Opportunities

Summer Diversity Research Fellowship

CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways Program

UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

Summer Diversity Research Fellowship

Program Overview

The CaSTL Diversity Research Fellowship (DReF) is a 10-week summer program for undergraduate students interested in conducting supervised research with a CaSTL Center faculty member at the University of California Irvine, University of Pittsburgh, or Northwestern University. The goals of the program are to encourage outstanding students from underrepresented groups (1) to pursue (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) STEM careers related to physical chemistry, (2) to encourage community college students to transfer to one of the CaSTL Center member universities to major in chemistry, and (3) to encourage students to apply to the physical chemistry graduate program.

DReF will provide a hands-on scientific research opportunity in one of the CaSTL faculty laboratories in which students will be trained in research methods, data analysis, and written/oral communication of their results. Students will also attend career development and preparation for graduate school workshops.

A stipend of $3000, housing allowance up to $2000, reimbursement for out of town travel costs up to $500, and a travel award to attend a regional or national research conference to present successful CaSTL summer research projects will be offered.

Application click here.

Deadline: January 6, 2017

Eligibility

Applicant qualifications:

  • Undergraduate currently attending an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Completed general chemistry, physics, and calculus I courses
  • Provide documentation showing you are legally authorized to work in the United States without restrictions if selected

Women, underrepresented minorities, military veterans, first generation college students, and students at colleges or universities with limited research opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, age, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Lab Choices

University of Pittsburgh

  • Professor Hrvoje Petek - Condensed Matter Physics

Northwestern University - Joint Lab

  • Professors George Schatz and Richard Van Duyne - Theory and Computation, Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy

University of California Irvine Labs

  • Professor Ara Apkarian - Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Single Molecules
  • Professor Nien-hui Ge - Ultrafast 2-D IR Spectroscopy and Sum Frequency Generation (SFG)
  • Professor Eric Potma - Non-Linear Optical (CARS) Microscopy
  • Professor Matthew Law - Nanomaterials and Solar Energy
  • Professor Wilson Ho - Spectroscopy with Submolecular Resolution Using Inelastic STM
  • Professor H. Kumar Wickramasinghe - Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Professor Ruqian Wu - Density Functional Studies of Physical Properties of Novel Materials, Theory and Computation

Requirements

Submit the completed online application including the following:

  • First and second lab choices
    
  • Personal statement
    
  • Complete the reference information and confirm receipt of two letters of recommendation
  • Provide a copy of your unofficial college transcripts from all colleges and universities attended

ALL materials must be received prior to the January 6, 2017 deadline to be considered.

Contact Dr. Danielle Watt at dwatt@uci.edu for more information. 

CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways Program

The CaSTL Center University of California, Irvine (UCI) - Albany State University (ASU) Pathways Program (CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways) is an 8-week summer program for ASU undergraduate students interested in conducting supervised research with a UCI faculty mentor who is a member of CaSTL. The goals of the program are to encourage outstanding students that attend a Historically Black College and University (1) to pursue STEM careers related to physical chemistry and (2) to encourage students to apply to the physical chemistry graduate program at UCI.

CaSTL UCI-ASU Pathways will provide a hands-on scientific research opportunity in one of the UCI CaSTL faculty laboratories in which students will be trained in research methods, data analysis, and written/oral communication of their results. Students will also attend career development and preparation for graduate school workshops.

A stipend of $3500, housing, reimbursement for out of town travel costs up to $600, and a travel award to attend a regional or national research conference to present successful CaSTL summer research projects will be offered. This program is funded by a grant awarded from the University of California, Office of the President UC-HBCU Initiative.

Contact Dr. Danielle Watt at dwatt@uci.edu for more information. 

UC Irvine Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the University of California Irvine (UCI) encourages and facilitates research activities by UCI undergraduates from all schools and academic disciplines. There are several research opportunities available in the following CaSTL Center research labs at UCI http://www.urop.uci.edu/opportunities.html.

  • Professor Ara Apkarian - Ultrafast Nonlinear Spectroscopy of Single Molecules
  • Professor Nien-hui Ge - Ultrafast 2-D IR Spectroscopy and Sum Frequency Generation (SFG)
  • Professor Eric Potma - Non-Linear Optical (CARS) Microscopy
  • Professor Matthew Law - Nanomaterials and Solar Energy
  • Professor Wilson Ho - Spectroscopy with Submolecular Resolution Using Inelastic STM
  • Professor H. Kumar Wickramasinghe - Atomic Force Microscopy
  • Professor Ruqian Wu - Density Functional Studies of Physical Properties of Novel Materials

If selected as a UROP Fellow, students will be provided a faculty mentored research experience, assistance with research proposal writing, developing research plans through project management skills, and developing scientific presentation skills by participating in the UCI Undergraduate Research Symposium. Furthermore, students may be provided with a $3000 stipend to continue research in a CaSTL Center lab during the summer.

Contact Dr. Danielle Watt at dwatt@uci.edu for more information.

Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship

We are now accepting applications for a postdoctoral appointment in the group of Professor Apkarian under a Feodor Lynen Research Fellowship. Eligible candidates must hold a German citizenship or have spent the last five years in Germany.

For more information, see this webpage www.humboldt-foundation.de/lynen

Please send your application to Erika Metz at emetz@uci.edu