level workshops spanning several disciplines of engineering that are facilitated by our engineering faculty. Topics will include: Bio, Civil, Computer Science, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. Participants attend all core workshops for a broad exposure to the various disciplines and careers within the field of engineering. SES workshops will be held in the School of Engineering, the focal point for engineering education at Santa Clara University.

High school Students who will have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school by July 1, 2020 are invited to apply.

Deadline to Apply: March 18th 

Apply

National Student Leadership Conference

The National Student Leadership Conference hosts 30 programs focused on areas such as Business, Government & Law, STEM, Leadership and Arts.  Programs take place at over 14 top tier university campuses such as Yale, Northwestern, Georgia Tech, Northwestern University, and Rice

Program Dates:  Varies by Location Site
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for eligible students
Grades: 6th through 12th Grade

Deadline to Apply: March 12, 2020 11:59 PM CST
Apply

Envision Career & Leadership

Since 1985, Envision’s immersive career exploration and leadership development programs have inspired more than 800,000 students. Located at top college campuses across the country, Envision programs are taught by subject matter experts and built on modern, 21st-century learning principles. From performing a surgery using virtual reality, to conducting a mock trial in an actual courtroom, to learning how to create a grassroots organization to affect positive change, Envision programs provide practical, hands-on learning experiences that students call “amazing” and parents call “transformational.”

Programs are available for middle schoolers and high schoolers and range from Medicine, Engineering, STEM, and Mock Trial. Programs are offered nationally at top tier universities such as UCLA, Tufts University, UC Berkeley, and St. John’s University just to name a few.

For students applying for scholarships for the 2020 summer the deadline is February 26, 2020
https://www.envisionexperience.com/scholarships

Apply

Barnard college

Barnard College offers several pre-college programs focusing on STEM, fashion and art history, public service, policy making and writing. The institutes are two weeks and four weeks in duration and take place on the Barnard campus.

Who should apply?
Female identifying students entering their Sophomore, Junior or Senior year of high school in Fall 2020. Students must be at least 14 years of age by the first day of their summer program. 
Financial Aid is available to students who demonstrate need.

Financial Aid is available to students who demonstrate need.
Apply

Boston College

PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage strongly motivated high school students to explore in depth the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists

PROMYS is a program for pre-college students from across the United States and international students.  By the first day of the program students must be 14 year old and have completed at least the 9th grade .  Students can attend during the summer between high school and college. Students who are already attending a university are not eligible, although they may be eligible to apply for a counselor position.

Program Dates:  Check website
Program Cost: $5,000
Financial Aid and Scholarships are available for eligible students
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,
Ages: 14 years and upDeadline to Apply: March 15th

Apply

Curie Academy @ Cornell University

ITHACA

Curie Academy is a one-week residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. The focus is on rising juniors and seniors who may not have had prior opportunities to explore engineering, but want to learn more about it in an interactive atmosphere. This summer come to Cornell University and explore the many possibilities awaiting you in engineering.

The program seeks to engage female rising juniors and seniors with GPA’s of 3.0 and above.The cost of the program is $1450 which includes room, board, and research supplies.

Scholarships and tuition assistance are available.

2020 Program Dates: July 12-18, 2020
Deadline to Apply: March 2, 2020
Apply

MATHCAMP

Mathcamp 2020 will take place at Champlain College in Burlington, VT  from July 5 to August 9, 2020

Program Cost: The base cost for Mathcamp 2020 was $4,500 USD. After financial aid, the final camp fee will be between $0 and $4,500, determined on a case-by-case basis depending on individual family circumstances. This camp fee includes tuition, room, board, all extracurricular activities, and local transportation to and from Portland International Airport (PDX).

Mathcamp is free for US and Canadian families with household incomes under $65,000 (with typical assets), and need-based financial aid is widely available for middle-income families as well as international students, including full scholarships.

Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th,
Ages: 13 years to 18 years
Deadline to Apply: March 12, 2020

Apply

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Scholarships for Minority Grads and Undergrads

Today is February 2nd, also known as Ground Hog Day and this year an early spring is predicted. But regardless of whether it’s an early spring or a lingering chilly winter February means that scholarship season has officially begun.  Check out these current open scholarships for minority grads and undergrads.

Chicana Latina Foundation Scholarships

The CLF provides scholarship to individuals who self-identify as a Chicana and/or Latina.  30 to 40 scholarships are provided to students residing in the following California counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, San Francisco, Sonoma, or Yolo.

Levels: Undergraduates and Graduate students
Minimum GPA: 2.0 undergrads, 2.7 grads
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2020
Apply

“Applying for a scholarship requires confidence. Develop the confidence to highlight your skills and feel comfortable enough to tell others that you are worthy of their investment in your future”

UNCF Network Scholarship

Since 1974 UNCF has supported building awareness of educational attainment and cultivating college-going behaviors within the African American community.
Students must be attending a college of the 37 UNCF Network schools

Levels: Undergraduates and Graduate students
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 2.5
Deadline to Apply: March 31, 2020
Apply

American Indian Science & Engineering Society

Since 1977, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has focused on promoting American Indians in STEM. AISES has 6 open scholarships.

The Intel Growing the Legacy Scholarship Program gives undergraduates and graduate students includes financial support ($5,000 for undergraduate students and $10,000 for graduate students), mentorship, paid internship opportunities and possible employment with Intel.

The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Program awards undergraduates $1,000 and graduates $2,000.

Studying Agriculture? The Advancing Agricultural Science Opportunities for Native Americans (AASONA) Scholarship supports students pursuing agriculture related STEM degrees

Pursuing a major related to casino gaming? The VGT an Aristocrat Company Scholarships with a 3.0 GPA or higher in a field related to casino gaming (software development, technology, supply chain, etc.). 

The AISES Chevron Scholarships are awarded to American Indian, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America who are students in higher education

Are you an Undergraduate or Graduate student in geology mapping, geology mapping, geological field based analysis, or geophysical fieldwork and research? The AISES ExxonMobil Geosciences Summer Fieldwork Scholarship provides awards to  students pursuing these areas $3,000

Priority Deadline to Apply: March 31st
Deadline Extended to May 15, 2020
Apply

GREAT MINDS IN STEM

Great Minds in STEM has four active scholarships for underrepresented undergraduates, and graduate students. 

The GMIS Stem Scholarship supports students pursuing STEM Degrees.

The California Medical Scholarships supports underrepresented California students pursuing a medical profession.

The California Health Scholarship provides financial assistance and support for California underrepresented students pursuing a health-related profession.

Deadline to Apply for GMIS Scholarships: May 1, 2020
Apply

ExxonMobile Loft Fellowship

The Fellowship consists of five 1-hour meetings with a mentor (virtual or in-person), participation in the Harvard-certified ExxonMobil mentee program (on-line), an exclusive curriculum to introduce Fellows to ExxonMobil and career opportunities, and a $1,000 educational grant. In addition, there exists the possibility to interview for ExxonMobil positions (internships/full-time) upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors attending a 4 year university
Citizenship Requirements: US CItizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.5
Deadline to Apply: April 12, 2020
Apply

Society of hispanic professional Engineers

The Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers has many scholarships for high school graduating seniors, undergraduates and graduate students. 
Deadline to Apply: April 30, 2020
Apply

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Scholarships to Attend the Grace Hopper Celebration

The Anita Borg foundation’s annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take place September 29th to October 2nd in Orlando, Florida. Last year’s conference sold out almost immediately! Due to such a high demand you are encouraged to apply for a travel scholarship sooner rather than later. The Anita Borg Foundation has three travel scholarship programs now available that you can apply for:

1) Grace Hopper Scholarships for Students and Faculty.
Levels:  full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program at a college, university, or high school at the time of applying. Must be 18 years of age. 

Ideal candidates will be pursuing degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical discipline such as electrical engineering, human-computer interaction, math, physics, or management information systems.

College Faculty are also eligible to apply for travel scholarships


2) The Grace Hopper Women of Color Complimentary Registration Initiative is designed to support women of color who are interested in attending the conference.  Applicants can be students, faculty, jobseekers, and other key stakeholders that a desire to continue working in tech. 

3) GHC Boot Camp Scholar
This scholarship is designed to support individuals who have participated in a coding boot camp or other accelerated coding program. 

Deadline to Apply: March 4th
Apply

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Common Myths about Summer Research Programs

Now is the time when summer research programs are frantically sending out flyers and email reminders advertising their programs.  You might even see deadline extended which is code for “we didn’t get enough applicants” something which happens all too often. But why? If there are so many great paid opportunities why don’t more students apply to summer research programs  Part of the reason is because there is a lot of misleading information that discourages students from applying. Let’s debunk some of these common myths:


1) It’s very unlikely that you’ll get a publication during a summer REU or make any substantial discovery in only ten weeks.  Don’t tell that to Wolf Cukier, a seventeen year old high school student who discovered a new planet after only three days at a NASA Internship at Goddard Space Flight Center   What Cukier thought was a solar eclipse turned out to be a planet. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/15/learning/internship-planet-lesson-plan.html 

What will you discover this summer?

I have seen REU students become co-authors on papers as a result of the research that they conducted during a summer REU stint.  A lot of it depends on the field and the research area. The fact of the matter is that some areas publish more often than others. It may sound impossible but believe me, it isn’t.  Also, even if you don’t submit to a scientific journal you can present your research at a conference. The key is to work with your faculty and graduate mentors who will be excited to support you in these types of endeavors.

2) Programs are only looking for students with previous research experience.
WRONG!  Did you know that many programs are looking for students with no prior research experience?  In fact, some programs specifically want students who haven’t had research experience or students who come from schools with limited research opportunities such as community colleges.

3) If you don’t have at least a 3.5 it’s not even worth applying.
Wrong!  Programs like the Summer Health Professions Education Program (SHPEP) which is housed at many Ivy League schools and CalTech’s LIGO program accept students with 2.5 GPA’s.  In addition, you may notice that a lot of programs do not even list a minimum GPA. Programs that intentionally do not list a minimum GPA are generally looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.  I’ve seen 3.0 students get selected over 3.9 students because they have glowing letters of recommendation and are passionate about the subject matter. 

Programs that intentionally do not list a minimum GPA are generally looking for students from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

4) If you’re not a US Citizen you’ll never get an REU.
Wrong again!  Part of the reason I started REU Finder is because I wanted an easy way for international students and undocumented students to find opportunities. Your citizenship status should not have any bearing on whether or not you can become a researcher.  Often the citizenship requirement is tied to the funding source. Schools like Stanford have dedicated funding to support students who do not qualify for NSF funded research programs.

5) It’s better to do summer research on your home campus and not jump around to other schools.  Negative.  To be honest, if you’re thinking about applying to graduate school you want to cast your net as wide as possible.  Maybe you’ve been doing research at your home institution during the semester and then you find an opportunity on another campus that seems interesting.  Why not explore this option? Just make sure you let your PI know ahead of time. They will likely encourage this and you can continue your research when you return in the fall.  

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REU’s at the University of Rochester

Ranked # 29 in the US News & World Report’s Best Colleges, the University of Rochester or “The U of R” is a small school with BIG Research contributions specifically in optics,. The university hosts four REU Programs.  Students who are accepted into their REU programs will benefit from a ten week experience working with faculty and graduate mentors, graduate school preparation seminars, GRE preparation classes and participate in community building activities to take advantage of the cultural activities that can be found in the city of Rochester.

1. Computational Methods for Understanding Music, Media, and Minds

“How can a computer learn to read an ancient musical score? What can methods from signal processing and natural language analysis tell us about the history of popular music? Can a computer system teach a person to better use prosody (the musical pattern of speech) in order to become a more effective public speaker?”

This REU combines machine learning, audio engineering, music theory, and cognitive science. Students will work in teams of two will be mentored by two or more faculty members drawn from Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Brain and Cognitive Science, the program in Digital Media Studies, and the Eastman School of Music.

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors 
Citizenship Requirements: U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
GPA: Not Specified
Students must have completed two computer science courses or have equivalent programming experience by the start of the program.
Deadline to Apply: February 9, 2020
Apply

Where is Rochester?
Rochester is three hour drive to Toronto and a one hour plane ride to New York City

2. Advancing Human Health, From Nano to Network

“ Human health research at the University of Rochester (UR) covers a wide range of engineering and science disciplines and a breadth of topics including accessibility, drug delivery and the development of therapeutic and novel medical devices. Students who are interested in understanding human health as a continuum of interrelated complex systems and questions will excel in this REU program”

Deadline to Apply: January 27, 2020
Students will need to apply via a two-step process:

Step 1.  Apply for the NSF Common Application, be sure to select “Human Health REU at University of Rochester” in the Site Selection section of the application to apply for this REU

Step 2. Apply to the supplemental application for this REU https://form.jotform.com/93014015256952

Fun Fact: Rochester is sometimes known as the Flower City due to the number of seed companies in the state.

3. Nano-, Bio-, and Quantum Photonics at University of Rochester

“This program will engage participating students in the frontiers of photonics research in nanoscience, bioscience and quantum science while at the same time providing them with experiences to recognize the excellent career opportunities, both academic and industry based, available in photonics.”

Students should be majoring in engineering or other physical sciences

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens & permanent residents
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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Fun Fact:  The University of Rochester’s Laboratory for Laser Energetics is the largest university-based US Department of Energy program in the United States

4. Physics

The Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Rochester hosts a 10 week REU that brings students to work with faculty on research on projects such as experimental condensed matter physics, astronomy and cosmology, theoretical quantum optics, experimental plasma physics, experimental optics, and computational neuroscience.

Previous participations have undergraduate research assistants have been published in scientific journals and have presented at national conferences. 

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: US citizens & permanent residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: February 15, 2020
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In addition to the online application students should have two letters of recommendation and transcripts sent to the program contact.

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International Summer REU’s

Trying to decide between traveling abroad this summer or doing an REU? Why not do both? Here is a listing of programs around the world that are looking for students like you. Whether this is your first REU or your fourth REU, a summer research experience in another country will truly fill not only your resume but your spirit as well. Bonus: many of these programs listed do not require previous research experience.

Optics in the City of Light 
The Optics in the City of Light Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) will offer 8 undergraduate junior level students the opportunity to spend 2 months in a variety of laboratories in Paris performing research with a wide range of ultrafast lasers. Optics, especially the new discoveries in Extreme Light, is one of the most exciting areas of science.
Students in this program will experience strong collaborative science that is currently taking place between University of Michigan (UM) Gérard Mourou Center for Ultrafast Optical Science (GM-CUOS), University Paris-Saclay, Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Nationale de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA), Université Paris-Sud 11 Orsay, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, and l’Institut d’ Optique Graduate School. Teams of faculty (one from Ann Arbor and one from Paris) will each direct an REU student on a collaborative project. Students will spend one week at the University of Michigan and two months in Paris.

Levels: Juniors who will be entering their senior year in fall 2020.
Citizenship Requirements:  US Citizens or green card holders. 
Applicants must have a passport
Deadline to Apply: January 8, 2020
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Fun Fact: Singapore’s Bukit Timah Nature Reserve holds more tree species than the entire continent of North America.

ACS International Research Experience for Students (IRES) Program in Singapore

The ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) and ACS International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) programs are bilateral exchanges that allow talented young chemical and materials scientists to spend a summer conducting research in another country.

Students spend 10-12 weeks working on frontier chemical and materials science research projects under the guidance of faculty members and graduate student mentors to sharpen scientific skills, develop collaborations with scientists abroad, and experience the life and culture of a foreign country. 

The Program is limited to U.S. undergraduate students enrolled at a U.S. institution.
Deadline to Apply: January, 6 2020
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Do you want to spend your summer doing research in Switzerland?

ThinkSwiss is an official scholarship program funded by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI). It is managed by the Office of Science, Technology, and Higher Education at the Embassy of Switzerland in Washington, D.C. and supported by the Embassy of Switzerland in Ottawa, Canada. The aim of the program is to promote research opportunities in Switzerland for American and Canadian students and to foster the exchange between Swiss, U.S., and Canadian universities and research institutions.

Levels: Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors.
Citizenship Requirements: All enrolled students at accredited U.S. or Canadian universities are eligible, but ability to participate will depend on obtaining a visa, if necessary
Deadline to Apply: January 16, 2020
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Fun Fact:  Canada is considered one of the world’s most educated countries.
Over 50% of residents of Canadian residents have college degrees

University of Waterloo- Canada

The University of Waterloo has two opportunities. The Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) USEQIP is a two-week program, running May 25-June 5, 2020, on the theoretical and experimental study of quantum information aimed primarily at students one year away from completing their undergraduate studies. The lectures and experiments are geared toward students in engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics and computer science, though all interested students are invited to apply.The program has space for 25 students. Accommodations and meals are covered, and bursaries are available for travel expenses.
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For those looking for a longer summer research experience apply for an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) to spend the summer doing theoretical or experimental research at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Work with internationally recognized faculty and students from around the world in a unique, interdisciplinary research community.
Both USEQIP and URA applications are due January 6, 2020. References are due January 13, 2020
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Fun Fact: Kyoto University is one of the top universities in Japan.

Amgen Scholars – Japan 

The Amgen Scholars Program at Kyoto University is eight weeks of intensive research in the sciences. Amgen Scholars will be assigned to one of several Kyoto University departments or interdisciplinary areas that traditionally support science and biotechnology research. These areas may include: biochemistry, bioengineering, biotechnology, chemistry, immunology, microbiology, molecular genetics, and neuroscience. Students do not need to have research experience but should be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Levels: Second, third ,and non-graduating fourth year students
Citizenship Requirements: Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2020
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AMGEN SCHOLARS SINGAPORE

One of the key objectives of the program is to provide current undergraduate students who are committed to or who are considering a career in biology or related sciences and looking to continue to graduate studies, with eight weeks of biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. Research training and experiences are provided by faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences, which anchors the Life Sciences Program in biology and biomedical science at the National University of Singapore. Students do not need to have research experience but should be interested in pursuing a PhD.

Levels: Second, third ,and non-graduating fourth year students
Citizenship Requirements: Students from all over the world are encouraged to apply
Deadline to Apply: February 3, 2020
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RIKEN CENTER FOR BRAIN SCIENCE – JAPAN

The RIKEN Center for Brain Science (RIKEN CBS), located just outside Tokyo, Japan, offers a summer program to train advanced students interested in brain function. Applicants may choose either a two-month laboratory internship (Plan A) within a RIKEN CBS laboratory, or an intensive 5-day lecture course (Plan B) featuring a distinguished international faculty. Those participating in the internship may also enroll in the lecture course.  This year’s theme is “How brains make decisions: Cognitive, Emotive and Societal Factors.”

Typically, around 45 international students are accepted to the Summer Program each year. Attendees have wide-ranging academic backgrounds and are usually enrolled in graduate courses, or have recently embarked on postdoctoral research. However, candidates holding other positions are encouraged to apply.

Attendees usually reside on/near the RIKEN campus, where they have ample opportunity to interact with invited lecturers, other attendees and RIKEN CBS researchers. Students unable to provide their own financial support will be considered for travel and accommodation bursaries provided by RIKEN CBS.

Deadline to Apply: January 31, 2020
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