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Santa Fe Institute Research Experience for Undergraduates

Primary Institution: Santa Fe Institute
City: Santa Fe
State: NM
Job Duration: June 8-August 16, 2014
Class Requirement: Rising College Freshmen-Rising College Juniors
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Biology/Life Science
Computational science
Nonlinear Dynamics
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
Description: The ability to mathematically model complex systems has become a prerequisite to successful science in any field. Writing a simulation is not enough; career scientists today should be able to analyze results, recognize statistical regularities, formulate conjectures, and pursue possible proofs about why these conjectures are true. This hands-on summer program will give you a toolbox for understanding and using mathematical modeling in complex systems and your discipline.
The Santa Fe Institute's Edward A. Knapp Undergraduate Fellowship uses an integrated approach. The program is transdisciplinary, with problems, methods, and data sets drawn from across science. You will move back and forth freely along a spectrum of methods learning how to:
- Design a mathematical model of a physical, biological or social system
- Identify opportunities to solve this model exactly or approximately
- Code and run simulations of the model
- Analyze your simulations' running time and memory use to improve    
  their efficiency
- Test results against theoretical predictions and real-world date sets
- Formulate new conjectures based on your results and try to prove or    
  disprove them
This program is of special interest to you if you're from computer science (CS), pure and applied mathematics, and physics, and we also welcome applicants from chemistry, quantitative biology, and social science. We aim to build your capacity for computational and mathematical modeling, and train you within a group who will support each other in building a wide range of skills. For example, CS students can help mathematics students with their programming, mathematics students can help physics and CS students with their theoretical analyses, and biology or social science students can help others to ground their models in reality. We want you to recognize that what may be easy for you can be intimidating to others and vice versa; we want to help you build knowledge collaboratively to become fearless about learning new skills and acquiring tools and techniques beyond your current comfort zone.
If you are looking for a chance to do independent research, we encourage you to apply -- especially if you are a highly talented student who attends an institution with limited research opportunities. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Your main work will be a small-group research project working with SFI mentors. Prior to your SFI residency you will be encouraged to complete SFI's MOOC "Introduction to Complexity." You will also attend part of SFI's flagship Complex Systems Summer School and attend tutorials on the basics of data analysis, including concepts from computation, linear algebra, and statistics throughout the summer.
Stipend: Modest living stipends will also be provided to interns during their stay
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/07/2014
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Juniper Lovato
1399 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: 505-946-2726
Fax: 505-982-0565