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Announcing the Secretary of Transportation’s “Recognizing Aviation and Aerospace Innovation in Science and Engineering” (RAISE) Award challenge competition!!!

This award competition is a direct outcome of the Secretary of Transportation’s interest in STEM education and developing the next generation of transportation leaders.

The Secretary’s RAISE Award competition encourages innovative scientific and engineering achievements by the next generation of leaders in our field. This year there is a High School division that competes separately from the University division. With this change, the Secretary’s RAISE Award competition will encourage innovative scientific and engineering achievements by the youngest members of the next generation as well as those in Universities who are already showing serious talent for leadership in our field. For more information, Please click here. Below is also a link to the Secretary’s Blog post.

The application period is now open, but it closes on December 30, 2014.

Let's have some outstanding entries from West TN!!!!

For secretary's Blog Post please click here.

PAID Math Tutors for K-12 Needed! 

Attention STEM Majors:
The West TN STEM Hub is currently seeking 2-3 undergraduate STEM majors to serve as math tutors for local K-12 students. Tutors selected for this program will be assigned to a local elementary, middle, or high school and will serve as a math tutor up to 15 hours per week (this is flexible based upon schedule).

You must have submitted the FAFSA and be eligible for Federal Work Study in order to be selected for one of these tutoring positions.

Who is Eligible? Students that completed the FAFSA and are eligible for Federal Work Study (FWS).

How to apply? Email Dr. Stephanie Ivey ( if you are interested in being considered for a West TN STEM Hub K-12 math tutor position.

For more information about the West TN STEM Hub, click here!

Mathematical Methods in the Paradigms in Physics Curriculum!

The Department of Physics has a speaker coming Nov. 12 at 3 pm. (Dr. Corinne Manogue). The topic is Mathematical Methods in the Paradigms in Physics Curriculum. She will discuss her research approach and will share a number of unique hands-and-bodies-on activities that make esoteric math topics in  thermodynamics, quantum mechanics, and E&M more vivid and geometric for the students. For more information please click here.

Civil Engineer Job Position!!

MidSouth Utility Consultants, LLC provides a dynamic work environment with the opportunity and responsibility to impact hundreds of thousands of people every day through comprehensive planning, design, testing, and construction contract administration services to rural electric cooperatives, municipal electric power systems, and large industries who have their own high voltage facilities.

Candidates must be completing/have completed a 4 year civil engineering program by May 2015 with the understanding that rewards are the result of purposeful, hard work. Here you can find more information about this position.

WDTS Internship Announcement for Summer 2015!!!

The Office of Science / Office of Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications to its 2015 Summer Term internship/fellowship programs. These programs, which offer opportunities for direct engagement in scientific research and technology featuring specialized instrumentation; large-scale, multidisciplinary efforts; and/or scientific user facilities, are available for undergraduate students enrolled at community colleges and/or four-year institutions, and for visiting faculty. Selected students or faculty participate at one of 17 DOE Laboratories/Facilities, receive stipends, and may qualify for travel and housing assistance.

Applications for these competitive programs must be completed and submitted online by 5:00 PM ET on January 9, 2015 (including all required application materials and recommendations). The 2015 Summer Term placements are for 10 weeks duration in a May to August timeframe. In order to find out about the three accepting programs please click here.

SSP Opportunities!!

The Student Success Programs (SSP) have various positions which will be responsible for coordinating different projects. These projects' components include but not be limited to; job shadowing, research and internship opportunities, speaker series, faculty/business mentors; industry visits; themed workshops, summer bridge activities, etc. Learn more information about this program through SSP Brochure and Position Description

SMART Scholarship Program Application Now Open!

The application for the Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation Defense Scholarship for Service Program (SMART) is now open. The SMART Scholarship for Service Program will pay for all educational expenses for a B.S., M.S. or Ph.D. program, and then provide scholars unique opportunities to work as research scientists or engineers on cutting edge technology in world class Department of Defense facilities.

SMART Scholars receive:

  • Full tuition and educational fees
  • Generous cash stipend ranging from $25,000 - $38,000 per year
  • Paid summer internships, health insurance, and book allowance
  • Employment with Department of Defense facilities after graduation

Students pursuing degrees in the following fields are encouraged to apply:

  • Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
  • Biosciences
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive, Neural, and Behavioral Sciences
  • Computer and Computational Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Geosciences
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering
  • Information Sciences
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Oceanography
  • Operations Research
  • Physics

Basic eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • A U.S. citizen at time of application,
  • 18 years of age or older as of August 1, 2015,
  • Able to participate in summer internships at DoD laboratories,
  • Willing to accept post-graduate employment with the DoD,
  • A student in good standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and,
  • pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the disciplines listed above

The application is currently available and the deadline to apply is December 15th.
For more information and to apply please visit

The Department of Energy (DOE) Scholars Program is now accepting applications for Summer 2015 - Deadline is January 15th!

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.

Being selected as a DOE Scholar offers the following benefits:

Career possibilities with the nation’s leading sponsor for scientific research
Opportunities to learn from top scientists and subject matter experts
Stipends are a minimum of $600 per week (depending on academic status)
Travel arrangements to and from appointment site
Veterans are given Veterans preference with the Federal Energy Management Program
Applicants must be US Citizens and undergraduates, graduates or post-graduates of an accredited college or university. The program is open to majors in: Engineering; Physical Sciences; Environmental Sciences; Computer Science and Information Technology; Physics; Business; Policy; Program Management; Mathematics; Statistics; Safety and Health; Accounting and Finance; Law; Communications; and other related areas.

Want to learn more about the DOE Scholars program? E-mail or visit here.

The 4th Annual FutureStar Leadership Summit!!

Please find the agenda for the campus individualized tour of education and fun with science here. Also you can see some students' participation photos here.

2014-15 2nd Semester Internship Program!!!

i-SERV is a nonprofit (501c3) tutoring program that works alongside intervention teachers in math lab classes at White Station Middle School.  We assist teachers by working with students, who have tested below proficient on the TCAP, in small group stations.

Program Goals:

  • to boost our students’ confidence in math
  • to work to develop relationships with our students
  • to assist teachers in preparing station activities
  • to raise our students’ test scores
  • to provide one day per week, small group skill stations

Internship time requirements:

  • Every Wednesday: mid January-early May, 7:15-2:15
  • 1-2 group planning session each week according to intern’s schedules
  • Additional hours can be earned through lunch time tutoring sessions one on one with students if needed

Internship Program Benefits:

  • work in a Title I School alongside some of the best teachers in Memphis
  • learn valuable training in classroom management
  • participate in the development of a nonprofit program
  • work in small group settings with students, allowing you to make a personal impact

Apply to the Internship Program:

  • contact Lora Lyons for more information

  • visit for more information on our program

2015-2016 JLM Voluntarism Scholarship Award!!

The Junior League of Memphis has announced they are seeking qualified applicants to compete for their first annual Scholarship Awards for the 2015-2016 academic year. Up to $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded to deserving female students who are striving to purse a degree at a local 4-year college. Applicants must exhibit leadership qualities and have a strong volunteer history.

Visit the link here to read more information from the Junior League about procedures, eligibility requirements, and the application for this scholarship.

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