The National Academies Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is an early career educational and training opportunity. It is designed 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 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. Areas of study may include any social/behavioral science, medical/health discipline, physical or biological science, any field of engineering, law/business/public administration, or any relevant interdisciplinary fields.
I walked into junior year engineering courses at North Carolina State University a step ahead of many of my peers thanks to the real-world experience I got as a summer intern in the specialty organics department at FMC Corp. Headquartered in Philadelphia, FMC manufactures agricultural, industrial, and specialty chemicals. The process engineering internship gave me the opportunity to work on projects in three main areas – process safety, visual management, and equipment reliability – and brought me into contact not only with process engineers but managers, operators, safety coordinators, and others. The atmosphere was welcoming and supportive. From my first day on the site my mentor, Jack Topp, encouraged me to ask questions and make suggestions.
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The National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA) supports technology innovation and entrepreneurship in universities and colleges in order to create experiential learning opportunities for students and successful, socially beneficial businesses. With a membership of nearly 200 colleges and universities from all over the United States, the NCIIA engages more than 5,000 student and faculty innovators and entrepreneurs each year, helping them to bring their concepts to commercialization.
A trio of Stanford graduate students — two mechanical engineers and an MBA candidate — have set up Maykah, a company that creates toys designed to inspire girls to become “artists, engineers, architects, and visionaries.” Alice Brooks, Bettina Chen, and Jennifer Kessler hope it will help bring more women into the tech workforce, where currently females number just 25 percent. The students raised nearly $86,000 on Kickstarter to bring their first toy to market. Roominate, a miniature DIY house that is “stackable, attachable and customizable,” also includes working circuits.
Marisa LaRouche of Denver, Colo., pictured right, who plans to study engineering, geology, and Spanish as a Boettcher Scholar at the Colorado School of Mines, joined students from six states on three-week scientific trek in Greenland. Here’s an account provided by the National Science Foundation, which coordinated the trip as part of the Joint Science Education Program: “The three-week JSEP experience was divided into two parts: the Greenlandic-led Field School–which took place in and around Kangerlussuaq, Greenland–and Science Education Week, in which students visited Danish and U.S. research stations on the Greenland Ice Sheet. The National Science Foundation coordinates the Science Education Week experience.