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IOU-NA Student Presents at NGWA Conference

FullSizeRenderDuring my attendance at the National Ground Water Association conference I had the opportunity to present my research to the attendees. My research presented was from an internship conducted at the University of Arizona during the summer of 2015. In addition, the research presented was from a combination of two Hydrology graduate students and a professors work. The NGWA conference was primarily focused on ground water quality in the Southwestern area of the United States. Also, the conference included water discharge/recharge in urban areas, climate change, private well inspections, water toxins, public awareness, water conservation, and local water rights. Throughout the conference I gained valuable information about the ground water quality in the surrounding area that I may be able to use for future research. This opportunity  could not have occurred without the assistance and funding from CIAN’s REU IOU-NA program, UROC, and NSF.

Learn more about the IOU-NA Program and how to apply!

Galveston Begaye - Fort Lewis College, Summer 2015 Participant

Galveston Begaye – IOU-NA 2015 Participant, Fort Lewis College

Galveston attends Fort Lewis College as an undergraduate student studying Engineering. Over the 2015 Summer IOU-NA REU program he researched “Changes in DOM Quantity and Quality in a Southern Rockies Forested Catchment Introduction” with Professor Tom Meixner.  He hails from the Navajo Nation and the Táchii’nii – Red-Running-Into-The-Water Clan and Ashiihi – Salt Clan.

CIAN Research Featured by NSF

The National Science Foundation recently visited CIAN at the University of Arizona and spoke with Dr. Nasser Peyghambarian, Director of the CIAN Engineering Research Center, and other researchers on the topic of cutting-edge 3-D hologram technology.

The article discusses the exciting impacts of CIAN’s research and how it “could be felt in almost every home. Ultra-high data bandwidth and cost effective services could contribute to business innovation, improve educational opportunities, enhance distribution of medical services, minimize the environmental impact from infrastructure and pollution, enable new and varied entertainment opportunities, and increase overall national security, just to name a few possibilities.”

Watch the video by Science Nation here!

And learn more about CIAN’s research and the future of 3-D technologies from Dr. Pierre-Alexandre Blanche as he speaks on

“Drowning the Internet and then saving it: Holographic 3-D display and holographic optical switch.”

 

IOU-Native Americans Summer Research Program Accepting Applications

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

Application Deadline: January 31, 2016

Program Dates: June 6, 2016 – August 12, 2016 (TBD)

WHAT IS CIAN?

CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, an Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF that consists of research labs at 10 different universities. CIAN offers a 10-week summer program designed for undergraduate Native American students interested in exploring optics and photonics, as well as hydrology, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, or environmental sciences. (See a slideshow of the Summer 2014 IOU-NA at the bottom of this page).

WHAT IS IOU-NA?

IOU_NA_002The Integrated Optics for Undergraduate Native Americans (IOU-NA) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program is designed for Native American students interested in participating in hands-on research opportunities in top laboratories in optics and photonics, as well as in hydrology, astronomy, soil sciences, atmospheric sciences, and environmental sciences. Selected students are paired with a research project complementing their interests and goals.

Galveston BegayIMG_4579IOU-NA students will also participate in Native American focused workshops facilitated by University of Arizona’s Native American-serving entities, gain hands-on experience in CIAN’s culturally relevant two-week Native American focused Optics Research Workshop (ORW), attend presentations given by Native American STEM graduate students and faculty, as well as participate in other activities designed to support Native American Undergraduate students.

STIPEND

CSC_5743A stipend of $5,000 is available for successful participation in the full 10-week program. Additionally, travel to and from the university at the start and close of the program will be covered as well as housing on campus (Want to participate but live off-campus? Contact us with questions about off-campus housing.) during the 10-weeks of the program. (Something else holding you back from applying for the opportunity? Please contact us!)

EXAMPLES OF PREVIOUS PROJECTS

  • Smartphone-Based Ocular Imaging System
  • Investigating Lead and Arsenic Exposure Risks to a Community Area through Analysis of Airborne Particles on Children’s Playground Surface Equipment
  • Changes in DOM Quantity and Quality in a Southern Rockies Forested Catchment
  • Polarized Raman Microscopy of Aligned Carbon Nanotubes
  • The Influence of Ordered Nanostructured Carbon Electrodes on Supercapacitor Performance
  • Evidence for Deep Mountain Block Circulation from Stream Chemical Data in Sabino Creek
  • Nutrient Uptake by Plants and their Associated Microbiota Grown in Different Porous Rock Substrate
  • Optimization of Optical Transmission of Gigabit Ethernet Rates

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Native American undergraduates, attending a two or four-year college or tribal college, of all levels studying a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) major. Minimum 3.0 GPA required, on a 4.0 scale. US Citizenship or permanent residency is also required.

APPLY TO THE IOU-NA PROGRAM!

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 31, 2016

SEE THE FLYER!

READ ABOUT PAST STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCES

Solianna Herrera – Atmospheric Sciences, “My Experience with CIAN’s IOU-NA program”
Robert Castellanos – Optics, “A Packed Schedule – “Plunging into academics with CIAN”

ADDITIONAL MATERIALS REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION

Letter of Recommendation

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelop by the letter writer, or emailed directly by the letter writer. Please give your letter writer this form to complete.

Official Transcript

Please mail an official transcript to the CIAN headquarters.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

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CIAN-wide Perfect Pitch Winner

Congratulations to Atiyah Ahsan of Columbia University!

The National Science Foundation’s Perfect Pitch competition invites students from Engineering Research Centers around the nation to compete at the NSF Biennial Meeting. Essentially an elevator pitch, competitors must put forward a proposal dealing with their ERC’s research topics and the importance of their own research to its goals.

CIAN recently held an internal Perfect Pitch competition where CIAN faculty judges select the student to represent CIAN at the NSF Biennial Meeting in Arlington, VA. Students from Columbia, the University of Arizona, University of California San Diego, and Tuskegee University competed. The CIAN judges have selected Atiyah Ahsan of Columbia University to represent CIAN at the NSF Biennial Meeting.

CIAN-wide Perfect Pitch Winner

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Atiyah Ahsan – Columbia University

Atiyah responded to her success in the CIAN-wide competition with the following statement:

“Having been a CIAN student for the past 4 years, I have had the opportunity to participate in various Innovation to Market workshops and a entrepreneurship class at Columbia Business School. I am looking forward to applying the knowledge from these experiences and representing CIAN nationally at the NSF Perfect Pitch competition.”

CIAN-wide competition participants
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Now Accepting! Teachers

Are you or do you know of a STEM teacher (K-12 & Community College) that wants first hand experience in a scientific laboratory doing research?

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The Research in Optics for K-14 Educators & Teachers (ROKET) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is the perfect opportunity! This National Science Foundation funded program will host teachers of predominantly Native American students (or who are Native American themselves) to do research with top professors and graduate students on the University of Arizona campus for 6-weeks.

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