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Internships at Museum Conservation Institute

From: Ann N'Gadi <ngadia<-at->
Date: Thursday, October 31, 2013
Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

2014 Analytical Studies Group Intern Program at MCI Sponsored by NSF
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Sites Program


The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute in conjunction with
the NSF REU Sites Program is offering short-term opportunities for
undergraduates to work on research projects with staff members of
its technical studies and research group.  The Smithsonian's Museum
Conservation Institute (MCI) is the center for specialized technical
collections research and conservation for all Smithsonian museums,
collections, and research centers.  MCI combines state-of-the-art
instrumentation and scientific techniques to provide technical
research and characterization of objects.

Internships will take place during the summer of 2014.  Applicants
must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a university
program or scheduled to matriculate in the fall of 2014.  Acceptable
majors include, but are not limited to:  museum studies, art
history, archaeology, paleontology, chemistry, biochemistry,
biology, ecology, earth science, chemical engineering, and materials
science engineering.  Basic chemistry and mathematical coursework is
preferred; laboratory experience is not required.  Applicants must
be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. A stipend will be offered
for a period of 10 weeks starting in late May or early June 2014.
Projects will be supervised by one of the following staff members in
their specific project area.  Applicants are strongly urged to
contact potential advisors in advance of application.  Students are
also welcomed to propose projects of their choosing contingent upon
agreement of a staff member to advise the project.

    Christine France
    Research Physical Scientist
    Analyses of human and animal remains using stable isotope mass

    Jennifer Giaccai
    Conservation Scientist
    Analytical studies of artists' materials and degradation using
    gas chromatography-mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, X-ray
    fluorescence, Raman, and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy

    Nicole Little
    Physical Scientist
    Environmental studies of heavy metals using time of flight
    inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction,
    and scanning electron microscopy

    Odile Madden
    Research Scientist
    Analytical study of polymer composite materials in cultural
    heritage using Raman, FTIR, and/or XRF spectroscopies, as well
    as visible light and scanning electron microscopy

    Mehdi Moini
    Senior Research Scientist
    Study of protein degradation in museums' proteinaceous specimens

    Melvin Wachowiak
    Senior Conservator
    Advanced imaging of archaeological objects using 2D- and
    3D-imaging techniques as well as optical imaging beyond the
    range of human vision

    Edward Vicenzi
    Research Scientist
    Spectroscopic Imaging of Natural and Manufactured Materials

Applications must be made on line at


Apply for the Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Group
Intern Program.  Application deadline is February 25, 2014. Selected
candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are
welcome.  Notifications will be sent by April 15, 2014.


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