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2014 Science of Signatures Advanced Studies Institute

A three-week research, networking, and career development opportunity for LANL post docs and Ph.D. students

Information Meeting: Thursday, November 7 at 1:15pm at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center

Challenge Applications Due: November 29, 2013

Student Applications Due: January 17, 2014

You are invited to an informational meeting at the J. Robert Oppenheimer Study Center at 1:15 pm on Thursday, November 7th to learn about the 2nd annual Science of Signatures (SoS) Advanced Studies Institute. The purpose of this meeting is to make LANL Postdocs and Ph.D. students aware of the program and the application process, as well as to solicit challenging SoS problems from LANL staff. Participants from the 1st Advanced Studies Institute will be present to answer questions and comment on their experience.

The SoS Advanced Studies Institute: The Engineering Institute will host the 2nd annual Advanced Studies Institute in April 14 – May 2, 2014. This Institute focuses on developing innovative solutionstrategies for problems that support the forward deployment theme of the SoS Pillar. We are seeking ~15 advanced Ph.D. students (who have completed their course work) and/or postdocs (internal or external to LANL)from all technical disciplines to participate in this program. Additionally, we are encouraging LANL technical staff to define challenging SoS forward deployment problems for the students/postdocs to work on.

The program will require a 100% time commitment by the students and postdocs. The students/postdocs will be broken into groups of three to work on their respective challenge problems. The deliverable for the students/postdocs will be a research proposal to sell their solution concept. The program will culminate with student/postdoc presentations on their solution concept to a committee of staff and program managers for critical review. Each day during the program the students will receive both technical and professional development lectures. The professional development lectures will be given by laboratory staff/managers as well as outside academics on topics such as proposal writing, the tenure process, starting a research group at the lab, and commercializing technology developed at the laboratory. Last year’s participants gave extremely positive feedback on this lecture series.

In order for a student to be eligible for this program they must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident.

A video overview of last year’s program can be found at this link.

Please see the attached flyer for additional details.

In case of questions, please contact David Mascarenas.


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