College of Science Scholarship Nominations

 The College of Science has two scholarships that are faculty nominated; the Frederick Fitting Scholarship and the Jiles Williams Scholarship.  Please nominate any students you know that are eligible.
Nominations must be received by Friday, March 21, 2014,  5pm.
Requirements for these scholarships are as follows: 
Frederick Fitting Scholarship: ($1,000.00 Spring 2014 –one time award)
The Frederick N. Fitting Award in Science is to provide for a student who shows creative potential based upon the scientific knowledge and principles that he/she has acquired as a student.
1.       Applicant shows creativity or promise in using his/her knowledge for productive purposes (other than becoming a teacher/professor)
2.       Applicant must be a graduating senior, carrying a minimum of 12 semester credit hours.
3.       Applicant must have had a minimum of 2 semesters of calculus in support of his/her major and a minimum of 3 semesters of physics, chemistry, or biology.
Jiles Williams Scholarship: ($700.00 Spring 2014 -one time award)
Background: Retired Major Jiles B. Williams graduated from San Jose State University in 1951 with a B.A. degree in Biological Sciences. “The purpose of the [Endowment] Fund [he established] is to provide scholarships for students in the College of Science who face challenges in achieving their university education.”
1.      Must be a College of Science student
2.      Currently facing challenges* in achieving their university education
         *Challenges” can include socioeconomic, disabilities, single parenthood and anything else you feel should qualify.
NOTE: Both these scholarships have no application forms. Please send to Kimberly Boudreaux ( the name(s) of your nominee(s) and specify which scholarship you are nominating the student(s) for. Also, please include their SJSU ID number(s) and a short memo on why you are nominating the student(s).

Applications Invited for Sigma Xi Student Science Research Grants

Sigma Xi, a society of research scientists and engineers that rewards excellence in research and cooperation among scientists in all fields, has been providing undergraduate and graduate students with valuable educational experiences and financial support for more than eighty years. By encouraging close working relationships between students and faculty, the society promotes scientific achievement through hands-on learning.

Through its Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program, the society awards grants of up to $1,000 to students from any  science or engineering discipline. In addition, designated funds from the National Academy of Sciences allow for grants of up to $5,000 for astronomy research and $2,500 for vision-related research. Funding can support travel expenses or nonstandard laboratory equipment necessary to complete a specific research project.

While membership in Sigma Xi is not required for an applicant to receive funding, approximately 75 percent of the Grants-in-Aid of Research funds are restricted for use by dues-paying student members or students whose project advisor is a dues-paying member. Students from any country are eligible to receive funding.

Complete program guidelines and application instructions are available on the Sigma Xi Web site.

Application Deadlines: March 15 and October 15 annually

Link to Complete RFP

Amgen Scholars Program Research Program

Undergraduate Summer Research Program in Science and Biotechnology

The Amgen Scholars U.S. Program provides hundreds of selected undergraduate students with the opportunity to engage in a hands-on research experience at some
of the nation’s leading educational institutions. Currently, 10 universities in the U.S. host the summer research program. The Amgen Foundation has committed
$34 million over eight years to this global initiative to make this opportunity possible to more than 2,400 students.
Eligibility requirements, as well as site-specific programming information, is available on the Amgen Scholars website as well as the attached Amgen Scholars US Program Flyer.

Application Deadline for Summer 2014 is February 3

Each host university has its own application process. You can apply to participate at as many host universities as you are interested in. The application at each host university requires, at a minimum, the submission of an official transcript, a letter of recommendation, and a personal statement or essay.

To apply to be an Amgen Scholar, students can go to the Host Universities Page of the Amgen Scholars website and click on the host university they are interested in. After reading about the Program at that particular host university, students can follow the link to that university’s summer research program website and find the Amgen Scholars application for that host university on their page.

Mathematical Biosciences Institute 2014 Undergraduate Research Program

2014 MBI Undergraduate Summer Research Program

June 2 – August 15, 2014

This program introduces students to exciting new areas of mathematical biology and  involves them in collaborative research with their peers and faculty mentors. The program consists of three parts – each with a mix of educational and social experiences:

  • Two-week Introduction (June 2-13, 2014): Tutorials, computer labs, and team efforts designed to introduce students to a variety of topics in mathematical biology.
  • Eight-week REU Program (June 16-August 8, 2014): An individualized research experience as part of a research team at a participating  institution. There are 14 projects to choose from.
  • Capstone Conference (August 11-15, 2014): A student centered conference featuring talks and posters by student researchers in math biology, keynotes by prominent math biologists, and a graduate studies recruitment fair.

Apply for the REU program

A complete application will require:

  • Two letters of reference
  • A ranked list of the three projects that you want to participate in (see above)
  • A statement indicating your reasons for wanting to participate in this program

For full consideration, completed applications must be received by Monday, January 27, 2014.

Applications for the TWO-WEEK INTRODUCTION ONLY will be due in April.

Applications for the CAPSTONE CONFERENCE ONLY will be due in June.

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