According to Campus Technology, the University of Minnesota is finding a way to gets its innovative students and faculty started on the path to successful entrepreneurship. The school’s new Discovery Capital Investment Program will provide up to $350,000 in early-stage funding to startup companies coming out of the university that have a viable business plan, qualified management, and can match or exceed that investment with another external investment.
“Administrators said they believe the new program will allow the school to keep expenses down, raise matching equity more easily from outside sources and expedite the movement of university discoveries into their start-up phases,” according to the article. According to the Star-Tribune, the program will be funded by royalties acquired from past technologies and products.
The Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy University Program recently awarded over $5 million in scholarship and fellowship money to undergradaute and graduate students pursuing nuclear science and engineering studies, totaling 42 scholarships and 33 fellowships. Scholarship winners receive $5,000 to cover the cost of their education, and fellowship recipients get $50,000 each year for the next three years to help defray the costs of graduate school and research.
The application process starts with letters of intent, due September 11, 2014, and pre-applications due October 2. Find out if you’re eligible by looking up your university, and get in touch with the program by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Higher Education Research Experiences accepts undergraduate, recent graduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students to participate in research and internships for up to four years, depending on the type of program. Several programs are listed on the website, and deadlines may vary. Below the cut is a quick description of the programs for each academic level.
The Department of Energy’s Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 15 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.
Internships last for 10 weeks during the summer at any DOE National Lab. Students must be studying full-time at a community college, and show they have at least a 3.0 GPA and have completed at least 6 credit hours in science, math, engineering, or technology course areas. The application deadline for the summer 2015 session has not been posted.
The National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is accepting applications for its 2015 session. The program is an early career educational and training opportunity to engage its fellows in the analytical process that informs U.S. science and technology policy. Fellows develop basic skills essential to working or participating in science technology policy at the federal, state, or local levels. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies (degree awarded) within the last five years may apply. Applications for the 2015 session are due September 1, 2014.