Category Archives: Student Opportunities

Sponsored by ORAU, Mars, Incorporated, and the National Science Foundation, this program allows faculty an opportunity to nominate Lehigh graduate students to attend a week-long meeting of Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology/medicine. As an investigator on an NSF funded project or through a nomination sponsored by MARS, Inc. or ORAU – which are not tied to any specific funding source – a graduate student under your mentorship may qualify for this honorable and rare opportunity. In 2012 two Lehigh graduate students, Tyler Drake (Physics) and Justin Barton (Mechanical Engineering), were chosen to attend this meeting. Also, Matthew Smith (Physics) attended the 2011 Lindau meeting and wrote about the experience on his blog.

The 2016 meeting will focus on physics or related disciplines of research. The selection and submission of nominations from Lehigh will be done by the Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies. Deadline for submission of nomination to our office is 8am EST on October 1, 2015. The full application deadline for submission of nominations to the Lindau meeting sponsors is October 16, 2015. Further information about the program can be found online at and at

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Graduate Student Internship Opportunity: The DOE Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is now accepting applications!

The goal of the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is to prepare graduate students for science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) careers critically important to the DOE Office of Science mission, by providing graduate thesis research opportunities at DOE laboratories.  The SCGSR program provides supplemental awards to outstanding U.S. graduate students to pursue part of their graduate thesis research at a DOE laboratory in areas that address scientific challenges central to the Office of Science mission. The research opportunity is expected to advance the graduate students’ overall doctoral thesis while providing access to the expertise, resources, and capabilities available at the DOE laboratories.

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Strohl Grants: Guidance for Preparing Stellar Applications

On October 17th, applications are due for the 2014 Fall Strohl Undergraduate Research and Senior Thesis Grants.  The purpose of the Strohl Grant Program is to encourage students in the humanities and/or social sciences to pursue independent, engaged research outside of their normal coursework.  These independent projects should be mentored by a faculty member and should expand the experiences, perspectives, and skills of our students.

As the administrator for this program, I get a lot of questions about the program’s intent and what makes a great Strohl Research Grant proposal.  I’ve sat down to collect some of the best bits of advice to help guide you as a student or a mentor in preparing a successful application.

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