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Student Support

There are several opportunities designed for NPS students through CRUSER – all schools, all services, all curriculums!

  • TRAVEL SUPPORT: CRUSER will support NPS student travel related to course or thesis work if it touches robotics or autonomy at any point along the process. Do you need to do some field experimentation? Do you need to make a site visit to a project sponsor? Do you need to interview stakeholders? Do you need to attend a workshop or symposium or conference? See below to apply for CRUSER travel support.
  • THESIS IDEAS: Are you looking for a relevant thesis topic, or do you have an idea for a thesis and need to find an advisor? If it relates to robotics or autonomy, CRUSER can help you find the folks on campus to talk to! Email cruser@nps.edu to get started.
  • CONCEPT GENERATION WORKSHOP: During Thesis & Research Week each September – the week between finals and graduation so you do not have classes – CRUSER sponsors the annual Warfare Innovation Continuum (WIC) Workshop, and if you have three and a half days to spend with us we will always add NPS students to concept generation teams! 
  • FIELD EXPERIMENTATION: CRUSER is closely associated with the Joint Interagency Field Experimentation (JIFX) program that hosts quarterly field experimentation opportunities, usually at Camp Roberts – only a two hour drive South. Click above to learn more about JIFX and the next opportunity to participate in field experimentation.
  • MONTHLY MEETINGS: CRUSER hosts monthly meetings at noon on the first Monday of each month in the ME Auditorium. Bring your lunch and sit in to learn more about the robotics and autonomy related research and activities going on around campus and throughout the wider community of interest. 
  • CRUSER TEAM STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE: CRUSER enlists one or two students to join us on our leadership team to keep us connected to the needs of the NPS student body. Email cruser@nps.edu if you'd like to be involved at this level!

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Thesis Support

CRUSER supports NPS students by providing financial support for travel directly related to research on robotics and autonomous systems.  Activities might include conferences, workshops, site visits and field work.  

Requirements

  • The student must be both
    • a full-time student and 
    • a member of the CRUSER Community of Interest (sign up here)
  •  Upon completion of travel, the student must be willing to either
    • submits a 300-500 word trip summary for inclusion in the CRUSER newsletter or
    • present a 15-20 minute brief of their work at a monthly CRUSER meeting
  • Conference travel:
    • If students are presenting their research work, the student must first request travel funding from their NPS department.  If travel is not supported, that should be noted in the funding request.
    • International travel will only be funded for students that have been accepted to present at the event.

Process

  1. Request CRUSER travel funding
    1. Complete the CRUSER Student Travel Request Form. Faculty Advisor is the person who is supporting this research (i.e. thesis advisor, professor, etc.)
    2. Email the CRUSER form to Ms. Jean Ferreira (jeferrei@nps.edu) for approval to use CRUSER funds
    3. Once the travel funding is approved, you will receive the authorization via email, along with the CRUSER Job Order Number (JON) which you will need to request travel arrangements. 
      Funding decisions are typically made in three business days Book Travel  
  2. Book Travel
    1. Complete NPS Travel Checklist (sign in to download)
    2. Download and fill out the Travel Request Worksheet. Use the CRUSER JON provided in your funding decision email.
    3. Circulate the completed form for electronic signature to the following individuals
      1. CRUSER PI - Dr. Brian Bingham (bsbingha@nps.edu)
      2. SPFA - Ana Ingram (aeingram@nps.edu)
      3. Your NPS Program Officer
    4. Submit signed Travel Request to the NPS Travel Office (Herrmann Hall, Office 038, 831-656-2041, travel@nps.edu)

Note: If traveling to a Non-DoD Conference there are additional requirments and approvals required.