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Volunteer for Wind Energy Project in Peru

Volunteering for WindAid is an great way to explore Peru, implement renewable energy solutions, learn in-depth the design, construction, and installation of a wind turbine, and see its social impact on families, communities, schools, and the growth of micro-enterprises. Applications are now open for 2014; see the website for dates and the application form.

Volunteers are involved in every part of the process of building and installing the wind turbines. They will learn and gain expertise in such materials and processes as; carbon fiber, fiber glass, resin composites, steel structures and welding, electrical systems, aerodynamics, and much more. We welcome all disciplines and levels of learning. We seek out passionate, enthusiastic individuals hungry to have the experience of a lifetime affecting positive change in the lives of others.

Plan for It

Even Engineers Go Abroad!

As summer fun grows short, think about this: You could go abroad this year -- yes, even engineering students can carve out time to go abroad! Think about it -- here are the Top 8 Reasons to Travel in 2013-14:

  1. Profs Sheri Sheppard and Edward Carryer from ME will be teaching in Berlin, Spring 2014
  2. Prof Marcus Covert from BioE will be teaching in Paris, Winter 2014
  3. Language requirement for Winter quarter 2014 in Florence is waived -- a one-time deal
  4. Winter quarter is a good time to go abroad as there is often less impact on curriculum
  5. Coterms who have not yet conferred their BS are still eligible to travel
  6. BOSP offers ways to fulfill requirements in GERs (including language), WAYS, ENGR 40, and ENGR 50
  7. Internship and research opportunities are offered at several campuses
  8. Consider Summer 2014 in Santiago -- this is a new program offering this year

Check out all the facts at the BOSP site -- your undergrad years are the best time to travel with a group of your favorite peers.

Other 2013-14 REU Possibilities from Every SoE Department

Amazing research goes on within Stanford’s School of Engineering and you can be a part of it. Through the REU program, undergraduates have a unique opportunity to work on cutting-edge research guided by Stanford faculty. Professors are excited to work with bright, enthusiastic undergraduates. If you are interested, look below to learn more:

Who Should Apply for REU?

If you are a Stanford undergraduate interested in engineering research, you should consider applying. Each engineering department has its own requirements for applicants; visit the links in the How to Apply section for more information.

How to Apply

The application process is department-specific, so pick one (or several!) departments that interest you and visit the department's website to learn more. Most departments open up applications for summer research in mid-winter or early spring quarter. Not all majors are listed below. If you want to work with one of your professors in an area not listed, talk to them directly about opportunities.

Here are the departments that have offered REU in the past. Some provide a webpage and application, in others a person within the department to contact about possible research opportunities:

Aeronautics and Astronautics
Contact the AA professor you would like to work with. For help, you may contact Patrick Ferguson at patrickf@stanford.edu
Visit BioE REU site and contact Teri Hankes thankes@stanford.edu. Applications are due by end of the first week in February
Chemical Engineering
The deadline early March; REU details on the CHE REU page. Contact Pamela Dixon prdixon@stanford.edu or Prof Andrew Spakowitz, ajspakow@stanford.edu
Civil and Environmental Engineering
This year's application for summer research is due by in mid February; check this site for details:
Computer Science
For summer research, apply to CURIS (http://curis.stanford.edu/) by 5pm on Friday, Feb 14.
Electrical Engineering
For summer research, apply to the REU Summer Program (http://ee.stanford.edu/reu.php)
Applications are now open. Contacts are Meo Kittiwanich or Olav Solgaard.
Engineering Physics
Management Science & Engineering
Contact Lori Cottle, lcottle@stanford.edu
Materials Science and Engineering:
This year's application for summer research has not opened yet. Last year's application (http://mse.stanford.edu/current/vpue.html) was due on March 15th
Mechanical Engineering
For summer research, consider SURI (http://me.stanford.edu/current_students/ug_research.html)
There is no application; students should contact affiliated ME faculty directly by the end of May to secure a position for the summer.


I've never had any research experience before. Is the REU program really a possibility?
Everyone starting research has that question, so do not be deterred. Around 200 students are part of the program each summer. If you are eager and ready to learn you will almost certainly succeed. Be persistent.

I missed the deadline for applying to my department's summer research program. Can I still get involved in research?
Try contacting a particular professor in the department that you would like to work with, and ask if he or she still has openings for undergraduates. Realize, however, that the number of positions in limited.

What is the stipend?
For the most part, a summer research program will provide a full-time stipend of up to $6000 for the 10-week summer session.


Pay for ECON Research Participation

Interested in participating in economics research studies? The Stanford Economics Research Laboratory (SERL) is recruiting participants for ongoing studies in economic decision making and behavior.No skills are required, and we are located centrally in the Landau Economics Building on the Stanford campus. All participants are paid. Studies are conducted year round, and can be as short as 30 minutes. To participate, please visit our website. Signing up takes less than two minutes. Also, please feel free to pass this message on to friends, classmates, or housemates who are Stanford students, faculty, or staff.

Tutor for Athletes

The Academic Athletic Resource Center (AARC) provides drop-in tutoring hours, as well as course-specific group tutorial sessions, for Stanford student-athletes. We’re seeking graduate students or advanced undergraduates to fill tutoring positions in CME 102, Engr 14, and Engr 30. The typical time commitment is two evening hours per week; the pay is competitive. For information on how to apply, contact Lindsay Shaffer at <Shaffer4@stanford.edu> in the UAR.

Global Engineering Programs and Internships 

The Stanford School of Engineering offers several programs including:

The China Internship Program (CIP) through which Stanford SoE undergraduate and graduate students can spend the summer working in China.
The Bridge to China Program through which Stanford SoE undergraduate and graduate students can spend one week in spring quarter building a bridge in rural China with other students from Chinese universities.
The Technology and Engineering Study Tour for undergraduate and graduate students to go on a two week trip to gain first-hand insights into technology and engineering-based businesses inside China or India with a faculty member and a Ph.D. student. Offered in partnership with BOSP. Participants will earn 2 units.

See the Global Engineering Website for information sessions, deadlines, and other detail.


Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to 3rd or 4th year engineering/science students pursuing a career that involves the use of micro and/or nano technologies (MEMS, Solar PV, Thin Film or the like). There are currently 2 scholarships being awarded annually – one Spring Award, and one Fall Award. Each scholarship award is for $1000. The purpose is to help students to meet the financial requirements as they pursue their degree, over and above any financial aid or other scholarships that they may receive. - See more at the Critical Systems site.

To be eligible for a Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship, students must meet and/or demonstrate the following:

  • Current Junior or Senior standing at an accredited United States university
  • Official transcripts that confirm a cumulative GPA of 2.75/4.0 or higher.
  • Enrollment in your school’s college of engineering or material sciences (or equivalent), with at least 12 credit hours completed towards your major.
  •  Completed at least 6 credit hours of classroom and/or lab work towards your minor/certificate/specialized area of study in one of the aforementioned technologies. These credit hours can be can be part of the overall 12 credit hour requirement.
  • Successful completion of the application form and 700 word or less written essay
  • Financial situation and/or monetary awards previous scholarships have no bearing on this scholarship award

Note: An official transcript will need to be mailed as part of your application, and must be received by the end of the application submission period. The application form will provide a physical address where transcripts are to be sent.

Application Submission Periods:

Submission Period I (Spring Award): March 15th, 2014 – April 30th, 2014
Submission Period II (Fall Award): September 15th, 2014 – October 31st, 2014

Scholarship Award Winner Announcements: Winners will be announced on this web page on the following dates:

Award Announcement for Period I Submissions (Spring Award): May 15th, 2014
Award Announcement for Period II Submissions (Fall Award): November 15th, 2014

Click HERE to link to the scholarship application.

Scholarship for UGs in Semiconductor/Nano Fields

Critical Systems is now offering the Breakthrough Technologies Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded to 3rd or 4th year engineering/science students pursuing a career in Semiconductor and related specialty areas such as Nanotechnology, MEMS, Solar PV, Thin Film, or other advanced technologies. There are currently 2 scholarships being awarded annually – one Summer Award, and one Winter Award. The purpose is to help those students to meet the financial requirements as they pursue their degree, over and above any financial aid or other scholarships that they may receive.

Find more at the CSE Scholarship website

Nuvation Offers $1000 Engineering Scholarship

Write an essay to enter a contest for a $1000 scholarship.Upcoming or current US or Canadian college students are eligible. Click here for more detail.

Engineers in the Arts Scholarship

Sponsored by the School of Engineering to encourage engineering students to continue their music studies while at Stanford. To be considered, applicants must be officially declared in the School of Engineering (graduate or undergraduate programs). The fund is for private music lessons and the applicant must be in financial need.
Haas Center Public Service Fellowships

For public service opportunities, visit the Haas Center's Fellowships Database: http://bit.ly/uUXMuG

For more information, go to the Haas Center website.
Haas Center Undergraduate Summer Fellowships

Offering over 100 fellowships which provide nine-week-long public service experiences in the U.S. and abroad. http://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/haas/fellowships

Contact: Jeff Hawthorne at jhawthorne@stanford.edu

Stanford in Government (SIG) Summer Fellowships

SIG is a non-partisan student group, dedicated to promoting political awareness and connecting students with opportunities in public service. SIG offers 40 paid fellowships annually and this year is launching a stipend program to support students with self-identified public service internships.

Request Funding for School of Engineering Activities

Student Group Funding

Does your student group need funding for an activity that benefits the School of Engineering community or furthers the goals of your association, for instance, attendance at a national convention? The SoE accepts applications to assist groups with limited funding (there is no money provided for snacks at meetings). Click here for a proposal template; if you have questions, contact Darlene Lazar in 135 Huang Engineering Center or at dlazar@stanford.edu.

Proposals are accepted and reviewed quarterly. Submission deadlines for academic year 2013-14 are:

  • Autumn*: October 24, 2014
  • Winter: February 6, 2015
  • Spring: April 24, 2015

Submit one paper and one electronic copy of your proposal to Darlene Lazar
• Use our template to provide information on your proposal , including data on other sources of funding received at Stanford
• Grants will not exceed $5,000
• Incomplete proposals will not be considered

  • Proposals for early fall activities should be submitted the previous spring quarter

Tutoring for Engineering Courses

Tutoring for Engineering Classes from CTL or TBP:

If you need help finding tutoring for an engineering course, please use this link for Center for Teaching and Learning tutoring services:

Tutoring for SoE Courses

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How to Explore Engineering by Topic

Introductory Seminars:

Frshman and Sophomore IntroSems are designed to explore a topic that often isn't otherwise part of the curriculum for a particular major, and do it with a faculty instructor in a small-class setting. To get a further hint of the emphasis of the class, check the offering department in column two. See page 3-4 of the 2011-12 UGHB for a list of this year's offerings.

Engineering Fundamentals by Topic:

BioE and/or ChemE:

ENGR 20. (S, 3 units) Overview of chemical engineering through discussion and engineering analysis of physical and chemical processes.
ENGR 25B. Biotechnology (S, 3 Units) Biology and chemistry fundamentals

ENGR 50M. Intro to Materials Science, Biomaterials Emphasis (W, 4 units) relationship between atomic structure and macroscopic properties of man-made and natural materials; mechanical and thermodynamic behavior of surgical implants
ENGR 80. Intro to Bioengineering (S, 4 units) Overview of bioengineering focused on engineering analysis and design of biological systems

ENGR 90. Environmental Science and Technology (A, 3 units) Introduction to environmental quality and technology of understanding environmental issues

ENGR 60. Engineering Economy (A, Sum 2012 is last offering; 3 Units) Fundamentals of economic analysis
ENGR 62. Intro to Optimization (A, S, 4 Units) Formulation and analysis of linear optimization problems

ENGR 40. Introductory Electonics (A, S; 5 units) Overview of electronic circuits & applications.
ENGR 40C. Engineering Wireless Networks (S, 5 units) A hands-on introduction to the design and implementation of modern wireless networks.
ENGR 40P. Physics of Electrical Engineering (W, 5 units) How everything from electrostatics to quantum mechanics is used in common high-technology products

ENGR 25E. Energy: Chemical Transformations for Production, Storage, and Use (W, 3 units) An introduction and overview to the challenges and opportunities of energy supply and consumption.
ENGR 50E. Introduction to Materials Science - Energy Emphasis (A, 4 units)
Materials structure, bonding and atomic arrangements leading to their properties and applications


ENGR 50. Intro to Materials Science, Nanotechnology Emphasis (S, 4 units) The structure, bonding, & atomic arrangements in materials leading to their properties & applications.

ENGR 14. Introduction to Solid Mechanics (A, W, S; 4 units) Introduction to engineering analysis using the principles of engineering solid mechanics.
ENGR 15. Dynamics (A, W; 4 units) The application of Newton's Laws to solve static and dynamic problems, particle and rigid body dynamics, freebody diagrams, and writing equations of motion.
ENGR 30. Engineering Thermodynamics (A, W, Sum; 3 units) The basic principles of thermodynamics

ENGR 70A (same as CS 106A). Programming Methodology (A,W,S,Sum; 5 units) Introduction to the engineering of computer applications
ENGR 70B (same as CS 106B). Programming Abstractions (A,W,S,Sum; 5 units) Abstraction and its relation to programming. Uses the programming language C++
ENGR 70X (same as CS 106X). Programming Abstractions Accelerated (A, 5 units) Intensive version of 106B

General Engineering:

ENGR 10. Intro to Engineering Analysis (A, Sum; 4 units) Integrated approach to the fundamental scientific principles that are the cornerstones of engineering analysis

If you would like to add content to this page, email Darlene at dlazar@stanford.edu.

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