Archive for September, 2013

NNSA Stewardship Fellowships

Friday, September 27th, 2013

The NNSA has announced their latest round of “Stewardship” fellowships. Topics of interest are listed below. Note that several current fellowship holders are studying plasmas and/or materials. More info can be found at

Topics include:

  • Development of advanced simulations and measurement techniques leading to improved radiation and particle detection methods
  • The static and dynamic properties of materials under conditions of high-pressure, high-temperature, high-strain and high-strain-rate
  • The thermodynamic properties and mechanical constitutive properties of materials
  • Hydrodynamic experiments in low-energy density physics regimes where materials’ properties dominate
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Plasma physics
  • Properties of materials under high energy density conditions
  • Inertial fusion
  • Physics of turbulence and fluid interfaces

NNSA Graduate Program Opportunity

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Program provides unique hands-on experience to prepare exceptional graduate students to become next-generation leaders in domestic and global nuclear security. During the 12-month, full-time, salary-plus-benefits terms, Fellows work alongside NNSA experts in Washington, D.C. or other NNSA site locations.  Fellows receive  specialized training and opportunities for career development and professional networking, while also directly supporting NNSA’s global nuclear security mission in placements that align with their backgrounds and interests. Applicants must be U.S. citizens eligible for a high-level  security clearance, who are accepted into, enrolled in, or will be graduating from a master’s or Ph.D. program during the year of application. Desirable academic specializations include international relations, security or nonproliferation studies, political science, public administration, and economics.  Some positions may also benefit from backgrounds in safety and health, infrastructure and operations management, or finance/accounting.  A combined policy and technical background is highly desirable, and a foreign language is a plus. Applications typically are accepted beginning in early August through October 21st. Fellowship terms begin the following summer. Visit to learn more and apply.

Job opportunity at Forest Products Lab

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Forest Product Labs has a desire to hire a student who will be available for the school year and next summer to work on testing the performance of wood adhesives for our biobased adhesives program and developing new or improved standards for ASTM International. Key criteria is that the person be an energetic, careful and observant experimentalist, who keeps a good notebook, does well in data analysis, and works well with others. This is continuation of programs that we have had undergraduates work on for the past several years. Work hours are somewhat flexible as long as the student can work between 7am and 6 pm for safety reasons, but we like 10-20 hours during the school year and full time during the summer. Pay is dependent upon the persons background in comparison to governmental GS levels. To meet governmental requirements, the student needs to be enrolled in a degree program and take sufficient credits. Please send a resume and letter to Chuck Frihart at and if you have questions Chuck can be contacted at 608-231-9208.

National Laboratory Internship Announcement – Department of Energy – Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI)

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Idaho National Laboratory will offer three 2014 spring term (mid-January through mid-April) Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) for students in STEM related fields. The internships are full time for up to 16 weeks during the spring term. The program is sponsored by the Department of Energy, Office of Science Workforce Training for Teachers & Scientists (WDTS). A single application will allow students to apply for consideration to participating Office of Science research laboratory for a spring SULI internship consideration.

To view program details, participating laboratories, and on-line application, visit the website:

Complete applications with faculty sponsor recommendations must be submitted in full by October 1, 2013 for spring SULI consideration.

For summer 2014, Idaho National Laboratory will offer 25 SULI internships (full time – 10 weeks, June-Aug). The application for summer 2014 SULI will be open in early October at the same website listed above. The Office of Science offers several hundred SULI internships at up to 18 DOE laboratory research locations.

Please also note: The application for academic year 2014 Idaho National Laboratory sponsored internships is now open.

To apply, visit: <> or <>

ORAU: Fellowships through the Council on Foreign Relations

Friday, September 20th, 2013

CFR 2014–2015 International Affairs Fellowship>
The International Affairs Fellowship (IAF) assists mid-career scholars and professionals in advancing their analytic capabilities and broadening their foreign policy experience. Selected fellows from academia and the private sector spend fellowship tenures in public service and policy-oriented settings, while government officials spend their tenures in a scholarly atmosphere free from operational pressure. The IAF Program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents between the ages of twenty-seven and thirty-five who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. The duration of the fellowship is twelve months. The program awards a stipend of $85,000. CFR awards approximately ten fellowships annually. The application deadline is October 31, 2013.

CFR 2014–2015 International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd.<>
The International Affairs Fellowship in Japan (IAF-J), sponsored by Hitachi, Ltd., provides a selected group of mid-career U.S. citizens the opportunity  to expand their professional horizons by spending a period of research or other professional activity in Japan. The IAF-J is only open to U.S. citizens  between the ages of twenty-seven and forty-five. The program is intended primarily for those without substantial prior experience in Japan. Knowledge of the Japanese language is not a requirement.The duration of the fellowship is between three and twelve months.The program awards a stipend in yen, which  covers travel and living expenses in Japan. CFR awards approximately three to five fellowships annually. The application deadline is October 31, 2013.

CFR 2014–2015 Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship<>
The Stanton Nuclear Security Fellowship (SNSF) Program, made possible by a generous grant from the Stanton Foundation, offers younger scholars studying nuclear security issues the opportunity to spend a period of twelve months at the Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) offices in New York or Washington, DC, conducting policy-relevant research. Qualified candidates must be junior (non-tenured) faculty, postdoctoral fellows, or predoctoral candidates from any discipline who are working on a nuclear security related issue. The program is only open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States. CFR does not sponsor for visas. CFR awards up to three fellowships annually. The program awards a stipend of $100,000 for junior (non-tenured) faculty; $75,000 for postdoctoral; and $50,000 for predoctoral fellows.The deadline to apply is December 16, 2013.

CFR 2014–2015 International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security, sponsored by the Stanton Foundation <>
The International Affairs Fellowship in Nuclear Security (IAF-NS), sponsored by the Stanton Foundation, offers university-based scholars valuable hands-on experience in the nuclear security policymaking field and places selected fellows in U.S. government positions or international organizations for a  period of twelve months to work with practitioners. The IAF-NS is only open to faculty members with tenure or on tenure-track lines at accredited universities and who propose to spend a year working in government or at an international organization. Qualified candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are eligible to work in the United States and be between the ages of twenty-nine and fifty. CFR does not sponsor for visas. Former Stanton nuclear security fellows who meet the eligibility requirements can apply. CFR awards approximately two fellowships annually. The program awards a stipend of $125,000.The deadline to apply is January 17, 2014.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Established by Congress in 1986 to honor the career of Senator Barry Goldwater, the scholarships recognize promising undergraduates who plan to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD followed by a research career in engineering, mathematics or the natural sciences. The scholarships provide $7,500/year toward undergraduate expenses junior and/or senior year, including tuition, required books and living expenses. Junior level recipients may receive a maximum of two years of support. Senior level recipients will receive a maximum of one year of support. Up to 300 scholarships are awarded annually.

Campus deadline: November 11, 2013**

**Candidates must be nominated by UW–Madison and may not apply directly .

Additional information available at:
Provost Office Site
National Website

Applications are now being accepted for the APS/AIP Science and Technology Policy Fellowship

Friday, September 6th, 2013

The American Physical Society (APS) and American Institute of Physics will  jointly sponsor a science policy fellowship at US Department of Education (ED) within the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development (OPEPD). The selected fellow, a PhD-level member of one ofthe AIP Member Societies will spend up to two years working on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education policy and programs at ED.

Fellows may be asked to conduct research and develop metrics to assess the impact of various Department initiatives; explore emerging STEM issues in P-12 education, higher education, career and technical education, or STEM teacher preparation; identify new ways for ED to deepen its impact in STEM fields; coordinate interagency efforts to achieve ED policy goals; develop policy priorities for proposed programs such as STEM Innovation Networks; perform legislative research; and identify potential partnerships between ED and other federal agencies, state and local governments and the private sector. The OPEPD is responsible for coordinating and developing major policy initiatives in close collaboration with staff in other departments, the White House,and Congress and the fellow would play a role in these efforts.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and list of references to Dr. Tyler Glembo at
The application announcement is available here:

The application deadline is September 20, 2013.

National Agricultural Innovation Prize

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Ag Prize Campus Help Flyer

The National Agricultural Innovation Prize: Powered by 40 Chances

We’re excited to announce a new innovation prize for students across the United States that will address 21st century challanges in agriculture. Student teams from across the country will develop business plans that aim to transform food systems to ones that better meet human needs and move us closer toward a more sustainable relationship with our natural resources. The competition will be coordinated by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus.

There are a variety of ways that you can get involved and lend a hand in coordinating the competition. Opportunities for internships and credit are available.

For more information, or to discuss how to make the Ag Prize a success, please contact:

Chris Meyer:

David LeZaks: