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FYI: Student internships in HCI, NEH grants


Author: Sharon Oviatt

FYI Body: NSF-FUNDED INTERNSHIPS IN HCI & MULTIMODAL SYSTEMS

Applications are invited from outstanding upper-level undergraduate
and graduate students for 10-week full-time spring or summer
internship positions in human-computer interaction and multimodal
systems. Funding for these internships primarily is sponsored by the
National Science Foundation, and is part of a larger NSF projec
entitled ``Interactive Multimodal Interfaces: Designing for Human
Performance." Students selected will participate in an
interdisciplinary, team-oriented research project investigating
people's spoken, pen-based, and multimodal input to interactive
computer systems. One aim of this research is the design of successful
interfaces for multimodal systems and portable devices. This work is
being conducted in a new state-of-the-art laboratory facility in the
Center for Human-Computer Communication at the Oregon Graduate
Institute of Science and Technology (OGI), which is located in the
Portland metropolitan area 10-15 minutes west of the city.

Applicants with a background in computer science, cognitive science,
psychology, linguistics, or human factors are encouraged to apply.
Interests in the following areas are preferred: human-computer
interaction and user-centered design, multimodal/multimedia systems,
speech and pen technology, human communication and behavior,
linguistics and natural language processing, phonology, interactive
graphics and visualization techniques, research design and
statistics. Experience working with human subjects, scoring and
analyzing language-oriented behavior, using WAVES software, using data
analysis/statistics software, programming in C++ and X-windows, or in
computer graphics would be most relevant to the project.

To apply, submit a resume, xerox copy of course transcripts, names and
contact information for 3 references, and a brief statement of
research/career interests by February 28th to:

Gloria McCauley, Center Administrator
Center for Human-Computer Communication
Department of Computer Science
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology
P. O. Box 91000
Portland, Oregon 97291

FAX: (503) 690-1548

For FEDEX, please use shipping address at:
Department of Computer Science
20000 N.W. Walker Road
Beaverton, Oregon 97006

For further information, or to apply via email: mccauley@cse.ogi.edu
Women and minority applicants are encouraged to apply.

Sharon Ovia
Associate Professor
Center for Human-Computer Communication
Department of Computer Science
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology
P.O. Box 91000
Portland, Oregon 97291

PH: (503) 690-1342
FAX: (503) 690-1548
Sect: (503) 690-1359
URL: http://www.cse.ogi.edu/~oviatt/

Shipping address:
(please use for courier mail)

Department of Computer Science
Oregon Graduate Institute of Science & Technology
20000 N.W. Walker Road
Beaverton, Oregon 97006




1997 DEADLINE DATES FOR NEH EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT & DEMONSTRATION GRANTS

The National Endowment for the Humanities supports school teachers and
college faculty in the United States who wish to strengthen the
teaching and learning of history, literature, foreign languages and
cultures, and other areas of the humanities.

TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY is a special NEH initiative to suppor
projects that use today's rapidly evolving information technologies to
improve teaching and learning in the humanities. Proposals may be
submitted for all categories and deadlines.

The Education Development and Demonstration Program offers the following
programs:

*Humanities Focus Grants*
Propose a study of a humanities topic during the summer or academic
year with colleagues from your school building, school district,
college or university. Work with humanities scholars.
Application deadlines: April 18, 1997 and September 15, 1997
Funding available: up to $25,000

*Materials Development Projects*
Develop educational materials for national dissemination.
Application deadline: October 1, 1997
Funding available: up to $250,000 total for three years

*Curricular Development and Demonstration Projects*
Design a humanities study project for teachers or college faculty.
Join with scholars from nearby colleges, universities, museums, and
other cultural organizations to promote an ongoing academic
partnership. Prepare model courses or curricula.
Application deadline: October 1, 1997
Funding available: up to $250,000 total for three years

*Dissemination and Diffusion Projects*
Share information on exemplary projects in humanities education
through national conferences, workshops, and networks.
Application deadline: October 1, 1997
Funding available: up to $250,000 total for three years

For more information about these grant opportunities, or if you have
ideas about developing a project, please write or call:

Education Development and Demonstration
Division of Research and Education Programs
National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 318
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20506
Phone: 202/606-8380
FAX: 202/606-8394
e-mail: education@neh.fed.us
TDD (for hearing impaired only) 202/606-8282

Guidelines and application forms may be retrieved from the NEH World
Wide Web site: <http://www.neh.fed.us>


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