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Undergraduate E-News for December 12, 2013


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Funding, Scholarships and Employment Opportunities

For up-to-date information about scholarships, their requirements and deadlines go to Scholarships for Continuing Students.

eCareer is a free online job search system for Penn State engineering students that is housed within the Engineering Career Resources and Employer Relations office in the College of Engineering. eCareer lists currently available domestic and international co-op, internship, research, and full-time positions at hundreds of companies and government agencies. Learn how to set up an eCareer account and connect to opportunities at About eCareer.

Coming Events

Review of Previous Announcements


  • Attention: Withdrawal Deadline is TOMORROW, Friday, December 13  If you are having academic difficulty in all or most of your classes, you can consider withdrawing from all of your classes for the semester. This is a serious decision and should be discussed with an advisor and your family. Check with Student Aid to learn what effect a withdrawal may have on your current and future financial aid. If you are an international student, discuss this decision with the Office of International Student Advising in 410 Boucke.

    Ask for help now! December 13 is the last day to process a withdrawal from Fall 2012.

    Complete information about withdrawal is on line in the DUS Handbook at

    Engineering Advising Center
    208 Hammond Building
    814 863 1033
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  • Entrance to Major Confirmation Period  Students in the Spring 2014 Entrance-to-Major (ETM) pool recently received an email with information and directions about the entrance-to-major confirmation period. Please read the information carefully and follow the directions. If you did not receive the email or have questions please contact the Engineering Advising Center.

    Students in the Spring 2014 entrance-to-major pool must confirm their choice of majors during the confirmation period, which opens on Thursday, January 2 and closes at the end of the day on Friday, February 14, 2014. Use the Entrance to Major function, under the Major/Minor tab, in eLion.

    All students in the Spring 2014 ETM pool who wish to choose a major in the College of Engineering must confirm their major choices using this process. If you have questions about the process please contact the Engineering Advising Center at 814-863-1033 or email Complete information is on the web at
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  • Important Dates  December 13 (Friday) Withdrawal - Deadline
    December 13 (Friday) Classes End
    December 14 - 15 (Saturday - Sunday) Study Days
    December 16 - 20 (Monday - Friday) Final Exams
    December 21 (Saturday) Commencement
    January 2 - 27 (Thursday - Monday) Intent to Graduate - Activation Period
    January 10 (Friday) Leave of Absence - Deadline
    January 11 (Saturday) Arrival Day - New Students
    January 12 (Sunday) Student Registration - Deadline
    January 13 (Monday) Classes Begin for Spring 2014 Semester
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  • Important End of Semester Policies  Deferred Grades
    Unable to finish a course on time? Check out the deferred grade policies:

    Leave of Absence
    Need or want to take next semester off? Find out about requesting a leave of absence:

    Withdrawal Deadline: Friday, December 13, 2013
    Withdrawal results in a 'W' grade assigned to all the courses that have not been completed. A grade will be assigned to any course that was completed before the withdrawal date. Consult with an advisor, Student Aid, and your parents BEFORE filing the withdrawal on eLion. Withdrawal also requires re-enrollment to return to Penn State. Specifics about withdrawal can be found on the Advising Handbook website:
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  • The Majors Under Enrollment Control  For the students in the Spring 2014 pool the following majors are under enrollment control: Aerospace Engineering (AERSP), Architectural Engineering (A E), Bioengineering (BIO E), Chemical Engineering (CH E), Civil Engineering (C E), Industrial Engineering (I E), and Mechanical Engineering (M E).

    Qualified and eligible students in the Spring 2013 pool whose cumulative GPA at the beginning of the pool semester is at least 3.00 for AERSP, A E, CH E, C E, I E, and M E, and 3.30 for BIOE, and who make their request by the published deadline during the pool semester are assured entrance to their first-choice major, regardless of the enrollment limit.

    Qualified and eligible students who select a major that is under enrollment control are listed in descending order of cumulative GPA based on at least two semesters of course work at Penn State. Beginning with the highest GPA, the students are counted for each major until the enrollment limit is reached. Students with a GPA that falls below the numerical limit are considered for their second-choice major. The lowest GPA included in the departmental enrollment limit becomes the minimum GPA to qualify for that major for that year.

    Each pool year is different and it is impossible to predict the minimum GPA for any pool for the majors under enrollment control. It depends on the demand and academic performance of the students wanting the major that year.

    You can read more about the entrance-to-major process and enrollment controlled majors on the College of Engineering's website
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College News

  • Retirement  Dear Students:

    It is with mixed feelings that I would like to inform you that I will retire at the end of December 2013 after 34 years as a faculty member at Penn State. I am very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with you. You are the best and I will miss you. I will be turning over the reins to Dr. Christine Masters, Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, who will begin on Jan. 1, 2014 as the Assistant Dean for Academic Support and Global Programs. She is very committed to students and will be very supportive. She may be reached in the same way as you have reached me and her e-mail address is

    I wish you all the best for the end of the semester, the holiday season, and in your future career.

    Jean Landa Pytel
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Funding, Scholarships and Employment Opportunities

  • Student, Alumni and Faculty Research Opportunities  Student, Alumni and Faculty Research Opportunities at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ? Oak Ridge, TN

    We are glad to announce the opportunities below for qualified students and faculty to participate in hands-on research in a-real world setting with award winning scientists. These are through the Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) and the Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis (NESLS) programs at ORNL.

    Higher Education Research Experiences
    ? Undergraduates, Post-BS and AAS, MS, PhD and Faculty ? Science, Engineering, Technology and Mathematics (STEM) majors
    ? Stipend based on academic status
    ? Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
    ? Full-time and part-time appointments
    ? Professional development activities
    ? Minimum GPA - 2.5/4.0
    ? U.S. Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident (LPR)

    Nuclear Engineering Science Laboratory Synthesis Programs
    ? Undergraduates, MS, PhD, and Post-MS or Postdoctoral ? Majors related to Nuclear Science and Nuclear Policy; Engineering; Physics; Nuclear Medicine
    ? Stipend based on academic status
    ? Travel/Housing assistance (if eligible)
    ? Full-time and part-time appointments
    ? Professional development activities
    ? Minimum GPA - 3.0/4.0
    ? Open to U.S. and International Citizenship

    For information visit or contact ORNL Education Programs at or contact Leslie Fox at (865) 241-3319
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Coming Events

  • Deadline for Abstracts for CERS is tomorrow, December 13!  The 11th College of Engineering Research Symposium (CERS) will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at The Nittany Lion Inn, from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. CERS showcases the research that is being conducted within the College at Penn State via posters and presentations.

    Both graduate and undergraduate students of the CoE are encouraged to participate in CERS 2014. The deadlines are presented below.

    Abstract (maximum 150 words) deadline: December 13.

    Paper deadline: February 17.

    Poster deadline: March 7.

    Present your research in CERS 2014 at The Nittany Lion Inn on April 1, 2014.

    While the focus of this activity is on professional development, we will also be awarding $4,000 in research/travel grants. Students can use this award for scholarly activities, conferences, or to enhance your research agenda.
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Review of Previous Announcements

  • 100% of Students Recommend Project Management for Professionals! (ENGR 405)  This accelerated course is 8 weeks and is delivered in a blended learning format to help accommodate the busy schedules of students with scheduling constraints. The blended format combines four face-to-face classroom sessions with online activities and integrates team project-based experiential learning. In between the four classroom sessions, participants work independently and with their teams on assignments. The course is delivered asynchronously using Penn State's Angel learning platform and allows participants to complete much of the coursework during times that are convenient for them and to focus on experiential activities and the application of learning. View a video about what participants said about this course at:
    Instructor: Jack Gido,
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  • Material Handling Scholarships  The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. ( is an independent charitable organization that was established in 1976 with a mission to promote the study of material handling, logistics and supply chains by exposing students and educators to the industry through financial support. Since 1976, more than $2 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded to students at 74 colleges and universities. Forty scholarships were awarded for the 2013/2014 academic term for a total of $136,000.

    The Foundation will once again be offering scholarship award opportunities to students who are committed to studying material handling, supply chain and logistics for the 2014/2015 academic term. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $9,000 and are made up of funds from the Foundation and the Howard Bernstein Industrial Distribution Scholarship Program.

    Eligible programs of study are:

    ? Industrial, Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineering
    ? Engineering Technology
    ? Computer Engineering, Computer Science and Business Administration with an emphasis in production management, industrial distribution, supply chain and logistics

    Scholarship eligibility and criteria include:

    ? Undergraduates who are rising juniors or seniors for the 2014/2015 academic term and enrolled in a four year baccalaureate program
    ? Graduate students enrolled in a masters or doctorate program
    ? Students from junior and community colleges or other two year post secondary schools are eligible if the student has completed a minimum of two years of study and has been accepted as a transfer student to a four year program.
    ? Applicants must be full-time students and have a ?B? overall grade point average in post secondary studies.

    Instructions to apply for scholarships are as follows:

    ? Students should have a primary faculty contact to assist in the preparation and review of the scholarship application process, if needed.
    ? Complete the online application at
    ? Three letters of recommendation from:
    o Primary faculty contact
    o Another full-time faculty member at the current or previous school
    o A supervisor from an internship, co-op, employer, etc.
    (Letters must be sent to the Foundation directly from the author. Please e-mail letters to or via regular postal mail to Donna Varner at MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217.)
    ? Official transcripts of all academic work completed beyond high school.
    (Official transcripts must be sent to the Foundation directly from the Registrar?s office or equivalent office at the school(s). Please mail official transcripts to Donna Varner at MHEFI, 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201, Charlotte, NC 28217.)
    ? The online application and all supporting documentation must be received in the Foundation offices by February 28, 2014.
    ? Scholarship awards will be announced in April 2014.
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  • Summer 2-week Engineering Design Study Abroad Program  Looking for a study abroad opportunity but fear losing a summer internship or taking an extra semester to graduate? Well then consider applying for the Summers by Design program that takes place at Tecnun University in beautiful San Sebastian Spain from May 18-30, 2014!

    In this unique study abroad opportunity, you will participate in a 3- credit course that examines engineering design from a global perspective through hands-on design activities, engagement with industry partners and a 2-week design project. Through the course, you will learn to identify global engineering design problems, develop effective solutions within a cultural context, and evaluate their designs with global parameters. You will also visit design studios and manufacturing operations of Spanish companies to learn how the principles taught in class are practiced in industry. Finally, you will experience many cultural activities, such as surfing in the Bay of Biscay or visiting the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa, Spain all while earning 3 IL credits at PSU!

    Only 6 spots remain, so apply TODAY (applications are accepted on a first come basis).
    Dr. Scarlett Miller Assistant Professor Engineering Design and Industrial Engineering Pennsylvania State University 213-P Hammond Building University Park, PA 16802-1401 Office: (814) 863-4143 E-mail:
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  • Summer Opportunity in China (May 11 - June 04, 2014)  A travel-based study abroad course, The Impact of Culture on Engineering in China (ENGR 118), will again be offered this coming summer from May 11 - June 04, 2014. This will be the 6th time this course has been offered. Do you want to spend 3.5 weeks studying in China (Beijing, Chongqing, Xian, Dalian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Huangshan, etc.) in the first summer session of 2014? Do you want to take a 3.0 credit Penn State course that is double-qualified for use as GS and IL for meeting degree requirements for all students in every major? Do you want to experience all different types of transportation systems in China (airlines, cruise ships, high speed trains, fast trains, and buses)? If so, please consider taking this course. For more information about the course such as costs, registration, travel fund applications, and frequently asked questions, please log on to the course website at and click on FAQ and Penn State Education Abroad Program, or E-mail Xinli Wu at The application deadline is Feb. 01, 2014 but apply early and plan ahead! You don't have to commit to the program until early March 2014.
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  • Summer Study Abroad Programs  If you are interested in studying abroad in engineering programs during Summer 2014, check out the list of available programs on our website at The list will continue to be updated over the coming weeks, so check back often for additional program options. Deadlines vary by program.
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