The CFES Energy Scholars program is established to engage RPI junior and senior students in energy-related research and technology development through collaboration with industry. The scholars are selected once a year through a competitive application process. Each Scholar will receive $3,500 scholarship, with additional $500 available to cover research related material and travel expenses. A Scholar will be partnered with a sponsoring company and work on an energy-related research project over the academic year (fall and spring semester). In addition to the scholarship, the student will also receive professional mentoring from both the sponsoring company and a faculty advisor, and have the opportunity to continue the relationship with the company in the form of internship, co-op, or post-graduation job.
Junior and senior students , regardless of their major or concentration, in good academic standing and having interests in energy-related technologies and business can apply for the program. The number of Scholars selected each year will depend on the number of sponsors and available funds. The stipend is for the academic semesters; the Scholar can pursue other activities in the summer, including taking an internship with the sponsor (under a separate arrangement with the sponsor). The scholarship will be granted for one year at a time, but can be renewed; an application for renewal follows the same procedure as a new application and will be reviewed by the same criteria.
Describe your proposed research on a particular subject in one of the following areas. The proposal should include a title, background information, objectives, approaches and methodology. Discussion with a faculty advisor is encouraged and inquiries to CFES about industry interests in different areas are welcome. General areas of interests include:
A Scholar is expected to:
To be considered, a student must submit an application consisting of the following items:
The research plan has to specify the relevant scope of interests defined above. Applications can be submitted either electronically or in print, and have to be received by the CFES contact person listed in the application form before the deadline. Applicants who need recommendations for a faculty advisor in certain subject area can contact CFES for assistance. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the applicant to secure the support and endorsement of a faculty advisor. Applications will be reviewed by a faculty panel appointed by CFES Director based on the following criteria: