Congratulations to Our 2020-21 NASA REU Participants

2020-21 NASA REU – Hybrid Model

In spite of not being able to have a Summer 2020 REU due to COVID-19, NASA REU is moving forward for 2020-21 with REU for a 10 week period beginning October 1, 2020.The following UAB students have been selected to participate in this fascinating hybrid REU model.  We want to recognize and congratulate them.


Rachel Day is a UAB Junior
Major: Physics
Mentor: Dr. Andrei Stanishevsky, Physics

Hannah Blansett is a Junior at UAB
Major: Materials Science & Engineering
Mentor: Dr. Vinoy Thomas, Material Sciences and Engineering

Brita is a UAB Senior
Major: Physics
Mentor: Dr. Cheng-Chien, Physics
Ishmael James
Ishmael is a Senior at UAB
Major: Physics
Mentor: Dr. Ryoichi Kawai, Physics

NASA Fall 2020 Research Experiences for Undergraduates

NASA – Alabama Space Grant Consortium

Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) Program

Hybrid and Remote Undergraduate Research Experiences in Materials Research

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

NASA-Alabama Space Grant Consortium (ASGC) program at UAB is inviting applications for a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program during Fall-2020 and Spring-2021 from students that are currently enrolled at UAB. We offer REU-projects in five research clusters: (1) computational materials research/machine learning (2) materials under extreme conditions (3) materials for energy applications, (4) materials for sensors and laser applications, and (5) biomaterials for implants, tissue engineering and drug delivery applications. This REU experience will be offered in a hybrid model which will include fully remote participation for computational research projects and partly remote and partly on ground lab experiences for experimental research projects within the constraints of social distancing and other laboratory safety measures. The undergraduates will carry out the analysis of data generated in their research projects in a fully remote fashion and make Zoom presentations on completed research to faculty mentors and other undergraduates participating in this program.

The program will offer flexible working hours during Fall-2020 and Spring-2021 (staring October 1, 2020 and ending February 28th, 2021). The program will pay $5,000 over the entire work period involving 400 hours of remote/hybrid research with a faculty mentor at UAB.

For program information contact program director Yogesh Vohra (ykvohra@uab.edu) and for application questions contact program coordinator Charita Cadenhead (charita@uab.edu).

The application deadline is September 15th, 2020. Apply using the following web-site. https://sites.uab.edu/cnmb/research-experiences-for-undergraduates/

2018-2019 Alabama Space Grant Fellowship/Scholarship Program

ASGC Fellowship/Scholarship Deadline is February 28, 2019

The Alabama Space Grant Consortium is now accepting undergraduate scholarship and graduate fellowship applications.  The following is a brief summary of the undergraduate (Table 1) and graduate (Table 2) program details extracted from program application packages (attached).  Please read the package in its entirely for complete details and requirements.

UAB is among the largest site in the Consortium and as such, expectations are high with regard to the number of applications received.  We are asking faculty to personally reach out to both undergraduate and graduate students and encourage them to apply.

Please share with anyone who you think would be interested in this program (scholarships are for Jr./Sr. in STEM fields and Fellowships are for graduate students in STEM fields).  Must be a U.S. citizen.

 

2018 – 2019 Alabama Space Grant Consortium Scholarship
Award Amount Brief Summary
ASGC Scholarship $1,000

(possible renewal)

Application Deadline February 28, 2018
Award Announcement Mid May 2018
Award Criteria Scholarship awards will be based on academic excellence, the student’s accomplishments and description of their career intentions towards an aerospace career.
Fields of Study Space related fields include any academic discipline or field of study (including the physical, natural,and biological sciences; engineering; education; economics; business; sociology; behavioral sciences; computer science; communications; law; international affairs; and public administration) that is concerned with or likely to improve the understanding, assessment, development and utilization of space.
Eligibility

 

  • US Citizen
  • Currently pursuing bachelor’s degree
  • Full time junior or senior
  • Good academic standing with 3.0 GPA or higher
Apply Online only

asgc_scholarship_undergrad_information_booklet_2018

https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=als

Required documents

 

  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Academic goals statement
Awardee Requirements

 

                                           Final report

  • 4 Research interviews or an Outreach Activity
  • (see application package for details)
  • Professional Photo
  • Biographical info

 

FELLOWSHIP INFORMATION

2018 – 2019 Alabama Space Grant Consortium Fellowship
Award Amount Brief Summary
ASGC Fellowship Not to exceed $37,000/12 mos

(possible renewal)

$24,000 for stipend

$12,000 for tuition/insurance

$1,000 Student Travel allowance

Application Deadline February 28, 2018
Award Announcement Mid May 2018
Award Criteria Fellowship awards will be based on academic excellence, the quality of the proposed research program or plan of study, the quality of the interdisciplinary approach to achieving the objectives of the proposed program, the merit of the utilization of a NASA field center in carrying out their objectives, the prospects for completion of the project within the allotted time, and an assessment of the applicant’s motivation towards an aerospace career.
Fields of Study Space related fields include any academic discipline or field of study (including the physical, natural, and biological sciences; engineering; education; economics; business; sociology; behavioral sciences; computer science; communications; law; international affairs; and public administration) that is concerned with or likely to improve the understanding, assessment, development and utilization of space.
Eligibility

 

  • US Citizen
  • Currently pursuing bachelor’s degree
  • Full time junior or senior
  • Good academic standing with 3.0 GPA or higher
Apply Online only ASGC Fellowship Graduate Information Booklet 2018

Apply online:  https://spacegrant.net/apps/?pk=alf

Required documents

 

  • Resume
  • Official transcript & GRE Scores
  • Two Letter of recommendation
  • Proposal Title & Abstract
  • Description of Proposed Research project
  • Schedule of Target Dates
  • Budget
Awardee Requirements

  • Final report
  • (see application package for details)
  • Professional Photo
  • Biographical info
  • Respond to academic and employment follow up surveys
Of utmost importance:  Applicants should identify source of cost sharing prior to submitting an application.  Please discuss with faculty mentor and have mentor faculty mentor discuss with department chair regarding providing the funds for cost sharing in the amount of $18,500

 

A Diamond as the Steppingstone to New Materials

Dr. Yogesh VohraThe following article appears in the UAB News article titled “A diamond as the steppingstone to new materials, using plasma physics technology”  written by Jeff Hansen.  An adaption of this article appears in Materials Today as “Plasma Process Offers Fine Control Over Diamond Properties.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham physicists have taken the first step in a five-year effort to create novel compounds that surpass diamonds in heat resistance and nearly rival them in hardness.

They are supported by a five-year, $20 million National Science Foundation award to create new materials and improve technologies using the fourth state of matter — plasma. (Read more)