Regional Introduction to Plasma Physics (RIPP)
The Regional Introduction to Plasma Physics (RIPP) is a 9-week summer internship program for undergraduate students enrolled at institutions across the southeastern U.S. (Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico).
The ultimate goal of the program is to promote long-term relationships between students in the southeastern U.S. with investigators in Alabama. RIPP students will become involved in a summer research project at an FTPP institution for nine weeks. The program will also involve an intensive one-week online training activity participating in lectures, laboratory experiments, and short classes in plasma science given by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL). This week will take place concurrently with the Department of Energy (DOE) Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program. In this way, RIPP students will be part of a larger, national plasma science student cohort, learn about opportunities in plasma science, and be exposed to the research environment of the national laboratory for plasma physics.
Check out some of last year’s projects!
- Applicants must be an undergraduate student enrolled full-time in a higher education institution in the southeastern U.S (in a state that is part of NSF EPSCoR), which includes Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, West Virginia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.
- Applicants must be pursuing a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field.
- Applicants must be rising juniors or seniors. Applicants graduating before the internship are not eligible to apply unless they have accepted an offer to become graduate students at an FTPP institution. Freshmen applicants are ineligible.
- Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher.
- Applicants must be 19 years of age by the start date of the appointment.
- Interns must have health insurance coverage during the internship.
- Some projects require US citizenship, this will be indicated in the project description PDF.
|Project Title*||Project Code||Disciplines||Host Institution|
|Radial and Latitudinal Dependence of Solar Wind Turbulence||Zhao-UAH||Space Physics||The University of Alabama in Huntsville|
|Classification of Particle Motions in Plasma Using Machine Learning||Nakanotani-UAH||Physics, Math, Computer Science, Space Science||The University of Alabama in Huntsville|
|The Role of Turbulence Pressure on The Acceleration of Solar Wind||Wang-UAH||MHD Turbulence, Solar Wind Acceleration||The University of Alabama in Huntsville|
|The Origin of Energetic Particles in Magnetic Reconnection||Che-UAH||Plasma, Numerical Computation||The University of Alabama in Huntsville|
|Improving Growth and Abiotic Stress Tolerance of Microgreens Using Low-Temperature Plasma||Mentreddy-AAMU||Plant Science, and Agricultural Science||Alabama A&M University|
|Developing Antimicrobial Scaffolds Using Low Temperature Plasma (LTP)||Vig-ASU||Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Science, Biophysics, etc.||Alabama State University|
|Fast Imaging of Plasma Instabilities and Structures||Thakur-Auburn2||Physics, Applied Mathematics, Engineering||Auburn University|
|Fast Imaging of Plasma Instabilities and Structures||Thakur-Auburn1||Physics, Mathematics, Engineering||Auburn University|
|Design and Development of CubeSat Systems and Plasma Instrumentation for Science Missions||Spencer-USA||Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics||University of South Alabama|
|Combining Machine Learning and Plasma Diagnostics for Autonomous Fabrication of Advanced Materials||Camata-UAB||Applied Physics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science|
and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical and
|The University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|Cold-Plasma Activation of Chemical Sanitizers to Eliminate Salmonella SPP. and Listeria Monocytogenes to Improve Food Safety||Morey-Auburn||Food Safety, Microbiology||Auburn University|
|PUI Driven Turbulence Along The Trajectory of New Horizons||Adhikari-UAH||Physics, Math, Computer Science||The University of Alabama in Huntsville|
|Examining the Turbulent Nature of The Solar Atmosphere and Solar Wind||Li-UAH||Physics, Math, Computer Science, Space Science||The University of Alabama in Huntsville|
- A nine-week stipend of $6,200 to cover travel and general living expenses.
- Paid on-campus* housing during the nine weeks in Alabama.
- Online Introductory Course on Plasma Physics given by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL).
*If space is available, accommodations will be arranged at your host institution; otherwise, students will be accommodated in a hotel.
- Interns must complete an Introduction to Plasma Physics online course through PlayPosit, prior to starting their RIPP internship.
- Interns are required to participate in a virtual pre-internship meeting to discuss expectations and address any inquiries before the official commencement of the RIPP dates.
- Interns must complete the online Introductory Course on Plasma Physics given by Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) as a component of their internship period.
- Interns must participate full-time for 9 consecutive weeks (40 hours a week, Monday – Friday).
- Upon acceptance, additional instructions for applying to The University of Alabama in Huntsville as a non-degree-seeking student for the summer will be sent to you via email.
- By the end of the internship, students must:
- Present the results of the summer project to the host institution.
- Complete a report about the internship experience.
- Complete a feedback form to help assess the effectiveness of the program.
- November 30, 2023
- RIPP starts accepting applications
- February 18, 2024
- Application deadline: Last day for students to submit applications, supporting materials, reference letters, and project preferences
- Beginning of March, 2024
- RIPP makes offers to selected students.
- May 20 – July 19, 2024*
- Internship Dates
*Dates are subject to change