JHU/APL ATLAS Summer Internship Program


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (JHU/APL) is a not-for-profit research division of the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University.  Located in Laurel, Maryland, JHU/APL is one of the nation’s premier centers for systems engineering integration, technology research and development, and analysis.  With a staff of 6,000, annual funding over $1.08 billion, and a wealth of intellectual capital, JHU/APL has served as trusted advisors and technical experts to the government for more than 70 years.

 JHU/APL is currently seeking full-time students with a strong academic record for our APL Technology Leadership Scholars (ATLAS) Internship Program.  The ATLAS Internship Program is offered to well-qualified, highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Minority Institutions (MIs) who have an interest in applied scientific research.  This highly competitive 10 – 12 week paid summer internship program focuses on building technical and leadership skills that will uniquely prepare students for careers in science and engineering. 

Our goal is to help students understand and appreciate their own aptitudes, grow personally and professionally, and envision their future careers.  In addition to performing cutting-edge research, ATLAS summer interns attend professional development seminars that teach them how to operate effectively in professional and business environments and address interpersonal skill development, interviewing skills, and resume preparation.  They also get the chance to practice communication skills such as technical writing, public speaking, and presenting. 

 ATLAS applicants must have completed at least their sophomore year of college prior to beginning the summer internship, have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average, and be pursuing a degree in one of the following technical fields:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Geology
  • Physics

Having successfully hired more than 30 interns as full time employees, the ATLAS Internship Program presents an excellent opportunity for potential full time employment to follow.    

Videos of ATLAS alumni who are now full time employees can be viewed on YouTubeApplications should be submitted online by December 31st.  http://www.jhuapl.edu/education/diversity/atlas.asp

I appreciate the time and effort you will put forth in passing this information along and look forward to receiving some strong applicants from your respective university.  Please contact me if you should have any questions.

Atlas Brochure

Atlas Alumni Booklet

Profile of JHU APL 

Thank You,

Nykia Jackson Brooks, D.Eng., PMP
ATLAS Internship Program Technical Coordinator
The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
Engineering and Advanced Development Group
Asymmetric Operations Sector
(240) 228-9255 Office


As with all such postings, SEU and the School of Natural Sciences does not endorse or guarantee the quality of any advertised here.  We pass along the information for interested students.  Make sure to follow up with the appropriate contacts to figure out if such programs are a good fit for you.

SEU Portal Extended through November 13

Consider finding 20 minutes to spend with someone halfway across the world.  It may change your life, or their’s!  Check out the Shared Studios Portal project website.  Make your reservation today.  Currently facilitating visits with Rwanda, Honduras, Gaza, and Mexico City!

This experience is open to all:  students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members.

Take on your world!

Team from UCLA Visits SEU to Learn More about STEM Success of Latino/a Students

A team of researchers from UCLA is on campus from Wednesday, 19 October through Friday, 21 October to learn more about our STEM programs.  In particular, they identified St. Edward’s University as a top producer of STEM majors from the Latino/a population of students.  Through interviews with our faculty, staff, and administrators, they hope to learn more about our strategies and pedagogical approaches.  Results of their study, which includes just 11 institutions nationally, will be released after they complete their analysis.

The study team from the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI) at UCLA is led by prinicpal investigators Dr. Sylvia Hurtado and Dr. Kevin Eagan.  The on site visit team includes Dr. Hurtado, Tracy Teel, Ana Karen Gomez, and Krystle Cobian.  Here’s a document that provides profiles for all of the site visit team members.

Their visit and study is funded by a grant from the National Institutes for Health (NIH).

iChallenge on the Hilltop – Ideas Due Friday, 21 October

Here’s some info on this year’s iChallenge on the Hilltop – the Munday School of Business pitch and business plan competition.

The deadline to register new venture idea is Friday, October 21.

Students must submit an application at http://bit.ly/seuichallenge to be able to participate in the competition. We invite students from all majors with innovative concepts to compete.

Ideas can take the form of a new for-profit or non-profit business, app, product or service – or even a solution to a problem. Once the application is submitted for iChallenge on the Hilltop, students will:

  • Pitch their idea to Austin business leaders in the Ideas for Innovation Competition on Tuesday, November 8
  • Partner with faculty and business mentors to develop a plan
  • Gain an understanding of how to attract business investors
  • Present a bold plan and compete for prizes at the Business Plan Competition on Saturday, March 25

Additional details on the competition is available on our website at www.stedwards.edu/business/events. For more info, see the attached flyer or this short video with students: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Qp428qIW40&feature=youtu.be.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks again,


Katie Finney
Outreach Coordinator, The Bill Munday School of Business


Statement on Friday’s “Debate” of Darwin’s Theory

We note that this week Friday, 21 October, a “debate” on the viability of Darwin’s theory of evolution is scheduled to take place on our campus between two philosophers of science. While we, the faculty of the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s University, recognize that academic freedom is an essential characteristic of institutions of higher education and that civil discourse is an important educational goal in a free, democratic society, we also recognize our scientific duty to comment on issues, events, and forums on our campus that fall within the realm of science and for which the scientific community has a clear point of view.

To that end, we note that our science faculty are not involved in the event itself nor in its organization or promotion. Although the philosophers involved in the event may identify philosophical issues for debate, we do not recognize any legitimate scientific issues up for debate with respect to evolutionary theory.

We write to state clearly that the theory of evolution has undergone significant review in the scientific literature and remains the best, most coherent explanation of the observed development of life on Earth. While specific mechanisms within evolutionary theory remain the subject of modern research, we reiterate that subject of evolution itself is not up for debate in the scientific community.

Numerous scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Astronomical Society, the American Chemical Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Institute of Physics, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the National Academy of Sciences, have issued statements on the subject of evolution and intelligent design, confirming the demonstrated success of the former and rejecting the scientific viability of latter. The undersigned faculty in the School of Natural Sciences at St. Edward’s University fully embrace this point of view.

  • Dr. Gary A. Morris, Dean of Natural Sciences
  • Dr. Eamonn F. Healy, Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Richard Kopec, Associate Dean of Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry and Computer Science
  • Dr. William Quinn, Chair and Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Tricia Shepherd, Chair and Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Patricia Baynham, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Lisa Goering, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
  • Dr. Charles Hauser, Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
  • Dr. David Wright, Associate Professor of Physics and Mathematics
  • Dr. Raychelle Burks, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Santiago A. Toledo, Assistant Professor of Chemistry
  • Dr. Barbara Dugleby, Director of the Wild Basin Creative Research Center
  • Dr. Sughangi Ghosh, Visiting Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences

This post appeared in the Wednesday, 19 October 2016 edition of Hilltop Views.

Dept. of Energy Scholars Internship Program – Due 15 Dec. 2016

Scientific research conducted through the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) supports an improved quality of life for all Americans. With a mission focused on discovering solutions to power and to secure America’s future, DOE is committed to:

· Energy security
· Nuclear security
· Scientific discovery and innovation
· Environmental responsibility
· Management excellence

What is the DOE Scholars Program?

The DOE Scholars Program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the agency’s mission and operations. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex.

Here is the link to apply.

Note that neither the Dean’s Office in the School of Natural Sciences nor St. Edward’s University are affiliated with this program.  Like all such programs that arrive in the Dean’s inbox and which are posted here, we do not vouch for the quality of the program.  Feel free to ask questions should you have them!

Active Learning Lab Updated Hours

Greetings everyone,

Please see the below update on the expanded Active Learning Lab (ALL) hours, updated 10/12/2016. The updated schedule as been posted to the door of the ALL (JBWS 267).

For any questions regarding the ALL and its hours of operation, please contact Richard Kopec at kopec@stedwards.edu or Weston Wilson at wwilson2@stedwards.edu.



Bob Wilems Receives Honorary Ring at Fall 2016 Ring Ceremony

Bob Wilems ('63) under the Sorin Oak with his honorary class ring.  (Photo courtesy Joe DeMedeiros.)

Bob Wilems (’63) under the Sorin Oak with his honorary class ring. (Photo courtesy Joe DeMedeiros.)

On Monday, 10 October 2016, Bob Wilems (’63, Physics) was surprised at the Fall 2016 Ring Ceremony, receiving an honorary ring as an outstanding alumnus of the University.

Bob has long been a supporter of St. Edward’s University.  You can find his name, along with his wife Nela’s, on the wall of donors in the JBWS atrium.  In fact, as you climb the staircase, take a look at the name on that yellow-green wall:  “The Wilems Atrium.”

Bob and Nela have served on the NSCI Advisory Board for a number of years, with Bob chairing that body until Spring 2015.  He and Nela continue to serve on the Advisory Board, making twice annual visits to join the discussions about what’s happening in the School and ways to enhance the student experience.  You will also often find them on campus to support Kozmetsky Center events and to visit with friends and other alumni.

Please join the Dean’s Office in congratulate Bob on his well deserved recognition!


Spring 2017 Registration Information

Registration for currently enrolled or active undergraduate students begins Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016. Your specific registration start date and time is determined by your classification for registration.

Classification for registration is calculated by adding your number of completed (earned) hours to your number of currently registered hours. In the case of transfer credits, grade changes or CLEP exams, only work received by Oct. 1 in the Office of the Registrar will be considered. Waived courses are not included as earned hours.

Registration Schedule

Once your registration block is open, it will remain open until the last day to add courses for the term you are registering. Registration blocks for Spring 2017 are as follows:

Wednesday, Nov. 9

  • 8 a.m.: Graduate students

Thursday, Nov. 10

  • 7 a.m.: Senior athletes and Honors students
  • 8 a.m.: Senior undergraduates

Friday, Nov. 11

  • 7 a.m.: Junior athletes and Honors students
  • 8 a.m.: Junior undergraduates

Monday, Nov. 14

  • 7 a.m.: Sophomore athletes and Honors students
  • 8 a.m. Sophomore undergraduates

Tuesday, Nov. 15

  • 7 a.m. Freshman athletes and Honors students
  • 8 a.m.: Freshman undergraduates

Registration Status

You can check your registration status in myHilltop to verify your classification for registration beginning Oct. 5. For a smooth registration process, make sure there are no holds on your account, or other issues that would prohibit registration once your block is open. On the Academic Information tab in myHilltop under the Registration Tools section, you will find the links to these areas.

Should you have holds on your account, please contact the appropriate offices to clear them before you registration block opens. You will not be able to register for courses while there is a hold on your account.

Additional Registration Information

  • Contact your advisor for registration clearance and to obtain your Alternate PIN so you can access registration.
  • We are excited to announce that Banner XE Student Registration is now available and provides a simplified registration experience. Visit the Office of the Registrar website for additional information and tutorials.
  • If you have issues with your login or password, call OIT support at 512-448-8443. For other registration-related questions, please call the Office of the Registrar at 512-448-8747.

Wild Basin receives Wildlife Acoustics grant

Wild Basin was awarded a Scientific Product Grant from the bioacoustic monitoring company, Wildlife Acoustics. This quarter, Wildlife Acoustics received 55 grant applications, covering 25 countries and 6 continents, and Wild Basin was chosen as one of 3 grant recipients.

A team of Wild Basin researchers and St. Edward’s University students will deploy equipment provided by Wildlife Acoustics to track changes in bird and anuran communities as the surrounding landscape becomes increasingly urbanized. They will analyze the data from four Song Meter SM4 recorders using Wildlife Acoustics’ new Kaleidoscope Pro 4 software.

Read more here.