The mission of the Mentorship for Environmental Scholars program is to provide traditionally underrepresented students with exposure to research in the areas of biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, and engineering. The project includes a 10-week hands-on research internship provided at a Department of Energy or Legacy Management site; professional development, and funding in the form of a $3,500 stipend and coverage of transportation costs and housing.
The Rice University Business Plan Competition is designed to give collegiate entrepreneurs a real-world experience to fine tune their business plans and elevator pitches to generate funding to successfully commercialize their product. Judges will evaluate the teams as real-world entrepreneurs soliciting start-up funds from early stage investors and venture capital firms. This is the 13th year for the competition. It has grown from nine teams competing for $10,000 in prize money in 2001, to 42 teams from around the world competing for more than $1.3 million in cash and prizes. The judges are asked to rank the presentations based on which company they would most likely invest. 76% of judges surveyed considered investing in a team that presented at the 2012 RBPC or referred a team to a third-party investor.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) offers fellowships to high-potential undergraduate and graduate students whose studies relate to concrete and are identified by ACI-Member Faculty. The Student Fellowship can have a nominal term of up to two academic years, renewed annually, and may extend through graduate study. Annual renewal will be subject to renomination and reapplication. For the 2013-2014 academic year, eight fellowships will be available. Scholarships are also offered.
Project CANDLE is a partnership to Create an Alliance to Nurture Design in Lighting Education. It is a collaboration between Penn State University, the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) Education Trust, and lighting industry partners. Some activities include: travel awards that expose students to career opportunities in lighting and encourage interaction between students and professionals; the mentorship of a future lighting educator through the IALD Future Lighting Educator Fellowship; an annual Lighting Industry Advisory Group (LIAG) Roundtable; and outreach to high school students.