January 4, 2022 Newsletter

January 4, 2022 Newsletter

January 4

Take a look at our January 4, 2022 Newsletter with updates from the Ken Kennedy Institute.

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  • Ken Kennedy Institute Graduate Fellowships
  • 2022 Energy HPC Conference
  • Community Highlights

The Ken Kennedy Institute Graduate Fellowship Program

The Ken Kennedy Institute’s annual graduate fellowship program has awarded $65,000 to nine Rice graduate students in five departments.

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Graduate Fellowship Program Awards $65,000

The Ken Kennedy Institute’s annual graduate fellowship program has awarded $65,000 to nine Rice graduate students in five departments.

Recipients use fellowship awards to further research pursuits, attend conferences, travel, and develop networking relationships in industry. Past recipients have spent summers as research interns with sponsoring companies.

With the support of industry, the conference, and nominating departments (for recruiting fellowships), the Ken Kennedy Institute has awarded nearly $1.5 million to 172 students since 2001.

The 2021-22 graduate fellowships are supported by BP, Schlumberger, Shell, the Energy High Performance Computing Conference, and the Andrew Ladd and Ken Kennedy-Cray endowments.
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2022 Energy High Performance Computing Conference

BRC at Rice University | March 1-3, 2022 | Houston, TX

The 15th annual Energy High Performance Computing Conference (previously the Oil and Gas High Performance Computing Conference), hosted annually at Rice University by the Ken Kennedy Institute, is the premier meeting place for the energy industry to engage in conversations about challenges and opportunities in high performance computing, computational science and engineering, machine learning, and data science. Attended by leaders and experts from the energy industry, academia, national labs, and IT industry, this is a unique opportunity for key stakeholders to engage and network to help advance HPC in the energy industry.

The agenda for the conference includes invited keynote speakers, technical program, birds of a feather sessions, exhibit hall, networking reception, student poster session, and post-conference workshops.
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Amazon Research Awards

Apply before January 21, 2022.

The winter 2022 call for proposals is open for Amazon Research Awards (ARA) for Alexa Fairness in AI. Proposals will be reviewed for the quality of their scientific content, creativity, and their potential for impact at scale. Proposals related to theory, practice, and novel new techniques are all welcome.

Alexa AI-Natural Understanding’s (NU) mission is to build and enable engaging, world-class conversational AI capabilities that are broadly accessible. Under this call for proposals, Amazon Science is seeking to fund research projects on the following topics:
  • Transparency, explainability, and accountability in AI systems.
  • Theories of computational/algorithm fairness and factors that affect algorithmic trustworthiness.
  • Detecting and ameliorating adverse biases in data and algorithms, and fairness-aware design of algorithms.
  • Metrics and methods for designing, piloting, and evaluating systems that mitigate against adverse biases and ensure fairness, including the use of human-machine collaboration and decision support.

Before applying, Amazon Science encourages researchers to visit the ARA website and read the frequently asked questions for more specific program information.

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EERE Robotics Internship Program

Applications and recommendations are due January 25, 2022, 11:59 PM EST.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Robotics Internship Program is a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in a field related to robotics. The program provides opportunities for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students and postgraduates to intern at federal national laboratories throughout the United States.

Why should I apply?
  • Hands-on experience in development of future robotics technical, engineering, and advanced manufacturing technologies
  • Development of professional networks with leading scientists and subject matter experts
  • Identification of career goals and opportunities
  • Benefits include:
    • Stipend starting at $700/week
    • Travel reimbursement up to $2,000, if eligible
    • Housing allowance of $150/week, if eligible
    • Training/Research allowance up to $250

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old by May 1, 2022
  • Be a high school senior, undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduate of an accredited institution of higher education majoring in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics discipline related to robotics and/or manufacturing.

For more information contact us at AMO.Internships@orise.orau.gov.

> Apply Here

2022 Summer Internships at AFRL

Priority deadline is January 31, 2022. Final deadline is March 15, 2022.

The 2022 application cycle has now begun for the Summer Internship Program at the Information Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory. This is a paid summer internship opportunity for students currently enrolled in an accredited college or university at the freshman level through PhD level (U.S. CITIZENS ONLY) to work on-site with AFRL researchers on a wide variety of research projects.

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