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labApplications are currently being accepted for the 2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Internship in Petroleum & Geosystems Engineering.  The application deadline has been extended to January 15, 2012. Each participant will have the opportunity to choose a project and work with a faculty member. At the conclusion of the program, students are expected to present their research in an open forum.

The program is designed to give undergraduates a realistic idea of how graduate-level research works in the department. In addition to experiencing the excitement of academic research, interns learn about applying to graduate school, funding a graduate program, and succeeding as a graduate student. Petroleum engineers earn the highest average salary of all engineers and work to provide the energy that makes the world run. Research projects in previous summers have covered enhanced hydrocarbon recovery, CO2 sequestration, methane hydrates, subsurface characterization, heavy oil recovery, numerical reservoir simulation, reservoir engineering, production, drilling, and environmental remediation.

The program begins June 1, 2012 and offers a $5000 stipend for 10 weeks of full-time work. Participants must have a 3.0+ GPA, and U.S. citizenship or permanent residency. Applicants may be students of any engineering discipline, geosciences, math, or natural sciences. The program is intended for students who have a strong desire to pursue a PhD.

Students who wish to apply should submit:

Resume – The resume should contain the applicant’s preferred contact information, undergraduate major, year in program, GPA, residency status, and contact information for a professor who is willing to serve as a reference. The resume should list any awards or honors the applicant has received and should outline all previous lab experience and/or work experience.

Statement of Purpose (1 – 2 pages) – Applicants should discuss previous lab experience (if any) and long-term career and academic goals in the statement of purpose. Applicants should explain how participating in the program will facilitate meeting those goals.

The resume and statement of purpose should be emailed to Erin Gandy at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .