Following the great success of the University of Delaware's College of Engineering Summer Research Program of these last 2 years, we are planning forward to repeat for the Summer 2010. Last year, 13 Visiting Scholars from 8 different institutions have participated in the program. So far, at least 6 'alumni' of these Summer Programs have returned to the University of Delaware's College of Engineering to pursue graduate studies. We expect a few more will be joining them for the Fall 2010 admission. Based on this success, we have been able to convince the University's administration to launch a joint Master degree program between the University of Delaware and several Colombian institutions.
This year, we are once again looking to attract the best potential Ph.D. candidates from Colombia to do research here in Delaware from early June to late August 2010. Through this program, the participants will gain a unique access to our ongoing research programs & capabilities and get to
know our faculty members, providing a strong advantage when applying for admission in one of our graduate programs.
This program is primarily intended for the best Faculty Members with Master degrees and senior-level Master degree students near graduation and interested in pursuing Ph.D. studies abroad. Outstanding undergraduate students are also encouraged to apply.
So that everyone shares the commitment for the success of this program, the outline of the program would be as follow:
- The visiting scholars (or their home institution) would cover their transportation and Visa costs.
- Through the program, the University of Delaware & hosting Faculty members will provide a $1250/month stipend for the Visiting Scholars to cover their costs of living in Delaware. Just as we did last year, we are currently in negotiations to offer low-cost housing options with the University's housing services.
The procedure to apply for the program is most straightforward:
- The applicants should prepare a short 2-page resume (with up to 2 research publications attached).
- The applicant should prepare a 1-page cover letter describing his/her research interests (please be as specific as possible) and identifying up to 3 Faculty Members at the University of Delaware with similar research interests.
- The applicant should provide one letter of recommendation from his/her home institution providing a fair assessment of the candidate's skills as an academic researcher.
Based on the applications we receive, we plan to select 15 participants for the summer program.
To be ready for this summer, we absolutely need to have received all the applications by February 15th to initiate the applicants-faculty matching based on mutual research interests. We would like to have all the candidates selected by the end of February to make sure we have all the visa, health insurance and housing issues addressed in time. We will then work with the selected applicants on an individual basis to address the pending issues in time to be ready for the summer.
It is critical for everyone to contribute to the success of this experimental program by providing us with your best candidates. The success of this experimental program provides a very strong support for
future larger-scale institution and government funding efforts aiming to establish stronger research initiatives between Colombian Institutions and the University of Delaware, including joint doctoral degree programs.
I will be the contact person managing this exchange program. Please, do not hesitate to provide me with any questions or comments so that we may adjust the program to meet your needs and expectations.
Looking forward to hear from you in great numbers!
Sylvain G. Cloutier
Sylvain G. Cloutier, PhD
Dept. of Electrical & Computer Engineering
University of Delaware
310 DuPont Hall
Newark, DE 19716