[ASA] Science Internship Program and the Global SPHERE network

Andrew Hopkins andrew.hopkins at aao.gov.au
Fri Jun 12 15:54:02 AEST 2015

Dear ASA members,

Some of you involved in undergraduate research programs and outreach
programs may be interested to pursue opportunities available through the
new scheme linked below. For further information please contact Raja
Guhathakurta (raja at ucolick.org).

The University of California at Santa Cruz (UCSC) runs a Science 
Internship Program
for high school students, and they, in collaboration with Google, are 
to expand this program globally. Google and UCSC are putting resources
and effort into the creation of a global network of STEM research 
programs for
high-school students called SPHERE (STEM Programs for High-schoolers 
in Research Early).

 From their web page:

The Science Internship Program provides motivated, advanced students 
with a unique opportunity to work and learn at a premier research 

SIP is a summer-long (10 week) research internship program for 
high-school students in STEM fields. UCSC faculty, graduate students, 
and post-doctoral researchers provide one-on-one mentoring of these 
high-school interns. The research projects are REAL in that they are NOT 
made up just for the high-school students; instead students are inserted 
into existing research projects here at UCSC.

We have found that it works well to pair up an undergraduate student 
with a high-school student and have them work together on a research 
project under the supervision of a PhD student or postdoc. In this 
sense, a STEM research program for high-school programs can often be 
added quite easily to an existing program for undergraduates.

More information:
Science Internship Program: http://ucsc-sip.org/

Document describing the creation of the Global SPHERE network:

If your existing undergraduate vacation student programs, or your 
outreach programs
to high school students, lend themselves to this, please feel free to 
contact Raja to
get involved.

Andrew Hopkins
President, ASA

Prof. Andrew Hopkins, Head of Research and Outreach
Australian Astronomical Observatory
P.O. Box 915, North Ryde, NSW 1670, Australia
ph: +61 2 9372 4849  fax: +61 2 9372 4880

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