Category Archives: Research Opportunities

Summer NanoTech Research for Undergraduates

The National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network is offering 10-week summer research research opportunities for about 70 undergraduates across the network’s 14 sites.

Students will be assigned to work on a project in any of several exciting nanotechnology fields, including electrical, chemical, mechanical, and biomedical engineering.

Online application now is live. Apply by February 15, 2015.

CyberCorps Scholarship and Research Opportunities

NSF logoSMALLThe National Science Foundation’s CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program “seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development. The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students in cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients will work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship. The Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. They contribute to the expansion of existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity and focus on such efforts as research on the teaching and learning of cybersecurity, including research on materials, methods and small-scale interventions; curricula recommendations for new courses, degree programs, and educational pathways with plans for wide adoption nationally; teaching and learning effectiveness of cybersecurity curricular programs and courses; integration of cybersecurity topics into computer science, information technology, engineering and other existing degree programs with plans for pervasive adoption; partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sectors leading to improved models for the integration of applied research experiences into cybersecurity degree programs.” Find out more.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY

This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students . This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.

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Oak Ridge Lab Research Opportunities

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.

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Google Announces Million-Dollar Engineering Challenge

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Google is offering $1 million to anyone who can take a power inverter — a device used to convert energy that comes from solar, electric vehicles, and wind — and shrink it to 1/10th its normal size. Such devices are normally the size of a picnic basket, according to Google’s blog.

It’s called the Little Box Challenge, and it’s being offered in partnership with IEEE. According to the blog, “A smaller inverter could help create low-cost microgrids in remote parts of the world. Or allow you to keep the lights on during a blackout via your electric car’s battery. Or enable advances we haven’t even thought of yet.” The challenge requires teams to register by September 30, 2014 in order to submit a technical approach and application by July of next year. The grand prize winner won’t be announced until 2016.

NSA Expands College Cybersecurity Program

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The National Security Agency (NSA) is reaching out to college students in an attempt to relieve the shortage of cyber security professionals in the U.S. Recently, the agency announced it’s expanding its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program to include five more universities: New York University, Towson University in Maryland, The United States Military Academy, University of Cincinnati and University of New Orleans, according to USA Today. That puts the total number of universities with this designation at 13.

The schools don’t receive NSA funding — instead, they receive liaison personnel who provide research opportunities for students. The designation also makes the schools eligible for some National Science Foundation grants. According to the article, the schools are hoping the designation will attract more students interested in cyber security, as well as recruiters looking for cyber security graduates.