Application for Syracuse University’s Siemens Foundation Summer Engineering Research Internship Program for High School Students RESEARCH INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and the Siemens Foundation have partnered to create engineering research opportunities for two local talented rising high school juniors or seniors. This six-‐week program begins June 29 and ends August 7. Students will work 25 hours/week directly with SU research professors and graduate and undergraduate students on a specific research project. Their summer work will conclude with a presentation and poster session. Selected students will be given a stipend for their work. Interns will be selected through a competitive application process. THE APPLICATION Complete the Application and Checklist below, prior to submitting your application, to ensure the application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Submit your completed application, essay, with transcripts & current year grade report, and letter(s) of recommendation to Carol Stokes-‐Cawley, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, 223 Link Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244. Note, many schools may prefer to send transcripts, etc. directly to our office. Call 315-‐443-‐0466 or e-‐mail [email protected] if you have any questions. APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS • A minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale • Be a rising junior or senior in high school (located within Onondaga County) APPLICATION CHECKLIST Use the following checklist to ensure your application is complete. Application Essay Transcript & Current Year Grade Report APPLICATION DEADLINE The complete application must be received by March 15, 2015. APPLICATION Applicant’s full name: Last Name First Name MI Gender: Male Female Date of Birth: Month, Day, Year Student e-‐mail: (this will be the primary form of communication for the Summer Research Program) Home address: # & Street Name Apt. # City State Zip Home phone number: Other Contact Phone: Area code, # Area code, # Cumulative Grade Point Average: Math Courses: Please select all that you will have taken through the spring semester 2015: Algebra Sequential Math III Algebra II AP Calculus AB Geometry AP Calculus BC Pre-‐Calculus Statistics Calculus Trigonometry Sequential Math I Other Sequential Math II Science Courses: Please select all that you will have taken through the spring semester 2015: Earth Science AP Physics Life Science Environmental Science Biology Integrated Science I AP Biology Integrated Science II Chemistry Robotics AP Chemistry Mechanics Physics Other Scholastic Distinctions or Honors: Briefly list any scholastic distinctions or honors you have earned since 9th grade. If none, please put N/A. Enrichment or Summer Academic Programs: Please list or describe any enrichment or summer academic programs you have been involved with since 9th grade. If none, please put N/A. 9th Grade Activities: List all 9th grade activities, positions held, and /or honors won. If none, put N/A. 10th Grade Activities: List all 10th grade activities, positions held, and /or honors won. If none, put N/A. 11th Grade Activities: List all 11th grade activities, positions held, and /or honors won. If none, put N/A. FOR REPORTING PURPOSES Are you a US Citizen? Yes No (Citizenship and residency status does not influence the application review). ETHNICITY (required for reporting purposes) Please check the box that best describes your ethnic background: American Indian/Alaska Native Black/African American Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Island Hispanic/Latino Multi-‐racial White/Caucasian Asian Other Please Explain: PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION MOTHER/LEGAL GUARDIAN Parent/Legal guardian name: Last Name First Name MI Address (if different from applicant): # & Street Name Apt. # City State Zip E-‐mail address (primary form of communication from School of Engineering and Computer Science): FATHER/LEGAL GUARDIAN Parent/Legal guardian name: Last Name First Name MI Address (if different from applicant): # & Street Name Apt. # City State Zip E-‐mail address (primary form of communication from School of Engineering and Computer Science): HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION Name of High school: Address of High School: # & Street Name City State Zip Expected year of high school graduation: 2016 2017 RECOMMENDER INFORMATION The application is to include 2 recommendations from a math, science teacher or a high school counselor. 1. Recommender’s name: Recommender’s title: Recommender’s e-‐mail address: 2. Recommender’s name: Recommender’s title: Recommender’s e-‐mail address: ESSAY: Please write an essay, with a maximum of 500 words, explaining: • Why you want to participate in this research opportunity • What you hope to gain from the experience • What interests you about engineering • What thoughts you have about your future career RESEARCH PROJECTS Please rank the following four research projects from 1 to 5. “1” being your first choice. Patterns of Mercury in Fish in Lakes in New York State Charles T. Driscoll and Mario Montesdeoca Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering This proposed internship is part of a larger ongoing project, which studies trends in fish mercury concentrations in lakes in New York State. Mercury is a toxic substance and exposure to mercury occurs through fish consumption. The selected student would be involved in field collection of fish with personnel from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and analysis of fish samples for mercury in the Environmental Engineering laboratory at Syracuse University. The student will also conduct data interpretation on their research. Water Filtration Using Solar Energy Shalabh C. Maroo Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering In this project the student would run tests on a small-‐scale stand-‐alone water filtration/desalination system. This solar powered system uses the principles of reverse osmosis to produce up to 10 gallons of drinking water every day making it sustainable and suitable for remote applications. With an estimated 1.8 billion people who will be living in regions with absolute water scarcity by 2025, sustainable production of drinking water using solar energy is part of the solution. It is Too Hot ! It is Too Cold !! How to Efficiently Use Energy in Our Buildings? Suresh Santanam Syracuse University Industrial Assessment Center This research is part of an Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) project that seeks to develop a better understanding of the inefficient use of energy (heat and electricity) in school and college buildings that commonly results in ‘too hot’ or ‘too cold’ conditions we often complain about. The research uses a Syracuse University building as a sample site to develop the data and analysis required to discover potential causes of such indoor conditions. Building temperature data, heating and air conditioning set points are being studied to understand where and how the extreme conditions occur, and to develop intervention strategies based on actual building-‐ and room-‐level data. The goals of the project include: a) to develop solutions to eliminate non-‐ uniform thermal distribution that will lead to lower costs for heating and cooling for the same space, and b) to develop a methodology that can be used in other school and college buildings to realize energy savings associated with heating and cooling. Mechanical Characterization of Biomimetic Articular Cartilage Implant Michelle M. Blum Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Syracuse Biomaterials Institute In this project the student will run physical property and mechanical experiments to characterize the structure-‐property relationships in a low-‐friction boundary lubricant enhanced synthetic polymer scaffold being designed for use as an articular cartilage implant. The implant is intended for use to heal local damage to articular cartilage in joints such as the knee, hip, shoulder and ankle. This type of implant is extremely advantageous for younger active patients whose standard of living would suffer from a total or partial joint replacement. Next Generation Construction Materials for Enhanced Sustainability Ian D. Hosein Biomedical and Chemical Engineering The conventional housing construction is one of uniformity and conformity that often exhibit a pointed disregard towards the regional climate, use of structural materials and the global environment. In striving for enhanced sustainability, the proposed research project will aim at redefining the conventional construction practices through the use of expanded, insulating concrete as the main construction material all in accordance to the federal and institutional building standards. The use of expanded concrete in construction is a move that aims to increase the thermal efficiency of these structures, resulting in a lessened demand for heating and cooling and ultimately leading to a decrease in electricity and fossil fuel consumption for these processes. The overarching challenge faced by this research project is to increase the thermal insulation capacity of a residential building, through combining the structural and insulation elements of the structure into a singular component. TRANSCRIPT & CURRENT YEAR GRADE REPORT: Your application is not complete until we have received your official high school transcript (with all current standardized test scores, if available) and a current year grade report. Have your official transcript and a current year grade report sent to our office as soon as possible. RECOMMENDATION FORMS Recommendation Forms are not included in this form, two are required for a complete application. Application for Syracuse University’s Siemens Foundation Summer Engineering Research Internship Program Recommendation Form –Two Needed TO THE APPLICANT Your application is not complete until we have received your recommendations. At least two recommendations are required. Make copies of this form if you wish to submit additional recommendations. Fill out the top section of this form and provide it with a stamped envelope addressed to Carol Stokes-‐Cawley, College of Engineering and Computer Science, Syracuse University, 223 Link Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244. to your chosen recommender. Your recommender will return the completed form directly to Ms. Stokes-‐Cawley in the envelope you provide. Make sure you provide your recommender with enough time to ensure your application is received prior to the March 15 application deadline. Call 315-‐443-‐0466 or e-‐mail [email protected] if you have any questions. (Applicant’s) Full Name: Graduation Year: Phone; e-‐mail: I am applying for a Siemens Foundation Summer Research Internship in Engineering. Under the provision of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act: (please check one box) I retain my right to access this letter of recommendation I waive my right to access to this letter of recommendation Name of Recommender TO THE RECOMMENDER Please complete this form and provide your appraisal of the student. Return the form directly to Carol Stokes-‐Cawley in the stamped/addressed envelope provided by the applicant. Applications are not complete until the recommendation is received. Program Description: Syracuse University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Siemens Foundation have partnered to create engineering research opportunities for local talented rising high school Juniors or Seniors. This six-‐week program begins June 29 and ends August 7. Students will work 25 hours/week directly with SU research professors and graduate and undergraduate students on a specific research project. Their summer work will conclude with a presentation and poster session. Selected students will be given a stipend for their work. Interns will be selected through a competitive application process. Call 315-‐443-‐0466 or e-‐mail [email protected] if you have any questions. Your Name: Title: Phone: e-‐mail: Name of high school: High school address: How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity? What are the first words that come to mind to describe this student? If applicable, list the courses you have taught this student, noting for each the student’s year in school and the level of course difficulty. Provide an evaluation of the applicant as part of the entire class by checking the appropriate rating for each category below: Academic Motivation Intellectual Ability Ability to work as a team member Emotional Maturity Respect accorded by Faculty Perseverance Academic Achievement Problem solving/decision making skills Leadership Creativity Integrity Curiosity Oral communication skills Motivation/Initiative Risk Taking Ability to work independently Respect for others and property Overall One of the top few encountered in my career Outstanding (top 5%) Excellent (top 10%) Very Good Above average Average Below Average No Basis for Judgment Please check the appropriate response: I recommend this applicant for a Siemens Summer Research Internship at Syracuse University Highly recommend Recommend Recommend with reservations Do not recommend Signature:_________________________________________________ Date: On school letterhead (if available), provide an appraisal of the student, including anecdotes, highlighting character, maturity, problem solving, creativity, initiative, intellectual curiosity and academic potential. Include any information you feel will help us determine this student’s ability to participate in a serious college research experience. Please include in envelope with your recommendation form.
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