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The Honors Program has received a generous endowment from National Grid, Incorporated and ongoing funding from Corning, Incorporated, to support research conducted by students in both the Summer Research Program and the Pre-Frosh Summer Research Program.  We are very grateful to these corporations for their support, without which we could not sustain the level of participation or quality of the programs.

The National Grid Internship

The National Grid Endowed Fund for Student Research Opportunities in Sustainable Energy was established by National Grid in the fall of 2009 to support undergraduate research at Clarkson University. The program is jointly administered by the Honors Program and The Center for Sustainable Energy Systems.   

The endowment is designed to fund summer internships for Clarkson Honors students  to conduct research in sustainable energy areas on the Clarkson campus. The internship covers room, a weekly food allowance, and modest research funds, up to $500.  Current students who research for the full 11-week period may also be eligible for a $1,000 stipend. 

The internships for Summer Research apply to the period that coincides with Clarkson University’s summer sessions, beginning May 24, 2015 and continuing for 10 weeks until August 1, 2015.  Applications are open to all honors students who are involved in a project related to sustainable energy. Students must secure a mentor and write a short proposal for their project.  Applications forms can be submitted until April 15, 2015. 

National Grid is an international energy delivery company and delivers electricity to approximately 3.3 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. It is the largest distributor of natural gas in the northeastern U.S., serving approximately 3.4 million customers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Rhode Island. National Grid also owns over 4,000 megawatts of contracted electricity generation that provides power to over one million LIPA customers. 

The Corning Internship

Corning, Inc. provides support for honors students to pursue summer research in all fields of Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM) and in other related fields at Clarkson University.  The internship covers room, a weekly food allowance, and modest research funds,  up to $500. Current students who research for the full 10-week period may also be eligible for a $1,000 stipend. 

The internships for Summer Research apply to the period that coincides with Clarkson University’s summer sessions, beginning May 24, 2015 and continuing for 10 weeks until August 1, 2015.  Applications are open to all honors students who are involved in research in STEM and related fields. Students must secure a mentor and write a short proposal for their project.  Applications forms can be submitted until April 15, 2015. 

Students supported by Corning will be eligible to apply for a special field-trip to Corning's R&D facility at Sullivan Park in Corning, NY, where they visit laboratories and present their own research to industrial scientists.

Corning Incorporated is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. Drawing on more than 160 years of materials science and process engineering knowledge, Corning creates and makes keystone components that enable high-technology systems for consumer electronics, mobile emissions control, telecommunications and life sciences. Learn more about how Corning collaborates closely with customers across these industries to turn what were once only possibilities into breakthrough realities.

…summer research has been an invaluable experience for me. The relationship I started that summer with my research professor has continued to grow, and now, two years later, I am in the process of putting the finishing touches on a paper that will be published in a professional journal. 

Joel Thomson