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Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) @ LearnLab Applications Due February 15

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  • Mansel Adelbert Nelson
    ... From: Michael Bett Date: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM Subject: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 26, 2013

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    From: Michael Bett <mbett@...>
    Date: Fri, Jan 25, 2013 at 2:04 PM
    Subject: Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) @
    LearnLab Applications Due February 15
    To: eito@...
    Cc: jobodnar@..., mbett@...

    Dear Emi Ito,

    With the February 15th deadline approaching, could you please help us
    get the word out to undergraduates at University of Minnesota-Twin
    Cities about our summer research experience for undergraduates? Please
    circulate the announcement below to your undergraduates, appropriate
    d-lists, twitter, facebook groups, and professional organizations.
    Thank you.

    Michael Bett

    Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh have an
    exciting opportunity summer research experience for undergradates
    (REU) available for undergraduates.  The application for this program
    is attached and can also be found at

    This REU program is sponsored by LearnLab, a Science of Learning
    Center funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).   We encourage
    applications from students who would like to conduct research in the
    fields of psychology, education, computer science, human-computer
    interfaces and language technologies. LearnLab's REU program allows
    talented undergraduates to spend 8 weeks during the summer in a
    research laboratory at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of
    Pittsburgh, or one of our research partners.  The REU program supports
    LearnLab's commitment to training a diverse set of science,
    technology, education, and psychology leaders.

    Applications are encouraged from students who wish to learn to conduct
    research in a modern academic research laboratory under the guidance
    of experienced scientists and engineers and experiment in real
    classroom environments. The REU program will expose students to the
    excitement and opportunities of a research career. This experience
    will provide excellent preparation for students interested in
    subsequently pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. degree. Although students
    from other years may apply, this opportunity is most fitting for a
    student at the end of the junior year of undergraduate studies.

    Each student will receive a fellowship stipend of $4000 for the
    eight-week REU program. Food, housing and travel will also be
    provided. Students will conduct research in an area matched to the
    interests expressed in the student's application. Guidance and
    supervision of the research project will be provided by the faculty
    member as well as, in some cases, a postdoctoral fellow and/or
    advanced graduate student.

    Seminars specific to those participating in the REU program will be
    held weekly including seminars on graduate admissions and career
    opportunities in science, education, computer science and engineering.
    In addition, LearnLab seminars and those held by Carnegie Mellon's
    Human Computer Interaction Institute and Language Technologies
    Institute and seminars at Pitt's Language Research and Development
    Center will be open to the students, giving them exposure to a wide
    range of research in learning sciences.

    There are several benefits that the participating students may
    receive. If the student’s research in the summer is of high quality
    and has added value to an ongoing research project, past students have
    been asked to be a coauthor on the research team's publication on that
    subject. Addition of publications to the resume of a graduate school
    applicant always greatly improves the application.  If the quality of
    the research is high, the faculty member who advised the student would
    likely be willing to write a letter of recommendation for the student
    which could be included in a graduate school application. Research
    experience in one of the National Science Foundation's premier
    research centers will be viewed attractively. Finally, a summer spent
    in one of the National Science Foundation's premier project areas is a
    plus in an application whether it be for entry to Carnegie Mellon or
    the University of Pittsburgh or to any other institution.

    There are scholarships available for graduate work on projects in
    LearnLab. The student should inquire about these possibilities during
    the summer program.

    REU Program Dates: Students will begin their research experience on
    Sunday, June 2, 2013 with a welcoming reception and information
    session.  The REU program will end on Friday July 26, 2013 with a
    poster session in the afternoon. Submission of an application
    indicates that the applicant agrees to be present from June 2 to 4pm
    July 26, 2013 inclusive.

    Application Deadline: Deadline for applications is February 15, 2013.
    Students will be informed of our decision by March 1, 2013.

    Minimum Requirements: Students should have a minimum of 3.5 GPA out of
    4.0 although we will consider students who show by other measures that
    they are exceptional and who have GPAs over 3.2. Class standing and
    grades in specific subjects that are close to the field of research
    will also be considered, as are recommendations.

    Number of slots/ positions available: LearnLab can accommodate as many
    as 10 positions, although in any given year, we may decide to fund
    less than 10 applicants

    Best Regards,

    Michael Bett
    LearnLab Managing Director
    (412) 268-8616
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Learnlab/379480872145833
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/learnlabslc

    Diana Dalbotten
    Diversity Director
    National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics
    St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
    University of Minnesota

    Mansel Nelson
    Senior Program Coordinator
    Tribal Environmental Education Outreach 

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