Friday, January 28, 2011

Summer opportunities

Hopefully you all got the SURF announcement from CCS. SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship) provides a stipend to support CCS students in summer research projects working in a faculty-led research group at UCSB.

If you are a CCS student and did not get this e-maik then CCS does not have your correct e-mail address and you shoudl rectify this since you are missing important e-mails (like the SURF announcement).

On the subject of summer a great source of opportunities is the NSF REU program (National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates).

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel.

CCS students have been very successful in obtaining these and we hope that some of you continue this tradition. NSF maintains a website that can help you find these opportunities - you can search for REU sites by topic, keyword or geographic location. Applications are all made through the individual sites.

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