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USC Chemistry NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates

Primary Institution: University of Southern California Chemistry Department
City: Los Angeles
State: CA
Job Duration: 10 weeks
Class Requirement: Completed Freshman Year
Citizenship Requirement: U.S. Permanent Legal Resident
Position Type: Research
Discipline(s): Chemistry
Description: Spend 10 weeks of your summer carrying out research in residence in our Chemistry Department. The title "Snapshots of Chemistry" implies ways of visualizing chemical processes in which the student becomes easily aware of the qualitative significance of a result via visual images without lengthy mathematical manipulations. Projects involve experimental techniques such as molecular-scale imaging, femtosecond time-resolved observations, X-ray crystallography, etc. Theoretical investigations exploit computer simulations and graphics to investigate processes of biochemical and material applications. Also included are projects in other areas of organic, inorganic, and physical chemistry.

In our summer program, you will work one-on-one in a lab with a faculty advisor and graduate student mentor. We will have weekly meetings on scientific topics as well as graduate school applications and scientific ethics. Included will be tours of the Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute, the Molecular Robotics Lab, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and other research labs in the LA area. Social activities might include a visit to the Getty Museum, a Dodgers game, a beach party, a trip to the IMAX Theater, Disneyland, the Hollywood Bowl, the Aquarium of the Pacific, or an overnight camping trip in the Angeles Mountains. The summer will end with a poster session, where you will display your summer research and discuss it with Chemistry faculty and graduate students.

Summer 2010 participants will receive a stipend for the program. Housing, meals, student health center access, and travel costs will also be covered.

The program targets juniors, although applications from sophomores will also be considered.
Women and underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. Apply by simply filling out an application form on our website by March 15, 2010.
Stipend: Competitive
Benefits: Housing
Meal Plan
Travel Reimbursement
Student Health Center Access
Application Deadline: 03/15/2010
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Research/Internship Opportunity Contact Information

Primary Contact: Anahit Martirosyan
USC Chemistry Department
3620 McClintock Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90089-1062
Phone: (213) 740-7040
Fax: (213) 740-2701
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