January 18, 2019

News & Info

Course Announcements

Upcoming Events

Fellowship Opportunities

Opportunities for All Students

Opportunities for Undergraduate Students

Opportunities for Graduate Students


MIT Physics in the News

Upcoming important physics-related academic dates

JAN 18 Friday |

  • Thesis due for degrees other than doctoral.
  • Last day to go off the February degree list.

JAN 21 Monday | Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — holiday.

JAN 23 Wednesday | CAP Deferred Action Meetings.

JAN 24 Thursday | CAP Deferred Action Meetings.

JAN 28 Monday | Monday Registration opens for all students.

Applications open for Rising Stars in Physics Workshop at Stanford

The Department of Physics at Stanford invites top early career women (postdocs and last-year PhD students) in Physics and Astronomy who are interested in careers in academia to apply for an expenses-paid, two-day workshop (Apr 10-11, 2019). Participants will have an opportunity to present their research, as well as attend panel discussions with faculty focused on issues related to navigating the early stages of an academic career. The goal of the Rising Stars in Physics workshops is to foster a new generation of women in academia and promote diversity in the faculty ranks. This year’s workshop at Stanford is co-sponsored by MIT, building upon the success of events held there in 2016 and 2018.

Applications are due by Jan 25, 2019. Any questions that you or the applicants may have can be directed to us via email (schleier@stanford.edu, pjarillo@mit.edu).

Grads: Letters and forms for physics graduate students

Sydney Miller helps graduate students who need letters to certify income, funding, employment, planned completion dates, social security numbers, i-20 forms, etc.

Please complete this request form. Please allow 3 days to prepare your letter. Thank you.

For an official departmental signature on a government or CERN form, please contact Cathy Modica.

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IAP 2019 - 11.S198 Computational Urban Science Workshop
Who: All Students
When: Jan 21 - Feb 1
Website: https://tinyurl.com/ycax4v8w
Posted: 1/18/2019

11.S198 Computational Urban Science Workshop

Learn how to program urban simulations and interactive visualizations. 
Code your own city. Interact with GIS industry. Play with Lego. And more!

Interested? Sign up here!* https://tinyurl.com/ycax4v8w

*please sign up using the link even if you have already pre-registered or emailed us directly

Schedule: MTWRF (2:00-4:00) 9-450 Jan 21 - Feb 1

Prerequisites: 6.0001 or equivalent proficiency in Python or Java

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IAP 2019 - Introduction to Deep Learning 6.S191
Who: All Students
When: Monday January 28 - Friday February 1
Website: http://introtodeeplearning.com
Contact: introtodeeplearning-staff@mit.edu
Posted: 1/11/2019

MIT’s Introduction to Deep Learning (6.S191) will be running this IAP (January 2019)! This is a great opportunity for those interested in machine learning and/or in gaining practical experience implementing deep learning architectures and algorithms.

The class is a combination of content-based lectures on neural networks (basics, different architectures and their applications, new frontiers of deep learning research) and practical labs, which will guide students through implementing these algorithms in the popular framework TensorFlow. The course will conclude with a series of guest lectures from leading researchers from Google, IBM, and NVIDIA.

Dates: Monday January 28 - Friday February 1
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: 32-123

To pre-register: http://registrar.mit.edu/registration-academics/pre-registration
To register after pre-registration closes (Jan 11 at 5pm): MIT students can submit an add-drop form through WEBSIS. Class is open to all listeners!

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TA Days - IAP 2019
Who: All Students
When: Tuesday, January 29th
Website: https://tll.mit.edu/tadays
Posted: 12/7/2018

Will you be working as a TA this spring? Want to develop your teaching skills but don't have time to commit to a long program?

The Teaching + Learning Lab is happy to announce TA Day during IAP '19. At TA Day you will learn how to be an effective TA in recitation or discussion sections and office hours. It is an opportunity both for TAs who will be starting a new role to discuss the basics and for experienced TAs to check in now that they've gained some in-class experience.

TA Day IAP '19 will occur on Tuesday, January 29th. Please register by January 22nd.

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Spring 2019 - 22.055/22.55/HST.560 Radiation Biophysics
Who: All Students
When: Spring 2019
Website: http://catalog.mit.edu/subjects/22/
Posted: 12/14/2018

22.055 Radiation Biophysics (Undergraduate)
22.55/HST.560 (Graduate)
Schedule: WF 9-10:30am 
Location: MGH ROOM FND 244B RRB
(Founders Building, 2nd Floor, Robbins Conference Room B)

This course will describe various sources of radiation, how they are used, and the affect they have on humans. We will discuss how radiation is created and measured, and how one evaluates it biological effects based on radiation type, dose and dose-rate. Effects at the molecular, cellular, organism, and population level will be examined. The course will include field trips to radiology and radiation oncology departments. The course will also discuss how various regulatory bodies regulate the use of ionizing radiation in the face of gaps in our understanding of the health effects of radiation.

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Spring 2019 - 12.420/12.601 Essentials of Planetary Science
Who: All Students
When: Spring 2019
Website: http://twelve.mit.edu
Posted: 11/30/2018

12.420/12.601 Essentials of Planetary Science: WF 12:00-m – 1:30PM

Explore the formation and evolution of the solar system using physical and chemical principles - from terrestrial and giant planets, to asteroids and comets; from rings and moons, to impact craters, cores, and atmospheres; from orbital dynamics and magnetospheres to cosmochemistry.

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Spring HSSP 2019 Teach Anything to Middle and High Schoolers!
Who: All Students
When: Spring 2019
Website: https://esp.mit.edu/teach/HSSP/index.html
Posted: 1/11/2019

Teach 7-12th graders anything at Spring HSSP every Saturday from February 23 - April 6. More info here! Sign up here by January 18, 2019. 

Do you yearn for the freedom to teach any class you can imagine? Do you want to develop your teaching skills with motivated middle and high school students? Did you teach for Splash and realize you wanted to teach students in even greater depth over the course of six weeks?  Do you like Heroically Statured Sun Parakeets? 

If so, you (or you and a friend!) should teach for Spring HSSP! Spring HSSP is a six-week program that runs on Saturdays from February 23 to April 6, with a break on March 16 for Spark. 500 students in grades 7-12 are coming to MIT to take classes from people like you! Sign up to teach a 1-2 hour class for six Saturdays on absolutely anything, from Thermodynamics to The Gods of Gielinor (Runescape!) to Grammar as Science. We especially encourage partnering with a friend to co-teach a class. 

In addition to the rewards of teaching itself, you will also receive a free t-shirt, as well as lunch every week! If you have any questions about the program or a class you’d like to teach, feel free to reach us at spring-hssp@mit.edu

Sign up to teach here! We will contact all teachers after they register to schedule informal teacher interviews that will take place from January 18 to 27--we’d just like to get a sense of the topic(s) you’d like to teach, as well as your teaching style. If you won't be on campus over that time period, let us know and we can make alternative arrangements.

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Spring 2019 - HST.S59 - Special Subject: Physical Concepts in Immunology
Who: Graduate Students
When: Spring 2019
Website: https://hst.mit.edu/academics/course/hst-s59-special-subject-physical-concepts-immunology
Posted: 12/21/2018

Course Director(s): Arup K. Chakraborty
Time: T/Th 1-2:30pm
Location: MIT: 66-160
Prerequisite: None
Restrictions: None
MIT Units: 3-0-3 (G-Level Credit)
Harvard Units: Unknown

Intended to educate engineers, physicists, and physical chemists about basic concepts in immunology, and describe how approaches rooted in the physical sciences (especially theory/computation) can help address important immunological questions. The subject aims to inspire engineers and physical scientists to work together with immunologists and virologists to advance our mechanistic understanding of the immune response to pathogens and to harness this knowledge for the rational design of therapeutic protocols (e.g., vaccines).

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Dine with us for IAP@Baker
Who: All Students
When: IAP
Website: http://studentlife.mit.edu/dining
Posted: 12/14/2018

In addition to our traditional stations, each week will focus on a special cuisine or unique theme.

January 6, 2019 - February 1, 2019
Brunch is 10:30am - 1:30pm
Dinner is 5:30pm - 8:00 pm

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IAP 2019 - The Feynman Films Series
Who: All Students
When: Dates below from 12:00-1:00pm each day
Where: 6-120
Website: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns304.html
Posted: 1/11/2019

Tuesday, January 22nd: "Seeking New Laws"

Wednesday, January 23rd: "The Best Mind Since Einstein"

Friday, January 25th: "Take the World from Another Point of View"

Monday, January 28th: "The last Journey of a Genius"

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Physics IAP Lecture Series
Who: All Students
When: Dates below from 1:30-2:30pm each day
Where: 6-120
Website: http://student.mit.edu/iap/ns304.html
Posted: 1/11/2019

Tuesday, January 22nd
"Electron Hydrodynamics in Graphene: Introduction and Status"
Dr. Denis Bandurin - Postdoctoral Fellow

Wednesday, January 23rd
"Particles, Programs, and Machines That Have Ideas: Applying Statistical Physics to Build the Next Generation of Machine Learning Technology in an MIT Startup Company"
Ben Vigoda - Physics Alum

Friday, January 25th
"Dirac Equation, Topological Material and Quantum Technology"
Liang Fu - Professor of Physics

Monday, January 28th
Keith Nelson - Professor of Chemistry

Wednesday, January 30th
"Band structures: symmetries and topology"
Hoi Chun Po - Postdoctoral Fellow

Friday, February 1st
"Voyager 2 in the Interstellar Medium, Finally!"
John Belcher - Professor of Physics

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*The MIT Fusion Landscape
Who: All Students
When: Tuesday, January 22, 2019 1:00PM – 3:00PM
Where: 34-101
Website: http://www.psfc.mit.edu/events/2019/the-mit-fusion-landscape
Posted: 1/18/2019

Mitigating global climate change demands new sources of zero-carbon energy on the grid as soon as possible. Fusion energy is the solution. Historically, fusion has been seen as too big, too expensive, and too slow. We are now at a tipping point: recent advances in materials, funding models, and a new generation of scientist and engineers, have come together to ensure fusion energy on the shortest credible timeline ever proposed. MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center is partnering with a private fusion startup, Commonwealth Fusion Systems, which will allow us to demonstrate net fusion energy through a device called SPARC, and then take it through to commercialization. Our aspiration is to take energy from scarcity to abundance in time to arrest climate change, improving the lives of every living thing on the planet, achieving “unlimited energy, for everyone forever”.

In a series of lightning talks seven experts will discuss the current MIT Fusion Landscape. Topics will range from engineering and scientific underpinnings to finance, entrepreneurship and social impact. Join us to learn about MIT’s smarter, sooner path to fusion energy.

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*Communicating Science to Nonscientists
Who: All Students
When: Tuesday 1/22 | 3-5pm
Where: E25-111
Website: https://bit.ly/2Pzhwca (RSVP requested)
Posted: 1/18/2019

Tuesday 1/22 | 3-5pm | E25-111 | Communicating Science to Nonscientists

Nonscientists often see science as impenetrable and scientists as unsociable introverts hiding in labs. In turn, researchers wonder how they could possibly explain their work in a clear yet scientifically correct way to people outside their own field. This lecture explores the challenges of communicating science to nonscientists (and, to a point, to fellow scientists as well) and proposes strategies that help overcome these challenges.

Dr. Jean-luc Doumont holds an engineering degree from the Louvain School of Engineering and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford. All CAPD workshops are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. RSVP requested via CareerBridge.

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*Working Efficiently During Your PhD
Who: All Students
When: IAP 2019 - Thursday 1/24 | 3-5pm
Where: E25-111
Website: https://candidate.gradleaders.com/MITGECD/Candidates/
(RSVP requested)
Posted: 1/18/2019

Thursday 1/24 | 3-5pm | E25-111 | Working Efficiently During Your PhD

Unless you know how to squeeze more than 24 hours in a day, you are probably receptive to advice on how to achieve more in the time you have. Rather than add to the long lists of tips available in books or websites, this lecture proposes a simple but solid framework to help you decide what is worth doing (and what is not). It then discusses how to manage your time and your physical or virtual space to actually get things done.

Dr. Jean-luc Doumont holds an engineering degree from the Louvain School of Engineering and a PhD in applied physics from Stanford. All CAPD workshops are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. RSVP requested via CareerBridge.

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*MIT Washington Summer Internship Program Dinner and Final Information Session
Who: All Students
When: Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:00-7:30pm
Where: W20-306
Website: http://web.mit.edu/summerwash/
Contact: iguanatw@mit.edu
Posted: 1/18/2019

The MIT Washington Summer Internship Program provides technically sophisticated undergraduates the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical training to public policy issues.  The core of the program is focused on the summer  months, when students receive paid internships in the offices of government agencies, the private sector, and advocacy groups.  Complementing the summer internships are a trip to DC during spring break and a 12 unit HASS seminar on policymaking that meets before and after the summer internship.


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*PSFC Hackathon - Hack for Fusion
Who: All Students
When: January 26-27, 2019 from 10 AM-10 PM
Where: NW17 (175 Albany St.)
Website: https://goo.gl/forms/AfzZJXxY07S1IGQI2
Contact: info@psfc.mit.edu
Posted: 1/18/2019

Be a part of a revolution in energy!

Apply machine learning techniques to help solve challenges in modern fusion research at MIT.

Bring your laptop. We'll provide the fun, the pizza, and the prizes (Amazon gift cards) !

Submissions will be judged, and Amazon gift cards awarded to the top three finishers.

Register at https://goo.gl/forms/AfzZJXxY07S1IGQI2
Participants may compete by themselves, or in teams of up to four.

Contact rivenberg@psfc.mit.edu with additional questions.

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*Communicating Science to the Public: Taking your Research out of the Lab and into the News
Who: All Students
When: Tuesday, January 29th - Thursday, January 31 1:00PM-2:00PM
Where: 4-253
Contact: fhusain@mit.edu
Posted: 1/18/2019

Jan/29 Tue 01:00PM-02:00PM  4-253, Bring your laptop.
Jan/30 Wed 01:00PM-02:00PM  4-253, Bring your laptop.
Jan/31 Thu 01:00PM-02:00PM  4-253, Bring your laptop.

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required via email to fhusain@mit.edu
Limited to 20 participants 
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
This workshop, hosted by the Graduate Program in Science Writing, will help scientists understand how to communicate complicated research to the general public. Topics to be covered include journalism and mass communication, interviewing, social media, personal websites, science outreach, and science writing -- as well as specific topics of interest highlighted by workshop participants.
Sponsor(s): Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Contact: Fatima Husain, 14E-303, 617-253-3599, fhusain@mit.edu

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*39th Annual MIT Integration Bee
Who: All Students
When: Tuesday, January 29th from 4-6pm in 4-231 (Qualifier) // Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm in 26-100 (Finals)
Website: http://www.mit.edu/~pax/integrationbee.html
Contact: integrationbee19@mit.edu
Posted: 1/18/2019

Like solving integrals? Like watching other people solve integrals? Come try your problem solving skills against some of the best at the 39th Annual MIT Integration Bee!

To qualify for the bee, come to 4-231 for a 20-minute test any time between 4 and 6pm on Tuesday, January 29th. The top sixteen will be invited to the main event, which will be held on Thursday, January 31st at 6:30pm in 26-100. Come try out, and invite your friends to watch the finale!

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*MIT Data Science & Analytics Career Fair / Networking Night
Who: All Students
When: Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: MIT Media Lab
Website: http://www.AnalyticsFair.mit.edu
Posted: 1/18/2019

Please join us for the 3rd Annual Data Science Career Fair & Networking Night at the MIT Media Lab on Tuesday, Feb 5th. This event is for all graduate-level students at MIT who are seeking summer internships, full-time opportunities or just looking to learn more about industry leaders in data science and business analytics.

Companies who are already confirmed for 2019 include: Bain & Co, BCG, BMW, Citadel, Fidelity, DeepMind, General Motors, McKinsey & Co, Nielsen, Raytheon, Salesforce, TripAdvisor, Wayfair and Walmart.

Food and drinks will be provided. To attend and drop your resume, please register here online.

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*MIT European Career Fair
Who: All Students
When: Saturday, February 16, 2019 from 9am - 4pm
Where: Johnson Athletic Center (W34)
Website: euro-career.mit.edu
Posted: 1/18/2019


The MIT European Career Fair (ECF) returns for its 23rd edition on February 16th, 2019. Organized by the MIT European Club, the ECF is open to all university students and young professionals who are interested in working in Europe or for European companies present in the US. It will take place from 9 am to 4 pm at the Johnson Athletic Center (Building W34) at MIT in Cambridge, MA. To attend the largest European-focused career fair in the country, REGISTER TODAY on our website at euro-career.mit.edu.

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*2019 Scientista Symposium: Science Without Borders
Who: All Students
When: March 29-31, 2019
Where: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
Website: http://symposium.scientistafoundation.org/
Contact: jackie@scientistafoundation.org
Posted: 1/18/2019

The Scientista Symposium is a national conference that helps advance the careers of young women in STEMM by facilitating networking with representatives from top companies, a range of professional and technical skill workshops, and a chance to present research and compete for cash prizes.

This year’s program features 3 inspirational keynote speakers, 7 career panels on topics such as science communication, science policy, industry, and entrepreneurship in STEM, workshops on Python coding, a research poster session, a pitch competition to a panel of investors, free headshots(!), resume review sessions, and a career fair with 50 top organizations like Google, Genentech, NASA, and more. Our conferences regularly attract over 500 young women from top institutions throughout the country – it’s a fantastic opportunity to cultivate professional relationships.

Submit your abstract for our poster session here. *Deadline has been extended to January 18*

Early Bird Tickets are on sale until February 1 - Register here!

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American Museum of Natural History BridgeUP: STEM Helen Fellowship
Who: Undergraduate Students
Deadline: January 20, 2019
Contact: https://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/higher-education/helen-fellowship
Posted: 12/7/2018

The BridgeUP: STEM program at the AMNH is excited to announce that the application for the Helen Fellowship is now open. This fellowship is a one-year residency for post-baccalaureate women to devote time immersed in computational scientific research and educational outreach at the AMNH. This fellowship is an initiative at the AMNH dedicated to increasing the diversity of the talent pipeline by providing underrepresented students access to the skills and tools required for the 21st Century.

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Caltech QuantumSURF - Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Opportunity
Who: Undergraduate Students
Deadline: February 22, 2019
Website: http://quantumsurf.caltech.edu/
Posted: 12/14/2018

Undergraduate students from Caltech and other universities are invited to apply for the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Experimental Quantum Science and Technology (QuantumSURF). Through this program, summer students will have the opportunity to do research for 10 weeks in experimental groups at Caltech working on quantum science and technology. Applications may be submitted through either the SURF or WAVE programs at Caltech. Requirements are the same for the SURF and WAVE programs, though the WAVE program is specifically for women or prospective students from underrepresented backgrounds. 

To apply, please contact professors involved in the QuantumSURF program to discuss research opportunities. In consultation with the faculty, students will prepare a research proposal and submit it through either the SURF or WAVE application process. Individuals from underrepresented minorities in STEM fields are highly encouraged to apply.

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AAPM Fellowship Opportunities
Who: Undergraduate Students
Deadline: May 3, 2019
Website: http://gaf.aapm.org
Posted: 11/9/2018

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) is pleased to announce their 2019 Grant and Fellowship offerings.

  • 2019 AAPM/RSNA Fellowship for Graduate Study in Medical Physics
  • 2019 Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program (DREAM)
  • 2019 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Additional information and applications can be found at http://gaf.aapm.org.

If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact Jackie Ogburn at jackie@aapm.org or 571-298-1228.

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Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity
Who: Graduate Students
Deadline: 1/21/2019
Website: https://www.thedataincubator.com/fellowship.html
Posted: 1/11/2019

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote onlinesession: New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Washington, DC. 

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*Insight Fellows Programs
Who: Graduate Students
Deadline: January 28, 2019
Website: https://apply.insightdatascience.com/start
Contact: info@insightdatascience.com
Posted: 1/18/2019

Insight is now accepting applications from graduating students (must have completed all coursework in order to participate full time) for our fellowships in:

 - Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)
 - Health Data Science  (for PhDs & Postdocs)
 - Data Engineering  (for all degree levels)
 - Artificial Intelligence  (for all degree levels)
 - Data Product Management  (for all degree levels)
 - DevOps Engineering  (for all degree levels)
 - Decentralized Consensus  (for all degree levels)

Insight Fellows Programs:

 - 7 week, full-time training fellowship
 - Mentorship from leading industry data scientists and engineers
 - Join an active community of Insight alumni
 - Self-directed, project-based learning followed by interviews at top companies
 - Tuition-free with need-based scholarships and loans available to help cover living costs

Upcoming Application Deadline: January 28th

Learn more & apply on our website: https://apply.insightdatascience.com/start

Not ready to apply? Sign up for notifications: https://www.insightdatascience.com/notify

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L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Program
Who: Graduate Students
Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019
Website: www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience
Posted: 12/7/2018

Applications for the 2019 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open and will close on Friday, February 1, 2019.

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program honors female scientists at a critical stage in their careers with grants of $60,000 each. Since 2003, we’ve awarded 75 postdoctoral women scientists nearly $4 million in grants. We’re seeking five exceptional female scientists looking to advance their research and serve as role models for the next generation of girls in STEM.

Candidates are selected from a variety of fields including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics. Candidates must have completed their PhD and have started in their postdoctoral position by the application deadline.

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*Research Grants for Women in Physics Department
Who: All Students
Deadline: January 25, 2019
Website: https://physicsresearchfellows.mit.edu/
Contact: physicsresearchfellows@mit.edu
Posted: 1/18/2019

In conjunction with the Heising-Simons Foundation, we will be running a pilot program offering small research grants to women in the department. 

The second round of proposals are due January 25th.

1) The application is due January 25th.
2) I am also looking for student and postdoc volunteers to be part of the peer review committee (great way to participate if you are not ready to assemble a proposal).
3) There is no longer any requirements on undergraduate submissions as long as you are course 8.

Direct any questions to physicsresearchfellows@mit.edu.

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MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing Launch: Call for Posters
Who: All Students
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Website: Submit poster abstract
Contact:  schwarzmancollegelaunchposters@mit.edu
Posted: 1/11/2019

We are delighted to announce that MIT will host a poster session during the February 2019 launch celebration for the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing. The poster session will demonstrate how MIT students are pushing the frontiers of computing and discovering new ways to connect computing with other disciplines. 

Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers are invited to submit poster abstracts. A committee will choose the top projects from each of MIT’s five schools. About 60 selected posters will be displayed from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, during the final reception for the launch event.  

Please submit your 100-word poster abstract online by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019.  

On behalf of President Reif and the MIT Stephen A. Schwarzman College of Computing Poster Committee, we look forward to hearing from you.  


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MBAn/MFin Applications due Feb. 1
Who: All Students
Deadline: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 3pm EST
Website: https://applymitsloan.mit.edu/apply/
Posted: 1/11/2019

MIT Sloan Admissions would like to remind you that the deadline for current MIT students to apply to our specialized, STEM-designated Master of Business Analytics (MBAn) and Master of Finance (MFin) programs is Friday, February 1, 2019 at 3:00 p.m., EST.

Also, please note that we are waiving the GMAT/GRE requirement for current MIT students and graduates of MIT with a cumulative GPA of 4.2 or higher.

We encourage you to discover how MIT’s focused programs are at the leading edge of trends in finance and data science by joining us for one of our upcoming events:

1.14.19 Master of Business Analytics Online Chat with Admissions for MIT Undergraduates

1.15.19 Master of Finance Online Chat with Admissions for MIT Undergraduates

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7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum - Call for Applicants
Who: All Students
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Website: http://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org
Contact: yr@heidelberg-laureate-forum.org
Posted: 12/14/2018

Calling outstanding young researchers in mathematics and computer science!

The application process for the 7th Heidelberg Laureate Forum has begun. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2019!

Young researchers in computer science and mathematics from all over the world can apply for one of the 200 coveted spots to participate in the Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF), an annual networking event. The HLF offers all accepted young researchers the great opportunity to personally interact with the laureates of the most prestigious prizes in the fields of mathematics and computer science. For one week, the recipients of the Abel Prize, the ACM A.M. Turing Award, the ACM Prize in Computing, the Fields Medal, and the Nevanlinna Prize engage in a cross-generational scientific dialogue with young researchers in Heidelberg, Germany.

The application period for the 7th HLF closes February 15, 2019. Young researchers at all phases of their careers (undergraduate/pre-master, graduate PhD or postdoc) are encouraged to complete and submit their applications by February 15 (midnight at the dateline) via the following link: http://application.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org.

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Postbac Position in the Scientific and Statistical Computing Core (SSCC, NIMH, NIH, USA)
Who: All Students
Deadline: April 2019
Website: https://github.com/afni/Postbac_position_available/blob/master/README.md
Posted: 12/21/2018

We are looking for a technical-minded recent college graduate who is interested in biomedical research to join our group for 1-2 years as part of the NIH's Postbac training program, as described here: https://github.com/afni/Postbac_position_available/blob/master/README.md

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2018-19 Siegel Writing Prize - Call for papers
Who: All Students
Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019, by midnight
Website: http://sts-program.mit.edu/benjamin-siegel-writing-prize/
Posted: 12/14/2018

The Benjamin Siegel prize was established in 1990 by family and friends of the late Benjamin Siegel (S.B. 1938, Ph.D.). The Prize of $2500 is awarded to the MIT student submitting the best written work on issues in science, technology, and society.  It is open to undergraduate and graduate students from any school or department of the Institute.

2019 Deadline: Friday, April 5, 2019, by midnight

Submissions must be a single-authored work of no more than 50 pages written within the last two academic years.

Include one cover page with:
-author identification
-contact information
-year and program of study

Do not include any identifiers within the body of the work.

Email your submission to: Gus Zahariadis, gusz@mit.edu.

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SPS Awards & Program Deadlines
Who: Undergraduate Students
Deadline: see below
Website: https://www.spsnational.org/awards/award-deadlines
Posted: 9/26/2018

The Society of Physics Students (SPS) and Sigma Pi Sigma have consolidated deadlines for awards, scholarships, and internships with one deadline each season. These opportunities are available only to chapters and members, so remember to pay your dues to qualify.

Winter Deadline: January 15
SPS Summer Internship - Applications open December 1
SPS Congressional Visits Day - Applications open December 1

Spring Deadline: March 15 Applications open January 2
SPS Scholarships
SPS Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research
Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award

Summer Deadline: June 15
Chapter Reports
Blake Lilly Prize

Ongoing Opportunities
SPS Travel Awards
SPS Reporter Awards
SOCK Requests

Note: Deadlines fall on the 15th of the month. If a deadline falls on a weekend or federal holiday, it is moved to the next business day.

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Perimeter Scholars International Physics Boot Camp
Who: Undergraduate alums
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Posted: 10/12/2018

Each year, Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics recruits approximately 30 exceptional students for an immersive, 10-month physics boot camp: Perimeter Scholars International (PSI).  This unique Master’s program, in cooperation with the University of Waterloo, seeks not only students with stellar undergraduate physics and/or mathematics track records, but also those with diverse backgrounds, collaborative spirit, creativity, and other attributes that will set them apart as future innovators. 

Features of the program include:

  • All student costs (tuition, living) are covered, removing financial and/or geographical barriers to entry
  • Courses spanning the full breadth of theoretical physics, taught by world-leading theoretical physicists – Perimeter researchers and visiting scientists.
  • Students learn within the inspiring environment of Perimeter Institute  while earning a Master of Science from the University of Waterloo
  • Collaboration is valued over competition; deep understanding and creativity are valued over rote learning and examination
  • PSI recruits worldwide: 85 percent of students come from outside of Canada
  • PSI takes calculated risks, seeking extraordinary talent who may have non-traditional academic backgrounds but have demonstrated exceptional scientific aptitude

Applications are due by February 1, 2019.

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NSF-REU program at the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) in Nantucket, MA
Who: Undergraduate Students
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Website: https://www.mariamitchell.org/get-involved/internships/reu
Posted: 11/16/2018

NSF sponsored Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) program at the Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) in Nantucket, MA. Our award winning program, the recipient of the 2009 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, is currently soliciting applications for summer 2019.

The program offers paid, 10-week-long research experiences for six undergraduate students every summer. Student projects range from studies of extra-solar planets and observations of variable stars, to studies of galaxy formation/evolution and cosmology, and encompass a mix of both observational and theoretical based projects.

As part of the program, the MMA provides free student housing, a student stipend, and paid travel to and from Nantucket. In addition, all students are encouraged to present their research at the annual winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society (AAS) in January 2020, also sponsored by the MMA.

Please note, the application deadline is February 1, 2019. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or for more information, at rjorgenson@mariamitchell.org.

REU information and application can be found here: 

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MIT Washington Summer Internship Program
Who: Undergraduate Students
Deadline: February 8, 2019
Website: http://web.mit.edu/summerwash/
Posted: 11/9/2018

The MIT Washington Summer Internship Program provides technically sophisticated undergraduates the opportunity to apply their scientific and technical training to public policy issues. The core of the program is focused on the summer months, when students receive paid internships in the offices of government agencies, the private sector, and advocacy groups. Complementing the summer internships are a trip to DC during spring break and a 12 unit HASS seminar on policymaking that meets before and after the summer internship.

Past summer interns have worked in the White House Office of Science & Technology, the US House of Representatives Science Committee, the US Department of Energy, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, NASA, the American Association for World Health, the American Enterprise Institute, the Congressional Research Service, the National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, The Environmental Protection Agency, The Brookings Institution, the Economic Policy Institute, The General Accountability Office, The World Bank Group, the National Institutes of Health, The American Association for Public Health, the Climate Institute, the MIT Washington Office and more!


For more information send email to Tobie at iguanatw@mit.edu, or check out our web site at http://web.mit.edu/summerwash/.

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*Austin Astronomy Dept 2019 Summer NSF REU Program
Who: Undergraduate Students
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Website: https://astronomy.utexas.edu/research/Astronomy-REU-ASSURE
Posted: 1/18/2019

The Astronomy Department at the University of Texas (UT) at Austin will host an NSF Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program for ten weeks from June 10 to August 16, 2019. The program, "Frontier Research and Training in Astronomy for the 21st Century", is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF)  and the Department of Defense. Applications received by February 15, 2019 will receive full consideration. We welcome applications from diverse applicants, particularly from women and members of under-represented minority groups and intersectional groups.

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2019 Summer Physics REU Program at Kansas State University
Who: Undergraduate Students
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Website: www.phys.ksu.edu/reu
Posted: 11/30/2018

We would like to ask you to encourage undergraduate students at your institution who are completing their degrees in Physics to consider pursuing our NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) program here at Kansas State University in the summer of 2019.

Our department will host our program entitled Interactions of Matter, Light and Learning for 10 weeks next summer. We invite your students who have completed a course in modern physics to apply. To this end, we ask that you post the attached poster for display in your department as you see fit.

Student participants will be involved with a variety of research projects at the leading edge of world-class research. For example, students will study the attosecond physics of electrons in matter; nanoparticle formation; biological physics; quantum and coherent control of laser-cooled atoms; nonlinear fiber optics; neutrino oscillations; atomic and molecular dynamics, using ultrafast lasers; and how students learn physics. They will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Kansas Light Source ultrafast high intensity laser. All students will be full participants in active research groups, and mentored by faculty recognized for their research and teaching abilities. For example, our atomic physics program is highly rated, and one of our faculty has been recognized by the Carnegie Foundation as National Professor of the Year.

Students selected to participate will receive a $5,450 stipend, partial travel expenses, and room and board, for a value of over $8,500. They will live on campus with students in this and other REU programs and will have access to all the usual facilities at Kansas State: libraries, recreation centers, and so on.

Online applications are available at www.phys.ksu.edu/reu. An unofficial transcript and letter of reference are also required. We will begin reviewing applications on February 15 and will continue until all places are filled.

If you or your students have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at (785) 532-1612 or e-mail reu@phys.ksu.edu.

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Apply to be a GRA/GRT
Who: Graduate Students
Deadline: February 1, 2019
Website: https://beagrt.mit.edu
Posted: 12/21/2018

We are recruiting applicants for Graduate Resident Tutor and Graduate Resident Advisor positions for the 2019-2020 academic year. We have multiple positions in both our undergraduate house communities as we as our Fraternity, Sorority, and Independent living Group communities.

Please send this around to anyone who would be a great candidate. Please visit https://studentlife.mit.edu/beagragrt to apply or email BEAGRT@mit.edu if you have any questions.

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*Searching for volunteers for MIT ESL Program for Service Employees
Who: Graduate Students
Deadline: February 25, 2019
Contact: esl-admins@mit.edu
Posted: 1/18/2019

The MIT English as a Second Language Program for Service Employees is looking for volunteers to tutor night shift employees one hour/week or to fill in for the regular weekly tutors as needed.

No experience is required, just a good command of English and an interest in helping individuals whose first language is not English. The goals of the program are to build student’s confidence, to help them become more productive in their jobs, and to perhaps open up further opportunities for advancement.

Tutoring takes place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 - midnight beginning February 25.    The Spring semester ends May 17, 2019.

This is an opportunity to make a real and positive difference.

Please contact esl-admins@mit.edu.

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Call for nominations for the Springer Thesis Awards
Who: Graduate Students
Deadline: February 28, 2019
Website: http://www.springer.com/series/8790
Posted: 11/30/2018

Springer would like to invite your department, among other internationally high-ranking physics departments, to select their best PhD thesis of 2018 for a Springer Thesis Award.

The award comprises a monetary prize of €500 (USD equivalent) to the student as well as publication of the work in our collection of outstanding dissertations, Springer Theses . This program, now in its eighth year, has helped to disseminate the work of over 1000 talented young scientists, many of whom have gone on to win other awards and/or take up leading research positions.

To ensure that the research is published with a minimum of delay, we would request that you or the student’s advisor send us your nomination (using the attached form) by February 28, 2019. If you have any questions or comments about nomination for Springer Theses, I will be very happy to discuss them with you.

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