Internships

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 Internship Office at BYU-Idaho                        

Internship Instructions

Internships Opportunities  

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All chemistry/biochemistry majors are required to complete a hands-on, laboratory-based, off-campus internship as a part of their undergraduate studies.  These internships expose students to exciting areas of research and development in all areas of chemistry.  Our students have found internships in a variety of locations, including:

Academic research centers (BYU, University of Utah, Arizona State University, etc.)
Government research institutions (Idaho National Laboratory, Ames National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, etc.)
Industrial positions (Micron Technologies, Stukenholtz Analytical Lab, etc.)

and other interesting places, including international locations.

All students are required to complete a written report on their internship, in the style of a journal research article, and to give an oral presentation to the department upon their return.  This gives students a chance to hone their written and oral communication skills that are essential to further work in industry or graduate school.  Internship providers have given high praise for our students' readiness for their internships, their hard work and attitude during the internships, and the quality of their contributions.  

A number of faculty at BYU-Idaho are engaged in small-scale research projects designed to give students valuable, real-world experience prior to seeking an internship and/or to further develop skills gained during an internship.  For further information about internships or research at BYU-Idaho, contact the chemistry department office.

Students apply separately to each program. Please feel free to forward this email to students, colleagues, and friends. Thank you!  

Students from groups underrepresented within their disciplines (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities), veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and students from socioeconomically depressed regions (e.g., Appalachia) are especially encouraged to apply to these programs. In addition, please encourage rising sophomores with some advanced coursework to apply!

The 2018 NSF-funded REU Site: Research in Chemistry at West Virginia University (May 20-July 27, 2018) is now accepting applications from undergraduates who 1) are majoring in chemistry or biochemistry (pre-majors also considered), 2) are citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories, and 3) are interested in a research and training experience akin to that of a graduate student. Selected participants spend 10-weeks working on research on projects that address fundamental questions related to the chemistry of health and catalysis in chemistry. Projects focus on the potential of research to benefit society both directly and indirectly in the fields of health care, forensics/criminology, energy, sustainability, and transportation. Participant benefits include $5,000 stipend, lodging, meal expenses, and travel reimbursement to/from the Site. Early admission  review of COMPLETED applications will proceed from Nov. 27-Dec. 29, 2017. Offer may be made based upon early admission review. Regular review of completed applications will begin on Feb. 2, 2018. For more information and link to the online application, visit the Chemistry REU website at http://undergraduateresearch.wvu.edu/reu-site-research-in-chemistry-at-wvu. Questions? Contact the WVU Office of Undergraduate Research at undergradresearch@mail.wvu.edu. The Chemistry REU Site is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with team building activities funded by the WVU Eberly College and Research Office.  

The 2018 NSF-funded NanoSAFE REU at West Virginia University (May 21-July 27, 2018) centering on Design, Characterization, and Toxicity Assessment of Safe Advanced Performance Nanomaterials is now accepting applications from undergraduates who 1) are majoring in science, technology, and engineering 2) are citizens, nationals, or permanent residents of the U.S. or its territories, and 3) are interested in nanoscience research and a training experience akin to that of a graduate student. Selected participants spend 10-weeks working on research on projects that address fundamental questions related to multifunctional nanomaterials. REU participants are trained on research projects that support the design of safer and more effective nanoparticles that have been characterized and assessed for potential toxicity.  The research activities focus on multifunctional nanomaterials and support improved material design with attention to properties that impact human and environmental health.  Students have access to cutting-edge technology in nanolithography, nanotemplating, material self-assembly, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, fluidics, and unique tools required to elucidate complex facets of nanotoxicity. Upon completing this REU experience, undergraduate students will actively contribute to innovative research that advances nanotechnology manufacturing.  Students applying to this program have come from an array of disciplines (i.e., Chemistry, Biochemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering, Health Sciences).  Program benefits include $5,000 stipend, lodging, meal expenses, and travel reimbursement to/from the Site. Early Admission Review of COMPLETED REU applications will proceed on a rolling basis from Nov 1-Dec 31, 2017. Regular review will begin Feb 3, 2018 and end upon all spots being filled. For more information and link to the online application, visit the NanoSAFE REU website at http://undergraduateresearch.wvu.edu/nanosafereu Questions? Contact NanoSAFE at NanoSAFE@mail.wvu.edu

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