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Momentum FAQ

Momentum FAQ

What is Momentum?

Momentum offers students an interdisciplinary perspective on solving some of the world's biggest challenges.

This year,  we will be partnering again with the NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering as students "Explore the brain computer interface - control the world with your mind" .  The Center explores the brain computer interface; its mission is to improve lives by connecting brains and technology.  For more information on the NSF Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering please click here.

Students receive coursework during the first week of IAP then in the remaining weeks they will work in small teams to address the theme.  Students are provided access to lab space to work on their projects.  The course will culminate with group presentations to industry representatives.

Who is eligible to participate? 

Momentum is open to first and second year students.

What are the benefits of participating? 

  • Receive 6 units of credit
  • Solve a real world issue
  • Network  with corporate sponsors
  • Obtain hands on design experience
  • Apply for potential summer internships

When does Momentum take place?

Momentum takes place over IAP and officially begins on Monday, January 9, 2017 and ends on Friday, February 3, 2017.

I've never designed anything before.  Who will help me? 

Each team is assigned a Teaching Assistant.  Momentum Teaching Assistants are upperclass students with design experience who will help guide their teams through the process. 

What majors is this open to? 

Momentum is open to students from all majors. 

How much of a time commitment is Momentum? 

Momentum is a 6 unit course and has a substantial time commitment.  In the Fall semester we encourage applicants to attend relevant professional development workshops.  There are mandatory evening lectures the first week of IAP; there is also at least one professional development workshop in the second week of the program and a potential guest speaker.  After the first week of class, students work with their team members and teaching assistants to decide on group meeting times.  The course culminates with group presentations to our corporate sponsors.  The week leading up to the presentations is very time intensive as students prepare their prototypes and put the finishing touches on their presentations. 

Do I get to choose my own team? 

No.  Momentum staff assign students to teams. 

How do I apply? 

The application will be available in late August/early September. Space is available on a first come first basis and we look for 25-30 interested students. As part of the process students submit a resume. 

Why do I have to submit a resume? 

Students submit a resume that is reviewed by the Global Education and Career Development Office.  The finalized resumes are sent to our corporate sponsors as a packet.  Corporate sponsors review resumes and select students for interviews for summer internships depending on if there is a match. 

Am I guaranteed an internship with a corporate partner? 

No.  Students are provided with networking opportunities and their resumes are submitted to the corporate sponsors.  Internship placement is dependent on the corporate sponsors' needs and availability.