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POSTED 2/08/05

The US Dept of Defense has announced a new scholarship program for college students in science, math and engineering called SMART. The DoD will pay all costs of up to 2 years of college (usually the junior & senior year) of students willing to work for the DoD for a similar number of years after graduation (students must graduate by Spring 2007). The positions will be civilian positions in a wide range of physical, biological & interdisciplinary sciences. Application deadline is March 4, 2005. Scholarship recipients will be notified in April. A full description of this scholarship is posted at EVST. The application process is lengthy and there are detailed requirements, so don't wait until last minute if interested in applying. For more information, see either or

SMART Scholarships are intended for students near the end of their undergraduate/graduate studies in SME. Applicants must have received or be on track to receive their degree by Fall 2007. Students must have a minimum of a 3.0 average on a 4.0 scale in his or her course of study.

Recipients selected in Spring 2005 must begin their scholarship tenure no later than Fall 2005. Selected students are required to sign a DoD civilian service agreement. (See Employment Obligation Section)

All students applying must provide a letter of recommendation from their academic or research advisor and a DoD Mentor. DoD Mentors must have technical expertise in the area of specialization the student is pursuing. They will review academic progress and approve the education plan for each term; coordinate the academic program, progress and research work with the faculty advisor.

Financial Assistance

Subject to the availability of funds, scholarships awarded will pay: full tuition, required fees, up to $1000 book allowance per year, room and board and other normal educational expenses for the institution involved. An off-campus housing allowance will be based on the standard room and board rate obtained through university housing program.

Employment Obligation

Upon selection, students must sign a DoD civilian service agreement. The employment obligation to the DoD civilian S&E workforce will be a one-for-one commitment for non-federal employees and a three-for-one commitment for federal employees, in accordance with the law (Title 5 United State Code). Failure to complete the required period of service will require the reimbursement of funds expended by the Government for the individual's education under this program. Graduating students with a SME degree will enter federal service as a DoD civilian employee. Students must be geographically mobile for placement in the Department of Defense within relevant SME career fields following graduation.

POSTED 2/04/05

The Institute of Ecosystem Studies (IES) is pleased to announce its 18th summer of undergraduate research opportunities through our "Ecology in Context" program. In 2005, 10 students will join the unique IES research community to carry out cutting-edge investigations of their own design, working closely with a mentor scientist. The program emphasizes the community nature of the scientific enterprise. As participants design and complete their independent research projects they consult with other scientists, present their plans for critique, and then speak in our annual Undergraduate Research Symposium and write a paper for a peer-reviewed IES Occasional Publication. The program provides students many opportunities to reflect upon and think about the process of science and its place in the world. Seminars and informal meetings provide for training in many facets of the process. Through a case study of a regional environmental issue, a career forum, and a day spent teaching high school students from a nearby city; students explore the social, political, intellectual and personal dimensions of being an ecologist. The twelve-week program for 2005 begins May 31 and runs through August 22.

Undergraduate freshmen, sophomores, juniors or first semester seniors are eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. or its possessions. Participants receive a $3,600 stipend for the twelve-week program, and free housing in an Institute dormitory. Some assistance is available for travel to and from the program. The application deadline is February 15, 2005.

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The Provost's Undergraduate Research Awards (PURA) program began in 1993 as an effort to encourage undergraduates to engage in research activity.  This program was founded on the belief that involvement in research not only enhances a student's learning experience, but helps develop important skills in proposal writing, obtaining research funding, carrying out a project and reporting the results.  When students work with faculty sponsors, these skills are nurtured and fine tuned.  The research is performed in either the summer or the fall, and any freshman, sophomore, or junior is eligible to apply.  Each year students receive awards in amounts up to $3,000, with the option of conducting their research for academic credit.

Funding will be provided for a faculty/undergraduate team to conduct research. There are specific deadlines for each semester, April 2 nd for the summer, April 30 th or July 30 th for the fall, and December 10 for the spring.

The Intel Student Research Contest (ISRC) grants awards to students for research projects to be conducted at their school. Students work with their college or University professor, and consult with Intel researchers on their project. At the end of the research period, the students travel to Intel to present their results before a panel of experts and meet with senior Intel researchers.

The Department of Defense (DoD) announces the Awards to Stimulate and Support Undergraduate Research Experiences (ASSURE) program.  The ASSURE program supports undergraduate research in DoD relevant disciplines and is designed to increase the number of high-quality undergraduate science and engineering majors who ultimately decide to pursue advanced degrees in these fields.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) undergraduate scholarship program offers competitive scholarships to exceptional students from disadvantaged backgrounds that are committed to biomedical, behavioral and social science research careers at NIH. Proposals are due in the spring.

The National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR) provides scholarships.

A list of scholarships for undergrads in psychology who are conducting research. Examples of previously winning papers for each award are provided.

If you are a geology undergraduate student that is interested in conducting research this page has some great opportunities. The Geological Society of America (GSA) provides a variety of grant opportunities for research.

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