Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Research Opportunities! Deadline Feb 3!

Dear students,

Below find a link with details on how to apply for the opportunity to conduct research in solar physics for 10 weeks at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The program goes from mid-June to mid-August, 2014. The deadline for the application is February 3rd, and it can be found at the link.


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MIT Research Opportunities through AMGEN-UROP Program, Deadline Feb. 3

Dear students,

Below find a link with details for an opportunity to be involved in MIT’s Amgen-UROP Scholars Program. The program is designed to provide strong science research experience and to cultivate a passion for careers in the science fields. The application deadline is on February 3rd.


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SRA students shine in Fall 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium

Kristina Lackey, 2013 Fall Engaged Learning Symposium

Junior biological sciences major Kristina Lackey shows her work at SMU’s 2013 Engaged Learning Symposium. Lackey received a Summer Research Assistantship from the University to investigate Polycomb-group proteins linked to highly aggressive forms of cancer.

Undergraduate student researchers took center stage during SMU’s 2013 Family Weekend as part of the University’s Engaged Learning Symposium.

The students presented findings from their 2013 Summer Research Assistantships, which allow them to earn up to $4,000 pursuing their research interests full-time during the summer months.

For its second fall symposium, the Office of Engaged Learning wanted to include student engagement that happens across campus programs, says Director Susan Kress. “We are delighted that our colleagues in Undergraduate Research accepted our invitation to host their students’ work.”

Presenting SRAs, projects and faculty mentors included:

  • Adam Gannon, junior biological sciences/economics major, “The Role of Peroxiredoxins in Conferring Resistance to Various Environmental Stressors in Drosophila melanogaster.” Faculty mentors: Sveta Radyuk and William Orr, Biological Sciences.
  • Eugene Kim, sophomore biological sciences/chemistry major, “Redesigning Carbapenem Antibiotics to Evade beta-Lactamase Mediated Bacterial Resistance.” Faculty mentor: John Buynak, Chemistry.
  • Kristina Lackey, junior biological sciences major, “De novo Establishment of Polycomb-mediated Repression.” Faculty mentor: Rick Jones, Biological Sciences.
  • Ryan Tanner, junior computer science and engineering major, “Iris Recognition and Biometric Security.” Faculty mentor: Delores Etter, Computer Science and Engineering.
  • Maria Villamil Rodriguez, senior computer science and engineering/mathematics major, “Collecting and Analyzing SEC-mandated Cybersecurity Disclosures.” Faculty mentor: Tyler Moore, Computer Science and Engineering.
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Fall Engaged Learning Symposium Coming Oct. 4th!

The Engaged Learning Symposium, which hosts student presentations from the Maguire Public Service Interns, Summer Research Fellows, Engaged Learning, and University Honor Richter Fellows, will be held Friday Oct 4, 2013 at 9:30 am in the Hughes-Trigg Forum. From 11 am to 12 pm there will be presentations from SMU’s first group of Summer Research Fellows. They were awarded this distinction for research they did this past summer. For more information please visit the Engaged Learning website.

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First SMU HPC Computing Workshop June 3 – June 7: Registration Open

This year, SMU will offer 1 week of workshop sessions in early June. The announcement is below and includes a link so you can register and read about the details. Undergraduate students with research
that has a computing component are encouraged to participate.

Dear Colleagues,

          I am pleased to announce the first SMU HPC Workshop. The Workshop is
designed to help new users get started with research computing at SMU. We are
targeting students at both the undergraduate and graduate level, but faculty and
staff can also participate. We are counting on interested faculty to publicize this
opportunity to their students and colleagues.

         A detailed description of the workshop and a link to the registration form
can be found at:

http://www.smu.edu/BusinessFinance/OIT/StayInformed/SMUHPC [www.smu.edu]

         The workshop is free of charge, but we would like participants to
preregister if possible so that we can be sure of having enough seats.

          My apologies to those of you who received multiple copies of this email –
it just means you’re on lots of my mailing lists! Thanks in advance for your help
in getting the word out to interested students and best wishes for the summer.

Tom Hagstrom

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Invitation to Big iDeas Spring Symposium

Dear Colleagues:

As you know, Big iDeas at SMU is an undergraduate research program that will
engage and support SMU students who are interested in addressing key problems
faced by the Dallas and Metroplex area.  At the end of January, I received some
excellent proposals from our undergraduates, which were reviewed by a Grant
Panel comprised of representatives from faculty, students, and the Dallas
community.  I am pleased to announce that 9 project teams were chosen to be
grant recipients of the Big iDeas Competition for 2013.

I am inviting you to attend a Big iDeas Symposium where our grant
recipients will have the opportunity to present their Big iDeas and to explain
why they believe their projects are important to the Metroplex area.  It
will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at 10:00 a.m. in the Hughes Trigg Forum. The
Symposium should last approximately 1-1/2 hours, followed by a Reception in
the Prefunction area outside of the Forum. These students, along with their
faculty advisors, have worked hard to develop a research proposal and are to be
commended for their efforts.  I hope that you will join me in attending the
Symposium to learn about their Big iDeas.


Paul W. Ludden

Provost and Vice President
  for Academic Affairs

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Call for Proposals for Hamilton Undergraduate Research Scholars Program: Summer 2013 & AY 2013-2014

Dear Dedman Faculty:

I am pleased to announce that the Hamilton Scholars Program (supporting
Undergraduate Research Assistants) has been graciously funded for another year
by Dan Hamilton and Diane Buford, the children of Jack and Jane Hamilton. They
have attended the reception for the past three years and are very impressed by
the collaborative research on this campus that engages faculty with
undergraduate students. 

I am now accepting proposals for a small number (up to 3) of Hamilton Scholars
for the summer (Deadline May 3). Awards for the Hamilton Scholars program are
matched by the university (financial aid) making $4000 available for the summer
if the student is working full-time (40 hours/week; for 10 weeks; at $10/hour).
Further information on the parameters of this requirement can be found on the
Undergraduate Research website (http://smu.edu/ugradresearch), [smu.edu]  Look
particularly for the guidelines for summer research assistants.

The deadline for Hamilton Scholar Proposals for AY2013-14 is AUGUST 30, 2013.
All Hamilton Scholar proposals (maximum length 2 pages) should identify the
student and the student’s background and contain a brief description of the
project the student will be working on as well as the time frame–one semester,
two semesters. Academic year Hamilton Awards can be matched by University
Awards making $3000/semester available. Normally students are paid at the rate
of $10/hour and hence can work up to 300 hours/semester. (For more information
on the Hamilton Scholars program see the Dedman College Interdisciplinary
Institute website: www.smu.edu/dedman/dcii).

Please note that all projects involving Hamilton Scholars must be meaningful
research and learning experiences for the students involved, but they also
should help faculty members to advance their research. The funds should be used
to compensate the student but budgets can include up to $200 for research

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Caroline B. Brettell
Ruth Collins Altshuler Professor and Director
Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute
Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX 75275-0336

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Update to 2013 Summer Research Assistantships Guidelines: Deadline April 5th!

In response to very positive response on the original Announcement of the
full-time Summer Research Assistantships (SRAs) for 2013, we would like to
clarify to points concerning the matching funds.

For those applications that rely on a source of matching funds for which the
application is still pending, the SRA application should still be submitted by
the deadline for full consideration.  In this case, the application should

– mention of this status
– the name of the matching program (eg. McNair Scholars)
– the date that program’s application decisions are expected to be known. 

The latter is particularly important for external sources of funding.  SRA
approvals will be decided based on merit, but new openings may arise after the
deadline for full-consideration if any approved SRAs fail to secure matching

In a related situation, if a student is applying for an internship but would be
interested in applying for an SRA should the internship not become available,
the student should apply for SRA when they are informed of this status.

As a reminder, all full-time SRA application materials should be submitted to
the Director of Undergraduate Research at urdir@smu.edu. 

Additionally, because several other grant deadlines are also occurring by today
or tomorrow, the deadline for full-consideration of SRA applications is being
extended to April 5th.

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SMU Now Offers McNair Scholars Program: Application Deadline March 29th!

SMU has established a chapter of the national McNair Scholars Program to support qualifying undergraduates that have an interest in pursuing graduate study. The program offers many ways to assist interested students through this transition to graduate school, including support for research activities. This includes the option of Summer Research Internships. The application deadline is 5pm on March 29, 2013. Interested students are strongly urged to contact Mcnairscholars@smu.edu for more information.

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2013 Full-time Summer Research Assistantships, March 29 Deadline!

SMU is hosting the 2nd Annual full-time Summer Research Assistantships. They are a great way to engage in a focused project on a topic of your interest. They can be a stepping stone to an Engaged Learning or other SMU project, or could be combined with them. All SMU students are eligible to apply. Applications are approved on a competitive basis with a deadline of March 29, 2013.

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