Deadline for NSF Undergraduate Research Awards

Full proposals are due September 12, 2012 for the National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, which supports active research participation by undergraduate students in areas funded by NSF. The program aims to “involve students in meaningful ways in ongoing research programs or in research projects specifically designed for the REU program.”

Federal Career Pathways for Students, Grads

A new federal program launched in July 2012, aims to “place a welcome sign on federal service for students and recent graduates,” according to John Berry, director of the Office of Personnel Management. The Government Executive publication reports that the program includes tracks for current students, recent graduates, and Presidential Management Fellows.

 

Students Seek More Varied Skills

Individualized engineering programs are gaining popularity as problems within the field call for greater flexibility and broader skill sets, Inside Higher Ed reports. Flexible programs — such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Course 2-A in mechanical engineering and Stanford University’s recently updated computer science curriculum — allow students more room to develop their areas of interest by cutting down the number of required core courses and allowing students to choose specialized track concentrations, or, in MIT’s program, design their own.