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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

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:

For general advice on how to get involved in research at Stanford, take a look at the helpful guide from Stanford Undergraduate Advising and Research (UAR).

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
Visit BioE REU site and contact Teri Hankes thankes@stanford.edu
Chemical Engineering
Contact Pamela Dixon prdixon@stanford.edu or Prof Andrew Spakowitz, ajspakow@stanford.edu
Civil and Environmental Engineering
This year's application for summer research will be posted here:
(http://cee.stanford.edu/current/summer_research.html) Last year's application (http://www.stanford.edu/~aboehm/VPUE_2011.htm) was due on March 15th
Computer Science
For summer research, apply to CURIS (http://curis.stanford.edu/)
Electrical Engineering
For summer research, apply to the REU Summer Program (http://ee.stanford.edu/reu.php)
Applications are now open, and due February 17, 2012
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: http://econ-lab.stanford.edu. 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 CME 108 or for Athletes

CME 108: The UAR is seeking graduate students or advanced undergraduates to fill a tutoring position in CME 108 this spring quarter. 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.

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.

China Summer Internships 

Would you like to spend the summer in China? Both declared undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to gain work experience interning at a company in China. Find out more at the China Internship website.

MindSumo Offers Prizes for Creative Solutions

From Keaton Swett, a co-founder of a Stanford startup called MindSumo: " We are currently working through the Stanford startup accelerator program StartX, and are providing companies and other organizations a way to solve operational problems by using Stanford students. Companies post challenges on the MindSumo website, where you as Stanford students can work on submitting solutions to these problems. If your solution is chosen as the challenge winner, you will receive a predetermined cash prize for your work. These prizes vary in size depending on the amount of work required, but they can be as high as tens of thousands of dollars. Bottom line is, MindSumo can add value to your life as a student through money, professional opportunities as an elite solver of corporate challenges, and by helping you differentiate yourself from peers, which can go a long way when entering the next stage of your career. Sign up on our splash page at www.mindsumo.com, and we will notify you when you can start solving our first company challenge which is set to launch in early January! We want to show the business world the incredible value of Stanford's collective brainpower, and know that you can help to be an integral part of it. If this is something you think you could get excited about, then go ahead and tell all your Stanford friends!We at MindSumo can't wait to see the solutions you come up with."


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.

Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development Rewards Future Leaders in Engineering and Chemistry
The Odebrecht Organization is introducing its award for sustainable development to American universities; $65,000 total will be distributed. By writing and submitting a paper on contributions to sustainability, undergraduate students have an opportunity to engage in a challenging exercise to develop engineering and chemical solutions.

Whether related to new building techniques, new chemical and petrochemical processes, or alternative uses of sustainable materials, projects should explore innovative practices, methods, and ideas that can be implemented on a variety of real-world ventures. Award entries will be judged on content, technical contribution, applicability, clarity/presentation and reasoning/depth. Currently, the sustainable award is also presented in six other countries.

The award is open to any undergraduate or group of students enrolled at a U.S.-accredited university, with at least one student seeking a degree in engineering, architecture, building and construction management, or chemistry. Entries will be accepted from January 2, 2012 through May 31, 2012 at www.odebrechtaward.com.

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.

Events & Courses of Interest to UG Engineering Majors

New Courses for Spring 2012

MATSCI 165 / 175: Nanoscale Materials Physics Computation Laboratory

Open to both undergraduate and graduate students; offered on Mon and Wed 4:15 PM - 5:30 PM in Green Earth Sciences 134 Computational exploration of fundamental topics in materials science using Java-based computation and visualization tools. Emphasis is on the atomic-scale origins of macroscopic materials phenomena. Simulation methods include molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo with applications in thermodynamics, kinetics, and topics in statistical mechanics. Required prerequisites: Freshman-level physics, undergraduate thermodynamics.Students should bring their personal laptops for in-course work. Students without personal laptops may rent equipment from the Meyer Library.

URBANST 133, Social Entrepreneurship Collaboratory

Wednesdays, 2:15pm-4:05pm in MEYER 143
If you have an idea for how to make the world a better place that you want to move forward with, or if you want to work with people that do, you might be interested in Urban Studies 133.In the class, you will work on an organization and come out with a business plan. You will also get lectures from social entrepreneurs, including the founder and CEO of Credo Mobile, financiers, and other experts in social entrepreneurship.

CLASSGEN 133: Invention of Science
Tue, Thu 2:15 PM - 3:45 PM at 460-429 with Netz, R. Fulfills GER:DBHum             Does science have to be the way is it? Does it have to be at all? The creation of science in the ancient Greek world; its invention of concepts such as nature, rationality, and proof; and its invention of fields from biology to geometry. Comparison with the Chinese invention of a different kind of science. The extent to which contemporary science is still Greek science.

Energy Seminars for Spring Quarter

Please check the Energy Seminar website periodically for changes.

Request Funding for School of Engineering Activities

The purpose of the School of Engineering/Office of Student Affairs Request for Funding process is to provide money to student associations for projects or activities that benefit the engineering community. Although funds are limited, the Dean's Office will make every effort to provide small grants to student associations that are conducting activities with academic value and that have a significant impact on engineering students. Grants will not exceed $5,000; proposals are accepted and reviewed quarterly. See the Proposal Template or RFF website for details.

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

OR attend Tau Beta Pi Honor Society Engineering Help Hours every Tuesday from 8-10PM in 305 Huang Engineering Center. Members are there to answer questions about engineering or help with the weekly problem set. Email tbp_officehours-join@lists.stanford.edu with questions.

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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 40N. 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, S; 3 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

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