BE Undergraduate Newsletter
Register for GraceHacks 2022: A Hackathon for Underrepresented Genders
Winter Opportunities in the Tech4Good Lab
Submission Closes Nov 1: Computing Conference 2023
Software Research Opportunity
Join Us for Season 5 of Diverse Voices!
New STEM, Pharmacy & Health Professions Scholarships Available
2023 Hertz Fellowship Application Open through Oct 28th
Job and Internship Finding Tool for UCSC Students
Okinawa Memories Initiative is Recruiting New Students
Registration is Now Open for DOE 2023 Summer Internships Fair
Stats 4+1 Masters Program
BSFO’s Annual Scholarship is Now Open!
Tau Beta Pi: Oldest Engineering Honor Society
MIT MechE: Explore Graduate School in Mechanical Engineering
STEM Hub's Imposter Syndrome Workshop
Get Funding for Your Tech Project or Event to Solve Societal Challenges!
CITRIS Initiative for Drone Education and Research (CIDER) - Upcoming Info Sessions
Paid Research Opportunities for the Building Belonging Program
Register for GraceHacks 2022: A Hackathon for Underrepresented Genders
Winter Opportunities in the Tech4Good Lab
Submission Closes Nov 1: Computing Conference 2023
We are the official Neurotechnology club at UCSC! We focus on project building and education covering the topics of brain-computer interaction, neuroscience, and AI, and every year we submit a project to the NeurotechX competition. This year our project will be using SSVEPs as a means to alternatively communicate through the input of visual responses.
Our five teams consist of hardware, machine learning, data, software, and publication. To get involved join our discord: https://discord.gg/fjgDDGfFGG or send us an email at email@example.com.
Some more about our club, we received 1st place in the U.S. in the NeuroTechX Student Competition for a silent-speech interface that takes in user EMG signals from the jawline area and predicts if a user is thinking ‘yes’ or ‘no’ with 90% accuracy. If the subject interests you, we welcome you to connect with us at our weekly meetings, we usually meet Tuesdays at 7 pm so watch out on discord for updates on our next meeting!
P.S. Don’t forget to check us out on instagram: @neurotechsc or on linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/neurotechsc
Focused ultrasound (FUS) or "curing with sounds” is a revolutionary non-invasive medical therapy. It sends harmless sound waves to treat over 150 medical conditions, such as cancer treatment with no surgery or chemotherapy, and brain modulations without opening the skull, to name a few. We, at Yektasonics, are developing a novel hardware-software co-designed Phased Array to be used in Focused Ultrasound medical devices. We also plan to utilize our technology in other non-medical applications, where we recently shipped our single channel Power Module to a non-medical company.
Our technology is an order of magnitude lower cost, and it has performance breakthroughs. Yektasonics has received numerous awards/recognitions, such as the recent award from the UC Santa Cruz Chancellor at Launchpad 2022, being a company in residence at UC Berkeley Citris Foundry, a finalist of UC Big Ideas Competitions, a NSF I-Corps recommended team, ASU Venture Devils cohort member, and being part of American Heart Association.
We have an interesting and challenging Software Research position, where a strong candidate will contribute to our existing software or will develop new modules, such as Yektasonics Operating System, our end user package, our embedded computing interface, and more. The work will be done mostly in C/C++. The work is hosted at UC Santa Cruz BSOE. The candidate should enroll for research credits, and the hours can be paid later from our sale.
If you are interested, please email your resume as well as your transcript to Navid Gougol at firstname.lastname@example.org, who is the CEO/Founder of Yektasonics and a doctorate student at UCSC. You can check out the company website for more information at www.yektasonics.com.
Please register HERE to attend
Please see below for three scholarships ($2500 each) that we have launched this year:
Scholarship for single parents/children of single parents who are future healthcare professionals:
Scholarship for female students in STEM:
Scholarship for female students in Pharmacy: https://trumedical.
Students need to submit an essay to apply. All citizenships welcome. The deadline is December 20, 2022. We will announce the winners on January 20, 2023.
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation is now accepting applications for the 2023 Hertz Fellowship awards. Hertz Fellows receive five years of funding, which offers flexibility from the traditional constraints of graduate training and the independence needed to pursue research that best advances our nation’s security and economic vitality.
The Hertz Fellowship is an influential network of more than 1,200 fellows, creating lifelong connections that will accelerate your career, and have the opportunity to take part in mentoring, scientific symposia, and professional development workshops.
The deadline is October 28, 2022. You can learn more about the fellowship and apply at https://www.hertzfoundation.org/apply.
With recruiting season kicking off, finding jobs and internships can be stressful and time-consuming. Simplify is a free browser extension that helps you autofill job & internship applications anywhere on the web in seconds – think of it like Honey for jobs.The platform also has a database of over 100,000 open positions and includes curated job lists like Top Summer 2023 Internships and Tech Internships for Freshman.
The founders are super excited to help UCSC students get hired so they made a dedicated email for UCSC students to directly contact them at email@example.com. Best of luck on your search and go slugs!
Get started here: https://simplify.jobs
The Okinawa Memories Initiative (OMI) is a non-profit organization and public history project that explores the postwar history of Okinawa, Japan from a global perspective through collaborative storytelling. OMI creates connections spanning across generations and borders through providing an outlet for memories and contributing to an inclusive historical narrative.
OMI is a big project and offers a multitude of opportunities including: archival work, media production, website development, oral history, community outreach, language translation, and exhibition planning. The project invites students of all backgrounds and skills to join us. As part of the OMI team, students have the opportunity to gain professional and academic skills. Those who join this project are able to choose their level of commitment and which teams they would like to work with.
For more information please visit our website! I have also attached our recruitment brochure. Interested students can email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now open to join the DOE 2023 Summer Internships Fair, October 25, 2022, 1:00 – 6:00 PM ET – sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Office of Science (SC), Office Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS). The event is virtual and free to attend. You can register and join the internship fair event any time before and during the live session.
We invite students and faculty in your institution and community to join this highly interactive event to learn more about the U.S. Department of Energy Community College Internships (CCI), Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI), and Visiting Faculty (VFP) programs. These mentored, well-paid, 10-week programs provide technical training and research opportunities at DOE National Laboratories.
Participating DOE National Laboratories include:
- Ames Laboratory
- Argonne National Laboratory
- Brookhaven National Laboratory
- Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
- Idaho National Laboratory
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
- Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
- National Energy Technology Laboratory
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory
- Oak Ridge National Laboratory
- Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
- Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
- Savannah River National Laboratory
- SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
- Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility
Did you know the Statistics Department at the Baskin School of Engineering offers a 4 + 1 contiguous pathway program? The program allows highly qualified undergraduate students to get a leg up in graduate school and job applications and gain a deeper understanding of statistics and data science tools by jointly completing an undergraduate major and an M.S. degree in Statistical Science.
The pathway is open to students from a wide variety of majors, including computer science, technology management, economics, mathematics, and physics. Students must declare their interest in pursuing this contiguous pathway no later than their ninth quarter of study at UCSC, and more typically at the end of the sixth or seventh quarter of enrollment. Learn more at bit.ly/3CeISid
The University of California, Office of the President’s Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) is encouraging systemwide UC-enrolled African American students to apply for BSFO’s Annual Scholarship.
In these days and times scholarships are used to help towards the astronomical costs of completing your educational goals and meeting daily expenses. BSFO recognizes the hard work, sacrifices, and dedication it takes to reach your educational goals. We provide a $1,000 scholarship annually to students to use towards items of your choosing and help lighten some of your financial obligations.
We want to hear from you, tell us a little about yourself, your passions, motivations, and examples of your persistence throughout your educational journey. Tell us about your academic achievements, professional goals, and scholastic endeavors. The Application process is simple, complete and submit UCOP’s BSFO Scholarship Application by December 31, 2022. You will not need to wait long to receive the funds, BSFO notifies selected students of their selection status by the end of January 2023 and funds are provided by the end of February 2023. Selected students will also have an opportunity to speak at BSFO's Scholarship Awards Ceremony held in February 2023.
We look forward to receiving your application, which can be found here BSFO%20Scholarship%20Application%202022-23.pdf
Tau Beta Pi, the Engineering Honor Society, was established in 1885 and has initiated over 500,000 members. Our chapter here at UCSC (California Alpha Delta) was installed on March 8, 2008. We invite students of exemplary character and academic achievement to join Tau Beta Pi twice a year, including Juniors in the top eighth and Seniors in the top fifth of the engineering class. Invitations to join this Honor Society will be sent out by the Dean in a week or two, so keep an eye on your email. We hope to see you at initiation!
The STEM Hub is hosting an Imposter Syndrome workshop on November 8 from 5:30-7:00 PM. This event will be hosted virtually via Zoom, with the room linked on the flyer below. We want your help to reach as many students as possible! If you could share this information through your newsletters, canvas pages, and/or other media you use to inform students it would help a lot. We have attached our flyer and link to the RSVP form below.
RSVP Form Link: https://forms.gle/
The CITRIS and the Banatao Institute Tech for Social Good Program provides funding and support for UCSC student-led projects and events that explore technology-based solutions to significant societal challenges.
Teams of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students are encouraged to apply for up to $5000 to support projects and up to $1000 to support events and programming. Applications are open now, with a project deadline of November 30, 2022.
If you are interested in developing a technology for social good, please visit the Technology Development Track for more information.
If you are interested in applying for funding to support a student-led event or programming that promotes technology for social good, please visit the Student-Led Events Track for more information.
Information and matchmaking sessions for students – plus staff and faculty working with students they feel would be interested – will be held via Zoom on:
·Tuesday, October 18th, 2021 from 12:15 – 1:00 pm – RSVP here: https://ucsc.zoom.us/
·Tuesday, October 25th, 2021 from 5:15 – 6:00 pm – RSVP here: https://ucsc.zoom.us/
The UCSC CITRIS Initiative for Drone Education and Research will be hosting two upcoming information sessions and a flight demonstration where the campus community can learn more about the UCSC CIDER and what we have to offer. Below is a description of the events and how to register.
Please join us for a presentation on the UCSC CITRIS Initiative for Drone Education and Research (CIDER) and how to apply to the 2022-23 Undergraduate Drone Pilots Training and Mentoring Program at the University of California Santa Cruz (cider.sites.ucsc.edu).
Info Sessions are:
- Wednesday, October 19th - 5:00-6:00 pm - hybrid, with in-person at Engineering 2, room 180 and virtual via Zoom. For both in-person and virtual attendance please RSVP at https://ucsc.zoom.us/meeting/
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- Thursday, October 27th - 5:00-6:00 pm - hybrid, with in-person at Engineering 2, room 180 and virtual via Zoom. For both in-person and virtual attendance please RSVP at https://ucsc.zoom.us/meeting/
- Live drone demo and hands-on flight experience - Monday, October 24th from 4:00-6:00pm at the Great Meadow, below the UCSC Music Recital Hall. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/
Please share this information widely. Applications for the 2023 pilot training program are available on our website and are due on or before November 7th, 2022. For more information on the Pilot Training Program, visit: https://cider.sites.ucsc.edu/
This is part of the Building Belonging Program, administered by the Institute for Social Transformation. The program is designed to increase belonging and engagement for students through faculty mentored service-learning and research projects. Fellowship awards are $1,500 for the academic quarter (this equates to approximately 100 hours). The program aims to support undergraduate students who are: EOP eligible, first-generation, low income, under-represented, or former foster youth. Unfortunately, students can not participate in the program post-graduation. For more information visit: transform.ucsc.edu/building-
Three opportunities are listed below:
Professor Margarita Azmitia is looking for 2 undergraduates for 2 quarters each (Fall and Winter). These research assistants will help (1) code an extant data set of young adults' identity narratives, and (2) help develop and pilot a mixed methods (survey and interview) study of the association between first generation college students' identity intersectionalities, sense of belonging, close relationships, discrimination, coping and academic persistence and mental health.
To apply: contact Margarita Azmitia, Professor of Psychology, (email@example.com), by October 24, 2022.
Professor Natalia Ocampo-Penuela is looking for 1 undergraduate student for 3 quarters (Fall, Winter, and Spring). This project uses the power of machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence to generate maps of habitat connectivity for bird conservation. It is an interdisciplinary project with an ecological and computer science component and includes working with professors on both disciplines.
Students should have computer programming experience, preferably from computer science classes.
To apply: contact Natalia Ocampo-Penuela, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies, (firstname.lastname@example.org), by October 24, 2022.
Professor Ariel Zucker is looking for 1 undergraduate for 4 quarters (Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer). The student will work on one or two projects related to health and development. The initial project will focus on whether financial incentives for delivering family planning services improve child health in countries with persistent malnourishment. We will investigate an Indian program that incentivizes community health workers to promote delayed childbirth, increased birth spacing, and sterilization has sought to do so. However, there is not only limited evidence on the effectiveness of incentives on fertility decisions, but also on the causal relationship between birth spacing and child health – especially in developing countries. We propose to examine the impacts of incentives on fertility choices and child outcomes since program inception in 2012. The availability and size of incentives has varied across Indian states and time, and family eligibility for incentives is determined by particularities of family structure, allowing us to identify the effects of incentives with rich geographical and time controls.
Students will need some basic familiarity with Stata and Excel, and a willingness to learn Stata. Students will also be asked to read and summarize academic papers.
To apply: contact Ariel Zucker, Assistant Professor of Economics, (email@example.com), by October 24, 2022.
Register to participate in our third annual beginner friendly and hybrid hackathon today!
The aim of GraceHacks is to foster a welcoming and supportive hackathon environment for students of marginalized genders who struggle to feel like they belong in technical spaces. GraceHacks strives to empower these underrepresented groups and ensure that they have the confidence to create without inherent bias or sexism.