Undergraduate Announcement 12/8/17

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Summer Research Internship Opportunity in Texas

The Institute of Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) at the University of Texas at Austin is currently seeking applicants for our 2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Internship program. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Thank you!




Stephanie Rodriguez 


Graduate Coordinator
Computational Science, Engineering, & Mathematics Program 
Institute for Computational Engineering & Sciences 
201 East 24th St C0200 (POB 4.110)
Austin, TX 78712-1229
HOURS: 8:00am - 1:00pm, M-F


Grad Program in Design at the Delta Lab @ Northwestern
We are thrilled to announce that the Delta Lab @ Northwestern is growing!


Eleanor (Nell) O’Rourke, an expert in the design and implementation of interactive learning environments, has joined Delta Lab as a PI, and we will have several openings for doctoral students at Northwestern. We are looking for creative, smart, and hard working students with interests in social computing, crowdsourcing, HCI, design, AI, machine learning, and learning sciences.


What is Delta Lab?
Matt Easterday, Haoqi Zhang, Nell O’Rourke, and Liz Gerber lead the Delta Lab - Northwestern University’s first interdisciplinary research lab and design studio. We study, design, and build systems in the domain of social and crowd computing, learning sciences, civics, and innovation. New students will join our current team of 15 fabulous doctoral students. Information on applying to join the lab is available on the Delta Lab website.


Design and Computing @ Northwestern
Northwestern is an amazing place for doing research in HCI, design, and social computing. Darren Gergle, Jeremy Birnholtz, Nick Diakopoulos, Brent Hecht, Steve Franconeri, Anne Marie Piper, Mike Horn, Madhu Reddy, Aaron Shaw, Haoqi Zhang, Nell O’Rourke, Matt Easterday, and Liz Gerber form the core HCI faculty; many more of us in Computer Science, Communication Studies, Learning Sciences, and Psychology are involved through the Technology and Social Behavior program, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and the Segal Design Institute. The Delta Lab and broader Design and Computing community @ Northwestern, provide a collaborative and open environment to foster learning and community between faculty and students.


Learning Sciences @ Northwestern
Northwestern School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) is home to first Learning Sciences PhD program and Computer Science + Learning Sciences PhD program in the world.  Learning sciences faculty conduct cross-disciplinary work in cognition, culture, and designing learning environments. SESP researchers also contribute to social policy through the PhD program in Human-Development and Social Policy program and Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research.
Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop at Los Alamos National Lab

We invite applications from highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the 2018 Computational Physics Student Summer Workshop at Los Alamos National Laboratory.  The workshop is a wonderful opportunity to participate in cutting edge research at the Laboratory while receiving a generous stipend.  Additionally, students will learn about computational multi-physics in an integrated lecture series and have the opportunity to tour the world-class facilities at Los Alamos National Laboratory.


More about our Summer Workshop, including a downloadable flyer and directions and deadlines for student applications, can be found here:




This year’s technical focus topics feature a mixture of physics, computational science, mathematics, and algorithmic challenges that we hope are attractive to students from a variety of backgrounds.  We plan to pursue twelve different projects that involve multiple aspects of computational physics, including the study of fluid structures, instabilities, and turbulence, plasma physics, multiple other numerical and solver algorithms, thermal radiation flow, future computer architectures, and more.


Project descriptions are on our website.  If you have any questions about the Summer Workshop, please feel free to contact me using the information in my signature. 


If you wish to receive future announcements of upcoming workshops, please join our new mailing list.  This is a low traffic list (2-3 emails per year) to provide updates on each year’s program.  Today's email is the last workshop announcement to be sent using our internally-maintained mailing list.



Dr. James L. Hill

Computational Physics Division
Los Alamos National Laboratory
PO Box 1663, MS F664
Los Alamos, NM 87545
Phone: 505-665-3471
Page: 505-664-1891
Scholarship Opportunity - MHEF

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. (MHEFI) will once again offer scholarships to full-time students who are enrolled in eligible programs and schools in the United States and Canada for the 2018/2019 academic year. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $6,000. Download the flyer for more information.

Two weeks left to apply for Student Grant Program

Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalysts

The Jacobs Institute Innovation Catalysts, made possible by the Eustace-Kwan Family Foundation, is a new student grant program that provides an avenue for these ambitious student innovators to unlock further potential in their projects. 


Berkeley students are invited to propose projects that they aim to develop over the course of a semester. Selected grantees will work on their projects in the spring semester, with the support of resources from the Jacobs Institute and CITRIS Invention Lab, and as part of a cohort of fellow student innovators. 


Two types of grants will be awarded through the Innovation Catalysts program: 

  • Ignite grants are for in-progress projects, with existing prototypes and demonstrated potential for impact. Up to $2000 will be awarded for each project. 

  • Spark grants are for early-stage projects or ideas. Up to $500 will be awarded for each project. 

For more information about the Innovation Catalysts program and application process, visit the program webpage. There is an info session this Friday, December 8th 12-1pm in 220 Jacobs Hall; you can also contact me at amydinh@berkeley.edu with questions.


Applications for the inaugural spring 2018 cohort are due Wednesday, December 20th. Sign up for important announcements and deadlines here.


Santa Clara Valley SWE (SWE-SCV) Scholarship

The Santa Clara Valley SWE scholarship applications for 2018 are now open. The deadline is December 23, 2017. Winners will be notified in late February and honored at our scholarship luncheon in early March (the schedule is two months earlier this year: we moved it based on feedback from prior applicants and recipients).


The scholarship application process for college school year 18-19 opened on November 16, 2017. Applications are welcome for the 18-19 college school year. Due date is earlier than prior years.  


For details, see 2018 Scholarship Application


Society of Women Engineers (SWE), founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit organization that supports professional and collegiate female engineers through professional development and career guidance programs. The organization has a goal to encourage more females in the field of engineering and technology through scholarships and outreach programs.

Each year the Santa Clara Valley section of SWE awards several scholarships, primarily on the basis of scholastic achievement, motivation and interest in engineering demonstrated in the application form. We also provide need-based scholarships. We would greatly appreciate if you can help us inform qualified candidates about this scholarship program.


2018 SWE-SCV Scholarships (School Year 2018-19)

Scholarship recipients will be awarded $1,000 to $2500 for tuition expenses. Read more about our scholarship namesakes below.


Student Eligibility Requirements

Female high school seniors, college and graduate students pursuing a BS and/or MS in engineering or computer science are eligible for these scholarships, as well as community college students pursuing a path to those fields. Students should be enrolled full time and attend college that has ABET or CSAB accredited engineering programs. Other interdisciplinary engineering or computer science programs may qualify as well. If you program is one of these, please writeSWE_SCV_Scholarships@yahoo.com to find out if your program is accepted. 

Applicants must be a permanent resident of or attend school in the South San Francisco Bay Area, which are located in the following zip codes: 94002-94003, 94010-94011, 94018-94028, 94030, 94035, 94037-94043, 94059-94065, 94070-94071, 94074, 94086-94091, 943**, 944**, 94536-94546, 94552, 94555, 94557, 94560, 94587, 950**, 951**

The Scholarship Application Process

Please read the Tips for Success (see files on that page) and Frequently Asked Questions before beginning the application. Personal and financial information will be held in strict confidence. If a question does not apply, indicate “N/A.” If you need more space to answer questions, please leverage the "comments" section.

Please note that your application is not complete until the scholarship committee has received the following, via the JotForm link upload (see notes on 2018 Scholarship Application:)  

  • Completed application (follow links to download application (see files at bottom of that page) and resume template

  • Two (2) letters of recommendation  (these can be uploaded via JotForm Application OR sent separately by email from the recommender directly toSWE_SCV_Scholarships@Yahoo.com)

  • Standardized test score(s)  (high school applicants)

  • Publication samples (college applicants)

  • Transcript(s)

All documents were submitted via the JotForm input process. Any missing files or questions, write to SWE_SCV_Scholarships@yahoo.com 

Mailing address is (only if needed) 
        SWE- Society of Women Engineers - Scholarships 
        Santa Clara Valley Section 
        PO Box 61333 Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1333


Selection & Payment of Scholarship

Proof of enrollment will be requested at the beginning of the school year. Once proof is received and accepted, the scholarship will be paid directly to the college/university's bursar's office. Each receipt will be required to submit a verification of enrollment document (on the institution’s letterhead) to SWE-SCV and must contain the following information:

  1. Current engineering and/or computer science program of study (this means you must declare a major in engineering and/or computer science by winter semester/quarter)

  2. Semester enrolled

  3. Number of credits you are taking

  4. Current classes you are taking (Please note that your course work must be engineering and/or computer science related)

  5. The document you provide must be a verification of enrollment document that is on your institution’s letterhead. This document can be obtained by your institution’s bursar's office.

If you have any questions, please contact us at swe_scv_scholarships@yahoo.com

UCB Fung Fellowship

The Fung Fellowship has opened applications for the 2018-2019 academic year!


The Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology Innovation Program:

The Fung Fellowship is a unique opportunity for rising juniors to participate in an interdisciplinary fellowship experience at the intersection of public health, design, and digital technology. Students from ALL majors work in teams to create innovative health and wellness solutions to address real-world challenges alongside our community and industry partners. Fung Fellows utilize the iterative human-centered design process, public health principles, and emerging technology, such as VR, AI, machine learning, and block chain.


As a Fung Fellow you will:

  • Explore the Health + Tech space

  • Experience the design process from prototype to product

  • Embed in communities to co-create with them

  • Establish yourself as a young leader in an emerging field


Selected Fung Fellows attend a 3-unit course each semester, are supported in a summer internship, and have the opportunity to apply to a second year honors program.


Required Qualifications:

  • Registered student at UC Berkeley

  • Rising Junior with a passion for health, wellness, social impact, design, and/or technology


How to Apply:

  1. Learn more about the program at: https://fungfellows.berkeley.edu/

  2. Please apply by completing this online application form.

Deadline to apply: February 1st, 2018 5:00pm PST. We will begin interviewing candidates on a rolling basis.

Google User Experience Talk Tonight (Fri. 12/8)
Join us for a talk on User Experience design at Google! Speakers will share their path to Google, talk about their projects, and how best to prepare for UX interviews.
Be sure to bring your questions, and we'll bring the food and swag.
Friday, December 8
5:30PM - 8:00PM
UC Berkeley
Jacobs Hall Studio 310
Tiny House in My Backyard 2.0 first meeting 12.11

Are you interested in tiny house construction and design? Would you like to learn about about using tiny homes to solve student and homeless housing issues? Do you want hands-on construction experience? Do you have a passion for design, sustainability, or consulting for an exciting and innovative housing concept? Join Tiny House in My Backyard (THIMBY), an interdisciplinary team of UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students. For Thimby 1.0 we designed and built an affordable and sustainable, 100% solar-powered tiny house. We are now looking to form a dynamic team for THIMBY 2.0, a project for which we will partner with the City of Richmond to create a tiny home for homeless housing. We will also explore how to scale up tiny house production. 


I'm Kim, the project manager for THIMBY 2.0. We will have our first meeting on Monday, December 11, 5pm, Room 381 (Shasta Room) in Barrows Hall. Join us if you are interested! 


Flyer:  https://goo.gl/4jtoAq


Write for Issue 34 of the Berkeley Science Review!

Would you like to share exciting research findings from UC Berkeley with the greater campus and community and improve your science communication skills? The Berkeley Science Review is a magazine produced by UC Berkeley graduate students, and we’re currently looking for pitches for articles for our Spring 2018 issue. Check out our most recent (Fall 2017) issue online or pick up a print copy around campus to see what we do.
Write an article for the magazine

Articles in the BSR magazine range from very short (250-word labscopes) to quite long (4000-word features). Whether you're someone who just wants to try out science writing or someone who wants to delve into and explore a particular topic in depth, we have options that will work for you.

Want to write an article, but don’t know what to write about? Check out our suggested idea list, or get in touch if you’re having trouble deciding. If you’re unsure how to write a pitch or what type of article to write, take a look at our guide.
Pitches for Fall 2017 are due by Tuesday, December 12. Please send your pitch or any other questions about writing to sciencereview@gmail.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!
Dat Mai
Editor in Chief
Berkeley Science Review

Wind Energy Opportunities in Peru for Berkeley students!



WindAid has had a phenomenal 2017 so far with 86 volunteers from 22 countries installing and maintaining over a dozen wind turbines in northern Peru. Many of those volunteers came after directly receiving one of these emails, and have helped us to enhance the volunteer experience and increase the impact of their fantastic work:

R&D Involvement - We have involved volunteers on all of our standard 4-week turbine construction & installation programs to get involved with design projects such as remote monitors, blade improvements, and tower redesigns.

Community Engagement - Our volunteers have also been able to connect to the communities we work with like never before. They do presentations to schools, families, and universities, analyze the impact of turbines, and assist in servicing and outreach.

Building Skills for the Future - We want to have every volunteer learn as much as they can from their time in Peru with WindAid and have a full and rounded experience. Our volunteers have gone on to work in major corporations, get invited to do graduate studies at prestigious universities, and create connections from around the world in the sustainability sector.

The 2018 projects are now open for applicants, with the early months already filling up! We have much more information available on our website, and we are always available to answer any questions for anyone interested in learning more about the volunteering opportunities.