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Some help for this summer

  1. Apr 10, 2005 #1
    I am a junior and I had been applying to the NASASHARP internship. I was declined due to the fact that they want under-represented ethnic groups, and I happen to be white.. Anyway, I live in New York and would really like to work in a lab or as an intern this summer. I would love to make it out to california, but honestly, it isn't a huge deal where I go. I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions for summer programs still open? Also, I am interested strongly in chemistry, if that helps.. Please let me know what you think, I would really appreciate it.
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  3. Apr 10, 2005 #2
    Tough break, mate. Doesn't help that you're sorta late into the game either...
    Here's a website that lists a LOT of summer programs, you might want to look through it:http://sciserv.org/stp/ [Broken] and cross your fingers that some will still take you. If nothing available strikes your fancy, look up the nearest university and see if they have anything you can do there (feel free to email profs too, it can't hurt). And if you have any connections in this way USE IT! The first research job I ever got at a local uni was through a professor whose husband was friends with my dad, and I just happened to exploit that connection.
    Best of luck.
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  4. Apr 10, 2005 #3


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    It's funny, I talk to people who make decisions about this sort of thing (admissions, scholarships, etc.) and they tell me that ethnicity is very rarely the deciding factor, yet I've heard countless stories from white men who claim to have lost something due to an affirmative action-like policy. I'm starting to suspect sour grapes every time somebody tells me something like this...
  5. Apr 10, 2005 #4
    This has been copied from the NASASHARP application:


    Also, the letter they sent me notifying me of my rejection sounded very similar...

    Anyway, I have been doing a lot of aerogel research in last 8 months and have been talking a lot with professors and researchers at MIT, NASA's JPL and GRC, and a few other places.. I know that Bekeley Labs offer a bunch of summer programs, but I don't know if any are residential, because that is the only way I would be able to head out there.. I emailed them, as well as a few others, but if any of you have other ideas please let me know, thanks.
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