Recent CSE graduate Allen Nguyen (pictured at left) spent last summer, and fellow CSE alumnus Jesus Rios the previous summer, in Japan working on the interactive visitor app now deployed in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Balboa Park. Want to follow in their footsteps?
CSE undergraduates are invited to attend an information session that could lead to doing research in Japan this summer as part of the NSF-funded Pacific Rim Experiences for Undergraduates (PRIME) program. PRIME will host the info session on Wednesday, January 28 at 6:15 p.m. in the International Center (IC) Dining Room. The session follows the 2014 PRIME Poster Session, which will take place from 5-6 p.m. in the IC Lounge. PRIME students from last summer's session will present their research findings. Instead of inviting applications to work at research institutions in multiple countries in the Pacific Rim region, in 2015 PRIME is only accepting applications for students hoping to perform cyberinfrastructure-related research at PRIME's Japan sites, including Osaka University and the Nara Institute of Science and Technology.
In previous years, many PRIME students also successfully applied for UC San Diego Undergraduate Research Scholarships. In 2015, all PRIME applicants must apply for and receive a UCSD scholarship to help support their PRIME internship. Their success in being awarded scholarships helps PRIME by allowing the program to include more students in the PRIME experience. Scholarships also provide the students with important recognition by the campus, and additional funds to enhance their research experience while abroad. The application cycle for Summer 2015 Undergraduate Research Scholarships has already opened, with a final deadline of February 9, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. to submit applications. The deadline for PRIME applications will be announced at the Jan. 28 info session.