2012 Analytical Studies Group Intern Program at MCI

Sponsored by NSF 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 2012.  Applicants must be currently enrolled as an undergraduate in a university program or scheduled to matriculate in the fall of 2012.  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 up to 10 weeks.
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, Physical Scientist, 301-238-1261, francec@si.edu
Analyses of human and animal remains using stable isotope mass spectrometry
Jennifer Giaccai, Conservation Scientist, 301-238-1211, giaccaij@si.edu
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, 301-238-1243, littlen@si.edu
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, 301-238-1257, maddeno@si.edu
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, 301-238-1238, moinim@si.edu
Study of protein degradation in museums’ proteinaceous specimens using capillary electrophoresis mass spectrometry, HPLC-MS, and proteomics techniques
Melvin Wachowiak, Senior Conservator, 301-238-1218, wachowiakm@si.edu
Advanced imaging of archaeological objects using 2D- and 3D-imaging techniques as well as optical imaging beyond the range of human vision


Applications must be made on line at https://solaa.si.edu  - apply for the Museum Conservation Institute Analytical Studies Group Intern Program.  Application deadline is March 30, 2012.  Selected candidates will be interviewed by telephone, although MCI visits are welcome.  Notifications will be sent by April 15, 2012.