SFI Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Paul Brault paul at santafe.edu
Fri Dec 13 00:31:47 EST 2002


Program Description:

Undergraduate students work with faculty mentors on an individual 
project focusing on some aspect of the computational properties of 
complex systems. 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. Projects 
focus on adaptive computation; physics, mathematics, information 
science, and computational aspects of complexity; economics as a 
complex, adaptive system; and the life sciences including modeling of 
the immune system, theoretical neurobiology, genetic data analysis, 
theoretical ecology, and models of protein folding.

This program is highly individualized. Each student works with one or 
more faculty mentors on a specific 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. Participants are expected to be in residence 
approximately 10 weeks, within an approximate mid-May to mid-August 
window. Internships may be part- or full-time, although it is likely 
that most summer students will hold full-time positions.


Interns receive living stipends (from which housing costs are deducted) 
during their stay, along with some support of round-trip travel expenses 
from their home institution. The Institute will make appropriate, 
affordable, shared housing arrangements in Santa Fe for REU interns. 
Because Santa Fe lacks a full public transportation system, autos are 
provided to participants on a shared basis. Those interns who can bring 
their private transportation are urged to do so.


Support for this program is provided by a grant from the National 
Science Foundation (NSF) through the Research Experiences for 
Undergraduates program.  Per NSF guidelines, it is open to U.S. citizens 
and permanent residents only. For the purposes of this program an 
undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program 
(part-time or full-time) leading to a bachelor's degree. Students who 
are transferring from one institution to another and are enrolled at 
neither institution during the intervening summer may participate.  2003 
graduating college seniors are not eligible for this program; nor are 
graduating high school students who have not yet enrolled as undergraduates.

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.

To Apply:

Provide a current resume, official transcript, and a statement of your 
current research interests and what you intend to accomplish during your 
internship.  Also, please have three scientists who know your abilities 
write letters recommending you for this program.

Online application is available at 
http://www.santafe.edu/reuannounce.html.  We strongly encourage you to 
apply online in order to expedite your application.

Applications sent via postal mail will also be accepted.  Include your 
e-mail address and fax number.  Do not bind your application materials 
in any manner.  Send application packages to:

Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates
Santa Fe Institute
1399 Hyde Park Road
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

Official transcripts and letters of recommendation may be included in 
the application package in sealed envelopes, or sent separately to the 
address above.  Letters of recommendation may also be e-mailed directly 
from the author to paul at santafe.edu.

All application materials must be postmarked or electronically submitted 
no later than February 28, 2003.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

For further details about SFI's Resesarch Experiences for Undergraduates 
program, please visit http://www.santafe.edu/reuannounce.html, or 
contact Paul Brault, (505) 984-8800 ext. 235, paul at santafe.edu.

The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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