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Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS-LA)

Primary Institution: Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM)
Affiliation: UCLA
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Job Duration: 9 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics/Astronomy, Engineering, Statistics, Biology/Bioinformatics
Description: The Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to work in teams on a real-world research project proposed by a sponsor from industry or a national lab. RIPS recruits its students from all over the world. Each RIPS team is comprised of four students, a faculty mentor, and an industrial sponsor. The research problem is developed by the industrial sponsor in consultation with IPAM - it is always a real problem of serious interest to the sponsor and that offers a stimulating challenge to students. The students, with direction from their faculty mentor and industrial sponsor, spend nine weeks learning about the problem, mastering the latest analytical approaches and techniques to solve it, and developing report-writing and public-speaking skills to be able to make professional presentations about the progress and results of their work to a scientific audience. Ultimately, RIPS provides valuable real -world technical and managerial experience for students as well as valuable R&D for sponsors.
The backgrounds of successful applicants vary quite a bit. It would be good to have taken some upper-division math classes and have some background in computer programming. We will consider the courses you have completed to decide which project is right for you - since students work in teams, if you haven't covered some subject that is relevant to your project, chances are one of the other students have.
Stipend: $2600
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Application Deadline: 02/15/2007
Job Website: http://www.ipam.ucla.edu/programs/rips2007/
Additional Information: In 2007 in addition to RIPS-LA, IPAM will debut RIPS-BEIJING in collaboration with Microsoft Research Asia. The dates and the format of this program are the same as in RIPS-LA.  
The online application form will allow the applicants to indicate their interest either in RIPS-LA, RIPS-Beijing, or both.

Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Liza Manukyan
460 Portola Plaza
Box 957121
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Email: rips2007@ipam.ucla.edu
Phone: 310-825-4755