BSOE Undergraduate Newsletter
2019 Summer Programs at UC San Diego
ECE Department - Accepting Graduate Applications for Fall 2019!
Collectively - Research Reading Groups
Connecting to Social Good Organizations
SUMMER 2019 COURSES ARE POSTED!!
Three Upcoming Hackathons
University of Arizona REU Program - CAT Vehicle 2019
Directed Reading Program in applied math/statistics (research opportunity)
2019 Summer Programs at UC San Diego
ECE Department - Accepting Graduate Applications for Fall 2019!
Collectively - Research Reading Groups
Samsung UVENTURE team is coming to campus
Pathways to Careers in Genomics invited talk
SCILL (Stem Cell Internships in Laboratory-based Learning) Information session
The University of California Education Abroad Program (UCEAP) offers a 6-week summer study abroad program for UC students at the Technical University in Berlin, Germany.
Courses for summer 2019 feature an exciting lineup of engineering and business courses. Some of these include:
·Innovation and Entrepreneurship
·3D Scanning and Printing
·Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
·Virtual Reality and Exercise Gaming
·CanSat: Hands-on Satellite Design
All courses are taught in English and award UC credit.
To help students in your department learn more about this study abroad opportunity, please consider posting the attached flyer in your office and sharing this link by email: .
The UCSC deadline to apply is January 16, 2019. TUB%20Flyer%20%281%29.pdf
Are you connected to a nonprofit, government, or community organization that you think might like to build closer connections to campus? If so, please forward the below opportunity to them!
CruzHacks | Tech4Good: Social Good Partnership
The Tech4Good Lab (tech4good.soe.ucsc.edu) is partnering with CruzHacks (cruzhacks.com) to more closely connect the campus to social good organizations, and to guide the hackathon towards greater support of social innovation.
If you represent a nonprofit, community, government, or public benefit organization, and would like to connect with the campus in either the short-term or longer-term, fill out the following form to let us know how we can better engage with and partner with you:
CruzHacks is UC Santa Cruz's annual non-profit, student-run hackathon and will take place January 18-20, 2019. Over the course of the weekend, 600 students from over 25 universities will come together to learn, network, and build. The event brings together a diverse and talented group of students who compete to develop innovative solutions and to solve real world challenges, including for local organizations like yours!
This year, CruzHacks is providing an opportunity for social good organizations to present challenges they face to the UCSC community! We're looking for social good representatives who are interested in (1) pitching a problem or potential project area to students on Friday, January 18 @ 8pm, and/or (2) who are available to be a social good mentor on Saturday, January 19
Please send to your students so they can explore 300+ courses. We're planning 45+ online courses, a breadth of general eds, engaging small class sizes, and neat opportunities that are hard to get in other quarters.
Tuition will be $279 per credit. Financial Aid is available, as is lots of housing in Porter College (at half the price of rest-of-year), extended library hours, on-campus jobs, and better bus service.
Baskin Engineering Courses offered are as follows:
- Biomolecular Engineering: BME 80G, BME 185, BME 188A, BME 188B
- Computer Engineering: CMPE 12/L, CMPE 13/L, CMPE 16
- Computer Science: CMPS 12A/L, CMPS 12B/M, CMPS 101, CMPS 109, CMPS 115, CMPS 140
- Electrical Engineering: EE 101/L, EE 129B, EE 129C, EE 145/L, EE 151, EE 171/L
Alexa Skills Challenge: Multimodal
Build (or update) Alexa skills using Alexa Presentation Language (APL) that leverages the screen on one of the following devices: Fire TV, Echo Show, Echo Spot, and Fire Tablets.
- Prizes: Up to $150,000 in cash and prizes
- Deadline: January 22, 2019
- Learn more and register at alexamultimodal.devpost.com
Twitch AWS Extensions Challenge
Build Twitch Extensions for viewers, broadcasters, or both. Extensions can be in any category and any theme, as long as it uses integrates at least one AWS service.
- Prizes: Up to $26,500 in cash and prizes
- Deadline: February 26, 2019
- Learn more and register at twitchdev.devpost.com
Microsoft Graph Security Hackathon
Build or update a functioning Microsoft Graph-powered solution that leverages the Microsoft Graph Security API. (Note: Please review the complete requirements on the website)
- Prizes: Up to $15,000 in cash, promotion and a speaking opportunity at Microsoft Build 2019
- Deadline: March 1, 2019
- Learn more and register at graphsecurityhack.devpost.com
Applications are now being accepted for our NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program that will occur in summer 2019! The program is called CAT Vehicle. Students will be working on a real autonomous car with technologies dealing with control systems, robotics, cognitive communications, machine learning, software engineering, etc. Participating students will gain experience in writing academic publications, preparing and giving presentations, and in articulating the story of their compelling research problem and its solution. Participants will gain experience in applying their research to an actual autonomous vehicle.
For more information: http://catvehicle.arizona.edu
CO-PI of the NSF REU Site “CAT Vehicle”
Professor and Department Head
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Are you interested in learning about applied mathematics or statistics? Is there a mathematical topic you’re interested in exploring that’s not offered as a class? You can work one-on-one with a graduate mentor, design a reading project and give a talk to an audience of your peers.
Undergraduates may apply for DRP and, if accepted, will be assigned an appropriate graduate mentor. To apply, check out
For questions email Andrew Lee, Postdoctoral Scholar, Mathematics Department
Greetings! My name is Beto Vasquez I work with the Center for Research on Educational Equity, Assessment and Teaching Excellence (CREATE) at UC San Diego. As part of the CREATE STEM Success Initiative, I focus our efforts on increasing diversity in STEM. CREATE is an educational resource center committed to increasing equitable educational opportunities for all. As such, I am contacting you to inform you of a couple of great opportunities for both undergraduate students and teachers/professors.
As the coordinator for two summer programs (one for undergraduates and another for science teachers) hosted by the San Diego Nanotechnology Infrastructure (SDNI), I wanted to share these great opportunities with you in hopes that you could help forward to your students or interested parties respectively. Please encourage minority (students and professionals) and community college students to apply. Thank you in advance.
SDNI is excited to announce the following two amazing research opportunities available this summer at UC San Diego!
· SDNI-REU: Research Experience for Undergraduates (for university & community college students)
· SDNI-RET: Research Experience for Teachers (for high school & community college STEM instructors)
SDNI REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) - Summer 2019
REU: In the 10-week SDNI REU program, students will be working closely with graduate students in science and engineering fields under the supervision of faculty mentors in state-of-the-art laboratories and facilities. Faculty members from electrical and computer engineering, nanoengineering, mechanical engineering, material sciences, and bioengineering departments will host SDNI REU students.
All applicants must be United States citizens or U.S. permanent residents enrolled in an undergraduate institution (including community colleges) for the duration of the program.
All participants are required to complete the entire 10-week program. Students who arrive late or leave early will not be accepted and no vacation leaves will be granted. Participation in the weekly seminars and social activities is mandatory for successful completion of the program.
Interested undergraduates are encouraged to visit the website for additional details and information about potential areas of study.
Please contact Beto Vasquez (email@example.com) with any questions.
SDNI REU Program details - Summer 2019
Program duration: 10 weeks
Tentative program dates: June 24 – August 30 (Move-in June 23, move-out August 31)
Positions available: 12 REU positions
Housing: On campus housing provided
Travel Expenses: Covered up to $500 in travel reimbursement (with receipts)
Application dates: November 1, 2018 through January 13, 2019
SDNI RET (Research Experience for Teachers) - Summer 2019
RET: The SDNI offers a summer RET program to enhance the quality of pre-university STEM education in our region. We are looking to recruit four (4) high school and/or community college science teachers to expose them to current science research and STEM-oriented pedagogical practices to utilize in their classrooms. Each professional participant is matched with an appropriate SDNI professor-mentor to work with. Preference is be given to teachers who work with large numbers of URM students. Contact Beto Vasquez for application details. Housing and transportation assistance is not provided for RET participants.
RET Program details - Summer 2019
Program duration: 6 weeks
Tentative program dates: June – August (soft dates)
Positions available: 4 RET positions
Classroom Supply Budget: Up to $1000
Application dates: January 1, 2019 through January 31, 2019
For information contact; Beto Vasquez, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz is offering MS and PhD programs that may be of interest to you, as you look forward to your graduate studies.
Our graduate programs offer four core tracks from which students can choose:
- Electronic Circuits and Energy Systems
- Photonics and Electronic Devices
- Robotics, Controls, and Cyber-Physical Systems
- Signals, Image Processing, and Communications
Our MS program can be completed in one year, and UCSC was ranked 13th on Business Insider's list of "The 20 universities that are most likely to land you a job in Silicon Valley."
Our PhD students work with some of the top researchers in their respective fields. UCSC was ranked 3rd worldwide for research influence in 2017 by Times Higher Education.
The application deadline for the PhD program is January 10, 2019.
The application deadline for the MS program is February 1, 2019.
These short videos will introduce you to some of our excellent faculty, and to some of the research that we do at UCSC.
Cyber-Physical Systems: https://youtu.be/-YUdRWV4LNY
Bioelectronic and Bioprotonic Devices: https://youtu.be/KxR8PXkBQGg
Applied Optics and Optofluidics: https://youtu.be/m-eJOAx9DA4
Details on program requirements can be found at https://www.soe.ucsc.edu/departments/electrical-and-computer-engineering/graduate/requirements.
Start an application at https://gradapp.ucsc.edu/apply/start.html
Please do not hesitate to contact the Graduate Adviser, Lisa Slater (email@example.com), if you have any questions about our programs.
The Tech4Good Lab is organizing reading groups for exploring social computing, the intersection of computation and social interaction. With the proliferation of internet-enabled devices, computation has gradually shifted from developing tools for individuals to creating social, economic, and political systems. Social computing is incredibly interdisciplinary, using methods ranging from design and user studies to data mining and mathematical proofs. All students regardless of major and year are encouraged to join!
We know you're busy, so reading groups are designed to be extremely light. Groups meet one-hour a week for four weeks. That's it! You are only committing to read and summarize a single paper during that time. In return you get to:
- Stretch your imagination by developing a big picture view of how computation is applied to problems in society
- Build relationships with motivated peers that share common passions
- Gain intuition and experience in research, potentially opening paths to joining a lab
There will be several themes that you can choose between. Check out the Collectively webpage for more information and to RSVP for the reading group formation meeting on Thursday, January 17 @ 6:30 pm in E2-475.
We look forward to exploring with you. Happy New Year!
Prof. David Lee and the Collectively Team
Event Location: E2-180
The Samsung UVENTURE team is coming to campus to share information about their competition and internship program on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30pm, in E2-180. There will be pizza, a raffle, and the opportunity to learn more about the competition! Winning teams will receive an offer to join Samsung as 2019 summer interns in San Jose and receive a $1,000 cash prize.Uventure%20UCSC%20Flyer.pdf
Event Location: E2 180
The Samsung UVENTURE team is coming to campus to share information about their competition and internship program on Thursday, January 10th at 5:30pm, in E2-180. There will be pizza, a raffle, and the opportunity to learn more about the competition! Winning teams will receive an offer to join Samsung as 2019 summer interns in San Jose and receive a $1,000 cash prize.Uventure%20UCSC%20Flyer%20%281%29.pdf
Do you have lots of ideas? Want to work on disruptive technologies? Students, now is the chance to make your big ideas come to life! At Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, our mission is to discover and develop groundbreaking technologies that will help people all over the world lead happier, healthier, richer lives. Samsung is a world leader in many technology industries, ranging from memory to smartphones to digital health and beyond. We are investing heavily in Silicon Valley and believe that the world’s biggest problems will be solved by people and companies working together. We invite visionary entrepreneurs and innovators to partner with us and give them access to our open ecosystem and unsurpassed resources.
Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center has launched a new UVENTURE competition open to undergrads and grad students at a small, exclusive list of universities. The goal of UVENTURE is to work with the most creative students and drive disruptive innovation through groundbreaking technologies that promise to create growth opportunities or flourish into future businesses.
We invite students (as individuals or small teams) to propose projects in the fields of:
· Artificial intelligence
· Digital health
· Natural user interface and AR/VR
The goal is to solve existing problems in a new way or address emerging user needs that current technologies don’t address. Think big!
Winning teams will receive an offer to join Samsung as 2019 summer interns in San Jose and receive a $1,000 cash prize. During the internship you will work on your idea and get support by a mentor as well as Samsung’s R&D resources. Now is your opportunity to make your ideas come to life and build new technology!
Please join us at 5:30PM Thursday January 10, 2019 in Engineering 2 Room 180 for an information session about the program, including pizza and a raffle.
Event Location: E2 599
Speaker: Lino Gonzales, PhD, Senior Scientist at 23andMe
Wednesday, January 16th
Title:Employing Large-Scale Human Genetics for Therapeutic Target Discovery at 23andMe
Dr. Gonzales will present on his research at 23andMe and will also share the story of his educational and career journey.
When: Wednesday, January 16, 10-11AM followed by 30 min Q&A
Event Location: Biomed 200
Learn about this research-focused master’s program between San Jose State University and UC Santa Cruz, sponsored by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)
This meeting will cover:
• Program structure and requirements
• Application tips
• Benefits, stipend, and timeline to degree
Bari Holm Nazario & Sofie Salama (Haussler Lab), UC Santa Cruz
Salma Farid, Program Coordinator, CIRM Bridges San Jose State University
Leila Khatib, Associate Director of the Master of Biotechnology Program, San Jose State University
Parisa Nejad, Current SCILL graduate student and UCSC alumna
Eric Martin, Current SCILL graduate student
When: Wednesday, January 30th, 12:00PM-1:00PM
Location: Biomed 200
Alex Pang is looking for a reader/tutor for CMPS 161/L in winter'19.
The ideal candidate would be someone who has taken the course
before. Someone who is knowledgeable with visualization tools
and techniques would be acceptable as well (following an
Time commitments are:
a. grading pgms (there's 2 -- https://users.soe.ucsc.edu/~pa
b. helping out in the lab sections --
c. time permitting --
extra tutor hours, midterm review, ...
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested or have questions.
Amazon Student Programs is actively recruiting for full time and intern Software Development Engineers! They are planning to host a virtual info session in the new year, but wanted to provide job links for any students interested in applying in the meantime.
Be sure to stay tuned for more information on the virtual info session!
Please call Minna at: 415-710-1937. The Capitola Sand Bar Restaurant is looking for help managing their web page.