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2015 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program

Description:

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility. In this program, the AAPM serves as a clearinghouse to match exceptional students with exceptional medical physicists, many who are faculty at leading research centers. Students participating in the program are placed into summer positions that are consistent with their interest. Students are selected for the program on a competitive basis to be an AAPM summer fellow. Each summer fellow receives a stipend from the AAPM.

Fellow Application/Award Process

Each applicant must complete the online AAPM Student application. Upload the application and ensure that it and all required supplementary information are sent to the AAPM Headquarters by the due date. An application is not complete unless all information is provided. The Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Subcommittee consists of qualified medical physicists, who will review all applications and make final decisions regarding award of fellowships. Once the fellowships have been awarded, the Subcommittee Chair will work with each student to select an appropriate mentor.

Remuneration, Travel, Insurance and Local Accommodations

The summer fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000 USD payable to the host institution for the 10-week period. This is not a salary; it is meant solely to subsidize students so that they may participate in the program. The $5,000 stipend will be paid by the AAPM in two equal installments. If the summer fellow does not complete the full summer internship program they shall not receive the full stipend. There are no other benefits.

The summer fellow is responsible for health or any other insurance. The AAPM will not provide any form of insurance coverage for the fellow at any time and specifically will not provide any insurance coverage for the fellow while they are working and in a residence at a host institution for their summer experience. The mentor is encouraged to work proactively with the host institution to establish appropriate insurance coverage for the summer fellow ahead of their arrival.  This might be achieved for example by the institution designating the Fellow as a “worker”, “student trainee”, “volunteer” or other appropriate personnel category.  The mentor is encouraged to assist with locating housing for the Summer Fellow.

The fellowship will be for a period of 10 weeks during the summer academic period (May to September ), which is mutually suitable to the mentor and fellow.

Students are encourged to contact mentors to seek assistance with securing housing.

Eligibility Criteria:

Each student applicant shall have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies, but shall not have graduated, i.e. rank of junior or senior. Students with graduation date of May 2015 are not eligible. Applicants shall have declared a major or be eligible to declare a major in physics, engineering, or other science, which requires mathematics at least through differential equations, modern physics/quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism or equivalent courses in engineering sciences. Summer Undergraduate Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and Permanent residents of the U.S.

Upload the completed application. Send supporting documentation to:
American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Attn: Jacqueline Ogburn

For additional information contact:
Jacqueline Ogburn
Education Manager
(301) 209-3394
E-mail: jackie@aapm.org

Mentor Qualifications

Each mentor shall be a faculty medical physicist in a university environment or a qualified medical physicist. Each mentor shall be a full member of the AAPM. Each mentor shall be employed by a university, a hospital or clinical facility, or a radiological industry within the United States or Canada.

Mentor Application/Selection Process

Each mentor must complete the online AAPM Mentor application by the due date. The Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Subcommittee screens and selects qualified mentors who offer an opportunity for an outstanding research project or clinical experience in medical physics. In making that assessment, the Subcommittee evaluates the appropriateness of the project for junior or senior physics students (or equivalent), the qualifications of the mentor, the appropriateness of the laboratory and clinical facility, and the availability of administrative support.

For additional information contact:
Jacqueline Ogburn
Education Manager
(301) 209-3394
E-mail: jackie@aapm.org

Type: offering
Year: 2015
Open: November 12, 2014
Deadline: February 02, 2015
Application Form: Template_2015 SUFP.pdf
Mentor Form: MentorTemp_2015 SUFP.pdf

2015 DREAM Undergraduate Fellowship

Description:

The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring Program "DREAM" is a 10 week summer program designed to increase the number of underrepresented groups in medical physics by creating new opportunities, outreach and mentoring geared towards diversity recruitment of undergraduate students in the field of medical physics. Students participating in the program are placed into summer positions that are consistent with their interest. Students are selected for the program on a competitive basis to be a DREAM fellow. Each DREAM fellow receives a stipend from the AAPM.

Fellow Application/Award Process

Each applicant must complete the online AAPM Student application. Upload the application and ensure that it and all required supplementary information is sent to the AAPM Headquarters by the due date. An application is not complete unless all information is provided. The Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Subcommittee consists of qualified medical physicists, who will review all applications and make final decisions regarding award of fellowships. Once the fellowships have been awarded, the Subcommittee Chair will work with each student to select an appropriate mentor.

Remuneration, Travel, and Local Accommodations

The summer fellow will receive a stipend of $5,000 USD payable to the host institution for the 10-week period. This is not a salary; it is meant solely to subsidize students so that they may participate in the program. The $5,000 stipend will be paid by the AAPM in two equal installments. If the summer fellow does not complete the full summer internship program they shall not receive the full stipend. There are no other benefits.  Student are encouraged to seek mentor assistance with securing housing.

The summer fellow is responsible for health or any other insurance. The AAPM will not provide any form of insurance coverage for the fellow at any time and specifically will not provide any insurance coverage for the fellow while they are working and in a residence at a host institution for their summer experience. The mentor is encouraged to work proactively with the host institution to establish appropriate insurance coverage for the summer fellow ahead of their arrival. This might be achieved for example by the institution designating the Fellow as a "worker", "student trainee", "volunteer" or other appropriate personnel category. There are no other benefits.

The fellowship will be for a period of 10 weeks during the summer academic period (May to September), which is mutually suitable to the mentor and fellow.

Eligibility Criteria:

Each student applicant shall have completed at least 2 years of their undergraduate studies, but shall not have graduated, i.e. rank of junior or senior. Students with a graduation date of May 2015 aer not eligible. Applicants shall have declared a major or be eligible to declare a major in physics, engineering, or other science, which requires mathematics at least through differential equations, modern physics/quantum mechanics, electricity and magnetism or equivalent courses in engineering sciences. Summer Undergraduate Fellowships are restricted to U.S. citizens, Canadian citizens and Permanent residents of the U.S.

Upload the completed application.  Send supporting documentation to:
American Association of Physicists in Medicine.
One Physics Ellipse
College Park, MD 20740
Attn: Jacqueline Ogburn

For additional information contact:
Jacqueline Ogburn
Education Manager
(301) 209-3394
E-mail: jackie@aapm.org

Mentor Qualifications

Each mentor shall be a faculty medical physicist in a university environment or a qualified medical physicist. Each mentor shall be a full member of the AAPM. Each mentor shall be employed by a university, a hospital or clinical facility, or a radiological industry within the United States or Canada.

Mentor Application/Selection Process

Each mentor must complete the online AAPM Mentor application by the due date. The Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Subcommittee screens and selects qualified mentors who offer an opportunity for an outstanding research project or clinical experience in medical physics. In making that assessment, the Subcommittee evaluates the appropriateness of the project for junior or senior physics students (or equivalent), the qualifications of the mentor, the appropriateness of the laboratory and clinical facility, and the availability of administrative support.

For additional information contact:
Jacqueline Ogburn
Education Manager
(301) 209-3394
E-mail: jackie@aapm.org

Type: offering
Year: 2015
Open: November 12, 2014
Deadline: February 02, 2015
Application Form: Template_2015 DREAM.pdf
Mentor Form: MentorTemp_2015 DREAM.pdf

AAPM Research Seed Grant 2015

Description:

The Research Seed Funding Grant. Three $25,000 grants will be awarded to provide funds to develop exciting investigator-initiated concepts, which will hopefully lead to successful longer term project funding from the NIH or equivalent funding sources. Funding for grant recipients will begin on July 1 of the award year. Research results will be submitted for presentation at future AAPM meetings.

The award is not intended to provide salary support for the applicant, however any other research-related expenses, including travel to scientific meetings, will be supported.  Travel expense should be included in the submitted budget. At the end of the 12-month period a report should be forwarded to the AAPM, along with itemized expenses.  The award will not support indirect costs.  Any unspent funds should be returned to the AAPM.

Sponsored by the AAPM Education and Research Fund

Eligibility Criteria:

  • 5 years or less since awarding of Ph.D.
  • Must be a member of the AAPM at the time of application. (any membership category) Pending membership status not acceptable.
  • No previous grants >$50,000 as principle investigator.
  • Previously funded projects are ineligible.
  • Prior Seed Grant recipients are ineligible.

Application Requirements

  • Five page description of research project (including figures and tables), separated into (a) specific aims, (b) background and significance, (c) preliminary results, (d) research plan, (e) literature cited and (f) budget.  Note that sections (e) and (f) do not count towards the five-page limit.  As the competition for the seed grant is high, eligible applicants are encouraged to also submit their applications for other awards, e.g.
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  • CV (no more than 4 pages).
  • Letter of support from division/department chair demonstrating support for the project and authorization of time and resources to complete the proposed research.

Review Criteria

  • 50%      Scientific merit of proposal (significance, innovation, environment, and soundness of approach)
  • 25%      Potential for project to develop into a major project fundable by NIH, DOE, DOD, etc.
  • 25%      Background of investigator
Type: grant
Year: 2014
Open: November 12, 2014
Deadline: March 20, 2015
Application Form: Template_SEED GRANT 2015.pdf
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