NSF’s INTERN program prepares students for STEM careers outside of academia

NSF’s INTERN program prepares students for STEM careers outside of academia


The NSF INTERN program providing
graduate students immersive internship experiences outside of academia. Through this internship at Boeing I’ve gained a better understanding of the challenges that Boeing faces when it comes to manufacturing aerospace parts, which gives me a better idea of how to
implement my research in piezospectroscopy to meet industry needs This was not just significant for her own professional and scientific goals but also for the students that she mentors here at UCF Today the majority of
masters and PhD degree holders in stem work in industry or government not in
academia The NSF INTERN program aligns perfectly with our goal to expand experiential learning for our graduate students students while supporting the needs of
our industry partners It does that by supporting research focused internships
at a diverse spectrum of host organizations in industry, small business,
the nonprofit sector, mostly government research labs At the CDC I was able to work
alongside leading researchers in the public health arena tackling urgent problems relevant to both the CDC’s more applied mission and my own fundamental research I’ve been working with the Cape
Cod commercial fishermen’s Alliance At the Army Corps of Engineers at the USGS at Los Alamos National Laboratory the Upstate freshwater Institute, a small
local science-based not-for-profit organization And the program benefits
academic institutions and host organizations too It’ been a great
experience for us in terms of developing better connections with faculty and also
opportunity to explore future research collaborations with local university It was also good for our lab because we expanded our collaboration and extended our research in different directions Through the project we evolved a collaborative
research program on manufacturing with the GM researchers I was able to gather
both technical and organizational skills needed to develop me further in my
career Work with many different types of scientists in the industry So I really had and opportunity to learn about the
technical difficulties of scaling up and applying the new technique I developed in the lab to real industrial problems I’ve learned so much over the past four months and
four months and I’m really looking forward to the next two month of my program here And so overall this grant has really allowed me the opportunity to learn a lot of things
that I feel like I would not have learned without collaborating with
industry my appointment at the CDC not only significantly shortened the time to move
current research from concept to completion but also inspired many new
research questions at the crossroads of fluid mechanics and biology- questions that I hope to answer in my own lab one day I wish all of my students get some
kind of industrial exposure during grad school. I really thank the NSF and INTERN program for making this happen.

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