October 2010

ASEE Action Newsletter

October 2010

ASEE LAUNCHES SURVEY ON SKILLS TO SUCCEES
ASEE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF ENGINEERING SOCIETIES AWARDS NOMINATIONS
PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL OF ADVISORS ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (PCAST) STUDY
THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS

ASEE LAUNCHES SURVEY ON SKILLS FOR SUCCESS.

What skills and experiences will today’s engineering students need to develop while in school and throughout their careers to successfully compete in today’s global workplace? This question is the focus for a group of corporations affiliated with the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Corporate Member Council, who recently released an online survey aimed at enhancing the preparation, performance and employability of engineering graduates living and working in an increasingly global context.

Educators, employers, students, and professional engineers throughout the global engineering community are encouraged to participate in the survey at http://ifees.net/activities/Attributes-of-a-Global-Engineer-Survey.cfm. To obtain feedback from the largest possible audience, ASEE has collaborated with the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies (IFEES), to make the survey available in Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish , Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish.

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ASEE FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Summer Faculty/Sabbatical Programs

Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (AF SFFP)

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (SFFP) promotes communication between research faculty and Air Force research scientists and engineers. The SFFP provides an opportunity for hands-on exposure to Air Force research challenges through eight to twelve week research residencies at participating facilities for full-time science and engineering faculty at U.S. colleges and universities. The application is now open and the deadline for submitted applications is November 22, 2010.
Visit www.asee.org/sffp or email sffp@asee.org for more information.

The Office of Naval Research Summer Faculty Research Program and Sabbatical Leave Program (ONR)

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsors the Summer Faculty Research Program and the Sabbatical Leave Program for U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who hold a teaching or research appointments at U.S. colleges and universities. These programs provide an opportunity for faculty members to participate in research of mutual interest to the faculty member and professional peers at U.S. Navy Laboratories.

Applications for the 2011 ONR Summer Faculty Research Program are due by December 6, 2010. To apply, please visit: www.asee.org/summer.

Applications for the Sabbatical Leave Program should be submitted six months prior to the start of the proposed sabbatical. To apply, please visit: www.asee.org/summer.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Naval Research Laboratory Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (NRL)

The Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) sponsors a Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at a number of Naval R D centers and laboratories. The program is designed to significantly increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy.

The NRL Postdoctoral Fellowship Program provides approximately forty (40) postdoctoral appointments per year. Fellows are competitively selected on the basis of their overall qualifications and technical proposals addressing specific areas defined by the host Navy laboratories. The selected participants will work in a unique Navy laboratory environment, while interacting with senior laboratory scientists and engineers.

To apply, please visit: www.asee.org/nrl

Naval Surface Warfare Center (IHDIV) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (NREWC)

Naval Surface Warfare Centers (IHDIV) Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is headquartered at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head, MD and sponsors postdoctoral fellowships at a number of NSWC laboratories. The program is designed to significantly increase the involvement of creative and highly trained scientists and engineers from academia and industry to scientific and technical areas of interest and relevance to the Navy.

To find out more information please visit: www.asee.org/nrewc.

Graduate Research Programs

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees at accredited US institutions. The NSF welcomes applications from all qualified students and strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities, to apply for this fellowship.

GRFP Fellows Receive the Following:

  • Three years of support
  • $30,000 annual stipend
  • $10,500 cost-of-education allowance
  • International research and professional development opportunities
  • TeraGrid Supercomputer access

The application for the NSF GRFP is now open, and deadlines range from November 15-November 22, 2010, depending on field of study. For more information regarding application instructions, deadlines and eligibility guidelines, please visit: http://www.nsfgrfp.org/

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship (NDSEG)

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship is a highly competitive, portable fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens and nationals who intend to pursue graduate study in one of the 15 supported disciplines. NDSEG confers high honors upon its recipients, and allows them to attend whichever U.S. institution they choose. NDSEG Fellowships last for three years and pay for full tuition and all mandatory fees, a monthly stipend, and up to $1,000 a year in medical insurance.

The application deadline is December 17 at 5 p.m. EST. To apply, please visit: http://ndseg.asee.org/apply_online

The Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship for Service Program (SMART)

The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program is an opportunity for students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines to receive a full scholarship and be employed upon degree completion at a Department of Defense (DoD) research facility. Scholarships awarded include a cash award of $25,000 to $41,000 a year, full tuition, required fees, health insurance allowance, and book allowance. The SMART Program will allow individuals to acquire an education in exchange for a period of employment with the DoD. The program is intended for citizens of the United States; students must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for an award. The application is open August 1 through December 1. Please visit http://smart.asee.org/ for more information and to apply.

East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI)

The East Asia and Pacific Summer Institutes (EAPSI) goals are to introduce U.S. graduate students to East Asia and Pacific science and engineering in the context of a research setting, and to help students initiate scientific relationships that will better enable future collaboration with foreign counterparts. Selected students participate in research experiences at host laboratories in Australia, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, or Taiwan. All institutes, except Japan, last approximately 8 weeks from June to August. Japan lasts approximately 10 weeks from June to August.

Awardees will receive the following:

  • $ 5,000 stipend
  • International round-trip airfare to the host location
  • Support for attending a pre-departure orientation in the Washington, D.C. area. Awardees will be reimbursed for the costs of attending the event.
  • Abroad living expenses by foreign co-sponsoring organizations, and an orientation to the science environment and culture(s) of each location

The 2011 EAPSI Application is now open. Application deadline is November 10, 2010.

For more information, please visit: http://www.nsfsi.org/

Summer Internships

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for high school students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN Research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

SEAP provided competitive research internships to 247 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at approximately 20 DoN laboratories.

For more information, please visit: www.asee.org/seap

The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP)

The Naval Research Enterprise Intern Program (NREIP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.

The goals of the NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

To participate, a student must be enrolled at an accredited 4 year US college or university and have completed at least their sophomore year before beginning the internship. For more information, please visit: www.asee.org/nreip

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AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ENGINEERING SOCIETIES AWARDS NOMINATIONS

The American Association of Engineering Societies is asking for nominations for their 2010 awards. Please go to http://www.aaes.org/communications/awards.asp for the awards guide, a list of past recipients, nomination procedures and nomination forms. The AAES Awards Program is an opportunity for your society to acknowledge the accomplishments of your members and to have the broader engineering community share in honoring their important accomplishments.

Please submit you nominations to AAES by December 31, 2010.

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PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL OF ADVISORS ON SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (PCAST) STUDY

$1-1.2 BILLION- That is what the federal government now spends on K-12 initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). It’s “far too small a proportion “ of overall K-12 spending says a 130-page report by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. What’s more, the FEDS lack a coherent strategy. Programs are spread across the education Department and 10 science agencies.

The PCAST study recommends training 100,000 “great STEM teachers over 10 years: creating a Master Teacher Corps of the best STEM teachers; an Advanced Research Projects Agency for education to research and develop the best STEM education technology; 1,000 STEM-focused schools; a high-level partnership between NSF and the Education Department.

PCAST’s was the second of two back-to-back STEM reports. The first, by the National Science Board said U.S. educators too often fail to pick out and develop potentially high achieving youngsters who might become tomorrow’s innovators. Particularly with poor and minority students, the nation risks losing a badly needed pool of possible innovators.

For further information go to http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/09/16/president-obama-announce-major-expansion-educate-innovate-campaign-impro

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THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES PRESS

Hot on the heels of President Obama’s announcement of the launch of Change the Equation, a CEO-based effort to dramatically improve education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), the National Research Council released Rising Above the Gathering Storm, Revisited: Rapidly Approaching Category 5, a look at progress made since the 2005 release of the original report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm.

You can learn more by going to http://view.newsletters.nas.edu to see the selection of titles designed to enhance students’ learning experiences and improve outcomes as well as descriptions of specific instructional strategies teachers can use to support learning. These strategies include research findings, illustrated photos of classroom activities and case studies based on real life experiences.

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Warren W. Sallade, Editor
w.sallade@asee.org