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AIM Photonics Future Leaders: Research and Professional Skills Training Program

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

The AIM Photonics Future Leaders Program is an 8-week summer research internship program designed to provide the technical and professional training required for university undergraduates to transition into careers within the photonics industry.Training and professional development activities are hosted by the West Coast Headquarters of AIM Photonics at the UC Santa Barbara campus with opportunities to participate in research at UC Santa Barbara, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Arizona, and SUNY Polytechnic Albany - Colleges of Nanoscale Science and Engineering.

Science and engineering undergraduates will work alongside graduate student and postdoctoral researchers to gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment. Research areas include Telecom/Datacom, RF Analog Applications, PIC Sensors, and PIC Array Technologies. The program is open to all undergraduate students majoring in science, mathematics, or engineering. Military Veterans and disadvantaged or underrepresented students are encouraged to apply.

Program Benefits:

Once selected as undergraduate research intern, students participate in guided programming in collaboration with AIM partners at university and industry sites across the country. The AIM Photonics Future Leaders Program is designed to nurture students’ academic achievement and career exploration by providing guidance and an invaluable opportunity to explore their discipline, experience a research environment, and improve their competitiveness for future study and employment in photonics and related science and engineering fields. Each intern is mentored by a member of the UCSB faculty and their research group, who assist the student in designing and carrying out a plan of research.

Program Details:

•Interns are paid $4000 over the 8-week program.

•Oral and written science communication skills development.

•Weekly seminar course with faculty and industry speakers.

•Networking events with industry and faculty.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of California, Santa Barbara (Lead)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
State University of New York (SUNY), Albany
University of Arizona

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Optics & Photonics
Sensor Science & Engineering
STEM Fields

Engineering Research
Manufacturing Engineering
Nanomaterials Science & Engineering
Optical Communications & Networking
Wireless Communications
Workforce Development

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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