Funding Opportunities

Fellowships/Scholarships

The Harry K. Wells Graduate Fellowship

UMERC is privileged to offer this fellowship opportunity for engineering students.  Mr. Harry K. Wells has established an endowment to support engineering graduate student research in energy. This announcement serves as a request for proposals for University of Maryland engineering graduate student(s) and their faculty advisor(s) to seek funding to pursue new research in the field of sustainable energy generation and/or storage.
Check back in the fall of 2016 for the RFP for academic year '17-'18

The Hulka Energy Research Fellowship
Since 2008, Ms. Barbara Hulka has provided an annual gift to fund the Hulka Energy Research Fellowship, which supports graduate student research in selected alternative energy fields at the University of Maryland Energy Research Center (UMERC). The annual announcement serves as a request for proposals for University of Maryland engineering graduate student(s) and their faculty advisor(s) to seek funding to pursue new research in one of the following research areas:
 
advanced solar energy conversion,
fuels and power from sustainable biological processes,
renewable wind energy,
ocean thermal or wave energy or geothermal energy conversion.

Check back in the fall of 2016 for the RFP for academic year '17-'18

 

Recent graduate student fellowship winners:

Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE NNSA)
Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship

The Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) program provides outstanding benefits and opportunities to students pursuing a Ph.D. in areas of interest to stewardship science, such as properties of materials under extreme conditions and hydrodynamics, nuclear science, or high energy density physics. The fellowship includes a 12-week research experience at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory or Sandia National Laboratories.
The application process for the prestigious Department of Energy National Nuclear Security Administration Stewardship Science Graduate Fellowship (DOE NNSA SSGF) is now open.

Stewardship Science Magazine, provides a look at the people and research impacted by the DOE NNSA SSGF opportunity

The 2017-2018 application will be available late October, 2016.


ASME Innovative Additive Manufacturing Challenge

Want to showcase your creativity as an individual competitor, or as part of 3 students team? Re-engineer existing products or create new designs that address a broad spectrum of industrial, manufacturing, and humanitarian challenges. Open to all mechanical Engineering, students from other engineering disciplines, Multidisciplinary, and Engineering Technology students.

Awards: Partial Travel Support to the finalists to compete in the finals at the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering, and Additive Manufacturing 3D Conference (IDETC/CIE/AM3D) in Charlotte, North Carolina.

5 awards $2,000 each; Faculty Advisor on the winning projects receives $1,000 each and 5 years complimentary ASME membership.

Watch the IAM3D videos and check out 2015 winners, faculty advisors and their university affiliation here.

Deadline: April 15, 2016
Details here

ASME Innovative Design Simulation Challenge

Are you, or do you know any Aeronautical, Mechanical, Automotive, Civil, Electrical, Electronic, Communication, Instrumentation and Control, Astrophysics, Particle physics, Materials Science,  Fluid mechanics, Climate science, Biology, Ecology, Economics, Medical, Sociology undergraduate or graduate student?  All these, and many more disciplines in engineering, technology, humanities, and social sciences profusely use modelling and computer simulation tools and technologies to design, simulate and interpret information necessary to assess robustness of choices in the presence of uncertain information.
Demonstrate your skills in developing and deploying simulations or simulation frameworks and environments, using open, commercial or custom software to showcase designs and compete for the Best Overall Simulation and/or the best impact/utility simulation Awards.
Compete on your own or form a team of up to 3 students to showcase your design and simulation skills.

Awards: Partial travel support for the finalists to compete in the finals at the ASME International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering, and Additive Manufacturing 3D Conference (IDETC/CIE/AM3D) in Charlotte, North Carolina

6 awards of $2,000 each to the winners; Faculty advisor of the winning projects to receive $1,000 and 5 years complimentary ASME membership.

Deadline: April 1, 2016
Details here
Check out the 2015 finalists, winners and their stories here and here

2016 Student Professional Development Conference (SPDC)

Participate in industry seminars, Student Design Competition(SPDC) and the ASME Old Guard sponsored Communication skills competitions at any of the following 12 regional SPDCs held around the world. The competitions and conference sessions are open at a discounted rate to all ME students, with an ASME issued membership number.

Please register here for your country specific ASME membership rate, receive ASME membership number prior to registering for the SPDC at the discounted rate. Download the Student Membership Application here

Top 2 winning SDC teams from each USA SPDC; and one winning SDC team from each overseas SPDC location receive partial travel support and are invited to compete at the finals in November at the ASME International Mechanical Engineering Conference and Exposition (IMECE). Similarly, a winner of the Old Guard Sponsored Verbal Competition from each of the 12 locations is provided travel support and invited to compete at the ASME IMECE.

Below are the 2016 ME Department and ASME supported SPDCs lead by the ASME student teams

February
UET-Texila, Pakistan
March
Georgia Tech – GA, USA
Vellore Institute of Technology – India
American University Cairo, Egypt
April
Rutgers University – NJ, USA
Northern Arizona University- AZ, USA
University of Minnesota – Mankato – MN, USA
Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, OK, USA
University of Puerto Rico- PR
Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Juarez, Mexico
American University Beirut – Lebanon
May
Yeditepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

Click here for SPDC dates at the above locations
2016 SDC details here
2016 Old Guard sponsored competitions here

Student Section Grants & Awards

24 Outstanding Start up section grants, 2 Outstanding Humanitarian Grants; 22 Outstanding Student Section and Frugal Innovation Awards
2016 Student Section Awards and Grants Deadline: May 30, 2016

Outstanding Startup Student Section Grants
The purpose of this competitive grant is to provide seed money to the selected new student sections.Student Sections Enterprise will match the funds provided by the Student Section's Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Technology Department to a maximum amount of $500 for up to twenty-four (24) selected new, startup student sections.
Note: (All petitions accompanied by an Annual plan of activities, and expected impact, received after May 2015 and through May 2016 deadline are automatically entered for the Outstanding Startup Student Selection Grant). The winners are expected to provide a Report on the activities and the impact.

Outstanding Student Section - Multidisciplinary Humanitarian projects Grants
Two (2) Grants of $3,500 each are provided to select Student Sections to support an engineering-based humanitarian proposal outlining an innovative and impactful multidisciplinary project aligned with ASME strategy.
Note: If your section is engaged in activities to improve the quality of life in the community, jointly with the community, or in collaboration with other student sections/regions anywhere consider applying to compete for the grant. Similarly, if your Senior Design Project is focused on humanitarian issues, consider applying and compete for the Grant.
For requirements, please refer to the Student Section Enterprise link below.

Outstanding New Student Section < 3 years Award
Six (6) awards of $500 each to recognize new Student Sections that have demonstrated outstanding leadership, positive impact on students' professional development and sustainable growth for the future.

Outstanding Student Section Award > 3 years Award
Ten (10) awards of $1,000 each to recognize Student Sections that have shown demonstrable leadership in developing and sharing content as well as the best practices with other student sections

Student Section Project Costs Award
SIX (6) project cost based awards of $500 to recognize and encourage creativity, resourcefulness and innovation for producing the best content/ most effective impact.

Energy Conversion and Storage Student Competitions And Awards

Students interested in participating in technical paper/poster competitions, for scholarships and awards coordinated by the ASME Energy Conversion and Storage Segment, download more information here

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center-­‐GSFC, NY

NASA GSFC Office of Education is currently seeking Undergraduate students to participate in the NASA GISS Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) summer internship program located at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City.

Deadline for applications is March 1st, 2016. Applicants must be US citizens and should reside within 50 miles of the Institute.

Undergraduate applicants must use the NASA OSSI website to apply to apply. Simply select "Goddard Institute for Space Studies" in the Search opportunity section to review specific research opportunities. Applications are evaluated upon receipt and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

 


The National Academies/National Research Council Research Associateship Programs
The National Research Council of the National Academies sponsors a number of awards for graduate, postdoctoral and senior researchers at participating federal laboratories and affiliated institutions.  These awards include generous stipends ranging from $42,000 - $80,000 per year for recent Ph.D. recipients, and higher for additional experience.  Graduate entry level stipends begin at $30,000.  These awards provide the opportunity for recipients to do independent research in some of the best-equipped and staffed laboratories in the U.S.  Research opportunities are open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and for some of the laboratories, foreign nationals.
 
Detailed program information, including online applications, instructions on how to apply and a list of participating laboratories, is available on the NRC Research Associateship Programs website.
 

The Allegheny Region Cleantech University Prize Collegiate Competition

Website: http://cleantechprize.org/

Who: Current or Recent Students and Post-Docs in Maryland
Other people may be part of the team, but at least half of the team must be in one of these categories. At least one student must be a U.S. citizen.

What: A Cleantech Business Plan Competition with a $50,000 Prize
Seeking technical or service-based solutions that are novel applications of new existing technologies or innovative financing models that fit within the mission of the Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Office. Everything from Building Tech and Advanced Manufacturing to Biomass, along with the conventional renewables. Two tracks are available: (1) Ready to Commercialize (2) Transformational Idea.

When: Deadline is February 8th! Final Competition March 16, 2016
Email Lindsay D'Ambrosio at ldambrosio@umces.edu ASAP if your team is interested.

Where: Pittsburgh, PA
Carnegie Mellon is hosting the event, and it's part of other great activities happening there for Energy Week.

Why: More than the Money
Introductions to Regional and National Incubators and Accelerators. Technical, Legal, and Business Mentoring. Education on Entrepreneurship. Real-world feedback from judges and investors.

Interested? Email Lindsay D'Ambrosio at ldambrosio@umces.edu ASAP if your team is interested.


Competitions/Challenges

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Internships

Please visit individual professors' websites.  See also the UMD ejobs website: https://ejobs.umd.edu/
 

Project Funding

Please visit individual professors' websites.


Research Lab Opportunities

Please visit individual professors' websites.


Additional resources

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research Graduate Assistantships
Council on the Environment Funding Opportunities UMD National Scholarships Office 
School of Public Policy Clark School Engineering Scholarships