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  • Website manager at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 02/07/2022 Interdisciplinary project is looking for a website manager for the Spring semester. Major roles: building a website (Virginia Tech as website host), uploading audiovisual material (short videos) several times during the semester. It is an approximately 2-hour per week job, $16/hrs, starting early February. Work intensive periods: February (building the main website), April-May (uploading videos and project updates). Candidates must be seasoned in website building. In addition, creativity, reliability, punctuality, good communications skills are preferred.
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunity - Hurricane Forecasting (Summer 2022) at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 02/01/2022 NSF-Funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Opportunity at Virginia Tech in Summer 2022Description: An NSF-funded REU position in the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is available for summer 2022. The candidate will work with Dr. Stephanie Zick and Dr. Craig Ramseyer to evaluate landfalling hurricane rainfall forecasts in high-resolution hurricane forecasting models, such as the Hurricane Weather and Research Forecasting (HWRF) model. Benefits: The successful applicant will receive the following benefits:●      $800 per week stipend over 8 weeks●      $1000 housing subsistence to assist with finding and securing summer housing●      Registration, travel and lodging for a national scientific conference the following year Qualifications: Undergraduate students majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, or a related field are encouraged to apply. Prospective students should be interested in numerical weather prediction and machine learning. Strong communication and writing skills are essential. Experience with computer programming software such as Python or Matlab is also essential. Additional training will be available in Python. Experience with numerical weather prediction output in GRIB format is preferred but not required. Women and minority students are especially encouraged to apply.  Department: The Department of Geography at Virginia Tech is a dynamic, growing, and collaborative environment with 20 full-time faculty and 25 graduate students. The department offers an M.S. in Geography, a B.A. in Geography and a B.S. in Meteorology. More information about the department is available on the website: https://geography.vt.edu/ Location: Virginia Tech is located in Blacksburg, VA, which is situated in the mountains of southwest Virginia, approximately 45 minutes west of Roanoke. Outdoor opportunities abound in the region, with the New River and Appalachian Trail in close proximity to the Virginia Tech campus. To Apply: Questions about applying can be sent to Drs. Stephanie Zick (sezick@vt.edu) or Craig Ramseyer (ramseyer@vt.edu). Students should send their final applications to Dr. Stephanie Zick. Applications packages include a cover letter, resume or CV, and a list of three (3) references. Applications will be due February 1, 2022.  *Our intention is to conduct a fully in-person experience, but developments in the COVID-19 pandemic may move some or all of the REU project to an online or hybrid format.
  • Undergraduate Researcher for credit - High-order Harmonic generation from divalent atoms at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/30/2022 Dr. Turker Topcu at the Mathematics Department is looking for an undergraduate researcher for credit to work on high-order harmonic generation from excited states of a helium atom. It has been computationally demonstrated that in such systems, the high-order harmonic photon emission can dramatically increase. More intense broadband generated in this way can be used to compose more intense ultra-short pulses (such as attosecond pulses) to study/manipulate electronic motion inside atoms in real-time. This is a computational project, and the PI will provide existing codes. However, the student will need to modify some parts of the code as directed by the PI. The prospective student should have some experience in C/C++ programming and parallel computing. Previous exposure to quantum mechanics will be necessary. 
  • Undergraduate Researcher for credit - Rydberg atoms in optical lattices at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/30/2022 Dr. Turker Topcu at the Mathematics Department is looking for an undergraduate researcher for credit who will work on simulating time-dependent dynamics of Rydberg atoms trapped in optical lattices. Specifically, we will study multiphoton excitations between Ry states of opposite-field seeking character in optical lattices with wavelengths ranging from infrared to the microwave region. Multiphoton transitions between Ry states can be well simulated using classical physics, and we will focus on the classical phase space picture of the excitation dynamics by numerically solving the classical equations of motion. The PI will provide existing codes, however, the student will need to modify some parts of the code as directed by the PI. These codes will help us investigate the non-perturbative dynamics of Ry atoms in an optical lattice which can provide insight into how such processes can be used to improve quantum gate protocols in quantum information processing using neutral cold atoms.This is a computational project, and the prospective student should have some experience in C/C++ programming. Previous exposure to classical/quantum mechanics is helpful but not critically essential. 
  • Undergraduate Researcher (w/Credit) in Stem Cell and Rodent Disease Model at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 12/31/2030 Dr. He Lab at the College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for undergraduate student researcher with strong interests in the research projects associated with stem cell, biomaterials, and rodent models of cardiovascular diseases. Students with previous biological reserach experience and basic wet-lab skills (e.g., PCR, Western blot, cell culture, and/or rodent handling) are highly desired. Students should be self-motivated, and willing to learn new experimental skills and working individually and collaboratively in a friendly working environment. 
  • Undergraduate Researchers in Deep Learning & Biomimetic Robotics at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/31/2022 Research assistantships for undergraduate students from CS, ECE, and ME are available in a research project sponsored by the Naval Engineering Education Center (NEEC). The project ("Bioinspired Physical Deep Learning Paradigm for Sonar Sensing in Cluttered Environments") seeks to integrate deep neural networks with a bat robot to reproduce the superior navigation abilities of bats that live in dense forests. The project has computational, electronic, as well as mechanical components and individual projects can be defined to match the interests of the respective undergraduate researcher. Projects can be carried out on an hourly wage basis ($13.33/h, 300 hours per semester maximum) or for credit in the form of undergraduate research. Undergraduate students at all levels, i.e., freshmen through senior, will be considered for the positions. Projects to work for credit are available to all students irrespective of citizenship status. Projects performed on a wage-basis are for US citizens only. US citizens working on the project will also have the opportunity to present their work at annual meetings at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport RI or another Navy R&D site and can receive help with finding internships and jobs in the Navy's R&D enterprise. Interested applicants should send their CV and unoffical transcript to Dr. Rolf Mueller at rolf.mueller@vt.edu and schedule an appointment.
  • Undergraduate Researcher at Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Employer: Virginia Tech Office of Undergraduate Research Expires: 05/30/2023 The Terrestrial Robotics and Engineering Controls (TREC) Lab at Virginia Tech is looking for Undergraduate Students from ME, ECE, CPE, and CS interested in working on the numerous ongoing projects which include Humanoid Robots, Exoskeletons, Robotic Manipulation, and Autonomous Vehicles, just to mention a few. The lab will provide a collaborative environment where students from different disciplines will be working together towards a common goal and learning from each other. Working on any of these projects can result in credit hours toward Independent Studies, Undergraduate Research, or Senior Design Projects, depending upon the student's preference. Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students will be considered and project assignments will be tailored to the expertise already available, or that the student is seeking to develop.Interested applicants should send their CV to Dr. Leonessa at aleoness@vt.edu and use https://doodle.com/mm/alexanderleonessa/book-a-time to schedule an appointment.