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Applying to Internships

You should begin seeking research experience through internships as early in your undergraduate career as you can. This will allow you to get as much experience as possible, and help you explore and develop your interests. Typically the deadlines for internships are in the early spring, though some are as early as January. In the Fall semester, investigate some options for internship programs, and ask professors if they will be willing to write letters of recommendation for you. You can then write applications over Christmas break or in the early spring. You should then give your recommenders a document that includes all the information they might need when submitting letters of recommendation for you. You should give your recommenders a summary of the programs you intend to apply for at significantly before the deadlines.

While many research experiences for undergraduates (REU's) are funded by the NSF, there are other options as well. It is not a bad idea to check out the Nucleus or Cornell which both contain programs you can search through. Another place to check is government and industrial labs, such as the DOE and NASA (or alternately NASA2). The IBP sponsered website, Pathways to Science, provides a number of easy ways to search for the internship of your choosing. Don't forget to talk to professors about working at GCC over the summer either.

It is difficult to say what "gets you in" to an internship program. Of course factors such as grades, letters of recommendation, and the all important research experience play a role, but ultimately you just have to apply and see what opportunities you get. While you may not think you have a good chance of "getting in" to an REU program early on (i.e. after your freshmen year), don't let it stop you from applying. There have been several GCC students with only one year classes who have done very well at doing research at their freshmen year. Most, students apply to a significant number of programs (5-10). Keep in mind that acceptance dates can vary by as much as a month, and you are typically given 1-2 weeks to accept or decline an offer. Once you get into one internship, it is not unacceptable to politely email other programs inquiring about the status of your napplication.

It can be useful to talk to students with experience at internship similar to what you think you would enjoy. They will have insight into how and where to apply, and how to adjust to your program. While you should ultimately assemble your list of internship programs from what you want to do, it cannot hurt to apply to places where GCC already has a good reputation from previous GCC interns.

Once You Are at the Internship

Things to clarify with your adviser at the beginning of the summer:

Remember, when you do research, you are in principle blazing a new trail, so don't be surprised if it is difficult and frustrating at times. In the end, your summer research will be rewarding, but don't expect to make revolutionary discoveries right away. Do your best, communicate with your adviser about questions and problems, and persevere.

2014 Internships

Coby Bartolucci '17 Grove City College inorganic chemistry
Lauren Dallachiesa '15 West Virginia Univ. nanotechnology
Bethany Herb '17 Grove City College physics education research
Ashley Lindow '15 Grove City College physics education research
Evan Linn '16 Air Force Research Labs radar processing
Sam Niehaus '15 Grove City College biophysics
Tucker Sigourney '16 Grove City College biophysics
Jeremy Smith '15 Army Research Laboratory solid state physics
Anna Snelgrove '15 ENS Cachan (France!) optics
Emily Tharnish '17 Grove City College computational modeling

2013 Internships

Allen Scheie '14 Italy through UF Low-temperature gravitational wave detector research
Laura Ellen Maher '14 RIT astronomy research with binary star system accretion disk
Libby Carbone '14 Grove City College physics ed research
Libby Carbone '14 Johns Hopkins CTY Teaching Assistant
Matthew Wespetal '14 Oral Roberts nanoparticle research
Nate Rupprecht '14 Grove City College mathematics research
Lauren Dallachiesa '15 Idaho State University Nanotech research
Kenton McFaul '15 Penn State nanotech research
Jeremy Smith '15 Army Research Labs building better deep-UV photodetectors
Ashley Lindow '15 Grove City College physics ed research

2012 Internships

Student Class Institution Description
Peter Foster '13 Grove City College Computationally Modleing Stillbene Derivatives
Matthew Giesmann '13 Intersystems Corporate
Matt Goszewski '13 APS PhysicsQuest Creating Physics Demos for the Spectra Comic Book
Trisha Ingraham '13 SRI International Extracting Histone Protiens
Michael Royster '13 KEYW Corporation Development of Windows Systems Course
Zachary Bazan '14 Grove City College Analyzing Fluid Diagnostics
Libby Carbone '14 Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Educating Gifted Youth
Laura Ellen Maher '14 Univeristy of Rochester Quantum Communication System
Allen Scheie '14 SPS Mather Public Policy Interning for the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
Andy Lundeen '15 Grove City College Astronomy
Jake Gearhart '15 Grove City College Calculating Photometric Variability of Stars in Cluster M67

2011 Internships

Student Class Institution Description
Melody Carlson '12 Center for Research in Electro-Optics and Lasers, UCF Optics
Austin Irish '12 NASA Corporate
Adam Moyer '12 Grove City College Physics Education Research
Stepehn Rigos '12 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Nanotechnology
Peter Foster '13 University of Rochester Increasing Sensitivity of Photonic Crystal Biosensor
Matthew Geismann '13 Intersystems Corporate Internship
Michael Royster '13 KEYW Corporation Cross-Platform Updating Services
Trisha Ingraham '13 Hampton University Medical Physics
Libby Carbone '14 Grove City College Physics Education Research
Jimmy Gregory '14 Grove City College Biophysics
Laura Ellen Maher '14 Rochester Optics
Nate Ruppreht '14 Grove City College Nanotechnology
Allen Scheie '14 Grove City College Nanotechnology
Matthew Wespetal '14 Louisiana Tech Univeristy Modeling KMgH3 to study hydrogen removal and storage

2010 Internships

Student Class Institution Description
Ashley Cetnar '11 Hampton University Medical Physics
Sam Cohen '11 Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Science and Engineering Education
Jennifer Hansen '11 University of Rochester Optics
Travis Miller '11 University of South Florida Nanotechnology
Amy VanNewkirk '11 University of Rochester Optics
Jason Wetstone '11 Grove City College Physics Education Research
Matt Aldirch '12 John's Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Missile Sensors
Adam Moyer '12 Grove City College Physics Education Research
Nathaniel Simpson '12 Grove City College Astronomy
Ian Manly '13 Grove City College Astrophysics

2009 Internships

Student Class Institution Description
Adam Argondizzo '10 South Dakota School of Mines Dye-sensitized Solar Cells
Brianna Dillon '10 University of California, Davis Monte Carlo Simulations of He3 and He4 Phase Transitions
Ian Gilbert '10 University ofNotre Dame Electronic and Magnetic Properties of Double Perovskie Cermaics
John Guglielmon '10 New Jersey Institute of Technology Atmosphereic Physics
Becky Kraft '10 University of Alabama Nonoengineered Hydroxapatite Particles for Use in Bone Tissue Regeneration
Shaun Mills '10 Purdue University Semiconductor Research
Susanna Sireci '10 Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility Medium Modification of the Phi Meson
David Smith '10 University of California Santa Cruz Fabrication of Stabalized Camera for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Ashley Cetnar '11 North Carolina State University Nuclear Physics
Sam Cohen '11 John's Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Science and Engineering Education
Jennifer Hansen '11 University of Rochester Laser Cooling of NaCs Molecules
Tim Rudd '11 Grove City College Astronomy
Cara Taber '11 Atmospheric Science Department of Colorado State University Geophysical Fluid Dynamics
Amy VanNewkirk '11 College of Optical Sciences at University of Arizona Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Sol-gels
Melody Carlson '12 Grove City College Astronomy

2008 Internships

Student Class Institution Description
Garret Hickman '09 Germn Academic Exchange Service's RISE Program Photoelectron Transmission Through Organic Film
Ben Carlson '10 Grove City College Fluorescence Spectrscopy Involving P450 3A4
Brianna Dillon '10 Lehigh University Fiber Optics Research
Ian Gilbert '10 University of Wyoming Spectroscopic Study of Binary Stars
John Guglielmon '10 Grove City College Modeling Protein-Ligand Complexes
Shaun Mills '10 Boston College Carbon Nanotubes
David Smith '10 Grove City College Modeling Protein-Ligand Complexes
Jennifer Hansen '11 Grove City College Fluorescence Spectrscopy Involving P450 3A4
Ashley Cetnar '11 Kansas State University Nanoscale Interdisciplinary Research Team


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