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With each issue, ASEE’s Accelerator brings you new scholarship and/or internship/co-op opportunities for engineering students. Would you like to list an opportunity with us? Please email

Utah FORGE Geothermal Student Design Challenge: The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), in partnership with the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE) and the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), invites both high school and university (undergraduate & graduate) teams to explore the future of geothermal energy and visualize the world of geothermal energy by participating in the 2019 Geothermal Design Challenge™. Learn more hereDeadline: April 10, 2019 (10 pm ET).

Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) Challenge: The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) and VentureWell support the Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge which recognizes undergraduate excellence in biomedical design and innovation. Prizes range from $5,000 – $20,000 between the two entities. Click here to learn about the VentureWell prizes. Click here to learn about the NIBIB rules. Apply hereDeadline: May 31, 2019.

National Geographic Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge: The Ocean Plastic Innovation Challenge, a key component of National Geographic and Sky Ocean Ventures’ partnership to reduce plastic waste, asks problem solvers to develop novel solutions tackling the plastic waste crisis. The challenge will focus on three methods: designing alternatives to single-use plastic, identifying opportunities for industries to address plastic waste throughout supply chains, and effectively communicating the need for action through data visualization.

Teams will compete for aggregate prize purses of up to $500,000, and qualified participating teams may have the opportunity to receive a minimum of $1 million in aggregate investment from Sky Ocean Ventures. More information here.  Deadline: June 11, 2019.

Non-academic Research Internships for Graduate Students (INTERN) Supplemental Funding Opportunity: INTERN is a grant program wherein the PI of an active NSF award may request supplemental funding for one or more graduate students to gain knowledge, skills, and experiences that will augment their preparation for a successful long-term career through an internship in a non-academic setting, such as a for-profit laboratory, start-up business, government agency, policy think-tank, or non-profit organization. This opportunity is only open to doctoral students. More information hereDeadline: May 1, 2019. 

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