Research in Industrial Projects for Students (RIPS) 2012
June 24 - August 24, 2012
Looking for something different? Apply to RIPS-Hong Kong! In addition to our annual RIPS-LA program held on the UCLA campus, IPAM is pleased to
offer RIPS-Hong Kong, in partnership with Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. The basic format of the program is the same as RIPS-LA, but
please note that it starts and ends two weeks earlier. English is the only language required for participation. U.S. citizens and permanent residents
are eligible to apply through IPAM; the application form will allow you to indicate your interest in RIPS-Hong Kong. Follow the link on the left for
more information on this program.
The Research in Industrial Projects (RIPS) Program provides an opportunity for high-achieving undergraduate students to work in teams on a real-world research project
proposed by a sponsor from industry or the public sector. Each RIPS team is comprised of four students, an academic mentor, and an industrial sponsor. The research problem
is developed by the industrial sponsor in consultation with IPAM; it is always a real problem of serious interest to the sponsor and that offers a stimulating challenge to
students. Most of these projects involve both analytic and computational work. The students, with direction from their academic mentor and industrial sponsor, will learn
about the problem, master the latest analytical and computational approaches and techniques to solve it, and develop report-writing and public-speaking skills to be able
to make professional presentations about the progress and results of their work to a scientific audience. Industry mentors provide regular contact between the team and
the sponsor, monitoring and helping to guide student work. Ultimately, RIPS provides valuable real-world technical and managerial experience for students as well as
valuable R&D for sponsors.
RIPS recruits its students from all over the world. Graduating seniors are eligible. See Frequently Asked Questions for more information about qualifications of applicants.
RIPS Program Director (see sidebar): Michael Raugh, Ph.D.
For more information, see Comments from RIPS Students and Frequently Asked Questions.
Projects are selected to have a major mathematical component and to be something that will pose an
interesting challenge to talented undergraduates. Recent projects have included how to do a physics-based
animation of a lava lamp, how to stitch together two images, how to analyze cancer data using microarrays,
statistical data assimilation methods for weather data, modeling particle transport phenomena in reactors,
and designing missions to the moons of Jupiter. This is just a sampling of the types of projects assigned
to RIPS teams. New industrial sponsors join the RIPS Program each year and the same projects are never
RIPS 2011 sponsors were The Aerospace Corporation, Arete, HRL, IBM, Los Angeles Police Department, Pixar/Walt Disney Animation
Studios, Standard and Poor's, Symantec and The Shoah Foundation. The RIPS-LA 2011 project descriptions are posted here.
Eligible applicants include undergraduate students or recent graduates (December 2011 or May/June 2012).
International students are eligible to apply for RIPS-LA. Due to the large number of applications we
typically receive, we do not accept applications from previous RIPS students.
A resume, two letters of recommendation, and an academic record or transcript (unofficial) will be
requested along with the completed application form.
We are no longer accepting applications for RIPS2012. IPAM will begin making offers to successful applicants (by email or phone) on or around March 1st, and will continue until all spots are full.
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