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SFI Research Experiences for Undergraduates 2005

Paul Brault paul at santafe.edu
Tue Dec 21 13:13:10 EST 2004



Undergraduate students work with faculty mentors on an individual
research project focused on some aspect 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. 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 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. The initial weeks of
the program will be devoted to meeting potential mentors and
determining the choice of project.

Participants are expected to be in residence approximately 10 weeks,
within an early-June to mid-August time frame.


Housing and a partial board plan will be provided, at no cost to the
student, in single-occupancy rooms with shared bathrooms at St. John's
College. Modest living stipends will also be provided to interns during
their stay, along with some support of round-trip travel expenses from
the home institution. 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.


Undergraduate students who are citizens or permanent residents of the
US are eligible to apply under the guidelines of the National Science
Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates program. In
addition, thanks to modest level of funding from SFI's International
Program, some internships for  students who are citizens of selected
international regions are also eligible to apply.

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. College seniors graduating in 2005
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:

For further details about SFI's Research Experience for Undergraduates
program, including full eligibility and application requirements,
please visit our website at <http://www.santafe.edu/reu05.html>.


All application materials must be received at SFI no later than
February 18, 2005.

Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

For further information about the program, please e-mail
reuinfo at santafe.edu, or call (505) 946-2746.
The Santa Fe Institute is an equal opportunity employer.

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