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2014 NEESreu Application

Thank you for your interest in the NEES REU Program. The 2014 NEES REU Program consists of a 10 week research experience including participation in the NEES Annual meeting July 20 to 26 in Anchorage Alaska. All applications must be submitted on-line, which you can start by clicking "start application" below. To prepare, you can use the summarized list of the questions by clicking here (or open in a new window). If submitting online poses a problem for you, please contact Alicia Lyman-Holt, NEES REU coordinator for accommodation. (alicia.lyman-holt@oregonstate.edu or 541-737-3665) To ensure your application is reviewed, please submit it before 8 AM Pacific Time on Monday, February 17, 2014.
   
Application Information

Please fill out the following information:

Last Name: (*)
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First Name: (*)
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Address: (*)
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Address 2:
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City: (*)
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Email Address: (*)
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Phone Number: (*)
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Question #1:
Are you a US Citizen or Permanent Resident? (*)


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Question #2:
Do you have personal health insurance? (If selected for this program you will need to provide proof of insurance) (*)


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Birthdate:
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Expected Degree: (*)
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Expected Graduation Date
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What date would you be available to start summer research?
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Question #7:
What date would you need to return to school?
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All students who are accepted into the NEESreu program will be required to provide transcripts.
   
Question #8:
Please enter the following information regarding your most recent college: college name, location (City/State), overall GPA (out of 4.0), total credits earned to date, quarter or semester school credits (Q/S), and dates of attendance.
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Please enter the following information regarding your second most recent college: college name, location (City/State), overall GPA (out of 4.0), total credits earned to date, quarter or semester school credits (Q/S), and dates of attendance.
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Please enter the following information regarding your third most recent college: college name, location (City/State), overall GPA (out of 4.0), total credits earned to date, quarter or semester school credits (Q/S), and dates of attendance.
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Other colleges attended, if necessary:
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Best times to telephone you:
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Permanent address and phone number, if different from above:
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Question #14:
Please provide contact information for a faculty member or academic advisor at your institution. This should be someone who is familiar with your academic preparation and research experience, if any. If you are selected as a candidate, we will contact this person to provide a reference for you. Reference contact information:
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Question #15:
Please provide contact information for someone who you have recently worked for as an intern or otherwise. If you are selected as a candidate, we will contact this person to provide a reference for you. Reference contact information:
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NEES REU 2013 Research Sites

NEES is a network of 14 different research facilities specializing in 5 major types of equipment. Each of the 14 facilities (or sites) is described at http://nees.org/sites-mainpage/laboratories. Summer projects could involve working at a site, on the NEES cyberinfrastructure, or on cyber-enabled activities for disseminating research results. Please identify your preference for summer experience by ranking each site.

Field Research Sites

University of California at Los Angeles (Program dates: June 16 to August 22, 2014)
NEES@UCLA is primarily a field site, focusing on hands-on testing in the field and laboratory. Intern projects are determined by the NEES@UCLA field schedule. NEES@UCLA REU students get practical, hands-on experience with instrumentation, specimen construction, testing, and data processing and visualization. http://nees.ucla.edu/

Large Scale Laboratories

Lehigh University, Bethlehem PA (Program dates: May 27 to August 1, 2014)
Current research projects include: behavior and damage to structures in the Washington DC earthquake; wireless structural health monitoring for bridges, mobile sensing for bridge condition monitoring and reserve capacity in new and existing low-ductility braced frames. Activities might include design and construction of test specimens and fixtures, instrumentation set-up, field work, laboratory work, test execution, Finite element modeling, MATLAB and data analysis. http://www.nees.lehigh.edu/

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (Program dates: June 2 to August 8, 2014)
The large-scale hybrid testing projects at Illinois will incorporate students working on specimen design and small scale validation testing, use of a 3D imaging device to capture real-time motion alongside tradition instrumentation, and data analysis using MATLAB. Students will work alongside the local project teams to conduct small- and large-scale tests. Current large-scale summer tests will include Reinforced Concrete Frames (Sasani) and Special Structural Walls (Wallace). http://nees.illinois.edu/

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (Program dates: May 22 to August 1, 2014)
REU students will assist in one of three projects at the University of Minnesota Twins Cities campus. One project is the interaction of rocking wall structural systems and surrounding frames. Student tasks include analyzing data from two tests conducted at the MAST Laboratory and potentially helping with connection tests between the rocking wall system and floor slabs. The second project deals with enhancing the seismic performance and design of a partially grouted masonry building. Student tasks include: specimen design, construction, instrumentation, testing and data analysis of full-scale sub-assemblage tests of partially-grouted masonry, flanged shear walls with openings. The third project is a computer science project real-time data viewer. Student tasks include: working with the site IT manager to write code to create the new software tool. The tool will allow researchers to create customizable graphs of sensor data, which can be used during an experiment to create situational awareness during an experiment.
http://nees.umn.edu

Tsunami Research Facility

Oregon State University, Corvallis Oregon (Program dates: June 16 to August 22, 2014)
OSU has a unique and state-of-the-art Tsunami Research facility. Students will be working on the” Tsunami Induced Coherent Structures and their Impact on our Coastal Infrastructure” project which will include instrument set-up in the tsunami wave basin, data collection and analysis. This project may demand students get wet and or dirty at times. http://nees.oregonstate.edu

Shake Table

The University of Nevada, Reno (Program dates: June 2 to August 8, 2014)
Students working at the University of Nevada will conduct laboratory and analytical research. One student will assist with setup and testing of a large-scale bridge spanning three shake tables in the newly completed laboratory. The other student will focus on refining data from a full-scale building tested in Japan to make it viewable by external users in the NEEShub. For more information about the lab facilities, visithttp://nees.unr.edu/

University of California, San Diego (Program dates: June 16 to August 24, 2014)
REU students will assist in one of two projects to be tested on the UCSD Large High Performance Outdoor Shake Table (LHPOST). One project will investigate the seismic performance of partially grouted reinforced masonry wall systems and will consist of a full-scale one-story building tested on the shake table. The second project will investigate new seismic design concepts for light-frame residential construction through a 2-story house tested on the shake table. First, the house will be seismically isolated and then tested without isolation to fully evaluate the performance of the unibody framing system. Most of the testing for the second project will occur in late August or early September. Therefore, students on the quarter system are encouraged to apply for this project. Activities for both projects may include the design and construction of test specimens, instrumentation set-up, the participation in the execution of the tests, data analysis, and analytical studies. http://nees.ucsd.edu/

Please indicate your interest in working at these sites:
1 = most interested
3 = less interesting, but would still be glad to work there
5 = very last choice but would still consider this site
6 = not interested / would not work there

You may rank any site with any number (so you could for example have 3 first-choice sites and no site you would not work at).

Please consider the program dates at each site when making your selections.
Field Research Site - University of California at Los Angeles
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Large Scale Laboratory - Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA
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Large Scale Laboratory - University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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Tsunami Research Facility - Oregon State University, Corvallis
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Large Scale Laboratory - University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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Shake Table - University of California, San Diego
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Shake Table - University of Nevada, Reno
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Question #15:
In less than 200 words summarize the reasons behind your site ranking process.
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Question #16:
Please check all courses that you have taken in Engineering, Math, and Computer Science (include courses you will have completed by June 2014).


























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If you selected "Other" above, please specify:
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Indicate if you know the following software or have the following skills:















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If you selected "Other" above, please specify:
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Question #18:
If you have used MATLAB in the past, please rate your proficiency:




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Question #19:
Please provide a brief statement (500 words or less) describing your academic and career goals and how your NEESreu experience might benefit those goals.
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Question #20:
Briefly describe (300 words or less) how your education and work experience to date prepare you to intern in an advanced engineering laboratory.
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Briefly describe any extracurricular activities or clubs you are a member of; also note any leadership roles you hold.
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Have you had previous undergraduate research experience, beyond organized laboratory coursework?



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If you selected "Other" above, please specify:
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If so, please describe and list any publication/presentations that resulted.
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Please indicate the highest level of education you plan to complete:
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Please rate your understanding of the application and selection process for graduate school, e.g., how to prepare statements of research interest, how to identify the best school for you.




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Question #26:
How did you hear about this REU program?








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If you selected "Other" above, please specify:
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Gender (Optional):


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Race and Ethnicity (You may check more than one box) (Optional):






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Question #29:
Did either of your parents or any of your siblings graduate from college? (Optional)


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If so, what is the highest degree received? (Optional)
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