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Spring 2014 SULI Program

[posted 2013-08-08]


The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) Program is now accepting applications for Spring 2014. The deadline is 5pm eastern time on October 1, 2013. The SULI program encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students perform research under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers on projects supporting the DOE mission. Further information, including program eligibility, requirements, host lab participation, and access to the online application system are found at science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/.


Fulbright Student Grants

[posted 2013-08-01]


The campus deadline for Fulbright Student Grant applications is Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 5pm. Fulbright grants are for U.S. citizens. You must be a graduating senior, recent graduate or Masters/PhD student. All majors are eligible, but each host country outlines priority and/or restricted fields of study. This year France, Australia, Brazil, Chile and Mexico are particularly interested in STEM majors. Applicants should emphasize a plan for study/research that is feasible and fits goals and should provide a good rationale for the host country. Language proficiency varies depending on the host country. For more information visit the Fulbright U.S. Student Program web page, or contact Tiffany Kershner.


APS Program for May 2014 Graduates

[posted 2013-07-11]


The American Physical Society (APS) is looking for a few students to participate in a pilot program for graduating seniors with an interest in a career in industry. Eligible students must have research experience and expect to graduate in May 2014. They must undergo training with the APS via GoToMeeting software and create a resume poster for the SESAPS 2013 annual meeting with advice from the APS Forum on Industrial and Applied Physics (FIAP). The meeting will be held 20-23 Nov 2013, Bowling Green, KY. If you are interested in participating or have questions about the program, contact Roxanne Springer (rps@phy.duke.edu) by August 9th. Only 8-12 students from the entire Southeastern Section of the APS will be chosen to participate. The search will continue until a suitable number of applicants are received, but is expected to be completed by August 16.


Fluid Physics (MEA463) offered this Fall

[posted 2013-07-04]


The course MEA463 in Fluid Physics will be offered this Fall by Walter Robinson. Course times are TuTh 8:30-9:45 (lecture) and Wed 12:25-1:15 (lab). Note that this course is cross listed as PY463, but taught through the Department of Marine, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.


Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

[posted 2013-07-03]


The 2013 Summer UGRS will be held on July 31. Show off your research! The registration deadline is July 21. The registration site is harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/applications/symposia/.


Call for Undergraduate Research Highlights

[posted 2013-06-05]


Submissions for the "Undergraduate Research Highlights" feature of the Fall 2013 issue of the Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly are being accepted until June 14, 2013. Highlights consist of brief descriptions of recent (past six months) peer-reviewed research or publications in scholarly journals. These publications must be in print and must include one or more undergraduate co-authors. Submissions must be sent via the electronic submission form.


Undergraduate Research Grants - Deadline Extension

[posted 2013-06-05]


The deadline has been extended to Wednesday June 12 for NCSU Undergraduate Research Proposals (see the blog post dated 2013-04-23). Due to software problems, students need to submit their budget directly to kwcox@ncsu.edu. Even if they have already submitted their budget, they still need to email it to Ms. Kimberly Cox at the above address.


Fall Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

[posted 2013-05-15]


The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is now accepting applications for Fall 2013. ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. Areas of research include materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security. Visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSCdUJ8cavw to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers a great internship experience. The application deadline is June 12, 2013 at 5:00pm ET. Apply online at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/. Contact Julie Malicoat (Julie.Malicoat@orau.org) for more information.


Southern Teachers Agency

[posted 2013-05-09]


Southern Teachers Agency currently has quite a few (30) physics vacancy listings from schools for the 2013-14 school year. The range of physics (or physics-related) courses to be taught will vary from middle-school physical science through AP physics. Certification is not required by private schools for many physics jobs. Interested candidates should complete the online application, and send a resume and cover letter to teachers@southernteachers.com.


Undergraduate Research Grants

[posted 2013-04-23]


The Office of Undergraduate Research will provide $1000 grants to NC State University undergraduate students to fund their research for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. Students must apply online. Applications consist of student information, a research proposal and budget, and mentor information. The deadline for submission is midnight, Friday May 31, 2013. Step by step instructions can be found at www.ncsu.edu/undergrad-research. Additional information can be obtained from Judy Day (Judy_Day@ncsu.edu).


Match Education in Chicago

[posted 2013-04-22]


Match Education has recently partnered with the University of Chicago Crime Lab to work with some of the lowest performing schools in Chicago as part of a two-year clinical study, where they are researching effective ways to reduce violent crimes and drive academic performance in adolescent males. Consider committing a year to the Match Corps, a one-year urban education service fellowship. Corps members volunteer full-time in struggling district schools in Chicago with whom we have partnered, tutoring and mentoring a small caseload of students. We recruit from all majors; candidates do not need to have a background in education. We seek candidates with strong content backgrounds - math, science, English, history, etc. - and those who share our passion for social justice and education reform. All of the details about our programs can be found here: matcheducation.org/match-corps/match-corps-chicago.


Learning Assistant Program

[posted 2013-04-19]


The Physics Department has received a PhysTEC grant from the American Physical Society to train future scientists to teach, with the objectives that all will become prepared to teach and that some of them will consider teaching physics in high school. In the Fall we will begin a Learning Assistant program in which five science or engineering undergraduates will assist with the recitations in the PY 205 and PY 208 courses. They will also take part in a one credit hour Seminar on Teaching Physics. The Learning Assistants will receive a $800 stipend for participation as Learning Assistant for the semester. If you would like to apply for the Learning Assistant program for Fall, 2013, contact Dr. David Haase at david_haase@ncsu.edu.


Present Your Research at the NCSAAPT

[posted 2013-04-11]


Meredith College and the NC State Physics Department will host the 18th annual NCSAAPT (North Carolina Section of the American Association of Physics Teachers) meeting on April 19-20, 2013 in Riddick Hall. You are invited to give a poster presentation of your research. The Physics Department will cover the registration costs (not including the Friday dinner). You will still need to register for the meeting. Do not pay the registration fee, but let Prof. Blondin know that you plan to attend and present a poster. To find out more information about the conference, follow the links from the Physics Department home page.


Tutors Needed for Student Athletes

[posted 2013-04-08]


The Academic Support Program for Student Athletes is looking to hire tutors for the Fall 2013 semester. The job description and the link for applicants is http://aspsa.dasa.ncsu.edu/employment-0. Requirements include a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, demonstrated proficiency in coursework and/or a B+ or higher grade in the courses selected to tutor.


Research Posters for the McCormick Symposium

[posted 2013-04-05]


The physics department would like to officially invite you to present a research poster at the McCormick Symposium on Monday April 22nd from 3-4 pm in the Riddick Hearth. Cash prizes will be awarded for the best posters! Please check your email for a message from Professor Clarke giving important details, including directions for registration. (The deadline is April 18.) Direct your questions to Professor Clarke at liclarke@ncsu.edu.


Thinking about Changing Majors?

[posted 2013-04-05]


Academic Advising Services will be offering two workshops for undergraduate students who are thinking about changing their major. The first workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 110 FYC Commons. The second workshop will be held on Thursday, April 18, 2013 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. in 110 FYC Commons. Interested students should email Julie Nelson at jrnelso2@ncsu.edu if you plan to attend. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.


Minority Research Assistantship at Jefferson Lab

[posted 2013-03-22]


Jefferson Lab is seeking candidates for a research assistantship from an accredited university to provide an opportunity for a minority undergraduate student to work on projects that are part of the Lab's research program or directly related to the scientific or engineering aspects of the research program. Jefferson Science Associates (JSA) will provide funds to support the student at the university during the 2013-2014 academic year. The student should be in their junior or senior year. Nominations must be submitted by a faculty sponsor before the student can apply. After a faculty member has nominated the student, the student will be sent an email with a link to the application form. Nominations are due by Friday, April 5, 2013. For questions, contact Yvonne Cutler (yhscott@jlab.org or 757-269-7128).


Present Your Research at Scope Academy

[posted 2013-03-22]


Here's a chance to show off your research, and have a free BBQ lunch! The college is looking for students to present their work (in poster form) to alumni and friends as part of the annual Scope Academy on Saturday, April 13. Contact Steven Townsend (steven_townsend@ncsu.edu) for further details.


Lime Connect Fellowship for Sophomore Students with Disability

[posted 2013-03-21]


Applications for the 2013 Lime Connect Fellowship Program are open. Applications are due by midnight PST on Sunday, March 31st. Eligible candidates must be: (1) A current sophomore at a four-year university in the United States; (2) Continuing studies as a full-time student for the 2013-2014 academic year; (3) Eligible to work in the United States; (4) A person with a (visible or invisible) disability. For more information, see www.limeconnect.com/about/page/contact-lime-connect.


Tutors Needed for the Undergraduate Tutorial Center

[posted 2013-03-18]


Are you interested in becoming a physics tutor for the Undergraduate Tutorial Center in Summer or Fall 2013? You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in order to be eligible. To apply, you must submit an application and attend an information session in March or April. For further details see www.ncsu.edu/tutorial_center/employment.htm.


NIEHS Scholars Connect Program

[posted 2013-03-18]


The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), located in Research Triangle Park, NC, is now accepting applications for their Scholars Connect Program. This is an exciting opportunity for local college students to gain world-class experience in a research laboratory and get paid to do it. Geared toward underrepresented minority students who are pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math majors, the Scholars Connect Program pairs undergraduate participants with Institute mentors, for a full academic year of research training. For additional information on stipends, scheduling, and eligibility requirements, or to submit an application, visit the NIEHS Scholars Connect Program website. Applications for the upcoming 2013-2014 year are due April 8.


Rhodes/Marshall/Mitchell/Churchill Scholarship Information Sessions

[posted 2013-03-18]


Tiffany Kershner will hold information sessions concerning the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill scholarships and the campus application process in Clark Hall Seminar Room 205 (University Honors Program, 2nd floor), on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, March 21st from 3:30-4:30pm
  • Friday, March 22nd from 9:00-10:00am
  • Monday, March 25th from 4:30-5:30pm
  • Monday, April 1st from 12-1pm
THE CAMPUS DEADLINE for students applying for the 2014 Rhodes/Marshall/Mitchell/Churchill Scholarship(s) is FRIDAY, APRIL 19, 2013. For all 4 Scholarships, we are looking for EXTRAORDINARY INTELLECTUAL DISTINCTION, defined as a near-perfect GPA, extensive scholarly activity, the ability to hold high-level intellectual conversations in an interview setting, a record of focused extracurricular activities and at least five professors willing to write detailed letters of recommendation on your behalf. For more information, visit these web sites: Rhodes Scholarship; Marshall Scholarship; Mitchell Scholarship; Churchill Scholarship. For questions, contact Tiffany Kershner, 513-4078, tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu.

Funding Your Graduate Education

[posted 2013-03-14]


All students are invited to attend the panel discussion, Secrets About Funding for Graduate School Revealed. The panel will consist of graduate students from Math, Statistics, Electrical Engineering, Toxicology, Computer Science, and Biological & Agricultural Engineering, and more. They will speak and answer questions about how they obtained NSF Fellowships, DoE Computational Science Fellowships, EPA Star Fellowships, Teaching and Research Assistantships, and more. The panel discussion will take place in Riddick 315 on Tuesday, March 19th from 6:15pm to 7:15pm, followed by dinner and networking (food will be provided). Please sign up by emailing sacnas.ncsu@gmail.com. The event is sponsored by the NCSU chapters of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in the Sciences, and We Connect Now.


Teach Charlotte

[posted 2013-03-11]


TEACH Charlotte is a highly selective program that trains accomplished professionals and recent college graduates to become effective teachers in high-need schools throughout Mecklenburg County. As a TEACH Charlotte participant, you will begin making a difference for students right away, while joining a network of dynamic teachers working to end a legacy of educational inequality. Teach Charlotte has a strong need for Science and Math candidates. Available positions are filling up fast. Apply by Monday, March 25th to meet the extended application deadline.


NASA Summer Internships

[posted 2013-02-27]


NASA offers hundreds of paid summer internships for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in a variety of disciplines from engineering and science to technology, business, and finance. Click on this link to complete your base application and apply for up to 15 different internship opportunities with a single application. For tips on applying, check out the "videos and tutorials" on the web site. The deadline is March 15th!


Graduate School Decoded

[posted 2013-02-25]


Have questions about grad school? The Career Development Center is hosting a seminar and panel discussion on "Preparing you for a successful graduate experience." This event will take place on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 from 6pm to 7pm in the McKimmon Center. Space is limited so RSVP through ePACK at careers.ncsu.edu. For questions, contact Carissa Goldstein. Free food!


Research/Internship Opportunities for Undergraduates

[posted 2013-02-22]


Check out The Nucleus, which provides resources for physics and astronomy undergraduates. In particular, this link gives an exhaustive list of research and internship opportunities for undergraduate students in physics and astronomy. The list includes REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) cites and more. Some of the application deadlines have already passed, but many of them are still open.


Radio Astronomy Summer Camp

[posted 2013-02-18]


Applications are being accepted for the radio astronomy "dream camp" that Skynet coordinates each summer. The program is called Educational Research in Radio Astronomy (ERIRA), and it takes place at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Green Bank, West Virginia. Participants have exclusive access to a 40-foot diameter radio telescope for the duration of the week. With it, we make images of the invisible universe, do small-scale research projects, and much more. Participants also have access to optical telescopes in Chile and elsewhere Skynet. Find out more about ERIRA at skynet.unc.edu/erira/. Applications should be in by April 8th.


Physics Tutors Needed

[posted 2013-02-11]


NCSU Student Support Services (SSS) is currently recruiting tutors for PY205, PY208, PY211 and PY212. SSS Tutors are peer tutors who work one-to-one with our participants. The tutors and tutees determine a tutoring schedule most convenient for both. Tutors are compensated $10 to $12 per hour. To apply, contact Sarah Wright at 513-7756 or Sarah_Wright@ncsu.edu.


Physics Undergraduate Research Symposium

[posted 2013-02-11]


Each spring the physics department hosts a poster symposium highlighting undergraduate research. This year's symposium will be held on Monday, April 22, 2013. This is an opportunity to present your research to the department and your fellow students. Talk to your research advisor and start planning now. There will be cash prizes for the top 3 posters and several runners-up. To pre-register or for questions, contact Dr. Clarke. (liclarke@ncsu.edu).


ACCIAC Undergraduate Research Fellowships

[posted 2013-02-07]


The Office of Undergraduate Research through the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA), in partnership with the ACCIAC (Atlantic Coast Conference Inter-Institutional Academic Collaborative), announces the call for proposals for undergraduate academic research fellowships. Grants of $3,000 will be awarded to students to pursue research beginning late spring 2013 through the summer of 2013. Final reports from selected students are due by August 15, 2013. Deadline to apply is February 25, 2013. The review criteria for this award include:

  • Originality, Creativity, Innovation and Intellectual Risk
  • Experimental and Creative Design
  • Evidence of how the results will be used or appreciation for the research in the discipline
  • Connections between the project and candidate's curricular interests
  • Mentor's recommendation
See www.ncsu.edu/undergrad-research/ for the link for detailed submission guidelines.

TRIO Student Support Services Accepting Applications

[posted 2013-02-07]


The NC State TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is currently accepting applications for a limited number of spots for this academic year. SSS is designed to assist students who meet federal criteria to persist in their academic goals to complete a degree at a four-year college or university. The SSS Program works to encourage and enhance educational opportunities by providing unique and personalized academic services to strengthen academic skills, increase retention and graduation rates, and as appropriate, facilitate entrance into graduate and professional programs. As a participant, students will be able to take advantage of academic enrichment workshops, personal support and many other activities designed for their benefit. For more information about the SSS program, please visit our website.


Counseling Center Drop In Groups

[posted 2013-02-07]


The Counseling Center is now offering drop-in group counseling. Some of the groups have already started, with more starting March 12th. Our topics will cover stress & time management, study skills, healthy sleep, etc, and will be offered consistently throughout the semester. Students may come to just one session, or multiple sessions. As we get the specific topics for the later workshops scheduled they will be posted on our website. However, we already have groups running for Stress Management, Meditation, Healthy Relationships, and Academic Skill Building and would encourage students to come by for support as needed. For more information visit our website healthcenter.ncsu.edu/counseling-center/services/drop-in-groups/ or contact our Outreach Coordinator, Angel Bowers, at cou-abjohns2@ncsu.edu.


Teach For America - Application Deadline is Feb. 15

[posted 2013-01-30]


Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates, graduate students, and professionals from all different majors and backgrounds, who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. The opportunity includes full salary & benefits, along with other financial benefits (loan forbearance, education award); regional & subject assignment based on preferencing; professional development & training; alternative teaching certification; inclusion in a network of 30,000+. To learn more about Teach For America, attend the NCSU campus information session on Thursday, January 31, at 6pm in Daniels 341. Apply to the 2013 Teach For America corps at www.teachforamerica.org/apply. The FINAL Application Deadline is Friday, February 15, 2013. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org or contact florence.matthews@teachforamerica.org or check out our Facebook page.


Feature Your Research on PAMS Website

[posted 2013-01-30]


PAMS is looking for student research projects to spotlight on the college website and social media channels! If you are working on research and think your project would be interesting to students and alumni in other disciplines, just email Mary Burkey at mtburkey@ncsu.edu with a description of your project and why you think it is interesting. Based on responses, we will set up interviews and photo shoots and post an article about your work on the web!


Women in the Workplace Symposium

[posted 2013-01-22]


The Career Development Center presents the 8th Annual Professional Women in the Workplace Symposium on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 5:00PM - 9:00PM in the McKimmon Center, sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company. This event is open to all NC State students. The target audience is female students pursuing STEM majors. The symposium brings successful female employers in the STEM fields to campus to share their knowledge and experiences. The evening will include speakers, an employer panel and a networking session. Dinner is provided, attire is business casual. Registration is required and space is limited. For more information and to register please visit ePACK. Questions? Contact cara_doyle@ncsu.edu


NCSU Engineering Career Fair

[posted 2013-01-22]


NCSU's semi-annual Engineering Career Fair will take place on February 6, 2013 from 9:30am-4:00pm in the McKimmon Center. The fair is free, open to the public, with no registration required. This can be a great opportunity for physics majors to make connections with innovative companies and government organizations who are looking to hire scientists and engineers. For more information, visit the engineering career fair website.


Summer Internships in Germany

[posted 2013-01-10]


The DAAD RISE internship is a summer internship program for sophomore and junior students enrolled in a university in the United States, Canada and the UK in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering. It offers unique opportunities for undergraduate students to work with research groups at universities and top research institutions across Germany for a period of 2 to 3 months during the summer. RISE interns are matched with doctoral students whom they assist and who serve as their mentors. The working language will be English. All scholarship holders receive stipends from the DAAD to help cover living expenses, while partner universities & research institutes provide housing assistance. The application deadline is January 31, 2013. For more details see www.daad.de/rise/en/ or contact Tiffany Kershner at tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu.


Tutoring Services

[posted 2013-01-09]


The Undergraduate Tutorial Center provides free academic assistance to NC State undergraduate students enrolled in many high demand courses, including MA141, MA241, MA242, and CH101. Tutoring is by appointment only. To use this service, you must first attend an orientation session. Tutoring for the physics majors' courses PY202 and PY411 will be organized by the physics department soon. Watch for details.


Undergraduate Research Speed Dating Event

[posted 2013-01-09]


The 2nd Annual Undergraduate Research Speed Dating Event will be held on January 23 at 5pm. For more information see go.ncsu.edu/researchspeeddating or contact Judy Day (judy_day@ncsu.edu, 919-513-0848). If you're interested in participating, you should register by Jan. 12 by filling out the survey linked from the speed dating website.


Do you plan to graduate this Spring?

[posted 2013-01-06]


If you intend to graduate at the end of this Spring 2013 semester, you need to let me know right away. (Send email to david_brown@ncsu.edu.) Check your email for more details. I sent an email message to all potential graduates, listing the steps you need to take to officially graduate this Spring.


Spring Course in Career Exploration and Development

[posted 2013-01-04]


USC 202:001 Career Exploration and Development is a 2 credit hour, letter-graded course co-taught by instructors from the Division of Undergraduate Academic Programs and University Career Services. Students who enroll will be given the opportunity to assess their personal strengths, values, skills, and personality; examine how these assessments inform a major decision and/or impact career decision-making; and determine how to best prepare themselves to navigate current workforce conditions and trends. Students will develop professional networks and skills that transfer into any college/major/career. The course will meet on Monday's from 10:15 am to 12:05 pm in 321 Mann Hall. The instructors will be Jennifer McLamb (919-513-0912, jennifer_mclamb@ncsu.edu) and Sara Concini (919-515-2396, sara_concini@ncsu.edu).


Study Abroad Summer Programs Fair

[posted 2013-01-02]


Join us for the NC State Study Abroad Summer Programs Fair on Thursday, January 24th in the Talley Ballroom from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm! This is a great opportunity to find out about the more-than 50 summer study abroad programs being offered by NC State in summer 2013. The programs are taught by NC State faculty, and students will receive NC State academic credit. This is also an ideal opportunity to meet NC State students who have returned from studying abroad and who are eager to share their experiences. Faculty directors who lead programs and study abroad advisors will also be available to answer questions. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about the fair and our programs, visit our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/NCSUStudyAbroad) or our website (studyabroad.ncsu.edu).


Summer SMaRT Program at UMass

[posted 2012-12-20]


The Soft Matter Research in Theory (SMaRT) program at UMass is for undergraduates interested in learning about research in theoretical aspects of soft matter. Like the familiar Research Experiences for Undergraduates format, this program integrates participating students in ongoing research projects in soft-matter theory groups from Polymer Science & Engineering and Physics at UMass. Along with research experience, all students will participate in weekly "group meetings" and a series of short-courses lead by faculty mentors in the area of their research. These short-courses provide extra training in the science and methods of soft-matter physics needed to meet the challenges of students' research. More information, including a listing of previous year's student projects, can be found at the SMaRT website. The due date for applications is March 1, 2013.


NOAA Scholarships

[posted 2012-12-14]


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships (includes internships) to college sophomore students majoring in STEM disciplines related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, or technology, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA's programs and mission, e.g., biological, social and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; and computer and information sciences. The application deadline for the Educational Partnership Program Undergraduate Scholarship is February 15, 2013. The application deadline for the Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program is January 31, 2013. Contact Chantell Haskins, Victoria Dancy or Sandra Sarvis in the NOAA Office of Education (phone: (301) 713-9437 x150, email: studentscholarshipprograms@noaa.gov) for more information.


Southern Teachers Agency

[posted 2012-12-11]


Southern Teachers Agency provides a free resource to prospective teachers with knowledgeable, professional placement counselors guiding candidates through the competitive search process. Hundreds of private and independent schools around the South list vacancies with STA each year, beginning in January! We encourage interested students to apply prior to the winter break to ensure ample time to prepare a credentials file for the peak hiring season. The STA online application can be found on our website at www.southernteachers.com. STA will also hold three job fairs in early 2013, in Atlanta (Feb.9), Philadelphia (Feb.27-Mar.1) and Washington D.C. (Mar.23). All active STA candidates are invited.


Summer Research at the Institute for Shock Physics

[posted 2012-12-05]


The Institute for Shock Physics (ISP) at Washington State University is pleased to announce a NEW 9-week, multidisciplinary undergraduate research program “Materials under Extreme Conditions” in the summer of 2013. Applications are being accepted now and will close on February 20 or once the positions are filled. The goal of the program is to provide undergraduate students in the Physical Sciences and Engineering the opportunity to undertake and perform hands-on experimental investigations of condensed matter phenomena at extreme conditions. There is a variety of exciting research projects from which to choose. Selected applicants will receive a $5,000 stipend for the 9-week session, free housing on campus and travel assistance for travel to and from Pullman, WA (up to $500). Please visit www.shock.wsu.edu/education/SURE2013 for more information.


Summer Research with the Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study

[posted 2012-12-05]


The University of Pittsburgh Models of Infectious Disease Agent Study (MIDAS) National Center of Excellence is pleased to announce a summer research opportunity for undergraduate students in the field of computational modeling and simulation of infectious diseases. Through this ten-week Summer Research Program, participants will gain an appreciation of major research questions being raised at the intersection of public health, biological science, and computer technology and become acclimated to the rigors of scientific research and graduate education. The application deadline is March 1, 2012. For more information, go to www.midas.pitt.edu.


Fellowship Advising Office Enhancement Grants

[posted 2012-12-05]


Are you interested in spending this summer pursuing an EXTRAORDINARY, independent academic activity? If so, consider applying for a Fellowship Advising Office Enhancement Grant! Students from all backgrounds and majors are encouraged to apply. We particularly invite creative and original proposals. One or more awards of up to $5000 are available for Summer 2013. Possibilities include but are not necessarily limited to funding for (1) independent research projects (domestic and international), (2) unpaid or minimally paid competitive internships, (3) entrepreneurial ideas pertinent to your goals, (4) independent service-learning projects (domestic and international), (5) coursework outside your NC State curriculum that is necessary for you to fulfill your academic and professional career goals (e.g., particular language skills). To be eligible, you must be a full-time student at the time of application. Preference is for students in their first or second year of college. Third year students are eligible if their proposed project enhances their competitiveness for a national fellowship or prestigious graduate program. 3.5 or higher GPA for first and second year students; 3.7 GPA or higher for third year students. Note: The Application Deadline is FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2013, by 5pm. For more information and/or for an application, please contact: Dr. Tiffany L. Kershner, Coordinator for Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships main line: 919.515.2237 e-mail: tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu.


Internships at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

[posted 2012-11-30]


The High--Energy--Density--Physics (HEDP) Program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has opportunities for student interns to conduct research in the fields of nuclear physics, radiation transport, hydrodynamics, astrophysics, plasma dynamics, numerical methods and computer science. Internships are for 3 months during the summer. The application deadline is February 1, 2013. For more information see https://scholars.llnl.gov/.


GAANN Fellowships at USC

[posted 2012-11-28]


The USC Department of Physics and Astronomy will have openings for up to 4 new students for graduate fellowships that have been funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education's GAANN (Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need) program. These 3-year fellowships will pay up to $30,000 per year (including stipend, travel, etc.), depending on demonstrable financial need. The USC Department of Physics and Astronomy offers a variety of research areas, including astrophysics, condensed matter/nano-physics, nuclear physics, particle physics, and theoretical physics. More details can be found at www.physics.sc.edu. Interested students are asked to e-mail a CV, a transcript of undergraduate courses, a copy of GRE scores, and names of three references to Ms. Dee Brown (jdbrown@physics.sc.edu) as soon as possible. For further information, please contact department chair Prof. Varsha Kulkarni (kulkarni@sc.edu) or graduate director Prof. Richard Creswick (creswick.rj@sc.edu). Selection of students will begin in December.


Internships in Neuroscience at WVU

[posted 2012-11-27]


The West Virginia University Center for Neuroscience continues to cultivate the next generation of neuroscientists with an opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in our 9-week Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) program. Accepted students will gain invaluable experience as they study and work in high-tech facilities across over 40+ laboratories housed in modern research facilities. Students accepted to the 2013 SURI program will receive a $4,000 stipend plus housing. Information regarding our 2013 mentors, as well as past programs, is available on our website: www.hsc.wvu.edu/wvucn/Summer-Internships-(SURI).


Homeland Security Summer Internships

[posted 2012-11-27]


Applications are being accepted for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) HS-STEM Summer Internships. Undergraduate students are paid a $5000 stipend plus travel expenses. Research is conducted over a 10 week period at a National Laboratory or other national research facility. The application deadline is January 15, 2013. For detailed information, see www.orau.gov/dhseducation/internships.


Mickey Leland Internship Program

[posted 2012-11-26]


The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship, sponsored by the US Department of Energy's Office of Fossil Energy, is a paid 10-week summer internship program that provides opportunities to minority and female students who are pursuing degreees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Students will work at one of several locations including national laboratories. For more information and to complete the application, visit www.fossil.energy.gov/education/lelandfellowships or contact MLEF@hq.doe.gov.


Naval Research Laboratory Internships - Apply November 13 through 15

[posted 2012-11-13]


NRL student intern positions will be announced from 13 November through 15 November 2012 on USAJOBS. Students interested in NRL intern positions must apply through one of the posted NRL intern announcements during the open time period in order to be considered. To locate NRL student intern vacancy announcements during the open period, query on "NRL Intern" using the USAJOBS search field. A USAJOBS account can be established in advance of the vacancy announcements so that students may prepare their resume in advance.

Students may only apply for NRL student intern positions during an open time period when vacancy announcements are available on USAJOBS. The first open time period is November 13-15, 2012.


Professor Reynolds to give Board of Governor's Lecture

[posted 2012-11-05]


The 2012 Board of Governor's lecture will be given by Physics Professor Stephen Reynolds on Wednesday, November 7 from 9:30-11am in Park Shops Room 130. Professor Reynolds is the 2012 Board of Governor's Award winner, and an Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor. The title of his talk is "Notes from Teaching America's Most Hated Subject". Don't miss it!


Caldwell Fellows Program

[posted 2012-11-01]


The Caldwell Fellows program provides challenging experiences to enhance the development of NC State's most promising young scholars. Students in their first year at NC State may apply at the beginning of the spring semester; the 2012-13 application deadline is January 15, 2013. Applicants must have an earned total GPA of 3.25 at NCSU and be in their first year of undergraduate study. A letter of recommendation from a campus faculty or staff member is required. To read more about the selection process and criteria and to access the Caldwell Fellows application, go to https://ssl.ncsu.edu/fellows/apply/.


TRIO Student Support Services Accepting Applications

[posted 2012-11-01]


The TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program at NC State University is currently accepting applications for new SSS Scholars for the 2012-13 term. The SSS Program provides unique and personalized academic services to strengthen academic skills, increase retention and graduation rates, and facilitate entrance into graduate and professional programs. Participants can take advantage of academic enrichment workshops, supplemental tutorial sessions, personal support and many other activities. Students must meet federal criteria in order to be admissible. For questions regarding the program or application, please contact a staff member at 919-513-7774 or visit our website.


Introduction to Scientific Computing will be offered this Spring!

[posted 2012-10-24]


PY 299-002 (section 2 of PY299) provides an introduction to scientific computing for students in the physical and mathematical sciences. In this course students use Python and other open source software tools to solve a variety of problems in mechanics, electromagnetism, and other branches of physics. This course provides students with the computing skills needed for scientific research and for upper level courses in science and engineering. This 3 credit hour course satisfies the physics major's "Introduction to Programming" degree requirement.

Introduction to Scientific Computing will be taught in Spring 2013 by John Blondin. Class times are Tu/Th from 10:15-11:30.


Problem Solving Techniques will be offered this Spring!

[posted 2012-10-24]


PY 299-003 (section 3 of PY299) is a course in problem-solving techniques as well as in the culture of physics and in contemporary trends in research. For one S/U credit hour, students will attend one two-hour session per week; out-of-class work will consist of preparing one oral report near the end of the semester. Each session will involve a lecture and a session of solving problems in groups, often problems related to that lecture. General techniques, such as dimensional analysis, estimation, and various approximation techniques, will be presented, along with practice in specialized mathematical techniques such as complex algebra. Guest faculty will present lectures on their own research or on interesting current topics in physics. The prerequisite is three semesters of calculus-based physics, i.e., PY 203 or 407; sophomores, juniors, and seniors are welcomed. This course should be useful as preparation for the advanced GRE exam.

Problem Solving Techniques will be taught in Spring 2013 by Chris Gould. Meeting times are Th 3:00-4:50.


Goldwater Scholarships in Science, Mathematics and Engineering

[posted 2012-10-15]


Goldwater scholarships are open to sophomores and juniors in science, mathematics, and engineering with outstanding academic records and substantial undergraduate research experience. To enter the national competition you must be nominated by NC State. (Up to four students may receive the campus nomination. Last year all four NCSU nominees received the scholarship.) The campus deadline is Wednesday, November 28, 2012. An information session will be held on Thursday, October 2 from 6-7pm in Park Shops 201. For more information contact Tiffany Kershner (tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu).


Tutors Needed for the Undergraduate Tutorial Center

[posted 2012-10-15]


Are you interested in becoming a chemistry, math, or physics tutor for the Undergraduate Tutorial Center in spring 2013? You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in order to be eligible to apply. The first step in the process is to attend an information session. Times and locations are listed at www.ncsu.edu/tutorial_center/employment.htm.


Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

[posted 2012-10-13]


The State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) will be held on November 17, 2012 on the campus of Duke University. Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts based on original research or creative projects. The abstract deadline is October 22, 2012. See www.sncurcs.org for more information.


Summer Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

[posted 2012-10-13]


Interested in a summer internship? Consider the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)! We are now accepting application for the 2013 Summer Program. The deadline to apply is January 10 - apply online now at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/how-to-apply/! Contact Julie Malicoat (Julie.Malicoat@orau.org) for more information.


Scholarships for Future High School Teachers

[posted 2012-10-13]


AAPT offers scholarships for future high school physics teachers. Undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll, in physics teacher preparation curricula and high school seniors entering such programs are eligible. All applications with all materials, including letters of recommendation, received by December 1, will be considered for recommendation at the winter meeting of the AAPT Executive Board. Read more at www.aapt.org/programs/grants/lotze.cfm.


Undergraduate Research Proposals Due

[posted 2012-10-13]


The application deadline for NCSU Undergraduate Research Grants is October 25, 2012. These grants will support undergraduate research during Spring and/or Summer 2013. Information sessions on how to register and create proposals will be announced on the Office of Undergraduate Research website at www.ncsu.edu/undergrad-research. Additional information can be obtained from Judy Day (judy_day@ncsu.edu).


Duke University Medical Physics Open House

[posted 2012-10-02]


The Medical Physics Graduate Program at Duke University will host its annual open house for prospective graduate students on Friday, October 19, 2012. We invite interested individuals to visit our program, see our labs, and interact with faculty and students. This event provides a great opportunity for prospective applicants to learn about careers in medical physics and about our graduate training program at Duke. We offer both MS and PhD degrees, and prepare students for a variety of career paths, including research, clinical work, government service, or industry. For more information, or to register for the open house, see www.medicalphysics.duke.edu/openhousemail. For general questions, contact James Dobbins (james.dobbins@duke.edu, 919-684-7761). For logistical queries, contact the program coordinator, Olga Baranova (olga.baranova@duke.edu).


Positions Available at Farragut Systems

[posted 2012-10-02]


Farragut Systems is seeking to enhance their team with several junior level .Net developers. Developers are needed with the following technical qualifications:

  • 0 - 5 years in developing and testing Windows applications
  • Experience in test driven development and using Microsoft .NET, Visual Studio 2003/2005/2008, C# , SQL, and relational database is a plus but not required
  • Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics Graduate with a GPA of 3.0 or above is preferred
Students may email their resume and/or contact HR Manager Yvette Flounoy (yvette@farragut.com or (919)595-1846) directly if they are interested.

Undergraduate Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

[posted 2012-09-27]


Interested in a spring internship? Consider the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The deadline to apply is October 1. Apply online at https://applicationlink2.labworks.org/home.aspx. Benefits of the spring SULI program include:

  • 16 weeks (January-April) engaged in a research project under the direction of a laboratory scientist or engineer
  • career development workshops
  • laboratory tours
  • stipend of $425 per week
  • travel reimbursement
  • housing allowance (for those who quality)
Contact Julie Malicoat at (865) 576-2311 or Julie.Malicoat@orau.org for questions or additional information.

Position Available - PY Department Web Site

[posted 2012-09-20]


The NCSU physics department is almost ready to launch its new web site! We need help migrating content from the old site to the new. We're looking to hire a physics undergraduate who has experience working with html, or a desire to learn html. If you're interested, let me know (david_brown@ncsu.edu).


Graduate School Information Fair

[posted 2012-09-19]


Interested in Graduate School? Attend the Graduate School Information Fair on Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the NC State McKimmon Center. Find a list of the programs attending at www.ncsu.edu/epack/. The event is free and open to the public! Sponsored by the NC State Career Development Center and The Princeton Review.


Registry of Undergraduate Researchers

[posted 2012-09-19]


The Council on Undergraduate Research hosts a Registry of Undergraduate Researchers. The purpose of this registry is to facilitate matchmaking between undergraduates who have research experience and a desire to pursue an advanced degree, with graduate schools seeking high quality students who are well prepared for research. The Registry is open to students and graduate schools in many fields, including Physics and Astronomy. Any undergraduate may go to http://www.cur.org/projects_and_services/registry/ to fill out a simple information form. Students may also elect to complete a longer curriculum vitae form. There is no charge to the student and records will be made available to bona fide Graduate Schools that contract with CUR for this service.


Research Opportunity with Professor Daniels

[posted 2012-09-18]


Short-term job opportunity for a physics major: Dr. Daniels has an opening for a short-term (1-2 month) undergraduate research assistant. The work is part of a project which involves understanding the curved shapes of cracks formed in geological and planetary contexts. You would learn to perform scientific literature searches and computerized data analysis. Please contact Dr. Daniels (kdaniel _{at}_ncsu.edu) if you are interested.


NCSU Study Abroad Fair

[posted 2012-09-18]


Join us for the NC State Study Abroad Fair on Thursday, September 20th in the Talley Ballroom from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. This is a great chance to learn about all of the study abroad options available here at NC State. Nearly all of our 2013 Summer and Spring Break & Spring Short Term programs will be represented, along with tables for all of our semester study abroad options. This is an ideal opportunity to meet NC State students who have returned from studying abroad and who are eager to share their experiences. Faculty directors who lead programs and study abroad advisors will also be available to answer questions. For more information, visit our Facebook page


Churchill Scholarships

[posted 2012-09-14]


An information session for the Churchill Scholarship will be held by Mr. Peter Patrikis, Executive Director of the Winston-Churchill Foundation, on Tuesday, September 18th from 4-5:30pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Honors Village Commons Building. The Churchill Scholarship, named in honor of Sir Winston Churchill, is a one-year award that leads to the Masters of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in the many areas of the Biological Sciences, the Physical Sciences, and Engineering or to the Master of Advanced Study in Pure Mathematics or Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge. If you have any questions about the Churchill Scholarship, please contact Dr. Tiffany Kershner (tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu; 515-2237).


Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

[posted 2012-09-14]


Applications for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships opened earlier this summer, with an early decision deadline of October 22, 2012 and a final deadline of January 21, 2013. These fellowships are available to graduating seniors (bachelor’s degree by June 30, 2013) who have majored in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, math); recent grads and longer-term alumni are also eligible. The WW Teaching Fellowships prepare outstanding candidates to teach math and science in high-need high schools in one of the three currently participating states—Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio—but applicants from all states are welcome. The award is $30,000, and the program encompasses not only master’s-level preparation but also mentoring throughout the first three years of teaching. If you are interested in applying and would like help with your application, please contact Dr. Tiffany Kershner. (tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu)


Gates Cambridge Scholarships

[posted 2012-09-14]


The University of Cambridge and Gates Cambridge Scholarship applications are now open. Applications are managed centrally through the university’s Graduate Admissions office. The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding students from outside the UK to pursue graduate study at the University of Cambridge. The program aims to build a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others. Graduating seniors or recent graduates from any nation except the United Kingdom are eligible. Any major. Applicants must meet all entry criteria for Cambridge. Application for scholarship and Cambridge are all in one package. No age limit. Average GPA for recipients is 3.9. Applicants should show an understanding of what Cambridge offers and they should contact faculty they want to study with prior to applying. More information can be found at the Cambridge Gates website, or by contacting Dr. Tiffany Kershner. (tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu)


Funding Graduate School and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

[posted 2012-09-14]


The Office of Undergraduate Research is sponsoring an information session on "Funding Graduate School and the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship". All students interested in attending graduate school are invited to attend! The program will consist of general funding information given by Dr. David Shafer from the NC State Graduate School and a panel discussion by several faculty that have served on NSF-GRF review committees and several graduate students that have received the NSF-GRF. Students may apply for the NSF-GRF in the fall of their senior year or during their first year of graduate school. The program will begin at 5:15 pm on Sept. 24 in room 216 Mann Hall on Main Campus. For additional information, please contact Judy Day at jbday2@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0848.


Counceling Center Workshops

[posted 2012-09-04]


The University Counceling Center has 10 programs planned for September/October, covering topics from Stress & Time Management to Study Skills to Improving Self-Esteem and more. Now is a great time for students to be proactive about addressing possible areas of concern. You can find descriptions of each workshop and register online at GO.NCSU.EDU/counceling. All programs are located in the Student Health Center.


Career Development Center Kickoff

[posted 2012-08-28]


The Staff of the Career Development Center (CDC) invite you to join us for our Kick-Off event on Wednesday, August 29 from 11am - 2pm on the brickyard! Now that the University Career Center and the Co-op Program are fully integrated, it's time for students, faculty and staff to know us and recognize us by our new name. This event will be a fun way to meet us -- with food, games and prizes. We look forward to seeing you on the Brickyard tomorrow.


Tutoring Services

[posted 2012-08-21]


The Undergraduate Tutorial Center provides free academic assistance to NC State undergraduate students enrolled in many high demand courses, including MA141, MA241, MA242, and CH101. Tutoring is by appointment only. To use this service, you must first attend an orientation session. Tutoring for the physics majors' courses PY201 and P203 will be organized by the physics department soon. Watch for details.


Teach For America---Application Deadline

[posted 2012-08-16]


The first deadline to apply to the 2013 Teach For America corps is Friday, August 24 at midnight. You are eligible to apply if your anticipated graduation date is before June 2013, you are a US citizen or permanent resident, and you have a 2.5 or higher GPA. Access the application here: www.teachforamerica.org/apply. Feel free to contact Florence Matthews at florence.matthews@teachforamerica.org for more information or with any questions.


PAMS College Connections

[posted 2012-08-13]


From SPS President Adrienne Cage: The College of PAMS is working hard to continue to create opportunities for students and staff to interact and build community. One of our first opportunities this academic year will take place during Wolfpack Welcome Week. On Tuesday, August 14th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at Fox Labs, the College of PAMS will host incoming students, current students, faculty and staff. Our "College Connections" activity will include games, food, prizes and an organization/club fair. See you there!


Tutors for Student Athletes

[posted 2012-08-13]


The Academic Support Program for Student Athletes is looking to hire tutors for the Fall 2012 semester. The job description and the link for applicants is http://ncsu.edu/aspsa/asep/home. Requirements include a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, demonstrated proficiency in coursework and/or a B+ or higher grade in the courses selected to tutor.


SESAPS Deadline

[posted 2012-08-13]


The deadline for submitting abstracts for the annual SESAPS (Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society) meeting is September 19. The meeting will take place in Tallahassee, Florida, hosted by Florida State and Florida A&M Universities. The meeting website is http://sesaps12.fsu.edu/SESAPS12/Welcome.html.


Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium

[posted 2012-07-13]


The Office of Undergraduate Research is accepting registration and abstract submissions for the 11th NC State Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held in the Talley Student Center Ballroom, the afternoon of Wednesday, August 1, 2012. Any student that either attends NC State or has worked with an NC State mentor is eligible to present at the symposium. The deadline for student registration and abstract submission is noon, July 23, 2012. The deadline for mentor approval of the abstract is noon, July 24, 2012. Additional information can be found at the Office of Undergraduate Research website.


Fall Course in Career Exploration and Development

[posted 2012-07-02]


USC 202 Career Exploration and Development is a 2 credit hour, letter-graded course co-taught by instructors from the Division of Academic and Student Affairs (DASA) and the Career Development Center (CDC). Students who enroll will be given the opportunity to assess their personal strengths, values, skills, and personality; examine how these assessments inform a major decision and/or impactcareer decision-making; and determine how to best prepare themselves to navigate current workforce conditions and trends. Students will develop professional networks and skills that transfer into any college/major/career. For more information, you can contact the instructors, Jennifer McLamb (919-513-0912, jennifer_mclamb@ncsu.edu) and Sara Concini (919-515-2396, sara_concini@ncsu.edu).


Summer II course in Earth Systems Sciences

[posted 2012-06-08]


MEA 100 (Earth Systems Sciences) has seats available for Summer Session II. The course satisfies 3 GEP requirements: Natural Sciences with a lab, Global Knowledge, and Interdisciplinary Perspectives.


PY499 Summer Research Opportunity

[posted 2012-05-23]


Dr. Clarke is looking for a student to take three credits of PY 499 second summer session. The research project would be developing a module for senior lab to explore photothermal heating (essentially, very efficiently heating up water with light). The student would be supervised by Dr. Vijaya Mehta and would be responsible for building an apparatus and designing/documenting preliminary experiments. Contact Dr. Clarke (liclarke@ncsu.edu) for details.


Undergraduate Research Proposals Due

[posted 2012-05-21]


The application deadline for NCSU Undergraduate Research Grants is 5:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2012. All application materials and recommendations must be submitted through the research awards website. Additional information can be obtained from Judy Day (judy_day@ncsu.edu).


McCormick Symposium and Graduating Senior Awards

[posted 2012-04-27]


On Monday, April 30, the physics department will present the 16th annual McCormick Symposium in Riddick 301. The Symposium includes the presentation of Graduating Senior Awards, the Sigma Pi Sigma Induction ceremony, and features a presentation by the McCormick award winner for outstanding research. Following the symposium everyone is invited to the Riddick Hearth to view poster presentations describing the wide array of research carried out by our outstanding undergraduate physics majors. Refreshments will be provided.


Busy Thursday!

[posted 2012-04-24]


On Thursday, April 26 we have two overlapping activities of interest to PY majors.

First, from 6pm to 7pm, the department will host an information session on undergraduate research in the Riddick Hearth. Faculty members will talk to undergraduate PY majors about research projects and opportunities using the "speed dating" format. If you're interested in research, and you should be, this is the best to get started!

Second, from 5pm to 7pm, NASA will host a Twitter Town Hall in Riddick 301. Astronauts Bill McArthur and Nancy Currie will answer your questions about NASA's activities in space. It's part of Destination Station, NASA's national awareness campaign to communicate the important work of the International Space Station. The event is free and open to the public.


PAMS BBQ

[posted 2012-04-23]


The third annual PAMS Student BBQ that will take place on Wednesday, April 25, from 11:30 - 2:00 in the Governors Scott Courtyard (outside of Fox Labs). Bring extra cash for a chance to dump Department Heads and faculty in the dunk tank.


Teach For America

[posted 2012-04-23]


In America today, a gap in academic achievement separates kids in low-income communities from their higher-income peers. Only eight percent of students growing up in poverty graduate from college by age 24, compared to 80 percent of students in more affluent areas. This limits life options, affects families and communities, and has significant social and economic implications for our country. It doesn't have to be this way. We know it's possible to give all kids a great education and the countless opportunities that come with it.

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates, graduate students, and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity.

This year, 9,300 corps member are teaching in 43 regions across the country, impacting over 600,000 students, while nearly 24,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for the fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity.

Sign up to receive updates about applying to the 2013 Teach For America corps here: www.teachforamerica.org/apply. The application will open in August 2012.


Physics Undergraduate Research Symposium

[posted 2012-04-17]


The physics department would like to invite you to attend and/or present a poster at the Physics Undergraduate Research Symposium on Monday April 30th from 3-5 pm in the Riddick Hearth. You can present any poster that summarizes work you have done, including posters that you previously presented elsewhere, such as at university-wide events, or you can prepare a new poster. There are cash prizes for the best posters. For more details, contact Laura Clarke (liclarke@ncsu.edu). To register, send email to Professor Clarke with 1) the title of your poster and 2) your research advisor's name (and department, if not physics). The deadline for registration is Thursday April 26th; there is no fee for registration.


Exam Prep Workshop Series

[posted 2012-04-16]


The Counseling Center's Exam Prep Workshop Series begins April 30 and runs through through May 7. Programs cover Time Management, Sleep, Healthy Cramming, Stress Management and Test Anxiety. Sign up at the Counseling Center website if you would like to attend.


GEP Course in Game Design

[posted 2012-04-09]


A new course, Foundations of Interactive Game Design (CSC281) will be offered in Fall 2012 by Michael Young. The class covers issues involved in the design of video games from technical, cultural, social and narrative perspectives. This course satisfies a GEP Interdisciplinary Perspectives requirement. No experience with computer programming is required. See the course website for more details.


MATCH Teacher Residency

[posted 2012-03-28]


MATCH Teacher Residency is a selective teacher prep program located in Boston. This program gives recent college graduates one year of intense training designed to make them unusually effective rookie teachers. They then help you find positions in high-need schools, and continue to support you as you begin your career in the classroom. Information on this program is available at www.matchschool.org/matchcorps/teacher.htm. MATCH is still actively recruiting new teachers for this coming Fall.


NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

[posted 2012-03-28]


The 21st Annual NC State University Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2012. All NCSU undergraduates who are engaged in scholarly research are elligible to participate. Abstracts and applications are due by Friday, March 30, 2012. Projects will judged within categories by teams of faculty. and students will be recognized by Sigma Xi at its annual banquet on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Register at harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/applications/symposia.


Teach For America Web Seminar

[posted 2012-03-27]


Teach For America will host an online seminar on Tuesday, April 3, at 8:00pm. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Teach for America program and to hear about one corps member’s experience teaching in a low-income community. You can register for the seminar at www.teachforamerica.org/events.


SPS Picnic!

[posted 2012-03-26]


The Society of Physics Students is proud to announce our first ever department picnic! The SPS will be grilling outside of Fox Labs this Saturday, March 31st, starting at noon. Please come out and join us for some good food and fun games. Feel free to bring goodies to share, and games to play. Please RSVP by Thursday to Adrienne Cage (atcage@ncsu.edu). We look forward to seeing you there!


Research posters needed for Scope Academy

[posted 2012-03-23]


Here's a chance to show off your research, and have a free BBQ lunch! The college of PAMS is looking for PAMS students to present their work to alumni and friends as part of the annual Scope Academy on Saturday, April 14. Contact Steven Townsend (steven_townsend@ncsu.edu) for further details.


Harrelson Lecture, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes

[posted 2012-03-21]


Mr. Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, will present this year's Harrelson Lecture on "The Changing Media Landscape: How Social Media is Transforming News and Information" on Monday, April 2, 2012 at 3:00pm in Stewart Theater. You are invited to attend this exceptional NC State event following the official campus birthday party launching NC State's 125th anniversary year celebrating Tradition and Transformation. The Harrelson Lecture is free and open to the public. More details on the event are available at ofd.ncsu.edu/harrelson-lecture.


New Opportunity with DOE for Spring 2012 Graduates

[posted 2012-03-20]


The Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) Fellowship Program provides the opportunity to conduct mission-oriented research in DOE's CBFO in Carlsbad, New Mexico. Applicant must have strong analytical, research and communication skills and demonstrated capacity for creative thinking. Applicant should have a strong technical background and interest in being part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment, focused on energy technology research and development. Visit CBFO Fellowship Programs to apply.


Paper Wings Airplane Contest in Riddick Hearth!

[posted 2012-03-13]


An international qualifier for Red Bull Paper Wings competition will be held on March 20th at 7pm in the Riddick Hearth. College students from 85 countries around the world are currently competing to win a coveted spot to complete in the international Paper Wings competition that will be held in Austria this May. All students have to do is create a paper airplane out of an 8.5 X 11" piece of paper. There will be winners for longest distance, longest airtime, and best acrobatics. Check out this video. For more information, contact Karin Kildow (karin.kildow@us.redbull.com, 980-263-1072).


Become a tutor for the UTC

[posted 2012-03-10]


The Undergraduate Tutorial Center is currently recruiting physics and math tutors for summer and fall 2012!
Top 5 reasons to become a tutor:

  • solidify subject knowledge for future courses and GRE preparation
  • develop communication skills
  • develop leadership skills
  • earn money
  • prepare for future employment
Interested students must be enrolled undergraduates with at least a 3.25 overall GPA and have received a B+ or better in the course(s) they want to tutor. Interested students must attend an information session during March and submit an application by April 4th. Please see http://www.ncsu.edu/tutorial_center/employment.htm for further details.

Positions at WebAssign

[posted 2012-03-09]


Webassign has several open positions for BS science graduates with programming skills. Interested students should contact Joe Kedra, corporate recruiter for Webassign at jkedra@webassign.net with a resume and unofficial transcript.


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[posted 2012-03-09]



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