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Applications Due March 15 for 2010 Asia-Pacific Summer School in Smart Structures Technology

Applications are being sought for participation in the 3rd Annual NSF-sponsored Asia-Pacific Summer School (APSS) in Smart Structures Technology, which will be held July 15th – August 4th, 2010, at the University of Tokyo (see flier).

This summer school is aimed at lowering the barriers that currently divide the disciplines required to conduct cutting edge research in smart structures technology through a student oriented international program. APSS will bring graduate students from the US, Korea, Japan, and China together for three weeks of focused activities to address gaps in education that are necessary for the advancement of the field. The international approach recognizes the achievements of the participating nations in smart structures technology as well as a common desire to pioneer a structured educational framework. Through this program, participants will be exposed to leaders in the field, both domestic and international. Contact with these faculty, as well as with fellow participants, is intended to inspire students to continue to pursue international collaborative research.

Funding is available from NSF to support 10 students from US universities. Successful applicants will be provided with:

  • – Travel to Tokyo from home university
  • – Daily allowance for housing, meals, and other program related travel
  • – A $500 stipend
  • – Program registration fee

Below are details regarding eligibility, the application procedure, and the selection process. Information specific to the US participants is posted at the US program website General program information can be found at the Japan program website, which will be released shortly.


The program is open to students all currently enrolled in a civil engineering or related graduate program at a US university. The program is therefore not restricted to US citizens and permanent residents. Students should be pursuing or intending to pursue research related to the field of smart structures technology.

Application Procedure

Please submit the following information to Dr. B.F. Spencer, Jr. ( with the subject field “APSS Application <Your Name>". Your advisor may send his/her letter of recommendation directly to Dr. Spencer. Applications are due by March 15, 2010.

  • – Two page summary of research or interest in smart structures technology (two pages maximum, 12 point font, single spaced)
  • – Brief personal introduction (1 page maximum, 12 point font, single spaced)
  • – Current resume (2 page maximum)
  • – Current transcript (may be scanned)
  • – Letter of recommendation from research advisor

Selection Process

The applications will be reviewed by APSS program coordinators. Relevant selection criteria are briefly identified below.

  • – Competence in civil engineering or related field
  • – Potential for continued academic and professional growth through the program
  • – Relevance of interest to an interdisciplinary and international approach to smart structures technology
  • – Potential to form good working relationships with foreign researchers
  • – Potential for success learning and studying in an international setting

Applicants will be notified as to the success of their application in early April 2010.

The applicants will in no way be barred from participating or discriminated against while participating based on race, color, age, sex, national origin, or disability. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are particularly encouraged to apply.

Download the flyer of this event (pdf file - 500 KB).

posted January 11, 2010