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Engineers Head the Rhodes Scholars Class of 2015

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Engineering and computer science majors comprise a quarter of the Rhodes Scholars class of 2015. Created in 1902 by the will of Cecil Rhodes, a British philanthropist, the scholarships cover the full costs of two or three years of graduate study at Oxford University. The roster of 32 graduating seniors and graduate students headed to England next year was culled from 877 candidates from 355 universities. Meet these standout engineers and computer scientists:

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Federal Undergraduate Scholarships & Fellowships

The American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) administers a number of federal scholarship and fellowship programs for undergraduates – including for the Office of Naval Research’s Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program and NASA’s Aeronautics Scholarship Program.

Applications are due December 15, 2014 for the SMART (Science, Math, and Research for Transformation)  Scholarship for Service program. See the application instructions HERE.

ASEE also administers engineering scholarship, internship, and fellowship programs for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.


Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE)

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The University of Michigan’s Summer Undergraduate Research in Engineering (SURE) program offers outstanding undergraduates who have completed their junior year and intend to pursue graduate studies the opportunity to spend the summer working on research projects under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Students attend regular meetings and lectures, and produce a YouTube video about their summer project or experience.

The program for University of Michigan students runs for ten to 12 weeks and includes a $4,200 stipend. Non-UM students are accepted for 7- to 8-week internships that include a $4,000 stipend, room, some board and travel allowances, and GRE test prep. Programs run from early May through August 2015.

Click HERE for eligibility criteria.  The online application for the 2015 program will go live in late November, 2014.

Biomedical Engineering Summer Internship

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Sponsored by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., this 10-week summer program is for biomedical engineering undergraduates who have completed their third year of studies.

Interns are selected in a national competition and will work under the guidance of NIBIB director Bob Lutz on projects that involve engineering or physical sciences. Students participate in group meetings, attend lectures,  visit labs, and are encouraged to submit posters for the NIH Poster Day, where interns from a variety of disciplines display their projects. Click HERE for a list of past interns and their schools, projects, and mentors.

This year’s program runs from June 1 to August 7, 2015.

Online applications open on or around December 1, 2014. Click HERE for application information.


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.