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NASCENT at UT Austin

For more information, visit: http://nascent-erc.org

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Do you want to change the world? If you’re planning on pursuing your graduate education in a STEM field, particularly nanotechnology, you need a university as innovative as the discipline you’re studying. Hands-on experience in an entrepreneurial, real-world setting is a must. With National Science Foundation  backing, the interdisciplinary NASCENT Engineering Research Center, part of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, is the place to be.


The Texas A&M University System (TAMUS) LSAMP program is honored to announce it has been awarded a new Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) Fellowship cohort (BTD X) for Fall 2014 at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, TX.

The BTD program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is designed to encourage and support graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. While establishing a bridge to assist students in obtaining doctoral degrees, the BTD program provides financial support and enrichment activities for Fellows. These activities include professional and leadership development and faculty-led mentoring. As Fellows accomplish their educational goals, the BTD community of staff and peers provides a positive support network.

TAMUS LSAMP is accepting applications NOW for the BTD X cohort from students entering Texas A&M for the Fall 2014 semester. Completed applications will be evaluated on academic record, scholarly competence, and strong motivation and commitment to complete a doctoral degree in a STEM field. Eligibility criteria for applicants and benefits of the BTD program are as follows:

Eligibility Criteria:

·        Accepted into an NSF-eligible STEM graduate program (master’s thesis option or direct PhD)

·        Entering as a first-time graduate student

·        Completed (or will soon complete) an undergraduate degree at an LSAMP institution

·        U.S. citizen or permanent resident

·        Interested in research

·        Interested in pursuing a PhD in an NSF-eligible STEM discipline


Program Benefits:

·        Annual stipend of $30,000 for two years

·        $9,000 allotment for educational expenses (tuition/fees, health insurance, supplies, educational travel, etc.) for two years

·        Opportunities to network and improve research and presentation skills.


Please encourage eligible prospective and incoming students to apply. Links to the application and the TAMUS LSAMP website are included below.

TAMUS LSAMP Website: http://tamuslsamp.org

Application: http://tx.ag/bmqh3y

Application deadline is Friday, August 1, 2014.


Questions should be directed to Dr. Samuel Merriweather at s_merriweather@tamu.edu or (979) 862-1070.


2014 Jet Propulsion Laboratory Summer Faculty Research Program
The deadline for applications is April 1, 2014

For more information, visit: http://jsfrp.jpl.nasa.gov

Applications are currently being accepted for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory 2014 Summer Faculty Research Program. This program provides opportunities for science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, faculty to engage in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and a JPL researcher. Non-STEM faculty will be considered based on available opportunities.

To be eligible to participate in the program, a potential fellow must hold a full-time appointment at an accredited university or college in the U.S. Special requirements for foreign national faculty members may apply. Fellows are required to submit a research report and present their work at the end of the session.

The program awards $13,500 fellowships for the 10-week session Please note that stipend payments or salaries from other federal funding sources, including research grants and contracts, may not be accepted during the 10-week tenure of a JPL faculty research appointment.


2014 NASA Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge
Final entries are due May 2, 2014

For more information and a complete list of rules, visit http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/university-contest

NASA invites college teams to take part in the 2014 NASA Aeronautics Mission Directorate's Unmanned Aerial Systems Challenge. Students are invited to propose a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aerial system to track hurricanes. Design assessment will be based on projected effectiveness, cost, innovation and ease of use and operation inside the National Air Space.

The contest is open to teams of full-time students enrolled in higher education institutions of the United States or its territories. This category includes universities, colleges, trade schools, community colleges, professional schools, etc. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

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The UT System LSAMP program is funded by the National Science Foundation grant number HRD-1202008. Funding for the Bridge to the Doctorate projects is provided by NSF grant numbers HRD-0832951 (BD 2008-2010), HRD-0929727 (BD 2009-2011), HRD-1139929 (BD 2011-2013), and HRD-1301858 (BD 2013-2015).
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