Dave Kelley Dept. of Electrical Engineering Bucknell University Lewisburg, PA 17837 USA Tel: +1 (570) 577-1313 Fax: +1 (570) 577-1449 E-mail: [email protected]
In this issue's column, the focus is on students! First, there is an announcement about the Student Reception at the upcoming symposium in Charleston, South Carolina, and then there is a summary of some changes that have been made to the Antennas and Propagation Society Research Awards program. Finally, a contributor presents a comprehensible approach for understanding the link between magnetism and special relativity.
Student Reception at the 2009 AP-S Symposium Every year, the AP-S Education Committee sponsors a reception at the Symposium that provides students with the opportunity to network with electromagnetics professionals, meet their peers from other universities, and eat some pretty good food for free, in a relaxed environment. It also gives the newest members (or potential members) of AP-S the chance to provide us with valuable feedback. Many suggestions offered at past receptions have led to initiatives that are now in place. For example, the idea of providing travel grants to the finalists and honorable-mention recipients in the Student Paper Contest at the annual Symposium was born in a conversation at one of the previous receptions. This year's student reception is scheduled to take place from 7:30-9:00 pm on Sunday, May 31, but please check the final program or the bulletin board at the Symposium to confinn the time. If you can arrange your travel plans to arrive in Charleston a little early, please join us and take advantage of this chance to meet and share your ideas with other students in the AP-S community.
Changes to AP-S Research Awards Program For several years, the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Society has been granting scholarships and fellowships to talented undergraduate and graduate students working with their faculty advisors on projects in the area of electromagnetics. During that time, the AP-S Education Committee has been collecting feedback from participants concerning ways in which we might improve the program, and we recently made some changes based on the suggestions we have received. An updated announcement can be
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found at the end of this column, but I would like to highlight a few of the changes here. Perhaps the most welcome change from the student's point of view is that we have simplified the application process. Transcripts are no longer required, and an applicant does not have to submit an electronic photograph unless he or she is selected to receive an award. A complete application now consists of a CV, a two-page proposal, and a recommendation letter from the student's advisor. The selection process has also been clarified: the quality of the proposal accounts for 60% of the score for each application, and the recommendation letter accounts for 40%. Some changes were made to ensure that the program mainly benefits students who are truly interested in a career in antennas and propagation. From now on, the scope of the proposed proj ect must be limited to topics that fall within the Society's interest area, and PhD-level applicants are now required to be AP-S members. As in the past, each award recipient is expected to submit a one- or two-page final report at the end of the project period that summarizes the results obtained and the recipient's career plans. However, we now plan to publish the reports in the IEEE Antennas and Propagation Magazine, probably in this column. That exposure will add to the considerable prestige associated with being selected for a Research Award. Who knows? Perhaps a prospective employer will see your work here and contact you for an interview! One other important change is that recommendation letters are now required to address several specific items of infonnation, including the academic preparation and research skills of the student, as well as his or her plans for a career in electromagnetics. The number of students an advisor may endorse has also been clarified. The complete list of required items is given in the a~ouncement. Potential advisors, please review the list carefully. There are several other changes I have not outlined here. All potential applicants should therefore read the new announcement thoroughly. The next application deadline is Aprill, 2009.
This Issue's Contribution The connection between special relativity and magnetism is not usually covered in the typical undergraduate electromagnetics course. However, as author James Nagel shows in "A Simplified Proof of the Relativistic Nature Behind Magnetism," a simple thought experiment can be presented in the classroom that can motivate students to ponder that relationship. 167