Undergraduate Research Opportunities
UCSB undergraduates are trained and mentored by CEEM researchers to develop solutions for critical energy challenges in four key focus areas of fundamental science and engineering: photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, solid-state lighting, and energy storage. Innovative materials and novel devices for sustainable energy efficient applications are unifying themes.
Interns will gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment. They are matched individually with UCSB faculty and graduate student mentors who will provide training and support. Interns attend weekly meetings, special seminars, and have the opportunity to develop their technical and presentation skills throughout the summer.
- The CEEM Internship Program will run from June 24 to August 30, 2013
- Up to 10 internship awards will be given for projects that fall within the research scope of CEEM.
- Interns will be paid $3,800 for 10 weeks at 35 hr/week. Interns are not allowed to hold other jobs or attend summer courses during the internship.
The application deadline is 5pm Friday, March 15, 2013.
This program is open to undergraduate students who meet all of the following criteria:
- Currently enrolled at UC Santa Barbara as a full time student
- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- A U.S. citizen or permanent resident
- Currently have junior or senior academic standing
- Majoring in science, engineering, or mathematics
In addition to filling out the online application form, please be prepared to submit:
1. A statement of interest (max 8,000 characters), which should discuss all the following items:
- Your interest in participating in undergraduate research through CEEM; indicate also which of the four key focus areas (photovoltaics, thermoelectrics, solid-state lighting, and energy storage) interests you and why
- Your goals in participating in this program; discuss how this experience may help you in attaining your career goals and what you expect to gain from the internship
- Any relevant past work experience; discuss your ability to work with groups of people
TIP: Prepare your statement of interest ahead of time and make sure it is well written, less than 8,000 characters, and contains all the requested information. You may want to prepare it as a Word document and then cut and paste into the textbox provided in the online application.
2. A 1-page resume with a history of all your work and laboratory experience (PDF less than 2MB)
3. A copy of your unofficial transcripts from all colleges you attended (PDF less than 2MB)
Have both Resume and Transcripts ready to upload before filling out the application form. You will not be able to save the form and upload the documents at a later time.
4. Two letters of recommendation
The letters should be written by a course instructor or faculty advisor who is familiar with your scientific skills. Please send the link below to your letter writers: all letters must be submitted online by the letter writer and are due by the application deadline.
5. Identify 4 possible research sponsors from the list of CEEM UCSB Faculty
See what past CEEM interns had to say about their experience:
For more information, please contact:Maria NapoliCalifornia NanoSystems InstituteElings Hall 1201mnapoli [at] cnsi [dot] ucsb [dot] eduPhone: 805.893.2437Fax: 805.893.6132
The CEEM Internship Program is supported by the Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences