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NC Department of Administration Internships

[posted 2014-10-24]


North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until December 19 to apply for a paid state government internship for summer 2015. Internships begin on May 26, 2015, and conclude on July 31, 2015. See the 2015 State Government Internship Project Booklet for a description of rules and opportunities. The State Government Internship Program offers students real-world experience in a wide range of state government workplaces. Internships provide opportunities for students to work in their chosen field and to consider careers in public service.


Southern Teachers Agency

[posted 2014-10-24]


Southern Teachers Agency has helped schools hire great teachers since 1902. We recruit top talent from a wide range of academic departments. In particular, the private/independent schools need strong science teachers. The hiring requirements in private/independent schools are typically more flexible than at public schools. For science teaching jobs in particular, schools will hire science majors (and even science minors) if they have a) strong understanding of their subject matter, b) enthusiasm for leading extracurricular activities and/or coaching sports, and c) demonstrable aptitude for managing and motivating students. Simply put, completing a teacher certification program or earning a degree in secondary education is not a hiring prerequisite for middle/high school science and math teachers in most private schools. STA has an outstanding reputation and its services are free. See SouthernTeachers.com.


ASPSA is Hiring Tutors

[posted 2014-10-24]


The Academic Support Program for Student Athletes is looking to hire Tutors for Spring 2015. The job description and link for applicants is aspsa.dasa.ncsu.edu/employment-0. Questions should be directed to Kristen Crawford.


Job/Degree Opportunities at sdPhotonics/UCF

[posted 2014-10-23]


Optics and photonics advanced degree/employment opportunity: Earn an advanced degree while you work with a high tech start-up. Highly motivated individual sought for research and development position in semiconductor lasers and detectors. Position involves laboratory device development of new laser detector technology for high speed and high power applications. Position includes highly competitive salary with excellent benefits package. Position includes excellent opportunity for advanced degree at the College of Optics and Photonics at the University of Central Florida. Position requires strong academic track record in physics, chemistry, or engineering. Information: www.sdphotonics.com. Contact: info@sdPhotonics.com.


Tutoring with the Tutorial Center

[posted 2014-10-22]


The Undergraduate Tutorial Center is currently recruiting physics tutors for Spring 2015. 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. Applicants should be enrolled undergraduates with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25, and have received a B+ or better in the course(s) they want to tutor. Physics tutors must attend an information session and submit an application by the deadline. Information sessions begin on October 21st. See tutorial.ncsu.edu/become-tutor for dates and details.


QP-SURF Fellowships

[posted 2014-10-14]


For the 11th. year, the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (in Dallas) is sponsoring the Quantitative and Physical Science Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) Program. This program will accept 10 students who are earning their undergraduate degrees in the field of biomedical engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, or chemistry. The goal of QP-SURF is to give students an intensive, research experience and demonstrate to students in the physical and quantitative sciences how their knowledge and skill sets are applied in a biomedical research setting. The program description and on-line application for QP-SURF can be found at this website. The program will run from June 1 through August 7, 2015; the application deadline is February 9, 2015. An information session will be held on Monday, October 13 from 4-5:30 in the Honors Village Commons Multipurpose Room (room 201), followed by pizza!


PhysTEC Learning Assistants

[posted 2014-10-14]


The NC State PhysTEC program is seeking new Learning Assistants for Spring, 2015. All professionals teach in some way, whether to students or colleagues or customers. The Physics Department has received a PhysTEC grant from the American Physical Society to train future scientists and engineers to teach, with the objectives that all will become prepared to teach and that some of them will consider teaching physics in high school. PhysTec Learning Assistants will assist with recitations in the PY 205 courses in the Spring semester, and receive a $750 stipend. They will also take part in a one credit hour Seminar on Teaching Physics. The application deadline is November 7. To apply, contact Dr. David Haase or go to our website at phystec.wordpress.ncsu.edu.


Volvo Internship Program

[posted 2014-10-10]


The 2015 Volvo International Internship Program is open to 3rd and 4th year undergraduate students. Opportunities are available in a number of functional areas, including Finance, HR, Engineering, Management Consulting, Sales/Marketing and IT. Information, including application instructions, can be found on the following page: worldwide.volvogroup.com/. At the current time, we have general postings outlining the position titles; however, we will continue to define the specific details of each position as the application process concludes.


APS Conference for Undergraduate Women

[posted 2014-10-09]


The APS Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics at the Research Triangle, NC will take place on Friday – Sunday 16-18 January 2015 on the campus of Duke University. The conference is jointly organized by NCSU, Duke, NCCU, and UNC Chapel Hill. Web site: cuwip.web.unc.edu/. Contact: triangle-cuwip-2015-info@phy.duke.edu. The deadline to apply is October 31.


Goldwater Scholarship and DAAD RISE Information Session

[posted 2014-10-08]


Competition for the 2015 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering is now open to current sophomores and juniors. Selected students receive up to $7,500 to cover eligible expenses. NC State physics students have been very successful over the years in the Goldwater competition. An information session for the Goldwater Scholarship will be held on October 16 from 3-5pm in Talley 3285. Towards the end of the Information Session, we will talk about the DAAD RISE Summer Internship in Germany. This program allows sophomores and juniors to pursue a research internship under the supervision of a postdoctoral fellow at a research lab in Germany. Knowledge of the German language is not required. For more information contact Dr. Kershner.


Wells Fargo Information Session

[posted 2014-10-07]


Wells Fargo Securities Technology will be on campus holding an information session on October 21st at 7pm in Engneering Building II, Room 1228. Wells Fargo is interested in students from physics and other fields for their Summer 2015 internship program for rising seniors. See www.wellsfargo.com/myfuture.


Physics Colloquium with Thomas Halsey

[posted 2014-10-06]


Physics colloquia are held each Monday at 4:00pm in the Sayers Auditorium (301 Riddick). Refreshments are served from 3:30 to 4:00 in the Riddick Hearth. Colloquium talks are intended to reach a wide audience, including undergraduate physics majors. You should attend! Today's talk is by Thomas Halsey of ExxonMobile Upstream Research. The title of his talk is The Outlook for Energy: A View to 2040.


COS Career Fair Update/Graduate School Fair

[posted 2014-10-03]


More information about the College of Sciences Career Fair, 10am-3pm on Tuesday, October 7th in the Talley Student Center:

After the Career Fair (6-8pm), join the Career Development Center for the 2014 Graduate Programs Fair at the McKimmon Center.


COS Career Fair

[posted 2014-10-02]


The College of Sciences Career Fair is just around the corner---Tuesday October 7th from 10am-3pm in the Talley Student Center. Companies seeking to hire students and alumni with education in Physics, Applied Mathematics, and many other fields will be in attendance. If you have questions, contact the NC State Career Development Center at (919) 515-2396.


Present Your Work at SESAPS

[posted 2014-09-29]


Undergraduate researchers are encouraged to present their work at the SESAPS (Southeastern Section of the American Physical Society) Meeting November 14-15 in Columbia, SC. The abstract deadline is Oct 3. See www.physics.sc.edu/sesaps2014/undergraduate-contest for information about the undergraduate contests for best poster and oral presentations. SPS will cover all costs for undergraduate presenters. We will have a van going down early Friday (in time for the poster session) and coming back Saturday afternoon. Let Sara Berry and Chris Gould know if you plan to go so they can make room reservations.


Study Abroad Fair

[posted 2014-09-25]


Discover the opportunities available, hear from returning study abroad students and current international exchange students, learn about funding study abroad... and enter for a chance to win prizes like a t-shirt. One special winner will receive a flight voucher from STA Travel. The Study Abroad Fair will take place in the Talley Student Union Ballrooms from 10am-3pm on Friday, October 3. Website: studyabroad.ncsu.edu.


Physics Research Rally

[posted 2014-09-23]


Are you ready for some research? Come to the physics research rally on Thursday, Sept. 25 from 4-5:30pm in the Riddick Hearth. Physics faculty will be there to discuss the many research opportunities in our department.


Backpacks to Briefcases

[posted 2014-09-23]


Megan Hyland Tajlili of the NCSU Counseling Center will conduct a "Backpacks to Briefcases" group session beginning October 9 from 1-3pm. The group targets December graduates and will last for 8 weeks. The goal is to provide support, encourage transition and create new skills for the college to work transition. Topics to be addressed include:

Space is limited. Call 919-515-2423.


LAUNCH Series from CDC

[posted 2014-09-22]


The LAUNCH program begins Monday, September 22. LAUNCH is a series of professional development workshops presented by the NCSU Career Development Center. Workshops will be given on Mondays at 4:30, then repeated on the following Thursday at 6pm. The topic for Sept 22 and 25 is "Navigating Career Fairs". View details at careers.ncsu.edu/events-and-career-fairs/cdc-presentations/. You can register at ePack or just show up. Students who complete six or more LAUNCH sessions will earn a Professional Development Certificate.


Duke Medical Physics Open House

[posted 2014-09-22]


Duke University's Medical Physics Graduate Program will host an open house for prospective graduate students on Friday, October 17, 2014. We invite interested individuals to visit our university, tour our labs and interact with our 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. Detailed information is available at www.medicalphysics.duke.edu/opene/. For logistical queries, students may email our program coordinator, Olga Baranova.


Counseling Center on Facebook/Twitter

[posted 2014-09-18]


Thanks to feedback from the wonderful student body, the NCSU Counseling Center is moving into the digital age with the launch of Twitter and Facebook pages:

Daily updates on Counseling Center groups/programs and articles of interest. Also a reminder that our Drop In groups are off and running.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory at Career Fair

[posted 2014-09-17]


The MIT Lincoln laboratory has a history of hiring talented NCSU science, math, and engineering graduates that we are looking forward to continuing. Lincoln Laboratory will be sending representatives to the Engineering Career Fair on September 30 and we plan to conduct candidate interviews on campus on October 1. There will be an information session (with food provided) for interested students at 6:30 PM on September 30 in EB I. If you have any questions about Lincoln Laboratory, contact David Padgett.


Engineering Career Fair

[posted 2014-09-17]


The annual NC State Engineering Career Fair is less than two weeks away -- Sept. 30 & Oct. 1, 2014. This is a tremendous opportunity for all students, including physics majors. The NCSU Engineering Career Fair is one of the largest in the United States. This Fall, there will be 372 companies and 1,000's of students and alumni. The event is 9:30am - 4pm at the McKimmon Center.


Expanding Opportunity for NC and SC Physics Students

[posted 2014-09-16]


EXPANDING OPPORTUNITY is an online database dedicated to building an active partnership between North and South Carolina physics undergraduates. Our goal is to provide students interested in physics research with opportunities to collaborate with their peers attending other universities and community colleges. We want to help students communicate on experiments and projects as well as utilize the specialized equipment available through these neighboring institutions. Participation in this program is completely voluntary; however, we hope that this will provide an ever expanding environment to promote more advanced research opportunities for our students by increasing the resources available to them. Visit zone5physics.wix.com/opportunity for more information.


PhysTEC Learning Assistants

[posted 2014-09-16]


Taking Physics? Have You Thought About Teaching Physics? If you really enjoy learning about physics, you might enjoy helping others to learn. There is a need for qualified high school physics teachers, both in North Carolina and nationwide. But even if you never enter a classroom, as an educated professional you will teach your employees, your colleagues and the public. You can start building your teaching skills by participating in the NCSU PhysTEC program. Each semester we select several physics and engineering majors to serve as Learning Assistants for the PY205 problem solving sessions, the SCALE-UP classes and the Tutorial Center. The Learning Assistants also take a 1 credit hour course about teaching physics, and get paid for it. The Learning Assistant selection process will start in October. Look for announcements or contact Dr. David Haase for information.


Undergraduate Research Grants

[posted 2014-09-16]


The Office of Undergraduate Research will provide from $750 to $3,000 in grants to undergraduate students for research projects for the Spring and/or Summer 2015. The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm, Tuesday, November 4, 2014. The research must be done during the Spring and/or Summer 2015 semesters. Students may work on campus or off campus. Grants will be given to single student and team proposals. To apply for a research grant, a student must download and complete the proposal and budget documents at go.ncsu.edu/undergrad_grant_student. Note that Office of Undergraduate Research will not fund requests for salary and/or stipend. Students must identify the faculty mentor for the project online who will submit a recommendation and who has agreed to serve as the official project mentor. The faculty recommendation must be submitted by the November 4, 2014 deadline through the link provided to them through the student application process.


Gilman International Scholarship

[posted 2014-09-15]


The Gilman Scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding. Upon completing the Gilman, students are expected to perform a service project, for the community or campus that promotes the Gilman and/or study abroad. The deadline for Gilman Scholarships for Spring study abroad programs is October 7th. To help with your application, the Study Abroad office will provide the following:

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, visit www.iie.org/Programs/Gilman-Scholarship-Program or contact Dr. Tiffany Kershner.


George Barthalmus Undergraduate Research Grants

[posted 2014-09-15]


Sophomores are invited to apply for a George Barthalmus Undergraduate Research Grant. Typical awards range from $100 to $200, with a maximum of $500. See www.sncurcs.org/GB_grant.html for more information.


Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

[posted 2014-09-15]


The annual State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) will be held on November 22 at NC State. The deadline to register is Oct. 31. See www.sncurcs.org.


Graduate School Fair

[posted 2014-09-09]


The NC State Graduate School Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 7 from 6pm-8pm in the McKimmon Center. This event is sponsored by the NC State Career Development Center. Over 50 schools and programs will be there including NC State, East Carolina University, University of South Carolina, Old Dominion University, Duke University, Wake Forest University, Virginia Tech, and Appalachian State University. For more information and a full list of attending programs, see careers.ncsu.edu/events-and-career-fairs/graduate-school-fair/. This event is free and open to the public!


NSF Graduate Fellowships. Information Session

[posted 2014-09-08]


For more information please visit: www.nsfgrfp.org/. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Kershner.


Berkeley Edge Conference

[posted 2014-09-05]


The annual Berkeley Edge Conference introduces prospective Ph.D. students to faculty in the science, mathematics, and engineering departments. It offers students the opportunity to tour campus research facilities and national laboratories. It provides pragmatic advice about Berkeley's graduate program application process and the process for winning fellowships. The Berkeley Edge Conference targets students from underrepresented groups, but anyone can apply. The 2014 conference will be held November 6-9, 2014 at the University of California, Berkeley. For further information, visit our website or contact us at berkeleyedge@berkeley.edu.


Faculty In Action with Stephen Reynolds

[posted 2014-09-04]


The College of Sciences invites you to the inaugural talk in our Faculty in Action Seminar Series from 5-6pm on Wednesday, September 10 in Riddick 301. The speaker will be Dr. Stephen Reynolds, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor of Physics. Dr. Reynolds will discuss his life and his science, and his talk will be accessible to students from across COS disciplines. Pizza reception to follow in the Riddick Hearth.


Go Government. Career Workshop for PY and MA Majors

[posted 2014-09-04]


We're excited to announce our first career and personal development workshop of the 2014-2015 academic year! This workshop will address the government job search, a widely growing area of interest for physics and mathematics majors. College of Sciences Career Counselor Jenna Hartwell has developed this program expressly for students in physics and mathematics. The workshop is intended for students at all levels, freshman through senior. (It is never too early, or too late, to learn more about your job prospects!) Whether you plan to join the workforce right out of undergraduate school, or plan to attend graduate school first, this workshop will be a valuable experience. Pizza and drinks supplied.

Please RSVP using ePack (Everyone has an account, it simply needs to be activated!) Click this link. Once you're logged into ePACK click on "Events" then "Workshops". (If this is your first time in ePACK please use your unity ID as your username then click "forgot password" - you should have a password emailed to you immediately.)


Advanced Tutoring for Physics Majors

[posted 2014-09-04]


Beginning Tuesday (September 6th, 2014) the Physics Tutorial Center is launching Advanced Tutorial, a program designed to help physics majors in their core physics courses. This semester Advanced Tutorial will consist of three weekly tutorial sessions in the PTC (Riddick 319A) on Tuesday through Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm. Each Advanced Tutorial session will focus on a particular course: PY 201 on Tuesdays, PY 203 on Wednesdays, and PY 414 on Thursdays. Students are always welcome to ask questions regarding material found in any of the core physics major's courses, but questions regarding that session's focus will be given priority. Advanced Tutorial is free and requires no appointments or registration. Please come with specific questions and an eagerness to learn!


Private Tutoring

[posted 2014-09-03]


The SPS and the Physics Department are contacted fairly often by students (or parents of students) looking for a private physics tutor. The SPS plans to compile a list of physics majors interested in private tutoring at the high school or introductory college levels. If you're interested, send your contact information to SPS vice-president Ben Beaumont.


Upcoming SPS Events

[posted 2014-09-03]


Upcoming SPS events for you all! Mark your calendars!


Fellowships 101. What are Fellowships?

[posted 2014-08-29]


Undergraduate students who are interested in learning more about nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, the application and endorsement process and the services provided by the NC State Fellowship Advising Office are invited to attend one of these information sessions:

Please visit the FAO website for more information. Also don't forget to visit our Howls of Fame page to view past fellowship recipients! If you have questions, please contact Dr. Kershner.


Boren Awards Information Session

[posted 2014-08-25]


On Thursday, August 28th, Ms. Lisa Mayorga, Program Manager for the Boren Scholarships Program will be leading an information session on Boren Scholarship Opportunities from 5:30-6:30pm in Park Shops 210. Boren Awards provide funding opportunities for U.S. students to become more proficient in the cultures and languages of world regions critical to U.S. interests. Boren Scholarships provide American students awards for full academic year or semester programs abroad. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors may also apply for summer programs of eight weeks or longer. The campus application deadline is December 5, 2014. For more information, go to www.borenawards.org or contact Dr. Tiffany Kershner or visit her website at fellowships.ncsu.edu.


Firefighting Drone Challenge

[posted 2014-08-23]


The College of Engineering is organizing an internal student competition involving the design (in the fall semester) and building (in the spring semester) of a drone to assist firefighters in their work. Physics majors are invited to participate in this unique opportunity! The goal of this challenge is to develop the technologies required for drones to assist in firefighting operations. In particular we focus on assisted remote control, that should result in a (nearly) uncrashable drone. The drone should also be easy to pilot by inexperienced operators. During the fall semester teams of students will work to complete the main technical challenges in form of modules, which will then be integrated in the spring semester, when the resulting designs will be competing in the final challenge. Instructors will guide the students during the design and building process. More information about the goals of the challenge and the modules is available at this website: sites.google.com/a/ncsu.edu/firefighting-drone-challenge.


Student Services Online Knowledge Base

[posted 2014-08-23]


A new online support site is now available, providing 24/7 self-service answers to common student service questions! If an answer to a question is not found, users may submit a Ticket to request assistance by clicking on Request Support at the top of the page then choosing Submit a Ticket. The knowledge base will continue to expand as additional solutions are added based on questions/tickets received. The site is available from the Registration and Records homepage by clicking the "Ask a question (FAQ)" link or directly at: ncsu.parature.com/.


Study Abroad News

[posted 2014-08-21]


The deadline for Spring 2015 Study Abroad is September 12. If you would like to spend the Spring 2015 semester studying abroad, you should sign up for a General Advising Session and begin the application process! Please note that most semester programs require two weeks to complete the application, including recommendations, a course approval form, and an individual advising appointment. If you think Study Abroad might be in your future, you should attend the Study Abroad Fair on Friday, October 3 in the Talley Student Union Ballrooms from 10am-3pm. You can RSVP on Facebook.


Group Counseling at the Counseling Center

[posted 2014-08-21]


The NCSU Counseling Center offers a variety of opportunities for group counseling. Topics for this Fall include

and others. The Counceling Center will also host a number of Drop-In Group sessions, on topics such as Stress Management and Meditation. No need to sign up for drop-in sessions, just show up. For more information, call 515-2423, stop by the Counseling Center in the Student Health Center, or visit the Counseling Center's Group Counseling Website.


University Tutorial Center

[posted 2014-08-15]


The University Tutorial Center (UTC) provides free academic assistance to NC State students enrolled for credit in high demand gateway courses. Available this Fall:

For the tutoring by appointment programs, you must attend an orientation session. Visit the UTC website for the orientation schedule. Orientation sessions begin on Monday Aug 25. The last day to apply for tutoring by appointment is October 8th (before Fall Break).


Fellowship Information Sessions

[posted 2014-08-12]


The Fellowship Advising Office will hold a series of information sessions this Fall:

To learn more, contact Tiffany Kershner or visit fellowships.ncsu.edu.


Fulbright Grant Deadline

[posted 2014-08-11]


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study or research projects. The campus deadline for applications is Friday, September 12th, 2014. The Fellowship Advising Office will host a series of workshops on the Fulbright Grant, beginning August 21 at 5:30 in Park Shops 210. For more information about the Fulbright Student Program, see us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html, or contact Dr. Tiffany Kershner, Coordinator for Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships at tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu.


Research Grants From Sigma Xi

[posted 2014-08-11]


The Scientific Research Society (Sigma Xi) is now accepting student grant applications through the Grant-in-Aid of Research Program. Applications are accepted in all fields of science and engineering. The application deadline is October 15, 2014 for awards to be disbursed in January 2015. Additional information and application at sigmaxi.fluidreview.com/.


Triangle Student Research Competition

[posted 2014-08-04]


Local Materials Research Society (MRS) chapters and Triangle Electrochemical Society (ECS) would like to invite you to participate in the 2nd Annual Triangle Student Research Competition (TSRC). The event will take place from 5:30 to 9:00pm on September 3, 2014 at the Research Triangle Park Headquarters convention center. There will be two competitions this year, a poster presentation competition, and a Research/Technology Demonstration competition. Details are located under the “Competitions” tab on the TSRC website. Participants will receive a catered dinner, a chance to network with invited companies, and a chance to form new collaborations with faculty and students from triangle universities including UNC, NCSU, NC A&T, NC Central, and Duke.


Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships for Spring 2015

[posted 2014-08-01]


The Office of Science/Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists is accepting applications to its 2015 Spring Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. The application deadline is October 7, 2014 at 5:00pm ET. 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. For further information, visit science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/.


NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

[posted 2014-07-16]


Registration is now open for the 2014 NC State Summer Undergraduate Research Symposium. The Symposium will be held on July 30, 2014 in the Talley Ballroom. Information and the link for registration can be found at undergradresearch.dasa.ncsu.edu/share-research/nc-state-summer-undergraduate-research-symposium. The registration deadline is July 21, 2014 at 11:59pm.


Unix Crash Course

[posted 2014-07-15]


UPDATE: The course will take place on Thursday, July 24 from 2pm-3:15pm, most likely in Riddick 415. Please RSVP to David Phillips if you plan to attend.

David Phillips (nuclear physics postdoc) will hold a crash course on UNIX next week, July 23 or 24. This 60-75 minute long course will roughly follow chapter 4 from "Running Linux" by Welsh and Kaufman. Topics covered:

Please fill out the Doodle Poll to choose a date and time for the course. To take this course, you will need access to a computer with unix (linux).


Study Abroad for Fall'14 and Spring'15

[posted 2014-06-30]


Study abroad applications for Fall 2014 and academic year 2015 are now being accepted. To get started, you should attend the General Advising Session this summer. Advising for Spring 2015 study abroad has begun.


SPS Room Makeover

[posted 2014-06-26]


Starting in July, we will be giving the SPS room (Riddick 317) a makeover. (A thorough cleaning, "new" used furniture, etc.) If you have any personal items in the SPS room, you should remove them immediately. If you have a personal item in the SPS room that you want to keep, but you're currently out of town, let me know right away. I can save it for you. Any personal items remaining in the SPS room at the end of next week (July 4, 2014) will be discarded. We plan to transform the SPS room into a productive study space that will serve as a useful resource for all of our physics majors.


Physics Courses for Fall 2014

[posted 2014-06-26]


In addition to the usual suite of required courses for physics majors, the physics department is offering the following classes this fall:

PY301 is intended for students who need to strengthen their understanding of the material from pre--quantum courses (for example, modern physics PY203 and differential equations MA401) before tackling Quantum Physics I (PY401) in the Spring. The 500 level PY courses assume a fairly complete background in undergraduate physics. You should check with your advisor and the instructor before enrolling in any 500 level PY course.


Tutors Needed for Student Athletes

[posted 2014-05-20]


The Academic Support Program for Student Athletes is looking to hire tutors for the Fall 2014 semester. The job description and the link for applicants is 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. Questions should be directed to Kristen Crawford.


Fulbright Grants

[posted 2014-05-05]


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistantships. Must be a U.S. citizen. All majors are eligible, but each country outlines priority and/or restricted fields of study. Open to seniors (rising or graduating seniors), recent graduates and Masters/PhD students. Language proficiency varies depending on the host country. The campus deadline for applying for a 2015-2016 Fulbright grant is: Friday, September 12th, 2014. For more information about the Fulbright Student Program, please see us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html. For more information about how to apply for a Fulbright, please contact: Dr. Tiffany Kershner, Coordinator for Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships at tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu.


Summer School!

[posted 2014-04-30]


Summer is your chance to get a step ahead on your degree requirements! The physics laboratory course PY252 will be taught in summer session I. It is a required course for most physics majors. You should also consider taking care of some GEP course requirements. In addition to summer I and summer II classes, the University now offers a number of compressed, 3 week "Maymester" courses on topics that satisfy GEP requirements. See emas.ncsu.edu/summer/courses/maymester/ for a list of Maymester courses.


Staff Position at Colgate University

[posted 2014-04-28]


Job opening: Staff position at Colgate University to support research computer needs (including Linux) in several science departments (including physics). For more information, go to this website, careers.colgate.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/Welcome_css.jsp and click "Search Postings" and then select "Research Computing Consultant" from the drop-down list of Position Titles.


Summer Internship at WebAssign

[posted 2014-04-27]


WebAssign has a summer internship position available for an undergraduate student majoring in physics. The job description and qualifications can be found here. Contact Wor Thongthai with questions.


Southern Teachers Agency

[posted 2014-04-27]


Each year, Southern Teachers Agency helps hundreds of candidates find jobs at outstanding private & independent schools throughout the mid-Atlantic and South – nearly 600 schools in 16 States from Pennsylvania to Florida to Texas. STA already has quite a few physics vacancy listings from schools for the 2014-15 school year. The range of physics (or physics-related) courses to be taught vary from middle-school physical science through AP physics. It is also common for physics teachers to lead other science classes (biology or chemistry), or perhaps some math classes. Certification is not required by private schools for many physics jobs. The STA online application can be found at www.SouthernTeachers.com. Registered STA candidates can participate in STA virtual recruitment fairs. These fairs will give you the opportunity to meet school administrators through prescheduled, real-time digital interviews for vacancies, with zero travel and zero registration costs. The next virtual fair will be held on May 8.


Jefferson Distinguished Lecture by Oliver Smithies

[posted 2014-04-10]


The Thomas Jefferson Scholars Distinguished Lecture will be given by Nobel Laureate Dr. Oliver Smithies on Tuesday April 22 at 5:00 pm in the Governance Chamber (4140) at the Talley Student Center. Dr. Smithies won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2007 for his work on knockout mice, a key model in gene research, but also has a lifetime of research knowledge and experience from which our community can benefit. The title of his talk is "On Being a Scientist for 60 Years".


Rhodes/Marshall/Mitchell/Churchill Scholarship Information Sessions

[posted 2014-04-07]


Campus Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill Scholarships. Tiffany Kershner will hold information sessions in Clark Hall Seminar Room 205 on the following dates and times:

On Friday, April 11th from 10-NOON and 2-3:30 Dr. Kershner will have drop-in hours at Clark Hall 204 for students to ask questions about these scholarships. No appointment necessary. The campus application deadline for the 2015 Rhodes/Marshall/Mitchell/Churchill Scholarship(s) is THURSDAY, MAY 8, 2014. We are looking for students with a 3.8 or above 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. 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.


Opportunities for Physics Tutors

[posted 2014-04-07]


The Undergraduate Tutorial Center is currently recruiting physics tutors for summer and fall 2014! 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. Applicants should be enrolled undergraduates with a minimum overall GPA of 3.25, and have received a B+ or better in the course(s) they want to tutor. Physics tutors must attend an information session and submit an application by the deadline. Information sessions begin the first week in April. See tutorial.ncsu.edu/become-tutor for dates and details.


Physics Career Information Drop-In Session

[posted 2014-04-05]


Great Minds in Physics Do What? "Drop-In" at the Riddick Hearth and gather information for use in the present and the future! Monday, April 7 from 1-2pm by the computer kiosk in the Riddick Hearth. Look for the Career Development Center Banner. During this time informal and individualized questions can be directed to: Jenna Hartwell, College of Sciences Career Counselor and Betsy Alexieff, College of Sciences Academic Advisor.


Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

[posted 2014-04-01]


The Office of Science/Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists is accepting applications to its 2014 Fall Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. All required application materials, including recommendations, are due by 5:00 PM ET on May 30, 2014. 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. For further information, visit science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/. Inquiries or questions can be submitted at science.energy.gov/wdts/suli/contact/.


Creating Effective Research Posters

[posted 2014-03-28]


Planning your poster for the Undergraduate Research Symposium or the McCormick Symposium and don't know where to start? Maybe you just want to make sure that your poster is effective in communicating your research? If you are needing to make a research poster for any event, attend this training! It is interactive and will leave you with new ideas on effective posters! Attend the training on Wednesday, April 2 at 5:15 pm in SAS 1102 given by Dr. George Hess, an expert in designing effective posters! Sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research.


La Serena School of Data Science

[posted 2014-03-26]


Registration is open for the second annual La Serena School for Data Science, to be held August 15-22, 2014 in La Serena, Chile. The School is an intensive week of interdisciplinary lectures and hands-on activities focused on applied tools for handling big astronomical data. The curriculum is designed for senior undergraduate students and early graduate students in the fields of astronomy, computer science, statistics and mathematics, introducing the students to existing tools and techniques to explore the large datasets of today and preparing them to use the massive astronomical databases of the future. The application deadline is April 21, 2014. Scholarships are available for U.S. and Chilean students to cover travel expenses and most of the costs during the week spent in La Serena. Visit the "La Serena School of Data Science" website for more information and application instructions.


McCormick Research Symposium

[posted 2014-03-24]


The Physics Department will host its annual McCormick Research Symposium on April 21, 2014, celebrating the research accomplishments of our physics undergraduates. Physics students conducting research in any department are welcome to participate in this well-attended and dynamic event. Now is the time to register! To register, send (i) a title, (ii) your name, and (iii) the name of your advisor to Professor Clarke.


Fulbright Student Grant Information Session

[posted 2014-03-21]


Mr. Kevin Fomalont, Fulbright Student Alumni Ambassador and 2012 Fulbright Student Grant Recipient to Russia will lead an information session on the Fulbright student program on March 27, 5-6pm, in Daniels 434. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects. During their grant periods, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. All majors are eligible, but each country outlines priority and/or restricted fields of study. For more information about the Fulbright program, see us.fulbrightonline.org/home.html.


GRE Test Prep

[posted 2014-03-19]


Do you plan to take the GRE soon? If so, you might want to check out these opportunities. On Sunday, March 23 at 1:30pm, Kaplan will offer a free GRE practice test at Meredith College. For more information see www.kaptest.com/; to register see www.formstack.com/forms/?1664080-WsVml3kFPv. The Princeton Review is also offering a variety of free GRE prep events in March and April. Events include Boot Camps, Strategy Sessions, and practice tests. You can find out more information and register at www.princetonreview.com/ncstate. (Scroll to the bottom of the page and follow the links relevant to the GRE.)


Naval Oceanographic Office is Hiring

[posted 2014-03-19]


Civilian scientists and engineers at NAVOCEANO (Naval Oceanographic Office) support Navy operations with research in a variety of fields, including physical oceanography, coupled atmosphere-ocean-ice modeling, hydrographic/bathymetric surveying, marine geology and geophysics, coastal sciences, underwater acoustics, remote sensing, numerical modeling, computer science, applied mathematics, and engineering. NAVOCEANO oceanographers also plan and control the missions of a fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles. Many NAVOCEANO scientists have the opportunity to travel to locations around the world aboard an oceanographic survey ship, equipped with state-of-the-technology data collection systems. NAVOCEANO is located at NASA's Stennis SpaceCenter on the Gulf Coast just 40 miles from New Orleans. NAVOCEANO is now hiring persons with BS degrees in a number of fields including physics. On 1-3 April, NAVOCEANO will participate in an online Virtual Career Fair. For more information visit secacc.careereco.net/ or contact James P. Rigney.


Resume/CV 101 Workshop

[posted 2014-03-18]


On Monday, March 24th, students are invited to attend a Resume/CV 101 workshop. Jenna Hartwell, Career Counselor from the Career Development Center, will provide information on topics including best practices for resumes for industry jobs and best practices for CVs for academia. Bring your resumes/CVs for additional pointers and advice! Enjoy pizza! Date: Monday, March 24th from 6:00 – 7:30pm. Place: Room 105 Withers Hall (enter Withers through the north ground floor entrance). Please RSVP by e-mailing sacnas.ncsu@gmail.com.


Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

[posted 2014-03-11]


Applications are being accepted until March 14, 2014 for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. Fellows receive

To learn more, visit Woodrow.org/teach.


London International Youth Science Forum

[posted 2014-03-11]


The London International Youth Science Forum (LIYSF) is a two week residential event held at Imperial College London, with lectures and demonstrations from leading scientists, visits to industrial sites, research centres, scientific institutions and organisations, including world class laboratories and universities. The two week residential forum attracts over 350 of the world’s leading young scientists, aged 17-21 years old, from more than 60 participating countries. To see more information about the scope of this event, see this video, the 2013 programme brochure. or visit the LIYSF website.


Study Abroad This Summer

[posted 2014-03-11]


Many summer study abroad programs are still open for application. Application decisions will be made on a rolling basis until spaces are filled, or until March 14, 2014. Check our website for the most up to date list of summer 2014 open programs. The cost of participating on a summer study abroad program can often be the same cost as taking summer school classes here on campus. Review the information on funding study abroad and fundraising ideas. Contact the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions.


PhysTEC Learning Assistants

[posted 2014-03-06]


The NC State PhysTEC program is seeking new Learning Assistants. All professionals teach in some way, whether to students or colleagues or customers. The Physics Department has received a PhysTEC grant from the American Physical Society to train future scientists and engineers to teach, with the objectives that all will become prepared to teach and that some will consider teaching physics in high school. We will hire as many as six science or engineering undergraduates who will assist with the recitations in PY205 in the Fall semester. They will also take part in a one credit hour Seminar on Teaching Physics. The Learning Assistants will receive a $750 stipend for participation as Learning Assistant for the semester. The application deadline is March 21. To apply, contact Dr. David Haase at david_haase@ncsu.edu.


Undergraduate Research Grants

[posted 2014-03-06]


The Office of Undergraduate Research will provide up to $2,000 in grants to undergraduate students for research projects for Summer 2014. The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm, Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The research must be done during the summer. Details for the grant submission can be found at undergradresearch.dasa.ncsu.edu/funding/nc-state-undergraduate-research-grants.


NCSU Undergraduate Research Symposium

[posted 2014-03-04]


Registration is now open for students for the 23rd NC State Undergraduate Spring Research Symposium. The Symposium will be held on Monday, April 14, 2014. Information and the link for registration can be found at undergradresearch.dasa.ncsu.edu/share-research/nc-state-spring-undergraduate-research-symposium. The symposium consists of poster presentations and will be held at the McKimmon Center. Students will need to submit an abstract of their research and have it approved online by their mentor to complete the registration process. Registration deadline is March 31, 2014.


Research Opportunity with NRAO

[posted 2014-02-28]


Undergraduate students are invited to apply for a one week workshop with the ERIRA (Educational Research in Radio Astronomy) program. The workshop will take place at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in Green Bank, West Virginia from June 1 through June 7. For more details, see skynet.unc.edu/erira/.


Support for Writing and Speaking

[posted 2014-02-18]


Undergraduate students are welcome to use Writing and Speaking Tutorial Services(WSTS). WSTS consultants are trained to help students at any point in their composing process with everything from brainstorming and organization to transitions and paragraph development. Consultants will help students with any writing they have from course work to scholarship and grant applications. You can find out more about WSTS times and locations at our website (go.ncsu.edu/wsts).


NASA Internships

[posted 2014-02-18]


NASA is still actively recruiting interns for its paid summer internship program! Hundreds of internships are available in a wide variety of disciplines, including physics, at NASA centers around the country. (Including, for example, Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland and the Jet Propulsion laboratory in California.) The deadline is March 1st. Visit intern.nasa.gov to complete your base application and apply for up to 15 specific internship opportunities.


Find a Major You Will Love

[posted 2014-02-13]


Academic Advising Services is presenting "Find a Major you will Love!," a workshop for students considering a change of major. In this hour-long hands-on session, we will help students consider some of the decision factors important to them, review on-line resources for exploring majors and careers, and discuss CODA and preparation for registration advising. Workshops will take place on Wednesday, February 19, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 108 FYC Commons and Thursday, February 27, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 106 FYC Commons Please bring a laptop.


Research Speed Dating Event

[posted 2014-02-13]


The 3rd Annual Undergraduate Research Speed Dating Event is on Feb 27th from 6-7pm in the Talley Ballroom. This link details the event and has a link to pre-registration. We plan to have a faculty member present from every discipline so this is a great chance for students to learn about research within their field and other majors. If you have any questions, or are interested in volunteering, please contact Brian Peters or Judy Day.


LAUNCH Professional Development Program

[posted 2014-02-03]


The LAUNCH professional development program begins on Monday. This is a special workshop series offered by the Career Development Center (CDC) to help you get the edge in the competitive intern/co-op/job search process. Session are held on Mondays at 4:30 in Mann 216 and Thursdays at 6pm in Fox 104. Register on ePack to secure your seat, or show up and see if space is available. (On ePack, go to the "Events" tab.) If you attend 6 sessions you will receive a professional development certificate, T-shirt and free dinner! Monday's session is "Preparing for Career Fairs". The link with all the details is here: careers.ncsu.edu/events-and-career-fairs/cdc-presentations/.


Group Counseling

[posted 2014-01-23]


The NCSU Counseling Center offers a variety of opportunities for group counseling. These include drop-in group sessions on

You do not need to sign up for drop-in sessions, just show up. The Counseling Center also offers General Group Counseling, and Theme Based Groups covering a variety of topics. For more information, call 515-2423, stop by the Counseling Center in the Student Health Center, or visit the Counseling Center website.


Southern Teachers Agency

[posted 2014-01-23]


Each year, Southern Teachers Agency helps hundreds of candidates find jobs at outstanding private & independent schools throughout the mid-Atlantic and South – nearly 600 schools in 16 States from Pennsylvania to Florida to Texas. (Private schools have the flexibility to hire teachers with a strong academic background in physics who have not taken courses in education.) The hiring season for the 2014-15 academic year will begin very soon and we encourage interested students to apply to STA as soon as possible. The STA online application can be found at www.SouthernTeachers.com. Registered STA candidates can participate in STA virtual recruitment fairs, beginning Feb. 6. These fairs will give you the opportunity to meet school administrators through prescheduled, real-time digital interviews for vacancies, with zero travel and zero registration costs.


Cardinal Scholars Seeks Tutors

[posted 2014-01-19]


Cardinal Scholars is an in-home and online tutoring company that matches exceptional tutors affiliated with top universities with elementary, middle, and high school students in need of additional academic support. We are offering our services to the Raleigh area and seek tutoring candidates who attend or have graduated from NC State as either an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student. If you are interested, apply here: www.cardinalscholars.com/apply.php.


McCormick Symposium on Undergraduate Research

[posted 2014-01-13]


The Physics Department will host its annual McCormick Symposium on April 21, 2014, celebrating the research accomplishments of our physics undergraduates. If you are an NCSU physics major working on a research project, you are invited to contribute a research poster to the symposium. Now is the time to start focusing your efforts towards this goal! The McCormick symposium is well attended, a great way to talk to faculty and fellow students about your research. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three posters and several runners-up. To register and learn more details, contact Professor Laura_Clarke.


Sigma Xi Virtual Research Symposium

[posted 2014-01-13]


Sigma Xi is hosting a virtual research symposium for graduate and undergraduate students on March 17-23, 2014. They are looking both for student presenters as well as judges. The final deadline to register for either role is March 10. See www.sigmaxi.org/meetings/srs/showcase.shtml.


Pathways Internship Program

[posted 2014-01-13]


The Pathways Internship Program (formerly STEP and SCEP) sponsored by the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) is designed to provide students with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers. Students can work full-time or part-time as temporary or non-temporary interns. Applications will be collected on a quarterly basis. The following vacancy announcement schedule will be used for recruiting our student intern positions:

To apply for a Pathways internship, go to USAJobs and create an account. In the "What" box enter "NRL Intern". Select the desired intern position and click "Apply Now".


TRIO Student Support Services

[posted 2014-01-13]


The NC State TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is designed to encourage and enhance educational opportunities. Participants will be able to take advantage of academic enrichment workshops, personal support and other activities designed for their benefit. (See the blog post from 2013-11-08.) Upcomming information sessions:

For questions, contact sss_trio@ncsu.edu.


Master Minds 9

[posted 2014-01-13]


Master Minds 9 is an exclusive 9-week program provided by College of Sciences and the Career Development Center. The program provides a unique support system for highly motivated College of Sciences seniors. Participants are selected and matched into teams based on their career and educational goals. Team members commit to meet weekly for 20 minutes to hold each other accountable for progress toward their individual goals. All MM9 Students must attend:

The deadline to apply is 5 PM Jan. 24, 2014. For more information contact Marcy Bullock.


Study Abroad Deadlines

[posted 2014-01-09]


The application deadlines for a number of study abroad programs are coming up soon, as early as Friday, January 10, 2014. The application deadline for study abroad scholarships is January 24, 2014.


Physics Honors Program

[posted 2014-01-09]


The Physics Department honors program recognizes talented students who go beyond the basic curriculum by participating in independent research projects and advanced physics courses. Students who wish to pursue PY honors should declare their intention by contacting the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu). The criteria for "honors status" and "graduation with honors" are spelled out at the PY department web site www.physics.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/honors.html.


NanoJapan Program

[posted 2014-01-09]


NanoJapan: International Research Experience is a 12 week summer program that will provide U.S. undergraduates with structured research opportunities in Japanese university laboratories with Japanese mentors focused on the study of THz dynamics of nanostructures. The program is well-suited to engineering or physics students with a keen interest in this area of nanotechnology research. The application deadline is January 24, 2014. See also the NCSU Study Abroad website for more information.


Do you plan to graduate this Spring?

[posted 2014-01-04]


If you intend to graduate at the end of this Spring 2014 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 first steps you need to take to officially graduate this Spring.


UK Summer Fulbright Institutes

[posted 2013-12-16]


The US-UK Fulbright Commission has opened applications for the UK Summer Institute Award Programs for US Citizens. Programs vary in duration from three to six weeks, and offer students the opportunity to be immersed in British academia and culture. Students will take part in cultural events, research, collaboration, and presentation at an esteemed British University. Nine Summer Institutes will be offered, each covering a different theme. Sophomore and Junior students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply. Applications are due 27 February or 6 March, 2014 – depending on the Institute. See the UK Fulbright Institutes webpage for specific details. For more information contact Dr. Tiffany Kershner.


Enhancement Grants

[posted 2013-12-16]


Are you interested in spending this summer pursuing an extraordinary, independent academic activity? Consider applying for a Fellowship Advising Office Enhancement Grant! Undergraduate 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 2014. Possibilities include but are not necessarily limited to funding for:

  • Independent research projects (domestic and international)
  • Unpaid or minimally paid competitive internships
  • Independent service-learning projects (domestic and international)
  • Coursework outside your NC State curriculum that is necessary for you to fulfill your academic and professional career goals (e.g., particular language skills)

This opportunity is open to undergraduate students with a 3.7 or higher GPA, in their first or second year of college. Application Deadline: Friday, February 14, 2014 at 5pm. For more information contact: Dr. Tiffany L. Kershner, Coordinator for Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships.


NSF and NASA Funded Programs

[posted 2013-12-09]


NSF and NASA have a number of programs that provide internships and scholarships for undergraduates. Check out the site Undergrad Research Opportunities, which contains links to more than 650 programs including REU and other summer research opportunities. Also see intern.nasa.gov for NASA supported internships and scholarships. The site www.pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.asp provides information about financial support programs for graduate school.


POW - Problem Of the Week 10

[posted 2013-12-03]


POW#10 Two identical spaceships are initially at rest, on the x axis, a distance L apart. The ships are connected by a cord of length L. The cord can stretch a little bit, but will break if stretched too much. Simultaneously (in their initial rest frame) the spaceships begin accelerating in the x direction with the same proper acceleration. (That is, the ships' engines are on the same setting.) What happens to the cord? Does it stay taught? Does it go slack? Does it break?
Solution


Homeland Security Summer Internships

[posted 2013-12-02]


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is accepting applications for its 10 week HS-STEM Summer Research Internship Program. Students will be placed at Argonne, Idaho, Berkeley, Livermore, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest, and Sandia National Laboratories; as well as at Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Coast Guard Research and Development Center, Customs and Borders Protection Laboratories and Scientific Services, Naval Research Laboratory, Engineer Research and Development Center, National Security Technologies Remote Sensing Laboratory, Transportation Security Laboratory, and other possible locations. Undergraduate students receive a $5,000 stipend plus travel expenses. Application deadline is January 6, 2014. For more information, contact Carlos Reinhold or visit the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education website.


Summer Program at MIT on Teaching Physical Science

[posted 2013-11-22]


TOPS (Teaching Opportunities in Physical Science) is a six-week summer program aimed at physics majors who are considering careers in teaching at the secondary level. The program is hosted by the Center for Ultracold Atoms (CUA) at MIT and Harvard. Activities will include:

Participants will receive a stipend of $4,000, plus housing at MIT. For further information, visit cuaweb.mit.edu/Pages/TOPS.aspx.


Mickey Leland Internship Program

[posted 2013-11-22]


The Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship (MLEF) Program, sponsored by the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), U.S. Department of Energy, is now accepting applications for a 10-week summer internship. MLEF’s mission is to improve opportunities for women and minority students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines, but all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply. Selected MLEF Fellows will receive a bi-weekly stipend, approved travel costs to/from their host site and will attend a Technical Forum to present their project at the end of the internship. For more information or to complete an application, visit orise.orau.gov/mlef. The application period closes January 15, 2014.


In Physics...Options and Resources

[posted 2013-11-15]


Don't miss this: On Tuesday November 19 at 5:30, in Fox 104, the Physics department will host a workshop focusing on careers in physics. Jenna Hartwell of the Career Development Center will discuss career options for physics majors and on-campus resources that can help you search for a physics job. The workshop is intended for students at all levels, freshman through senior. (It is never too early, or too late, to learn more about your job prospects!) Whether you plan to join the workforce right out of undergraduate school, or plan to attend graduate school first, this workshop will be a valuable experience. Pizza and drinks supplied. Look for the evite to this event and reply YES.


POW - Problem Of the Week 9

[posted 2013-11-15]


POW#9 A block of width w and height h rests on a level floor. The coefficient of static friction between the block and floor is μ. You push on the upper corner of the block with force F, at angle θ. As you increase the magnitude of the force, does the block tip before it slips, or slip before it tips? (Express your answer as a condition on μ, θ, w, and h such that the block tips before it slips.)
Solution


Special Materials Research Society Talk

[posted 2013-11-14]


A special Materials Research Society seminar will be held this Wednesday, November 13th with guest lecturer Dr. Yi Lu from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a Sigma Xi distinguished lecturer (www.sigmaxi.org/programs/lectureships/1314.shtml) so it's a pleasure to have him speak while he's in the area. His talk will be about DNA Nanotechnology and its application in Sensing, Imaging, and Medicine. The talk will be held in EB1 Room 1010. Pizza and drinks will be available at 5:15pm and the talk will start around 5:30pm.


Internships at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

[posted 2013-11-11]


The Weapons and Complex Integration Directorate 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, 2014. (Apply to job #11850.) See https://scholars.llnl.gov for more information.


University Physics Competition

[posted 2013-11-10]


The fourth annual university physics competition will be held during the weekend of November 15-17, 2013. This is an international contest for undergraduate students, who will work in teams of three at colleges and universities all over the world for 48 hours, analyzing a theoretical scenario using the principles of physics, and writing a formal paper describing their work. Problems from previous competitions included studying "Volcanism on Super-Earths" and evaluating the ideal "Table Tennis Ball Sizes." Before the contest, all teams must be officially registered at www.uphysicsc.com.


Caldwell Fellows Program

[posted 2013-11-08]


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 2013-14 application deadline is January 15, 2014. Applicants must have an earned total GPA of 3.25 at NCSU. 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 www.ncsu.edu/caldwell.


TRIO Student Support Services

[posted 2013-11-08]


The NC State TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is designed to encourage and enhance educational opportunities. Participants will be able to take advantage of academic enrichment workshops, personal support and other activities designed for their benefit. SSS services include:

For questions, contact Courtney Simpson. SSS is designed to assist students who meet federal criteria.

POW - Problem Of the Week 8

[posted 2013-11-07]


POW#8 Here are a couple of quick--answer physics questions that don't require any calculation. They are intended to keep you awake at night.


MRS/ASM/AVS/AReMS Joint Symposium

[posted 2013-11-05]


The AIF (Analytical Instrumentation Facility) at NCSU will host a joint symposium for the MRS (Materials Research Society), ASM international, AVS (American Vacuum Society), and AReMS (Appalachian Regional Microscopy Society) on the NC State Campus on November 15, 2013. Prizes will be given out to the best student posters. Deadline for abstract submission is November 7, 2013. For more information see www.aif.ncsu.edu/mrs_asm_avs_arems/.


Tutors Needed for Student Athletes

[posted 2013-11-04]


The Academic Support Program for Student Athletes is looking to hire tutors for the Spring 2014 semester. The job description and the link for applicants is 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. Questions should be directed to Kristen Crawford.


Physics Courses for Spring 2014

[posted 2013-11-01]


This Spring semester the physics department is offering two PY299 courses of interest to physics undergraduates.

Other courses of interest:


POW - Problem Of the Week 7

[posted 2013-10-28]


POW#7 A rubber band with initial length L has its left end tied to a wall. At t=0 the right end is pulled away from the wall at constant speed v. At the same time, an ant located at the right end of the rubber band begins walking toward the left. The ant walks with speed u relative to the rubber band. Does the ant necessarily reach the wall? If so, when? If, instead, the ant begins at the left end and walks toward the right, how long will it take him to reach the right end? Does your answer surprise you?
Solution


Paid Summer Internships with NC State Government

[posted 2013-10-28]


North Carolina residents attending a college, university, technical institute or community college have until December 16th to apply for one of up to 65 paid state government internships available for summer 2014. See the 2014 State Government Internship Program Booklet describing rules and opportunities. This program offers students real-world experience in a wide range of government workplaces across the state. Opportunities exist in numerous fields of study from accounting to zoology, and interns will also participate in seminars, tours or other activities designed to broaden their perspective of public service and state government. For more information, please visit the Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office online or by phone at 919-807-4400.


Career Development Center Courses

[posted 2013-10-25]


The Career Development Center (CDC) will offer two courses this Spring:

Students can make an appointment with a career counselor by logging on to ePack. Walk in counselling is available daily from 11 to 2 in Pullen Hall. Check out the CDC website for other events and workshops. Jenna Hartwell is the new CDC counselor for the College of Sciences.


Summer Internships at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

[posted 2013-10-21]


The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program (SULI) at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is now accepting applications for Summer 2014. 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 January 10, 2014 at 5:00pm EST. Apply online at http://science.energy.gov/wdts/. Email suli@orau.org for more information.


Tutors Needed for the Undergraduate Tutorial Center

[posted 2013-10-21]


The Undergraduate Tutorial Center is currently recruiting physics tutors for spring 2014. Top 5 reasons to become a tutor:

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. Physics tutors must attend an information session and submit an application by the deadline. Information sessions begin this week. See tutorial.ncsu.edu/become-tutor for dates and details.


POW - Problem Of the Week 6

[posted 2013-10-18]


POW#6 Isaac and Albert are playing at the beach on a calm day, throwing a beach ball straight up into the air and catching it as it returns. Isaac predicts, "The time of flight for the ball in air is greater than it would be in vacuum, because air resistance slows it down." Albert disagrees, arguing that "The ball does not rise as high in air, so the time of flight in air is less than it would be in vacuum." Who is right? Is the time of flight in air more, or less, than the time of flight in vacuum? Assume that the drag force from air is $F_{drag} = -m\alpha v$, and the initial speed is $v_0$.
Solution


Information Session for Goldwater Scholarships and DAAD RISE Internships

[posted 2013-10-17]


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 three NCSU students received the scholarship.) The campus deadline is Wednesday, Dec 4, 2013. The DAAD RISE Summer Internship program allows sophomores and juniors in STEM fields to pursue research under the supervision of a postdoctoral fellow at a lab in Germany. Knowledge of the German language is not required. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2014. An information session for these two opportunities will be held on Thursday, October 24 from 4-5:30pm in Gardner 2213. For more information contact Tiffany Kershner (tiffany_kershner@ncsu.edu).


Undergraduate Research Announcements

[posted 2013-10-16]


Here are a few announcements about undergraduate research from Dr. Daniels. Details are available at the Office Undergraduate Research's recently redesigned webpage: undergradresearch.dasa.ncsu.edu.


PhysTEC Learning Assistants

[posted 2013-10-16]


The NC State PhysTEC program is seeking new Learning Assistants. All professionals teach in some way, whether to students or colleagues or customers. The Physics Department has received a PhysTEC grant from the American Physical Society to train future scientists and engineers to teach, with the objectives that all will become prepared to teach and that some will consider teaching physics in high school. In the Spring we will hire eight science or engineering undergraduates to 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 $750 stipend for participation as Learning Assistant for the semester. To apply for Spring 2014, contact Dr. David Haase at david_haase@ncsu.edu.


Opportunities with Wells Fargo Securities

[posted 2013-10-14]


Please join representatives from Wells Fargo Securities Technology & Operations on Tuesday, October 15th for an information session and networking event. (Time: 6-8pm. Location: EB3, room 2232.) We are looking for students in Business, Finance, Economics, Computer Science, IT, Engineering, Physics, Math and Statistics (or any related disciplines). We look forward to meeting you and discussing our summer internship, Undergraduate and Master’s fulltime program opportunities within WFS Technology & Operations. For more information about all Technology and Operations programs, visit www.wellsfargo.com/securitiescareers.


ECE Master's Degree Information Session

[posted 2013-10-11]


The ECE Department is holding an information session for their Advanced Bachelors Masters (ABM) program next Wednesday, October 16 from 12:00-12:45 in EB3 2124. This program will allow you to take courses during your senior semesters that will count for a Masters Degree at NCSU, ultimately allowing you to finish your degree in considerably less time. If you have ever contemplated graduate school in ECE, you will want to attend the upcoming Info Session. Dr. Ginger Yu will be providing information to prospective students regarding admissions, expectations, course availability, and more. Physics undergraduates are welcome!


Graduate School Fair

[posted 2013-10-04]


The NC State Graduate School Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 8 from 6pm-8pm in the McKimmon Center. This event is sponsored by the NC State Career Development Center. A variety of schools and programs will be there including UNC Wilmington, East Carolina University, University of South Carolina, NC Central, Wake Forest University, Meredith College, NC State, and UNC Greensboro just to name a few. Students can see a full list of attending programs at: careers.ncsu.edu/events-and-career-fairs/graduate-school-fair/. This event is free and open to the public!


Undergraduate Research Grants - Oct 21 Deadline

[posted 2013-10-03]


The Office of Undergraduate Research will provide $1000 grants to NCSU undergraduate students to fund their research for Spring and/or Summer 2014. Students must apply online. The deadline for submission is 5pm, Thursday October 21, 2013. Instructions can be found at www.ncsu.edu/undergrad-research. For additional information, contact Judy Day (Judy_Day@ncsu.edu).


Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium

[posted 2013-10-03]


Call for Proposals for the State of NC Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium (SNCURCS) on Nov. 16 at UNC-Charlotte. Deadline to register is Oct. 23. The Office of Undergraduate Research and SNCURCS will provide bus transportation to Charlotte on Friday afternoon and shared hotel rooms that evening. The only expense for students is their evening meal on Friday and returning on Saturday. Posters, oral presentations, exhibits, and performances are all permitted for presenting student work. See www.sncurcs.org.


National Manufacturing Day

[posted 2013-10-01]


Friday, October 4 is National Manufacturing Day. This event is a nationwide celebration that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding jobs in manufacturing fields. The NC State Industrial Extension Service (IES) will host a variety of interesting and informative activities throughout the day. Visit ies.ncsu.edu/mfgday for more information.


We Connect Now General Meeting

[posted 2013-09-27]


We Connect Now aims to connect students with disabilities and allies. All students and faculty are invited to a general meeting of We Connect Now on Thursday, Oct 3, 2013 from 7:00-8:00 pm in the Honors Village Conference Room (2221 E. Dunn Avenue). The meeting will include games and refreshments and a screening of "The Voices in My Head", a TED talk given by a woman who has learned to live with schizophrenia.


POW - Problem Of the Week 5

[posted 2013-09-27]


POW#5

Solution

Counseling Center Drop-In Groups

[posted 2013-09-25]


The Counseling Center Drop-in groups have started. Currently we have:

  1. Academic Skill Building Tuesdays from 4-5, with rotating topics like time management, stress management and test taking
  2. Meditation groups Thursdays from 4:45-5:30
  3. Stress and Anxiety Management groups on Wednesdays from 4:45-5:30
  4. Healthy Romantic Relationships groups on Mondays from 4-5

  5. Students can come to the drop-in groups as needed and do not have to sign-up for them. Richard Tyler also runs a drop-in group called Coffee Talks on Thurs afternoons from 5-9 for GLBTQ students that serves as an informal support and discussion group. For any questions please feel free to contact Lari Jackson or Angel Bowers.

    Special Undergraduate Colloquium - Tuesday

    [posted 2013-09-23]


    On Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 4:30pm the physics department will host a special undergraduate colloquium, "Big Science on the Move: The Story of the Muon g-2 magnet Transport from New York to Chicago and Fermilab," by Adam Lyons. The colloquium will take place in Riddick 451. Dr. Lyons is the Head of the Scientific Data Processing Department in the Scientific Computing Division of Fermilab. He graduated from NC State in 1991 with a BS in physics and earned his PhD in 1997 from the University of Maryland.


    COS Career Fair

    [posted 2013-09-19]


    The inaugural College of Sciences Career Fair will be held on Thursday, October 3rd from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the McKimmon Center. Companies attending the Sciences Career Fair are specifically looking for College of Sciences majors. To see a list of companies, visit: careers.ncsu.edu/events-and-career-fairs/sciences-career-fair/. The College of Sciences and the Career Development Center will offer workshops to help prepare you for the Career Fair in the upcoming weeks (look for future announcements). For more information, contact Jenna Hartwell (jrhartwe@ncsu.edu), the College of Sciences Career Counselor in the Career Development Center.


    Physics Honors Program

    [posted 2013-09-18]


    The Physics Department honors program recognizes talented students who go beyond the basic curriculum by participating in independent research projects and advanced physics courses. Students who wish to pursue PY honors should declare their intention by contacting the dup (david_brown@ncsu.edu). The criteria for "honors status" and "graduation with honors" are spelled out at the PY department web site www.physics.ncsu.edu/undergraduate/honors.html.


    POW - Problem Of the Week 4

    [posted 2013-09-13]


    POW#4 Consider a pencil that stands upright on its tip and then falls over. Idealize the pencil as a mass m sitting at the end of a massless rod of length l. Assume that the pencil makes an initial (small) angle θ0 with the vertical, and that its initial angular speed is ω0. The angle will eventually become large, but while it is small we can assume sin θ approximately equals θ. Using this assumption, find θ as a function of time. Can you make the pencil balance for an arbitrarily long time by making the initial θ0 and ω0 sufficiently small? You might think so, but no. Heisenberg's uncertainty principle (Delta x)(Delta p) > hbar (to within a factor of order unity) puts a constraint on the initial position and momentum of the particle. Using the uncertainly principle, find the maximum time for your solution θ(t) to become of order 1. (Assume m = 0.01 kg, and l = 0.1 m.) This is roughly the maximum time the pencil can balance.
    Solution


    Undergraduate Research Rally

    [posted 2013-09-12]


    Are you ready to get involved in independent research? On Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 4-5:30, the NCSU physics department will hold an "Undergraduate Research Rally" in the Riddick Hearth. This is the ideal opportunity to become familiar with research opportunities in the physics department. Faculty members from across the department will be present, ready to discuss their research and the kinds of projects that you can become involved in. The event will work approximately like this: each faculty member will sit at a table with a sign containing just a few words ("Underwater Proton Folding"), and perhaps a few props. Students will rotate through all/most of the tables at ~5 minute intervals. Mark your calendar!


    NCSU Student Conduct Board

    [posted 2013-09-11]


    The NC State Conduct Board is currently accepting applications for membership on the Board to begin in the Spring 2014 semester. The Conduct Board is responsible for reviewing potential violations of the Code of Student Conduct and educating the University population about the rules, policies and regulations contained in the Code. Most notably, board members serve as hearing officers for cases that could result in Suspension or Expulsion from the University. Board members gain valuable critical thinking, leadership, active communication, and time management skills that will make them more competitive when applying for a job or graduate school. To apply or learn more, please visit the Student Conduct Website.


    Posters on the Hill - Call for Abstracts

    [posted 2013-09-10]


    In the spring of 2014, the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) will host its 18th Annual Posters on the Hill. This event is an evening poster session and reception where students will have the opportunity to speak directly to members of Congress and demonstrate how they have been impacted by their research. The exact date will be set once the Congressional calendar for spring 2014 is finalized. To submit an abstract for Posters on the Hill, visit the website. For questions about the submission process, contact Mary Pat Twomey at mptwomey@cur.org. For questions regarding the event, contact MeLisa Zackery at mzackery@cur.org.


    Campus Interviews for MIT Lincoln Laboratory

    [posted 2013-09-09]


    MIT Lincoln Laboratory offers scientists and engineers the opportunity to work on challenging problems critical to national security. Lincoln Laboratory has a focused commitment to research and development, with an emphasis on building prototypes and demonstrating operational systems under live test conditions that meet real-world requirements. Three areas constitute the core of the work performed at Lincoln Laboratory: sensors, information extraction (signal processing and embedded computing), and communications. If you are pursuing a BS/MS/PhD in a scientific or technical field, including physics, our technical staff would like to meet you at the NCSU Engineering Career Fair.

    • Engineering Career Fair - October 1
    • Information Session - October 1, 6:30, Engineering Bldg. III, Rm 2240
    • Campus Interviews - October 2
    To be considered for an on-campus interview, please apply to your career center’s online recruiting system AND to the MIT Lincoln Laboratory website. On the search screen, enter Carolina and click Search. Select your campus name from the answer set and a new screen will appear. Click Create Profile (top right of screen), and submit your information.

    POW - Problem Of the Week 3

    [posted 2013-09-04]


    POW#3 It began to snow one morning, and snowed steadily throughout the day. At noon, a snow plow began to clear the road. The plow removes snow at a constant rate. By 1pm, the plow had cleared 2 miles of road. By 2pm, the plow had cleared 1 more mile of road. When did it start snowing?
    Solution


    GRE Practice Tests

    [posted 2013-09-03]


    The Princeton Review is offering free practice tests for the GRE, GMAT and LSAT on Saturday, September 14 at 9:00 a.m. in SAS Hall. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in graduate school or law school. Students can register and get more information at: www.princetonreview.com/ncstate/.


    Study Abroad Dates and Deadlines

    [posted 2013-08-30]


    Come to the Study Abroad Fair on Friday, October 4 in Carmichael Gym from 10am - 3pm! For more information about Study Abroad opportunities, see studyabroad.ncsu.edu.

    • Spring 2014 Study Abroad: Interested students should schedule a General Advising Session for the first week of September to ensure they meet application deadlines!
    • Summer 2014 Faculty-Led Study Abroad: Programs will be open to accept new applications on October 4, with most deadlines in February.
    • Fall 2014 Study Abroad: Interested students should schedule a General Advising Session in October or November.

    Sigma Xi call for presentations

    [posted 2013-08-29]


    Sigma Xi invites college students to share their scientific research through poster presentations at the Sigma Xi Student Research Conference on November 8th and 9th in the Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Abstracts accepted in all fields of science and engineering with awards given for outstanding presentations. For conference details and registration, visit www.sigmaxi.org/meetings/src/2013src.shtml. Email questions to meetings@sigmaxi.org.


    POW - Problem Of the Week 2

    [posted 2013-08-28]


    POW#2 For exercise, Isaac climbed 20 floors of a tall building, totaling 320 steps. Albert went to a nearby mall and kept his center of mass fairly still while taking 320 ``up steps" on a downward moving escalator. Isaac reasons that he got more exercise than Albert, since he had to expend the energy to raise his gravitational potential to a height of 20 floors. Nevertheless, Albert feels that he is just as tired and out of breath as Isaac. Is Isaac right? Did he burn more calories than Albert?
    Solution


    Tutors Needed

    [posted 2013-08-27]


    The physics department would like to hire several undergraduates PY majors to work as tutors for PY205/208/211/212. We also need tutors for the introductory physics major's course PY201. Tutors for PY205/208/211/212 are needed for 11am-1pm, M/Tu/Th and 5pm-7pm, M/Tu/W. The time for PY201 tutoring will likely be 3pm-5pm on Tu/Th. For more information, or to apply, contact the DUP (david_brown@ncsu.edu).


    POW - Problem Of the Week 1

    [posted 2013-08-27]


    POW#1 Locate the DUP's new office. Let X denote the DUP's new office number converted from hexadecimal to base 10. What is the redshift of UGC X?
    Solution


    TRIO Student Support Services

    [posted 2013-08-23]


    The NC State TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) Program is designed to encourage and enhance educational opportunities. Participants will be able to take advantage of academic enrichment workshops, personal support and other activities designed for their benefit. SSS services include:

    • Academic Assistance and Support
    • Academic Success Seminars
    • Budgeting Assistance
    • Cultural and Social Engagement
    • Financial Aid Planning
    • Graduate School Preparation
    • Individualized Attention
    • Supplemental Tutorial Support
    Information sessions will be held at 2pm on Aug. 23 (Harrelson 330), Sept. 6 (Harrelson 113) and Sept. 13 (Harrelson 113). For questions, contact sss_trio@ncsu.edu.

    Do you plan to graduate this Fall?

    [posted 2013-08-22]


    If you intend to graduate at the end of this Fall 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 Fall.


    Physics Tutoring Opportunities

    [posted 2013-08-16]


    Physics tutors are needed for Fall semester for both the Undergraduate Tutorial Center and the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes. Prospective tutors for the Undergraduate Tutorial Center must attend an information session next week on Monday 8/19 at 6:30pm or Tuesday 8/20 at 4:30pm. Both sessions will be held is SAS 1108. See tutorial.ncsu.edu for further details or contact bbwindom@ncsu.edu with questions. Further information about the Academic Support Program for Student Athletes can be found at aspsa.dasa.ncsu.edu/employment-0. Questions about this program should be directed to Kristen Crawford at kacrawfo@ncsu.edu.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    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.


    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.


    Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships

    [posted 2013-03-11]


    Applications are being accepted until March 14, 2014 for the Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships. Fellows receive

    • Admission to a master’s degree program at a participating college/university
    • Preparation for teaching certification
    • Support and mentoring throughout the four-year program
    • $30,000 stipend in the first year; salary during the three-year teaching commitment
    • Lifelong membership in a national network of intellectual leaders

    To learn more, visit Woodrow.org/teach.


    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).


    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.


    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.

    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!


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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/.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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).


    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.


    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.

    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).


    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.


    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


    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.


    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)


    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)


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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!


    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]