Become A SURF Researcher

Are you an undergraduate student at a higher ed institution in Rhode Island? Then you can become a SURF researcher. SURF stands for Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and it comes with a stipend. This notice comes from the nature lab at RISD.

The Edna W Lawrence Nature Lab is working on the creation of a three-dimensional mobile visualization platform for viewing animations of ocean model simulations based on data obtained through C-AIM projects.

. . . In this project, a large scale public installation of these data visualizations projected onto a 10-foot long 3D model of Narragansett Bay, will turn C-AIM data into a mobile theatre, connecting scientists with the public and linking everyone to the bay. This visualization platform shifts viewers from spectators into participants as they interpret the relationships between static and dynamic properties in the represented environment. The ability to represent climate modeling and data simulations in a geospatially sound, three-dimensional environment will allow researchers to communicate complex dynamics and anthropogenic impacts in an engaging and compelling way.

SURF and SURF Flex (flexible hours) are available to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors matriculating at a RI college or university (graduating in 2021, 2022, and 2023).

The image seen here* was posted by the Edna Lawrence visualization and imaging lab assistant last October. Her note on this:

We are tackling this question — how can scientists use a polygonal mesh of Narragansett Bay to further the visualization of their research? We are particularly interested in the idea of projecting data onto 3D models so that we can build engagement and activity around a new type of viewing platform, allowing for more options than 2D screen viewing and the ability to see data in geographic space.

The URI site (Want to be a STEM Researcher?) has a list of other projects in this program.

There are several organizations to sort out here. Funding would appear to flow from the NSF EPSCoR (National Science Foundation Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research).

For application requirements go here. Application deadline is February 7, 2020.

*I have added East Side Pockets to help orient the reader. Get the baklava.

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