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Asia-Pacific Summer School in Smart Structures Technology 2013

Dear Colleagues,

Applications are being sought for participation in the 6th NSF-sponsored Asia-Pacific Summer School (APSS) in Smart Structures Technology, which will be held July 14th – August 2nd, 2013, on the campus KAIST in Daejeon, South Korea.

This summer school is aimed at lowering the barriers that currently divide the disciplines required to conduct cutting edge research in smart structures technology through a student oriented international program. APSS will bring graduate students from the US, Korea, Japan, China, and India together for three weeks of focused activities to address gaps in education that are necessary for the advancement of the field. The international approach recognizes the achievements of the participating nations in smart structures technology as well as a common desire to pioneer a structured educational framework. Through this program, participants will be exposed to leaders in the field, both domestic and international. Contact with these faculty, as well as with fellow participants, is intended to inspire students to continue to pursue international collaborative research.

We have funds from NSF to support 10 students from US universities. Successful applicants will be provided with:

  • Travel to Daejeon, Korea from home university
  • Daily allowance for housing, meals, and other program related travel
  • A $500 stipend
  • Program registration fee

Below are details regarding eligibility, the application procedure, and the selection process. Information specific to the US participants is posted at the US program website General program information can be found at the Korea program website, which will be released shortly.

Please distribute this information to potentially interested students and encourage them to apply. Note that applications are due by March 1, 2013.

Also note that Asian-Pacific Network of Centers for Research in Smart Structure Technology (ANCRiSST) will hold its 8th Annual Workshop at UNIST in Ulsan, Korea on July 11 – 13, 2013.

The program is open to students all currently enrolled in a civil engineering or related graduate program at a US university. The program is therefore not restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Students should be pursuing or intending to pursue research related to the field of smart structures technology.

Application Procedure
Please submit the following information to Dr. B.F. Spencer, Jr. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) with the subject field "APSS Application". Your advisor may send his/her letter of recommendation directly to Dr. Spencer. Applications are due by March 1, 2013.

  • Two page summary of research or interest in smart structures technology (two pages maximum, 12 point font, single spaced)
  • Brief personal introduction (1 page maximum, 12 point font, single spaced)
  • Current resume (2 page maximum)
  • Current transcript (may be scanned)
  • Letter of recommendation from research advisor

Selection Process
The applications will be reviewed by APSS program coordinators. Relevant selection criteria are briefly identified below.

  • Competence in civil engineering or related field
  • Potential for continued academic and professional growth through the program
  • Relevance of interest to an interdisciplinary and international approach to smart structures technology
  • Potential to form good working relationships with foreign researchers
  • Potential for success learning and studying in an international setting

Applicants will be notified as to the success of their application in late March 2013.

Applicants will in no way be barred from participating or discriminated against while participating based on race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.