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2010 NSF Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

Primary Institution: Santa Fe Institute
City: Santa Fe
State: NM
Job Duration: June 6 - August 14 (10 Weeks)
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Astronomy; Astrophysics; Gravitation
Atomic/Molecular/Optical Physics
Condensed Matter: Structure and Mechanical/Thermal Properties
Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure and Electromagnetic/Optical Properties
Elementary Particles and Fields
Fluid Dynamics and Gases
Medical Physics
Nonlinear Dynamics
Nuclear Physics
Physics Education Research
Plasmas and Beam Physics
Interdisciplinary Physics: Biological Physics; Quantum Information; Etc.
Social sciences, economics, applied mathematics, biology, computer science
Description: SFI's broad program of research is aimed at understanding both the common features of complex systems and at comprehending the enormous diversity of specific examples.

Undergraduate students work with faculty mentors on an individual research project focused on some aspect of complex systems. Possible focus areas include adaptive computation; computational aspects of complexity; energy and information in biological computation; scaling laws in complex phenomena; network structure and dynamics; robustness and innovation in biological and social systems; and the dynamics of human social interactions including state and market formation, economics as a complex adaptive system, and the evolution of language.

This program is highly individualized. Each student works with one or more faculty mentors on a specific, mutually selected project. The project may be based on a suggestion from the SFI mentor, an idea from the student intern, or a combination of the two.

Mathematical or computational skills or experience (particularly knowledge of the rudiments of the Unix operating system and/or a programming language, such as C) are favorably considered. Potential applicants should be comfortable working in a cross-cutting multidisciplinary environment.

College seniors graduating in 2010 are not eligible for this program.
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Weekly Living Stipend
Application Deadline: 02/07/2010
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Ginger Richardson
1399 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507
Phone: 505-946-2746