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Summer Opportunity - Nuclear Proliferation (2/15 Deadline)

To all Columbia College first-year students,

Dr. Emlyn Hughes, Professor of Physics at Columbia University, seeks to recruit four Columbia College first-year students to take part in a summer research project on nuclear proliferation.

The multi-disciplinary research will use science, social science and the humanities. You do not need to be a science student to participate – both science students and non-science students are encouraged to apply.

If you are interested in questions around nuclear proliferation, have an interest in making a film on the topic and would like to work as part of a team – this project could be for you! The project this summer will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, based at the CERN laboratory.

Successful candidates will receive a stipend of $3,000, and will be expected to undertake full-time research for 10 weeks: Monday, June 3-Friday, August 9, 2013. Geneva housing and roundtrip travel expenses from New York to Geneva will also be covered.

To apply, please send to me (at ) the following:

  1. The main goal of the summer will be to produce a creative film on the topic of nuclear proliferation that will be entered in a college film competition. In no more than 500 words, describe the film that you would make: What is its title? What would be the central story or theme? Who is your anticipated audience? What would be the purpose of your film?
  2. CU official transcript (scanned and emailed to me in .pdf format)
  3. The name of an instructor who has taught you since arriving at Columbia and would be willing to write a letter of recommendation (please note that you are not required to submit a letter of recommendation at this time)
  4. A description of any film or photography experience that you have had.

The deadline for applications is 12 Noon on Friday, February 15th.

All application materials should be submitted electronically in .doc or .pdf format to .

I look forward to receiving your application and please let me know if you have any questions about the research or the application process.


Hazel May
Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Columbia College


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