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NSF funds summer research program abroad for undergraduates at UC San Diego

Undergraduate students from the University of California, San Diego will be living and working this summer thousands of miles away from the La Jolla campus, doing research at leading technology laboratories in Japan, Taiwan and Australia. They will take part in a three-year, $156,000 program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to help prepare more U.S. engineers and scientists to work on international projects. "The conduct of science itself is global," said Gabriele Wienhausen, Provost of UCSD's undergraduate Sixth College and principal investigator on the project. "This program will give undergraduates a unique opportunity to do cutting-edge research, while at the same time fostering the type of international collaboration that is rapidly becoming critical to scientific advances in many disciplines."

"We are trying to address the imbalance in the high number of students coming to the United States, especially in the sciences, compared to the number of American researchers going overseas," said William Chang, program manager at NSF. "In today's global marketplace, you want members of your society to understand what it's like to live and do work in a much more global environment. We hope these U.S. students will serve as cyber-ambassadors between the U.S. and East Asia."

Students will work on projects with dual mentors (one international and one at UCSD), spend the summer at an international institution, and participate in an international meeting to help demonstrate the results of the project. The foreign sites participating in the inaugural summer program will allow students to work in a wide array of scientific fields related to cyberinfrastructure, including telescience, sensors and the environment, earthquake engineering, computational chemistry, cardiac physiology, structural biology, systems biology, as well as grid computing, middleware, distributed data and networking.

The pilot project builds on the NSF's previous effort
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Contact: Doug Ramsey
dramsey@ucsd.edu
858-822-5825
University of California - San Diego
7-Apr-2004


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