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Research Opportunities

Information on fellowships, internships, grants, research positions, & graduate programs in physics, astronomy and related sciences.

Summer Research Opportunities on The Nucleus
The Nucleus is an SPS-supported website designed for physics and astronomy undergrads. It is part of the comPADRE pathway in the National Science Digital Library. The Nucleus houses all sorts of resources for research and learning, plus cool links and discussion forums for talking with fellow students. Some of the highlights include:

AAPM Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility. Each summer fellow receives a stipend from the AAPM.

AAPM Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience Program (MUSE)
The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Minority Undergraduate Summer Experience Program (MUSE) is designed to expose minority undergraduate university students to the field of medical physics by performing research or assisting with clinical service at a U.S. institutions (university, clinical facility, laboratory, etc). The charge of MUSE is specifically to encourage minority students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) or non-Minority Serving Institutions (nMSI) to gain such experience and apply to graduate programs in medical physics.

U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science
Links to summer research programs operated through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science. This is a mix of undergraduate, teacher, and K-12 programs.

Argonne National Laboratory Division of Educational Programs
The Division of Educational Programs (DEP), Argonne National Laboratory's provides information about the various programs offered at DEP. Whether you are graduate student, undergraduate, K-12 student, or faculty member, DEP has a program that will engage you in a scientific learning experience.

APS/IBM Research Internship Program for Undergraduate Women
Information on the 2007 APS/IBM Research Internship for Undergraduate Women is now available! These salaried summer positions typically last 10 weeks, and include in addition a $2,500 grant, plus the opportunity to work with a mentor. Applications due February 1, 2007.

Summer Research Opportunities on The Nucleus
The Nucleus, a ComPADRE collection supported by SPS, houses a Summer Research Opportunity clearinghouse. You can search for research positions by keyword, discipline, and/or state.

NSF REU Program (Research Experiences for Undergraduates)
The NSF has an important program for undergraduate students, Research Experiences for Undergraduates. The purpose of this program is to help attract a diversified pool of talented students into research careers in these fields, and to help ensure that they receive the best education possible. The undergraduate years are critical in the educational sequence, as career-choice points and as the first real opportunities for in-depth study.

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research
The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences for more than 80 years through the GIAR program that provides funds to cover the direct cost of doing research. While the grants are available for research in any field of science and engineering, we are actively seeking additional proposals in physics. Applicants do not have to be members of Sigma Xi to be awarded funding.

There are two yearly application deadlines - March 15 and October 15. Currently, we are accepting applications for the October 15 deadline through our website. More information can be found online at: http://www.sigmaxi.org/programs/giar/index.shtml

In addition, Sigma Xi is hosting our annual undergraduate Student Research Conference in Los Angeles California (November 14 and 15). SPS and Sigma Pi Sigma members interested in attending can go to the following weblink for more information: http://www.sigmaxi.org/meetings/student/index.shtml

Program Dates & Deadlines:

February 1
SPS Internship Applications Due

February 15
SPS Scholarship Applications Due

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