MCEER SLC Student Guidebook 

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Why Should You Participate in the MCEER-SLC?

 

Several unique opportunities are available to students who actively participate in the SLC activities.  There is also a responsibility for students who receive MCEER financial support (in the form of research assistantships) to assist MCEER in satisfying the requirements of NSF, so that its funding is continuous.  Paramount to this is having an active SLC, which is an NSF requirement for all Engineering Research Centers.  It is important to MCEER and NSF that the SLC is active and effectively participates in center activities. 

 

Opportunities for SLC Students

The benefits to active students include, but are not limited to, the following:

 

(*) MCEER sponsors several all-expense paid trips to conferences and meetings mentioned in the list above.  These gatherings provide students with opportunities to meet and network with professionals from leading consulting firms and government agencies, as well as researchers from universities not affiliated with MCEER.  Additionally, students are able to receive/maintain up-to-date information on cutting edge earthquake engineering research from around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

(*) The Annual Student Research Accomplishments Volume provides an excellent way for students to practice and improve their technical writing abilities.  It is a collection of research papers authored by the students themselves, edited and organized by an SLC member and published by MCEER.  Papers at any stage of research are accepted and the report is distributed to the libraries of affiliated universities and is made available on both the MCEER and SLC webpages.

 

 

(*) The annual Tri-Center Field Mission gives a few SLC members the opportunity to visit an earthquake stricken location overseas to investigate post-earthquake recovery and rebuilding and to familiarize themselves with local engineering practices.  All three NSF funded Earthquake Engineering Research Centers sponsor students on this field mission.  The mission usually takes about a week and includes trips to earthquake-prone areas and visits to earthquake engineering research facilities.  Participating students are asked to present their findings upon their return.

 

 

 

 

(*) The Annual Student Retreat is a two-day gathering at any MCEER affiliated university and provides an opportunity for MCEER students to meet and discuss their research in a pressure-free, students-only environment.  Time during the retreat is allocated for research presentations, technical discussions, planning of SLC activities, as well as social events.  Additionally, the students are able to build a network of peers that will last throughout their careers.

 

 

 

(*) Participation in the SLC will improve your social interaction abilities and enhance your resume/curriculum vitae.

 

 


MCEER SLC Student Guidebook 

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