Spring Engaged Learning Week – Feb 5, 6, 7

Dear student researchers,

Engaged Learning will have a whole week of events starting on Feb 5 and ending on Feb 7. The kickoff event on Feb 5 will include a free coffee event at Cafe 100 with a few students spotlighting their projects in a show and tell format. Additionally, on Thursday, Feb 6, there will be a Symposium where students will have the opportunity to present their research or other types of work to their peers. The week will conclude with an open house with free lunch and workshops. Come join the fun!

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TSGC Columbia Crew Memorial Undergraduate STEM Scholarships

Dear STEM students,

I want to make you aware of scholarship opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) students offered by the Texas Space Grant Consortium in partnership with NASA. The scholarship program was established in memory of the Columbia Space Shuttle crew and is intended to recognize and encourage high quality students in the STEM fields. Application deadline is March 21, 2014. More information at the link below.





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Northeastern University Research Opportunities in Biology and Chemistry, Deadline Mar 28

Dear students,

Below find a link with information on the Summer 2014 Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program at Northeastern University. The program offers interdisciplinary research opportunities in Biochemistry, Organic, Physical and Analytical Chemistry labs with a focus on the theme of Catalysis. The deadline to apply is March 28 and the program runs from June 2 – Aug 8.

For more information visit:

You can also contact Carla Mattos at c.mathos@neu.edu

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2014 SAO Summer Intern Program, Deadline Feb 3

Dear Students,

Below find a couple of links with information on the SAO summer intern program at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The program takes 10 weeks, from June to August, and includes great opportunities for research in astronomy and astrophysics, special seminars, fields trips, and more. The deadline to apply is Feb 3.

For more information visit:

For additional internship opportunities at the SAO visit:


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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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