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Scholarships and Internships

Below find some opportunities listed in order of approaching deadlines. Note that you should start the application process well ahead of these deadlines, especially if you need to solicit recommendation letters from faculty.

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. For details and a search of REU Sites see http://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/reu/.

Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship

Fred Hoover

Mr. Fred Hoover enrolled at Florida International University in 1972 and was in the original graduating class as FIU’s first ever physics major. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics in 1974, and later earned a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from FIU. After he graduated, he remained at FIU as the Laboratory Manager for the Chemistry Department, until his death on Nov. 5, 1998. Mr. Hoover was known throughout the university as a kind, caring, outgoing and friendly man who was a passionate believer in the importance of education. The Fred Hoover Memorial Scholarship Endowment was created to honor Mr. Hoover's memory by providing financial support to undergraduate students majoring in Physics at the Florida International University in Miami, FL.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for this award students must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Be fully admitted in the College of Arts, Sciences & Education as a Physics Major
  • Have completed or be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours in Physics and/or Math courses.
  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate student at the time of application and for the following year.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Application

To submit an application students must go to http://fiu.academicworks.com and apply online along with the following documents:

  • A resume
  • A typed, one-page essay addressing why and how the student intends to pursue a career in Physics as well as how financial assistance will help achieve these goals.
  • Financial need statement (financial need will be one consideration in awarding the scholarship) .
  • One letter of recommendation from a present or former professor. An unofficial transcript reflecting all course work completed or in progress.

Deadline for Submission: March 27, 2017

Any questions please contact Elizabeth Bergano-Smith, Office Manager, Department of Physics, at ebergano@fiu.edu and/or John O'mara, Assistant to the Department of Physics at jomara@fiu.edu.

The Southern Cross Astronomical Society Scholarship

Who is eligible?

Physics majors who have a GPA > 3.2 (HS) if a freshman, or college if an FIU upper classman student GPA in physics/astronomy/math

Applications will also be judged on economic need.

Responsibilities of the recipient: must be enrolled and stay enrolled at FIU during the time they hold the scholarship and must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above. They must participate in public outreach during the year they hold the scholarship.

How to apply: Submit a current transcript and calculate your GPA in science and math courses. Supply an essay outlining your financial need, mention your past achievements and outline your future plans in astronomy. Please contact Dr. James Webb and submit all materials to him at Dr. Webb.

Deadline for Submission: March 1, 2017

National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL)

Professional Internship Program – for undergraduate and graduate students and Post Bachelor’s

The Professional Internship Program is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to the challenges of conducting energy research. It is an opportunity to network with world-class scientists using world-class equipment, to expand knowledge of your major field of study and to expose oneself to new areas of basic and applied research. Participants interact daily with assigned mentors who guide research activities during the internship. These research activities help transition classroom theory into hands-on experience, helping solve today’s pressing scientific questions.

This application is always open.

For details see http://www.orau.gov/netl.


New NSF Award to provide scholarships for FIU physics majors

The Physics Department has been awarded a prestigious National Science Foundation Award to provide scholarships for FIU physics majors. Scholarships of up to $10,000 per year for up to 4 years will be awarded to eligible majors who continue to qualify based on their academic performance and financial need each year.

Students who are chosen as FIU S-STEM Scholars will receive one-on-one mentoring and advising, and will be expected to participate in a special seminar course as well as a variety of extracurricular social activities such as picnics and outings.

Students must be US citizens, permanent residents, nationals, or refugees in order to apply. Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate both academic ability and financial need based on the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

To apply, fill out the online application form linked here and attach a 1-2 page personal statement that addresses your career goals and motivation for applying for the scholarship.

Recommendation letters may be requested by the committee at a later date.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Caroline Simpson at simpsonc@fiu.edu.

By submitting an application, you agree to grant access to the S-STEM evaluation committee information about your citizenship status, academic records, and financial aid information on your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

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Students selected for the program will spend from the first week of June to the first week of August working with active research groups at CERN, one of the world’s premier international laboratories.

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Supporting students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security mission.

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Each year, Knowles Science Teaching Foundation (KSTF) awards Teaching Fellowships to exceptional young men and women committed to teaching science and mathematics in United States high schools.

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There are several fellowships available from Graduate Women in Science for female graduate students studying physics.

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Up to 50 Fellowships are awarded annually to study at one of the nine participating Florida universities.

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The Academies are intensive educational programs emphasizing group activities, teamwork, research, and creativity.

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The Foundation will award undergraduate scholarships to outstanding students, to be known as Barry M. Goldwater Scholars, who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

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The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) invites undergraduate students from the US in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, earth sciences and engineering to apply for a summer research internship in Germany.

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Opportunities to participate in hands-on education and training related to the Department of Commerce; 10 weeks in the summer; weekly stipend of $500 for undergraduates.

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The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a major research center, is pleased to announce opportunities for college and university undergraduate students to participate in the Laboratory's ongoing research programs.

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This program places students in paid ($425.00/week + travel) internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs.

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This is a cooperative effort between the Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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APS and IBM co-sponsor a research internship program for undergraduate women. The goal is to encourage women students to pursue graduate studies in science and engineering.

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Opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility.

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Various NASA programs available at SOLAR system.

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Each summer student conducts research under the supervision of an NRAO staff member at one of the NRAO sites, on a project in the supervisor's area of expertise.

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The APS Scholarship for Minority Undergraduate Physics Majors was established to increase the number of minority students who obtain a degree in physics.

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Designed to expose minority undergraduate university students to the field of medical physics by performing research or assisting with clinical service at a U.S. institutions (university, clinical facility, laboratory, etc).

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The University of Chicago Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Physics offers undergraduate members of minority groups the opportunity to gain research experience.

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This REU program is administered jointly with the UC Physics REU program for minorities and women.

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Now in its 25th year, this program provides opportunities for undergraduate students to experience hands-on participation in research in many areas of Physics.

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UnIPhy-REU offers research opportunities to undergraduate students in the following areas:Nuclear/High-Energy Physics, Medical Physics, Particle Physics, Optical Physics.

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The aim of this Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) is to provide hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in the sciences, with an introduction to cutting-edge research in the broad area of “Sensing and Signaling”.

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The Honors College invites submissions for research scholarships from students participating in the Advanced Research and Creativity in Honors program (ARCH).

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Full scholarship for undergraduate or graduate student in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

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The Department of Defense (DoD) plans to award approximately 200 new three-year graduate fellowships in April 2011, subject to the availability of funds.