Funding SETI Institute Interns
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Cynthia Phillips, plus various mentors, are working on this project that would fund local students from San Jose State University, a Hispanic-serving Institution, to work with SETI Institute scientists on research projects during the academic year.

Students will be competitively selected through the existing URSA program partnership between Cynthia Phillips and Dr. Monika Kress of SJSU, and will come from departments such as physics, astronomy, biology, geology, chemistry, and engineering.

They will be paid to work 10 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters, and will present their results at an undergraduate conference as well as at SJSU. The program also includes mentoring and information on graduate school, summer internships, and employment opportunities in technical fields.

Students who participate in STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and math) research are much more likely to consider attending graduate school or starting a career in a technical subject.

Internships like this one allow students from a minority-serving Institution to have a hands-on experience with scientific research during a key point in their undergraduate careers.

How much funding we need: $45,000 per year will fund 3 students plus
some administrative time and other expenses.


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