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SARA-REU Summer Intern Program

The Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy expects to host a “Research Experiences for Undergraduates” program sponsored by the National Science Foundation in the summer of 2011. Each SARA summer intern will work closely with a faculty mentor at one of the 10 SARA universities.  In addition to observing with the SARA 0.9-m telescope at Kitt Peak in Arizona, the summer activities will include a number of social events and excursions, as well as workshops on observational techniques data reduction, current events in astronomy, proposal writing, job opportunities in astronomy, and scientific ethics. Participants will present research results at a final workshop near the end of summer and the proceedings will be published in JSARA: The Journal of the Souteastern Association for Research in Astronomy (see

Stipend support for the program is $4500.  Housing is provided and travel to and from the program is supported, as is an observing run at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

Please visit our website at for more details and to complete an application.  The deadline for receipt of all materials is February 4, 2011.  Appointments will be announced beginning March 1, 2011.

The Southeastern Association for Research in Astronomy (SARA) is a consortium of 10 universities primarily in the southeastern United States, and students selected for the program may end up working at any one of the 10 institutes:  The Florida Institute of Technology, East Tennessee State University. , Florida International University, The University of Georgia, Valdosta State University, Clemson University, Ball State University, Agnes Scott College, University of Alabama, and Valparaiso University.

Students who have completed their freshman, sophomore, or junior year in college by Spring 2011 are invited to apply (graduating seniors and more advanced students are not eligible).  Applicants are not requried to be majors in Astronomy or Physics, though a demonstrated interest is essential.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents in good academic standing and are expected to have adequate preparation in basic science and math courses.

If you have questions prior to applying and after seeing the online documentation, please contact me.

Matt A. Wood, Professor
SARA NSF-REU Program Director
Dept. of Physics and Space Sciences
Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, FL  32901-6975, USA


IEEE Women in Engineering Meeting – Dec 13

Presentation: “Making the Holidays Merry”
Presenter: Dr. Dodie Meier, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Counseling & Psychology, Troy University

Dr. Dodie Meier is an assistant professor and program coordinator for the Counseling & Psychology department at the Fort Walton Beach site, Troy University, Southeast Region. Dr. Meier teaches master level students in Counseling and Psychology. Dr. Meier has extensive experience with building emotional health. She would like to share with you ways to reduce the stress that holidays can bring. Come with your stress and leave with a bag full of helpful techniques.

Meeting Date and Location: The meeting will be held on December 13, 2010 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM at:

DRS Technologies, Inc.
Business Development Conference Room
645 Anchors Street
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
Point of Contact: Paulette January, WIE Chair (850)302-3100

If you plan on attending a IEEE WIE event, please make reservations with Paulette January, WIE Chair, via email to

IEEE-WIE website:

New Member Certificates Arriving Soon!!

Eta Kappa Nu Headquarters has fixed our paperwork so everyone sh0uld be getting their certificates hopefully by the beginning of January. They had originally thought we didn’t provide enough money for the dues because they didn’t have a record of a couple credits to our account. Everything is all cleared up now and so everyone should have their certificates soon. Thanks for everyone’s patience!!

Happy Holidays and I look forward to working with you all next year!!