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Summer Programs 2018

CURENT’s summer programs – Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU), Research Experience for Teachers (RET), Young Scholars Program (YSP) and the middle school girls camp Adventures in STEM are now accepting applications.

Dates for the programs are:

REU: June 4  – July 27

RET Session 1: May 29 – June 12

RET Session 2: June 13 – June 27

Adventures in STEM: June 25 – June 29

YSP: July 2 – 27

 

Nov. 15-16: CURENT Site Review

The NSF/DOE Site Visit completed on Thursday, November, 16th in the Min Kao Building.  The day completed with a student poster session highlighting graduate and undergraduate student research.  The poster session also included posters from the summer programs – YSP Program, RET Program and the REU program.

The posters can be found on the Poster session webpage.

Lastly, the education highlights of the past year were presented by Dr. Daniel Costinett, Co-director of Education and Outreach; Dr. Chen-fei Chen, Director or Education and Outreach; and Dr. Jesmin Khan, Education Representative from Tuskegee University.


Posted on November 9th, 2016

On Tuesday, November 15th, CURENT will be hosting its annual Industry Conference at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville.  Past, current, and potential industry members are invited to attend to learn more about our research and to meet the faculty and students that perform all the critical research.

On Wednesday, November 16th, CURENT will be demonstrating the past years work to the NSF committee and other guests.  Faculty will be presenting their research accomplishments and future plans.  In the afternoon, a lab and poster session will be provided in the Min Kao building as well as a review of the past years education accomplishments.

For more information, please visit the CURENT Site Review Website.

CURENT Attended SHPE Conference

During the SHPE Conference, Mr. Erin Wills and Mr. Camarillo met with over 200 students at the conference to discuss the opportunities at CURENT.  The backgrounds of the people met were quite broad geographically, academically, and professionally.  Some of the people met included community college students and faculty; undergraduate, masters, and doctorate candidates; college faculty; industry sponsors; and current and past executive board members of SHPE.

Overall, 74 people received graduate school information about CURENT’s four campuses and 69 people received undergraduate research information about CURENT’s summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program.


Posted on November 2nd, 2016

On November 4th and 5th, Erin Wills and Rafael Camarillo will be representing CURENT at the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE).  Past SHPE conferences have had close to 7,500 attendees with about 3,500 attendees being undergraduate students.  CURENT hopes to promote its summer REU program and graduate program.  Mr. Wills and Mr. Camarillo will be attending the Career Fairs with center information.

October 28th – CURENT Open House

The CURENT Open House was widely considered successful.  Close to 60 undergraduate students attended with inquiries about undergraduate research and graduate studies in power systems, power electronics, and cyber-security.  The majority of the faculty attended and approximately 10-15 CURENT undergraduates and graduate students helped discuss their research areas and provided lab tours.

The picture includes Dr. Leon Tolbert, Dr. Fred Wang, Dr. Kevin Tomsovic, Dr. Fran Li, Dr. Daniel Costinett, Dr. Chien-fei Chen, Dr. Stella Sun, Dr. Hairong Qi, and Kyle Goodrich.


Posted on Oct. 24th, 2016

On Friday, October 28th, CURENT will be hosting it’s second Annual Graduate School Recruiting Open House.  The event will be from 12pm to 2pm in Min Kao Building Room 124.  Faculty will be available to discuss research possibilities and graduate school funding.  Lab tours will also be available from 1pm to 2pm.  All students are encouraged to attend.  Information will be provided about undergraduate research, degree options, graduate research, and funding.  Pizza will be provided.

 

Welcome RET & YSP Participants!

Now that applications are closed, CURENT welcomes our incoming teachers and students for the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) and the Young Scholars Program (YSP)!

Young Scholars for 2017

Aruha Khan……………………………………L&N STEM Academy

Brooklynn Benson……………………………Webb Academy

Haley Fuller……………………………….. Lenoir City High School

Katherine Courtney……………………….Clinton High School

Haley Cionfolo…………………………… Knoxville Catholic High School

Colin Moore…………………………….Sevier County High School

Richard Li…………………………………. Collierville High School

Yicheng Wang………………………….. Concord Christian School

Priscilla Cho……………………………… Bearden High School

Ryan Loveday…………………………… Lenoir City High School

Rachel Roberts…………………….. Gatlinburg-Pittman High School

Yukai Tomsovic………………………… West High School

RETs for 2017

Christina Stansberry…………………………..Green Magnet Academy

Eric Stansberry……………………. Gresham Middle School

Monica McNichols…………………Powell Middle Schools

Lauren Sanderson…………………Bearden Middle School

Santiago Munoz…………………………Bearden High School

Lisa Buckner……………………….Linden Elementary School

Lucius (John) Irvin………………… Gresham Middle School

Jennifer Hodge…………………………….Whittle Springs Middle School

Felicia Qualls………………………….Hardin Valley Academy

Elizabeth Hondorf……………………… Oak Ridge High School

Laura Farien…………………….First Assembly Christian School

Ruben Saroukhanian…………Nashville State Technical Community College

                                                                                                                                           

October 24, 2016

RET, YSP Applications Available

CURENT is now accepting the 2017 applications for the Research Experience for Teachers (RET) and the Young Scholars Program (YSP).  Exact dates for the program will be determined later in the  fall.  Each program will be 4 weeks long.

The YSP program is for rising sophomores, juniors, seniors, and students entering into the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for the fall of 2017.  The program provides students with an introduction to college research through pre-designed projects, research seminars, graduate student mentoring, and project reviews and presentations.  The program also provides social gatherings and field trips to local power and energy industries.  This program does not provide housing but will provide parking passes.  More information about the program and the application can be found on the official CURENT YSP website.

The RET program is for high teachers who are interested in learning about the power grid and who would like to incorporate electrical engineering concepts and knowledge into their classrooms while promoting a better understanding of the power grid.  The program will teach about engineering, general electricity concepts, historical aspects of the power grid, and modern research.  Teachers from outside of East Tennessee may apply.  Housing for a limited number of people will be provided and parking passes will be provided.  More information about the program and the application can be found on the official CURENT RET website.

Curent Welcomes REU Participants

Now that applications are closed, CURENT welcomes our incoming students for the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REUs)!

REUs for 2017

Marissa Burge……………………………….Baylor University

Elena Van Hove……………………………Purdue University

Tatianne Da Silva………….Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Minas Gerais

Katrina Eccles………………………….Tennessee Tech University

Jeremy Till………………………………Tennessee Tech University

Mason Fennel………………………….University of South Carolina

David Dixon………………………………Tuskegee University

Eric Abreut………………………….Florida International University

Ibrahima Niang…………………………..Columbia University

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Posted on October 24, 2016

CURENT is looking for students interested in doing full time research during the summer of 2017.  The research topics are largely related to electrical engineering, specifically in the power systems and power electronics areas, but positions are also available for students studying computer science, engineering, physics, mathematics, and other physical sciences.  Applications require two letters of recommendation, an unofficial transcript, and a personal statement explaining why you should be selected.  Reviews of applications will begin in January.  For more information and to apply, go to the official CURENT REU website.