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Scholarships

The Chemistry Department of Metropolitan State University of Denver has established several scholarship programs for students:


PREP: The Professional Research Experience Program

A collaborative program between the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

What is the PREP Program? 

This program provides research experience, financial assistance, and academic and career mentoring to assist science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) majors in preparing for graduate school and/or careers as scientists. MSU-PREP participants will conduct research at the NIST Boulder Laboratory and will receive mentoring regarding graduate schools and STEM careers from their NIST research advisors as well as the MSU-PREP Supervisor (Dr. April Hill).

Students will be paid an hourly wage and benefits and their tuition for the school year (fall and spring semesters) will be paid in full. Students will also be financially supported to present their work at a local, regional, or national conference.

Current Positions

(1) Research Opportunity – Metals Project

 

Research Opportunity at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – Spring 2017

 

Thermodynamics Research Center (TRC)

Contact: Dr. Erik Pfeif

Email: erik.pfeif@nist.gov

 

The Thermodynamics Research Center (TRC) at NIST (Boulder) is seeking undergraduate students in the fields of metallurgy and metallurgical engineering, materials science and engineering, and related disciplines for full-time employment during the summer with the opportunity to continue part-time in the fall (with tuition support).

 

TRC is one of the oldest and most authoritative Data Centers in the world, and specializes in the collection, evaluation, and correlation of thermophysical, thermochemical, and transport property data. The unprecedented growth of thermophysical property data (more than doubling every 10 years) makes it practically impossible to employ traditional (static) methods of data evaluation, and the new concept of dynamic data evaluation was developed at TRC. In 2004, TRC released the first software implementation of this approach; the NIST/TRC ThermoData Engine for pure compounds. In 2008, this software was extended to include evaluations for binary mixtures, and new extensions and updates are developed and released yearly. The TRC webpage contains more information about the center activity:http://trc.nist.gov/

 

Opportunity description:

Students will support the Materials Genome Initiative to provide industry and academia with access to metallurgical thermophysical property data, including phase equilibria, which can be used for new materials development.   The project goal is to provide and maintain a continuously updated, dynamic database, capable of providing critically evaluated experimental thermodynamic data with associated uncertainties. Students will be responsible for data collection from the primary literature with Guided Data Capture software under direct supervision of professional staff. Students will learn important aspects of data reporting and thermodynamic property measurements in the metallurgical field, with opportunity for personal development.

 

Program requirements:

  • a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Year status: will be Junior or Senior in Fall 2017
  • Responsible, Hardworking, Independent
  • Attention to detail
  • Interest in thermodynamics

 

Student Requirements:

 

Additional knowledge and skills:

  • Required:  Introductory Thermodynamics
  • Optional:   Materials Science related courses including some metallic systems, Laboratory coursework where measurements are taken.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Data entry of thermodynamic data with assistance from Guided Data Capture Software
  • Willingness to learn and ask questions
  • Ability to Multitask
  • Attention to detail

 

Students should contact Dr. Pfeif by sending a current resume with GPA and year of expected graduation. Dr. Erik Pfeif is one of the technical leaders of the project, and you should contact him directly by email (as given above) concerning an interview for this opportunity.

 

These positions often fill quickly, so you are encouraged to act as soon as possible. Applications are being accepted now!

 

 

(2) Research Opportunity – Organics Project

 

Research Opportunity at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) – Spring 2017

 

Thermodynamics Research Center (TRC)

Contact: Dr. Joseph Magee

Email: joe.magee@nist.gov

 

The Thermodynamics Research Center (TRC) at NIST (Boulder) is seeking undergraduate students in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science and engineering and related disciplines for full-time employment during the summer with the opportunity to continue part-time in the fall (with tuition support).

 

TRC is one of the oldest and most authoritative Data Centers in the world, and specializes in the collection, evaluation, and correlation of thermophysical, thermochemical, and transport property data for organic compounds. The unprecedented growth of thermophysical property data (more than doubling every 10 years) makes it practically impossible to employ traditional (static) methods of data evaluation, and the new concept of dynamic data evaluation was developed at TRC. In 2004, TRC released the first software implementation of this approach; the NIST/TRC ThermoData Engine for pure compounds. In 2008, this software was extended to include evaluations for binary mixtures, and new extensions and updates are developed and released yearly. The TRC webpage contains more information about the center activity: http://trc.nist.gov/

 

Opportunity description:

  • Students will be involved in a variety of projects related to:
  • Collection of thermodynamic, thermophysical, and thermochemical data published in the open literature
  • Conversion of these data into a machine readable format using specialty software developed in TRC (data capture)
  • Analysis and assessment of the captured data
  • Software testing.

 

Program requirements:

  • a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completion of the Organic Chemistry series and/or Chemical Thermodynamics courses or their equivalents (preferred)
  • Understanding of principles of physics and chemistry
  • Understanding of organic chemistry nomenclature and molecular structure
  • Willingness and ability to acquire new knowledge
  • Ability to perform required tasks in a timely and reliable manner
  • Organized workflow and record keeping

 

Additional knowledge and skills:

 

Dr. Joe Magee is one of the technical leaders of the project, and you should contact him directly by email (as given above) concerning an interview for this opportunity.

 

These positions often fill quickly, so you are encouraged to act as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted now!

  

For more information, contact: 

MSU PREP Coordinator 
Katie Senga 
welter@msudenver.edu 

MSU PREP Supervisor 
Dr. April Hill 
ahill45@msudenver.edu