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November 17, 2008
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In this issue:

  • Cornell University: Undergraduate Research in Mathematics
  • Internships at Montana State University at Bozeman
  • Supplemental Instruction Leaders Needed in Biology
  • Environmentally Friendly Acrylic Glass Made Of Sugar: New Enzyme Could Revolutionize Production
    Of Plastics

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    CHEM 105 & 111 -- Sunday and Thursday nights
    CHEM 213 -- Sunday nights
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. in SC 338

    SC 204
    Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 8 - 10 PM.

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    Cornell University: Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program in Mathematics

    PROJECT 1: Analysis on Fractals

    PROJECT 2: Games, Linear Orders, and Logic

    PROJECT 3: Topological Dynamics, Group Actions, and Cantor Set n-Cubes

    Department of Energy: Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

    This program places students in paid internships in Science and Engineering at any of several Department of Energy facilities. Many of the participants in the program have decided on a career in science and engineering because of the nature of the experience. Students work with scientists or engineers on projects related to the laboratories' research programs. The different laboratories each offer different research opportunities.

    The summer programs at the various laboratories will run from late May to mid-August, fall programs run from August through December and spring programs from January through May. The exact start date will depend on the laboratory and will be given to participants who have been accepted at that specific laboratory. Students are required to participate for the full term of the program.

    An appointment is for 10 weeks during the Summer Term (May through August) or for 16 weeks during the Fall Term (August through December) and Spring Term (January through May).

    For further information, including deadlines and how to apply go to:

    Cindy Musick,
    Telephone: 202-586-0987
    Sue Ellen Walbridge,,
    Telephone: 202-586-7231

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    Internships at Montana State University at Bozeman

    Research - Most projects in this program involve analysis of data from solar space missions such as SOHO, TRACE, RHESSI, and Hinode, and are suitable for most math, physics, and astronomy students at the sophomore or junior level. Additionally, a few projects are available in the solar-stellar connection, dynamo theory, solar magnetohydrodynamics, and space hardware.

    Education - Participants can expect to learn practical strategies and skills in research, including programming, data analysis, instrumentation, theory, and presentation. The program includes lectures on a variety of topics that are relevant to solar physics, space weather, and space hardware.

    Montana State University, Bozeman - The summer months in Montana offer outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation and other activities associated with the university and the Bozeman community. Surrounded by spectacular mountains and rivers, Bozeman is within easy driving distance of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks.

    Practical Details - The summer 2009 program will run from June 1 - August 7. Stipends will be $4630 plus a $330 food allowance for the ten week program. Travel costs to and from Bozeman are covered and university residence hall lodging is provided. For non-US participants, support for travel costs is limited to the economy roundtrip airfare from JFK/New York.

    Eligibility - Participants must be full-time undergraduates, typically finishing their sophomore or junior years. Applications from underrepresented groups are particularly welcomed. There are no restrictions with regard to citizenship. Foreign participants are supported from non-NSF sources.

    Our REU web site includes participant research reports, lectures, and social activities from past years, as well as on-line application forms. Application must be complete by February 1st; distribution of offers will start by March 1st.

    The website is at

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    Supplemental Instruction Leaders Needed in Biology

    The Biology Department is looking for students to serve as Supplemental Instruction leaders for BIOL 112 and BIOL 122 for the spring semester. Supplemental Instruction is a peer-led learning program (similar to PLTL) that is voluntary for students in these two courses. Leaders must have taken the course or a comparable course and received a grade of B or better, and be able to attend the lecture and/or lab associated with the course. The job description and application is attached. If interested, submit the application by e-mail or hard copy to Shelley Amstutz-Szalay by Tuesday, November 25.

    Job Description


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    Environmentally Friendly Acrylic Glass Made Of Sugar: New Enzyme Could Revolutionize Production Of Plastics

    ScienceDaily (Nov. 13, 2008) — In future, polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA for short) – better known as acrylic glass – could be made from natural raw materials such as sugars, alcohols or fatty acids. Compared with the previous chemical production process, a biotechnological process is far more environmentally friendly.

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