University of Kentucky students T.J. Flynn and Josiah Hanna recently received $10,000 each from the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation for their current and future plans studying physics, computer science and mathematics, according to Kentucky news outlet SurfKY News. Hanna, a double major in computer science and mathematics, plans to go to graduate school to pursue a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence research. Flynn is working toward a dual degree in mechanical engineering and physics. He plans to follow a Ph.D. route in fluid dynamics or microfluidics, possibly with aerospace applications.
The award also included a ceremony on UK’s campus, and a public lecture from former NASA astronaut Joe Kerwin, who lived and worked in the Skylab space station in 1973. The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $3.7 million to deserving students across the nation to date, according to the article.
The Institute for Defense Analyses’ (IDA) Science Policy Fellowship Program is a chance for recent bachelor’s or master’s degree recipients to work in the IDA’s Science and Technology Policy Institute for two years. Fellows are involved in collaborative research for leaders in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) as well as the NSF and NIH. Candidates are required to have at least a B.S. or B.A. in a wide variety of disciplines including engineering, computer science, math, and the physical science. Previous policy experience is not required.
Apply first through the IDA website, and submit an additional statement of purpose, resume, transcripts, writing sample and recommendations to STPIemail@example.com. Applications for the upcoming cycle are due by January 31, 2014.
Exelon Corporation, the largest competitive U.S. power generator with headquarters in Chicago, is offering several summer engineering internships for the upcoming year. As of this writing, internships are located in Baltimore, MD, and various locations around Illinois, including Chicago. Interns will work in departments related to nuclear power plants, power lines, energy providers such as ComEd in Illiniois and BGE in Maryland, and retail and wholesale energy businesses.
Most positions require an in-progress B.S. or M.S. in engineering and a basic knowledge of systems, equipment, policies, practices, codes, and standards. Use the Exelon careers page to search for open positions by keyword.
Ford Motor Company hires many interns, co-op students, and recent graduates every year, and all have the potential to be taken on as full-time hires at the end of the program. Below is a description of upcoming opportunities for 2014:
Internships: Internships run through the summer and are generally for rising seniors or Master’s students. This year Ford employed over 360 interns in areas including engineering, IT, purchasing, and product development, and interns may be offered full-time employment with Ford’s College Graduate Program or another department. As of this writing, there are seven open internships in fields such as engineering, core buying, human resources, marketing, and IT.
The Optical Society (OSA) offers two congressional fellowships each year that include an orientation on congressional and executive branch operations and a year-long seminar on issues surround science, technology, and public policy. Fellows should have received their Ph.D. by the start of the program in September, and mid-career professionals are also encouraged to apply. Both fellowships offer a $72,000 stipend and allowances for health insurance, travel and relocation expenses.
Both fellows will have the opportunity to work in the office of a U.S. Senator or House Representative to get first-hand knowledge of congressional operations, contribute to the policymaking process and better understand the link between government, science and engineering. The deadline for the 2014 program is Friday, January 3, 2014.