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NSF REU Site: Spatial Models and Electoral Districting

University of Washington Tacoma and University of Puget Sound
Director: Jim Thatcher, Urban Studies, University of Washington Tacoma
Co-Director: Courtney Thatcher, Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Puget Sound

The Spatial Models and Electoral Districting Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site is seeking applications for its 2019 Summer program. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the REU is an 8-week summer research program located in Tacoma, Washington and will take place from June 24, 2019 through August 16, 2019.

The Spatial Models and Electoral Districting REU offers the opportunity for a diverse set of students to work collaboratively on a topic of immense societal and political importance — electoral districting in the United States. With the coming 2020 census, new electoral and representational districts will be drawn across the country and this program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to engage directly at the forefront of complex research questions and public communication of results. The directors of the program would like to strongly encourage students currently enrolled at community colleges and smaller colleges with limited research opportunities to apply. The program intends to build a community of publicly engaged researchers and professionals that includes students from the same underrepresented groups that are often most affected by electoral districting.

The primary aims of the REU site for participants are: (1) training in cutting-edge computational and mathematical techniques; (2) a unique interdisciplinary approach that blends advanced techniques in mathematics and computer science with social theoretical knowledge from the social sciences; (3) a deep, nuanced understanding of the complexities of districting within the United States at exactly the time when redistricting is occurring; and (4) training in the clear and persuasive communication of research and policy papers on the complexities of electoral districting within the United States. The Spatial Models and Electoral Districting REU is particularly looking for applicants with experience in Geography, GIScience, Data Science, Computer Science, and Mathematics, but is open to participation from any undergraduate interested in the topics. The REU also strongly encourages students from diverse race, ethnicity, and gender identities to apply as well as those from traditionally economically and politically disenfranchised groups. Housing will be provided for students on the campus of the University of Puget Sound and participants will be provided $575 a week stipend in addition to a $13 a day meal allowance. After the REU, students will have opportunities for funded travel to conferences in order to present the results of their research. Students are expected to attend the full eight weeks of the program and must be US citizens or permanent residents. Review of applications will begin March 15th, 2019 and continue until all participants have been selected. For further details and to apply, please see the application form here. All queries and inquiries should be sent to smedREU@uw.edu. This REU site is currently pending official award notice.


UCLA B.I.G. Summer 2019 Paid Internships

Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Research Program is an 8-week full-time immersion program for undergraduates interested in learning about Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Genomics — and developing some of the skill-sets that are critical for 21st century Biological and Biomedical Research, and Precision Medicine.

We are now accepting applications to the fifth annual B.I.G. Summer Research Program, to be held June 24 to August 16, 2019, at UCLA. Next summer’s program offers introductory workshops in bioinformatic methods for genomics and computational biology followed by in-depth, hands-on training in one of UCLA’s many participating laboratories.

Areas of research include biomedical genetics and genomics, neurogenetics, cancer genetics, population genetics, microbiome analysis, immunology, host-pathogen interactions, and ecosystem modeling.

In addition, B.I.G. Summer offers career development workshops, graduate school preparations, and networking opportunities for undergraduates interested in quantitative and computational biology.

Fellowships are available that cover stipends of $400 to $5000, on-campus housing, and roundtrip travel to/from Los Angeles.

JUNE 24 TO AUGUST 16, 2019
APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 4, 2019 at 5:00PM PST

For more information on upcoming and past B.I.G. Summer programs, please visit https://qcb.ucla.edu/big-summer/

More details about the Bruins-In-Genomics (B.I.G.) Summer Research Program are available here and here.


Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) Program

The Transportation Undergraduate Research Fellowship (TURF) Program at the University of Connecticut (UConn) is an intensive summer research experience designed for junior and senior undergraduate college students who are preparing for careers in Transportation. Fellows receive $2,000 to pursue individual research projects (beginning in early June and ending mid-August) under the guidance of transportation faculty and researchers.

Fellows gain experience in proposal writing, techniques, research project planning and project execution. The program introduces students to projects of the sort encountered during postgraduate research training and fosters an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of answers to critical questions in transportation systems and planning. At the end of the program, fellows have the opportunity to prepare academic posters and present their research to an audience of their peers and advisors.

Submission Deadline:
5:00 PM, Friday, March 22, 2019

Examples of Previous TURF Projects

Kevin McKernan
“Complete Streets Manual Research: Best Practices for Implementing Public Act 05-194”
Advisor: Dr. Nicholas Lownes, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Adam Polinksi
“Mapping Parking as an Indicator of Transportation Policy”
Advisors: Dr. Norman Garrick, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Dr. Carol Atkinson-Palombo, Geography

Qiwei Zheng
“Data-Driven Approaches to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)”
Advisor: Dr. Eric Jackson, Civil and Environmental Engineering / Connecticut Transportation Institute

For more information, email:
nicholas.lownes@uconn.edu


NSA Summer Internships

Each year the NSA offers students a wide variety of excellent programs to get a jumpstart on a career in intelligence.

For most of the programs, applications are accepted September 1 – October 31 each year. More info about the programs can be found at https://www.intelligencecareers.gov/icstudents.html.


Research Analyst Position at Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Each year we recruit Research Analysts to work closely with the economists in our Research group; at the moment, we are recruiting research analysts to start this spring or summer.  We request your assistance in finding talented seniors to fill these positions.  Your familiarity with undergraduates at your institution will be of tremendous help in this effort.

Research Analysts play an integral role in both the policy and research functions of the Research and Statistics Group.  Our economists, whose specialties include banking and payment systems, capital markets, international economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics, work closely with Research Analysts.  Upon leaving the Fed, Research Analysts who choose to apply to graduate school are consistently accepted by top programs; others pursue a wide variety of public and private sector opportunities. In recent years, our RAs have gone on to pursue PhDs in Economics or Finance at MIT, Harvard, Stanford, Princeton, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, and Wharton, among others.  Previous RAs have also gone to law and public policy programs at Harvard Kennedy School, Princeton, Yale, and others.

We seek candidates who have records of superior scholarship and academic curiosity.  Research Analysts usually come from strong economics, policy, mathematics, or computer science backgrounds, though a major in one of these fields is not a necessity.  Successful candidates often have previous research experience, and many are considering careers in economic research, public policy, or other related fields.

In addition, we seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in economics.  It is important to us that we succeed in recruiting a diverse cohort of research analysts each year. Thus we encourage many students with varying experiences and backgrounds to apply. As a representative of your institution and student body, we ask that you please help us in passing this message along to any candidates you may know who may be otherwise hesitant to apply.

Click here for more details about the Research Analyst position. Applications are being accepted now, on a rolling basis, here. It is recommended that candidates apply as soon as possible.


Undergraduate Research in Network Analysis of Climate Change Studies in Ecology

This project is a spatiotemporal study using network analysis to identify how climate change is studied in ecology. It focuses on using keyword co-occurrence networks to identify links between certain topics and track how these topics are related in time and space. Students applying to this project are expected to take it on as their primary research project and will take the lead on it (i.e. if/when the project is published, they would be the first author). The immediate supervisor, Eliza Grames, is a second year PhD student whose research focuses on modeling sensitivity of songbirds to forest fragmentation. For more information, click here.

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter and a resume to eliza.grames@uconn.edu.

If you have questions, please contact eliza.grames@uconn.edu.


Summer Analyst Internship at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Summer Analyst Internship program provides undergraduates an opportunity to learn about and contribute to the work done by the Research and Statistics Group.   Over the course of the summer, our economists—whose specialties include banking and payment systems, capital markets, international economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics—work closely with Summer Analysts on long-term, academically orientated research projects as well as current public policy work. In addition to their daily responsibilities, summer analysts attend events and weekly presentations hosted by senior management. These presentations provide a broad and extensive overview of the Bank’s responsibilities and operations. In addition to serving as a prime learning opportunity for undergraduates interested in economic research, the summer analyst program also establishes a strong pool of candidates for recruitment into the full-time Research Analyst position at the FRBNY upon graduation.

 

We seek candidates who have records of superior scholarship and academic curiosity.  Summer Analysts usually come from strong economics, policy, mathematics, or computer science backgrounds, though a major in one of these fields is not a necessity.  Successful candidates often have previous research experience, and many are considering careers in economic research, public policy, or other related fields.

In addition, we seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds that are typically underrepresented in economics.  It is important to us that we succeed in recruiting a diverse cohort of summer analysts each year. Thus we encourage many students with varying experiences and backgrounds to apply.

 

Applications for the Summer Analyst position are being accepted now at http://www.newyorkfed.org/careers/current_opportunities.html. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by November 1. Click here for a brochure with details about the full-time Research Analyst position, which the Summer Analyst position is largely modeled after.


Graduate Program Opportunities

University Application Deadline Type of Degree Area/Field
Emory University January 5 (for merit scholarship consideration)

May 1 (preferred last day for international students)

July 15 (preferred last day)

August 2 (application closes at 5 pm)

Masters or PhD Biostatistics

Bioinformatics