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UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH FELLOWSHIPS IN PHYSICS FOR 2017

The Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

The Department of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville will sponsor a summer research program for outstanding physics majors, preferably those who have completed their junior year in college.

THE PROGRAM

The program is designed to give outstanding undergraduate students the opportunity to gain experience in research in physics.  This involvement in research will allow the participants to learn research procedures and techniques and to exchange ideas and experiences with other participants, graduate students and physics faculty.

PROJECT ASSIGNMENT

Each research fellow will work full-time on a research project supervised by a physics faculty member.  Research projects at the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory be available.  Every effort will be made to assign students to research projects in their areas of preference. The projects will likely be such that the student will work closely with graduate students, post-doctoral research fellows and research faculty; however, students will be encouraged to work as independently as possible.  At the end of the program each student will submit a written report and give a brief presentation of his/her summer research activities.

APPOINTMENT PERIODS AND STIPENDS

The research appointments will cover the 10 week period of May 29, 2017 through August 4, 2017.  Each research fellow will receive a stipend of $450 per week.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Applicants should complete an online application form and submit it along with a current transcript or academic history and a one-page essay describing their career goals and interest in science to Professor Marianne Breinig at mbreinig@utk.edu.  All applicants should also arrange to have three referees email letters of recommendation directly to Professor Breinig.  The referees should be persons who are familiar with the applicant's academic background and/or potential in science.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The deadline for receipt of all application materials is March 15, 2017.  Applications are reviewed as they are received.  Award recipients will be notified as soon as the decisions are made.