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REI Energy Contest Winners announced for 2018

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 (Left to Right: Maya Robles, Emily Cheng, Stephen Petrides, Zijun Xu, Swati Modhwadia, Evan Lutz,  Emily Nanneman)

The Rutgers Energy Institute (REI) annually challenges Rutgers undergraduates to develop implementable plans for reducing energy consumption on campus.

The three winning entries were awarded prizes at the 2018 REI Annual Symposium.

Read more: REI Energy Contest Winners announced for 2018

Solar-Powered Sea Slugs Shed Light on Search for Perpetual Green Energy

In an amazing achievement akin to adding solar panels to your body, a northeast sea slug sucks raw materials from algae to provide its lifetime supply of solar-powered energy, according to a study by Rutgers University–New Brunswick and other scientists.

“It’s a remarkable feat because it’s highly unusual for an animal to behave like a plant and survive solely on photosynthesis,” said Debashish Bhattacharya, senior author of the study and distinguished professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers–New Brunswick. “The broader implication is in the field of artificial photosynthesis. That is, if we can figure out how the slug maintains stolen, isolated plastids to fix carbon without the plant nucleus, then maybe we can also harness isolated plastids for eternity as green machines to create bioproducts or energy. The existing paradigm is that to make green energy, we need the plant or alga to run the photosynthetic organelle, but the slug shows us that this does not have to be the case.” Read more

NASA iTech Challenge - Seeks Energy Ideas to Improve Life on Earth, Enhance Space Exploration

ARPA-E has joined NASA to launch a new NASA iTech challenge, a competition inviting the nation’s top entrepreneurs and researchers to showcase their ideas for transformative energy concepts. 

The challenge seeks to identify innovative technologies that can improve energy generation, storage and distribution to the benefit of both space exploration and life on Earth. ARPA-E will support the competition and judging process by providing subject matter expertise across a wide variety of energy technologies.

Inventors and entrepreneurs can submit a five-page white paper on their concept on the NASA iTech websitethrough April 29, 2018. A panel of subject matter experts from NASA and ARPA-E will review ideas submitted and select the top 10 finalists based on their relevance and potential impact.

The top 10 finalists will be invited to present their ideas to NASA and ARPA-E technologists, other energy and space experts and potential investors at the 2018 NASA iTech Cycle II Forum this June in New York City.

A few examples of technology sub-themes that NASA believes have the potential to improve future space power systems include, but are not limited to:

  • FUEL CELLS AND REGENERATIVE FUEL CELLS

  • HIGH-ENERGY DENSITY BATTERIES AND SUPERCAPACITORS

  • SOLAR POWER SYSTEMS

  • SMALL FISSION POWER SYSTEMS

  • INNOVATIVE POWER MANAGEMENT AND DISTRIBUTION (INCLUDING SMART GRIDS AND WIRELESS POWER TRANSFER)

  • X-FACTOR ENERGY

 

Women in Energy Internship Funding Application for female graduate students

The  Center on Global Energy Policy 
Women in Energy 
Internship Funding Application 
Stipends are awarded to outstanding female students who have secured summer internship positions with companies or organizations in energy related sectors. Opportunity is open to non-Columbia female graduate students. 

Internship Funding Eligibility

  • The internship must be relevant to the energy or climate field.
  • The internship offer must be secured at the time of application.
  • "Independent study" internships or academic courses abroad are not eligible.
  • Internship is unpaid.
  • Positions must be a minimum of 6 weeks in duration.
  • Internships in student's family-owned organizations are not eligible.
  • Must be a current female grad student as of Summer 2018. 

All student and internship eligibility requirements must be met in order to qualify for consideration. 

 
Application requirements:

  • 1 page memo – It must include student’s name, UNI & Columbia ID number (for Columbia students), telephone number, school email address, year of graduation, reason for interning in your chosen organization/company, and reason for applying for the Internship Stipend. This is needs-based funding; students are required to demonstrate a need for the stipend in the memo.
    • For CU students: Stipends will be mailed to the address in the Columbia Student Services system.
  • Curriculum vitae/résumé – Students must include a current CV/ résumé and information on academic standing. 
  • Recommendation letter: one confidential letter of recommendation (sent under separate cover by the recommender).
  • Internship verification: Letter from a representative of the organization with which you plan to perform your internship.
    • Must include:
      • Representative’s title and contact information
      • Job description: Detailed description of tasks and responsibilities to be performed
      • Internship start and end date
      • Specify that the internship is unpaid

By accepting the funding, you are agreeing to the following commitments:

  1. Writing or speaking about your experience which may involve:
    1. Writing a short article or blog post describing your experience for the Center on Global Energy Policy Women in Energy program website
  2. Summary report sent within six weeks of the completion of the internship to be featured in the Women in Energy website and
  3. Participating in activities promoting the Women in Energy program, including but not limited to: speaking at an informational session for the Center on Global Energy Policy, or relevant student clubs’ events and
  4. Completing an end-of-semester stipend funding survey/debrief and
  5. Producing a thank you note to the donors for the Women in Energy program 

Deadline: 
Application materials should be emailed in a single packet (except for the confidential recommendation letter, which should be emailed directly by the recommender).Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
THIS APPLICATION IS DUE May 1, 2018.
 
To submit application packet or if you have any questions,
please contact Jully Meriño Carela at jem2245@sipa.columbia.edu.