Since 1996 the SUMMA Foundation awards on an annual basis a Graduate
Fellowship in Advanced Electromagnetics to a graduate student studying
electromagnetics. The grant is currently $15,000.
Applications for the SUMMA Graduate Fellowships in Advanced Electromagnetics
Summa Fellowship Recipients 1996-Present
- For exceptionally creative contributions to the advancement of EM theory
- Basically EM theory (conceptual, new ideas), but with apparent potential
applications (antennas, scattering, propagation, other EM devices).
- not just mathematical oddities.
- Might borrow concepts form other areas of science (physics, math, etc.),
which have not been significantly applied to electromagnetics.
- but the primary emphasis must be results in electromagnetics (e.g. not quantum mechanics, biochemistry, etc.)
- There is a parallel between electromagnetics and acoustics/elastodynamics,
but the emphasis should be electromagnetics.
- Graduate students studying electromagnetics to pursue Ph.D.
- may be currently candidate for M.S. or early in Ph.D. work.
- Expect primary interest to students in electrical engineering specializing in electromagnetics, but occasionally students in physics, mathematics, (and geophysics) may be appropriate.
- Scope: International - except in cases where legal problems raise difficulty.
Conflict of Interest
- Persons related (immediate family members) or close associates of any members of the evaluation committee or SUMMA officers/board members are ineligible.
- The award is now set as a one-time grant of $15,000. This amount is to be spent in development of the ideas described in prorposal in pursuit of the Ph. D. (or equivalent degree) at a schedule to be determined by the student and the university.
- If in the judgment of the committee there is no proposal of sufficiently high quality, no fellowship award need be made.
- It is anticipated that one such award will be given each year.
- At least 5 double-spaced pages (in Enlish and standard EM symbols and units), but no more that 20 pages. Explain the concepts, originality and potential applications.
- Due to the chairman of the evaluation committee by the announced due date (usually Feb 1).
- Must be endorsed by the student's faculty advisor and supported by the university department or subdepartment (e.g. antenna laboratory). (same schedule).
- The faculty advisor should submit (same schedule) an evaluation of the student's progress to date including the student's graduate history and plans toward the Ph. D.
- Require 3 other recommendations.
- Chairman: Local person appointed by SUMMA President or designee.
- Chairman recruits members (say 6 or so, but exact number unimportant) with concurrence of president or designee. Members must be eminent in EM field, typically, but not always, university professors (including retired).
- Proposals and supporting material sent by chairman to other committee members within a few days of due date.
- Opinions (votes) of members to chairman no later than 2 months before award date.
- Chairman tallies votes and consults with, if necessary, (phone/fax) to obtain consensus. Reports decision to SUMMA (president) for concurrence.
- Notifies winner (if any) of award. Committee may decide no award if not impressed with proposals. Decision of the foundation is final.
- Chairman may request additional information from candidate and supporting faculty.