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Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) Program in the Department of Chemistry & Life Science

The Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) program provides cadets with an opportunity to observe and implement concepts from their education in chemistry, chemical engineering and life science over several weeks during this summer internship. The AIAD program enables cadets to perform research with leaders in government and private sector laboratories, both stateside and abroad. These unique experiences broaden cadets’ perspectives and provide them with practical advanced education related to their field of study and real-world application of science in the military.
Cadet Zachary Bowers,'14 and Cadet Elizabeth Moton, '15 performing fuel cell research at the Electrochemistry Branch of the Army Research Lab in Adelphi, Md.
CDT Chong '15, on the 2013 Australia Malaria research AIAD, performs DNA separation using gel electrophoresis.
Cadet Ashley Phillips (2015) working with Dr. Shiguang Liu MD, PhD, at the Hollinger Lab at the Bone and Tissue Engineering Center at Carnegie Mellon University.
Cadet Derrick Hall, 2014, at the Pyrotechnics Research, Development, and Pilot Plant Branch at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ working with Dr. Jesse Sabatini to develop the next generation of “green” pyrotechnic hand-held flares for the battlefield.
Cadets Stephen Chong and J. Ryan Hitt (2015) getting briefed by Dr. Matthew Renda in the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Breaker at Yale University. They were working on a biosensor development project supported by DARPA.
CDT Aaron Beyea, '14, is adding various enzymes, primers, and buffers to DNA sequences. These enzymes, primers, and buffers are part of a polymerase chain reaction that will produce many copies of specified sections of DNA.
Walter Reed Physician Shadowing. CDT Connor Mulhere ‘16 & CDT David Evans ‘15
Study of the Limit of Detection of a Dengue Dipstick Analysis - CDT Simon Vogler ‘17

USMA’s Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD) program is a key portion of the institution’s “Margin of Excellence Concept.” Cadets spend two to four weeks, during the summer academic break (late May to early August), conducting academically enriching studies, service, research and cultural immersions.
    Example C&LS AIAD Opportunities:
·         Infectious Disease Research (Brisbane, Australia)
·     Army Medical Center Summer Medical Internship (Germany) 
·         Flexible Carbon Nanotubes (ARL, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD)
·         Physician Shadowing at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (Bethesda, MD)
·         Waste-to-Energy Research (Cobleskill, NY)
·         University Summer Research Program (Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN)
·         Soldier Wearable Integrated Power System (ARL, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD)
·         Molecular Bio-techniques for Tracking Seasonal Affective Disorder (NY)
·         Bioengineering Biofuels for the Military (St. Louis, MO)
·         Improved Armaments; Chemistry (Picatinny Arsenal, NJ)
·         Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) Intensive Study Seminar (West Point, NY)
·         Research at a National Lab (Sandia, Lawrence Livermore, or Los Alamos)
·         And many more!  Dozens of AIADs will be sponsored by the C&LS Department in 2015.
      AY2015 Timeline:
Date​ ​Event
20 - 25 Jan 2015​ AIAD Database "open" for Cadet preferences in CIS​
​25 Feb - 6 Mar 2015 ​Cadets selected for AIADs
​12 Mar 2015 ​Summer Training Schedule published
​13 - 20 Mar 2015 ​-Spring Break-
24 May - 8 Aug 2015 ​AIAD Window
      Points of Contact
Chemistry:        LTC Rich Comitz, BH435A, (845) 938.3909;
Life Science:     MAJ(P) Jeremy Goodin; BH438E; (845) 938.5814;
Chemical Eng.:  MAJ Steve Winter; BH431C; (845) 938.4095;
Purdue Collab.: LTC Hailey Clancy; BH433B; (845) 938.4983;
National Labs:   Dr. Dan Schultz; BH420; (845) 938.5009;
Q: What one thing should I keep in mind to when applying for an AIAD slot?
A: Talk with your TAC and the AIAD Sponsor. Don’t just select a few choices and assume you will get a slot. Your summer schedule includes more than just AIADs, and open communication will help you manage your expectations. Sometimes an interview with the AIAD Sponsor is required for consideration.
Q: How do I make my AIAD selections? Can I apply to more than one?
A: In January, you will be given the option to select up to four AIAD choices via CIS. Many cadets do NOT get their first choice. You must meet the prerequisites, and there are a limited number of slots.
Q: Do Plebes really ever get selected for an AIAD?
A: YES! AIADs are primarily for rising Firsties and Cows; however, you are eligible if you meet all requirements. Each year our department has many AIAD slots that are not filled.
Q: Where can I find updated information on C&LS AIADs?
A: Please click here for consolidated AIAD list.





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