Research Exchange Opportunities 2017/2018

Research exchange opportunities in the United States and China

Background

The School of Materials Science and Engineering at UNSW is offering up to 8 students the opportunity to undertake a short term research exchange at either North Carolina State University (NCSU), or Tsinghua University, China, during the summer break from November 2017 through to late February of 2018.
 
This program is an excellent opportunity for students to gain critical research skills, develop international contacts in the materials science and engineering discipline and to experience the global nature of scientific research.  The program may count towards the industrial training component of the BE degree or a 6 unit of credit research course (this is dependent on your program authority agreeing to it). Upon return, participating students will be required to present a poster about their research experience at the annual School industrial training poster night.  Details from previous years participants at NCSU can be found here.

Eligibility

The program is open to students enrolled in a BE in Materials Science and Engineering (or any of the double degree programs incorporating this), or students from the BSc (Advanced) program undertaking (or even just considering) a Materials Science major. 
Students must be continuing their studies as a full time student in semester 1 of 2018.

Locations and Projects

The project topics in all cases will be aligned with an academic at UNSW so you can continue the work upon return, or write up results for publication (maybe the work will even develop into your honours project or more!).

North Carolina State University (NCSU)

With more than 34,000 students and nearly 8,000 faculty and staff, NCSU is globally recognised in fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. At NCSU you will work under the guidance of an academic within the Department of Materials Science and Engineering .

Tsinghua

The School of Materials Science and Engineering at Tsinghua University is world renowned as a leading global institution (the MIT of Asia!).  The School has 89 teaching and research staff members, 29 technical staff members, over 350 undergraduate students and 480 postgraduate research students.  The school consistently ranks in the top 20 schools worldwide for materials science and engineering and clearly ranks as number 1 in Asia.

Financial Assistance

As the program funding depends on external grant money, this is a bit complicated so please read carefully.

NCSU

For Australian citizens and permanent residents only, the program cost is subsidised by a scholarship of up to $4000 to assist with travel and living expenses during the exchange period.  Australian citizens and permanent residents are also eligible to cover additional costs using the OS-HELP loan scheme (google it).  Note: the estimated cost for flights and accommodation for the proposed period at NCSU is $5500 but this is heavily dependent on the currency exchange rate.

Tsinghua

For Australian citizens and permanent residents only, the program cost is subsidised by a scholarship of $3000 to assist with travel and living expenses during the exchange period.  It is expected that this will cover the full costs of flights and accommodation for the duration of the stay.  Australian citizens and permanent residents will also be eligible to cover additional costs using the OS-HELP loan scheme for additional funds if thought necessary.

How to Apply

Interested students should email to Dr John Daniels by 27th of July with: 1) a detailed CV, and 2) a 150 word letter outlining your motivation for taking part in the program.  Indicate in the application letter if you would like to be considered for a placement at NCSU or Tsinghua only, or both (including an order of preference).  Candidates will be selected based on their academic history, ability to undertake self-guided study and contributions to the school environment.  It is expected that students will be selected and informed by late August.