Each summer at Middlebury, over 130 students are engaged in on-campus research with a faculty mentor. The topics range from Philosophy to Biochemistry. Most students are paid through various funding sources, including faculty grants and college endowed funds.
The incredible staff in The Center for Teaching, Learning & Research/Undergraduate Research host a learning luncheon series each summer for students who remain on campus for summer research.
The Summer 2017 Research Program
Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at 12-1 pm
McCardell Bicentennial Great Hall
For research assistants and their mentors. Pizza and salads will be served.
Research Luncheon: How to Market Your Research Skills – featuring our very own Mary Lothrop and Tim Mosehauer!
Wednesday, June 28 from 11:45 am-12:45 pm
Hillcrest 103 (STEM) and 200 (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences)
Discussion on how to represent your skills and find jobs and internships that want them. RSVP online by 6/22 for lunch.
Research Luncheon: Graduate School Panel
Tuesday, July 11 from 11:45 am-12:45 pm
Join newer faculty for a discussion about the graduate school experience. RSVP online by 7/6 for lunch.
Summer Research Symposium
Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2 pm
McCardell Bicentennial Great Hall
Includes a poster session with refreshments. The entire campus community is invited to attend.
go/summerresearch for more information.
Thanks to Nancy Fullman ’07, Middlebury College has a curated list of entry-level and early career positions in global health. Every few weeks Nancy emails our office with job opportunities to share with you!
Nancy received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Middlebury College in 2007 and went on to become a Post-Bachelor Fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) from 2008 to 2011. She received her Master of Public Health in Health Metrics and Evaluation from the University of Washington in 2011. Nancy is now IHME’s Scientific Advisor and we are lucky to have her in our network! You can read more about Nancy on the IHME website.
Below are entry-level and early career global health positions Nancy has curated have over the last few weeks; note they are far from comprehensive, but it’s a sampling of what she could easily find and/or organizations she knows and respects. She’s highlighted current opportunities at IHME in yellow, as she is able to provide a bit more information about those particular positions.
This week’s list of opportunities can be downloaded here.
Pre-Vet students, did you know that the Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP) will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA-designated veterinarian shortage situation for a period of three years. To learn more about the program, check out the VMLRP website.
One-fifth of all Americans have a disability, but less than 1 percent of doctors do. That’s slowly starting to change—to the benefit of medicine and patients.
Advances in technology are gradually expanding the pipeline for applicants with disabilities, both creating new means of accommodation and making accommodations that were once too clunky or expensive easier and cheaper.
“Doctors are healers, but they’re also arbiters of what’s normal,” said Temple. They tell us whether our worries are worth the worry. They help us grapple with the fragility of our bodies, the contingency of our lives. We see and hear and walk, but we won’t always. As we age, we are more and more likely to gain a disability—nearly three-quarters of adults over 80 live with one. Doctors with disabilities are not only able to heal us in the same ways as any other doctor; they may be able to help us better understand our bodies and how to live in them.”
Complete your profile and start exploring!
The CCI is excited to announce the launch of Handshake, a brand new platform for Middlebury College students. Handshake is replacing MOJO and offers more job and internship opportunities, a broader range of employers, and more fields. In Handshake you can:
- Find internship and employment opportunities based on your career interests and goals.
- Discover when employers come to campus for informational sessions and/or interviews.
- Connect with alumni and employers.
- Learn about events and programming in your field of interest.
- Schedule an advising appointment.
How do I access Handshake?
Visit middlebury.joinhandshake.com and login with your Middlebury ID and password. You already have an account – now you just need to activate it.
Note: for alumni who graduated on or before May 2016, click “sign up for an Account” on the bottom left.
What should I do first?
Completing your profile in Handshake is more important than ever! Because Handshake is customized for your preferences, an incomplete profile means an incomplete system. It means you won’t receive tailored recommendations for opportunities, events, or employers. The CCI has migrated some of your basic information (name, graduation year, major, etc.) but you want to make sure to complete your profile, including your career interests
What do I do if some of my profile information is incorrect?
Much of your information is brought over from the Registrar’s Office. Therefore, if anything is incorrect (i.e. major, graduation date, etc.), we recommend contacting them directly at email@example.com
Handshake is easy-to-use and even has a mobile app. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our Technology Coordinator, Susan Sheets, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The future’s bright for nurse practitioners; salaries AND demand are on the rise!
Nurse practitioners are more in demand than most physicians as states allow direct access to patients for these increasingly popular health professionals.
Only family physicians, psychiatrists and internists are more in demand than nurse practitioners, according to the latest snapshot into the U.S. healthcare workforce from MerrittHawkins, a subsidiary of AMN Healthcare.
Prospective students and current applicants are all invited!
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNE COM) Student Reception
Saturday, August 19th
Join current students, alumni, faculty and administrators to:
- Learn more about UNE COM’s Patient First
- Participate in a Q&A style group conversation
- Hear from students why they chose UNE COM and gain insight into the academic/extracurricular experience.
- Hear from faculty about the curriculum and research opportunities.
- Hear from members of the Committee on Admissions about the application process.
When: Saturday, August 19th, 2017
Where: Hyatt Regency Cambridge, 575 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Time: 4-5:30 PM, with reception to follow
RSVP by August 11th to the UNE COM Office of Recruitment, Student & Alumni Servies by filling out the Google Survey at the below link. The event registration link will also be available on our website.
While this article is focused on undergraduate admissions, grad school applicants need to consider this as well. There is some important advice about social media and college admissions, but also good advice for everyone.
“… if you wouldn’t want something you posted to end up on a jumbotron in Times Square, DO NOT POST IT.”
Read the full NYT article by
We have been reading more and more that some medical school admissions committees and employers really look at applicant’s pages and posts, so we are now telling students to assume that all admissions committees look up applicants online. Barbara Fuller, M.P.H., director of admissions at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University says,
“Students on the admissions committee are more tech savvy and actually have been responsible for presenting information on candidates-acquired through internet searches-that changed an acceptance to a rejection. As an applicant, you are responsible for the ‘public face’ that the connected world sees.”
How do you find out what’s out there about you? Do web searches from various browsers and see what comes up. In addition to your social media accounts, you may find links to news articles, petitions you have signed electronically, and comments you have left on websites.
What might negatively influence the admissions committee? Anything illegal, showing poor judgement, or might be controversial can hurt your image.
How to protect yourself: Make all social networking accounts private. Approve all tags or check-ins and delete anything you are not proud of, or that might be misconstrued. It is best to err on the “less is more” idea.
Social media best practices:
- Make all accounts private
- Keep pictures, statuses, and comments clean
- Approve tags and check-ins from friends
- Always sign out of a public or shared computer
- Never share your password
*Excerpted from the AAMC Quick Answers to Common Questions About Getting Into Medical School
Some students elect to take a GRE subject test in preparation for graduate school. The paper based exam (available for Chemistry, Biology, Math, Physics and Psychology) is administered three times per academic year; in September, October, and April.
Middlebury College will be administering GRE subject tests on:
- Saturday, October 28, 2017
- Saturday, April 14, 2018
Seats are limited for the exam, so students are encouraged to register early through the ETS website. (Note: Middlebury does not offer a September test date)
Not all graduate programs require the subject test, and GREs come with an expiration date (typically 5 years), so consider meeting with a faculty or CCI advisor if you are considering taking a GRE subject test.
For additional information, please visit the GRE subject test section of the Educational Testing Service website.
Many medical schools choose to pre-evaluate applicants by asking them to take an online situational judgement test and UVM College of Medicine is the latest school to require CASPer evaluation. The CASPer® (Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) test is a 90-minute online situational judgment test (SJT) created by McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. The test was originally established as a screening tool to assess prospective medical school candidates’ non-cognitive skills prior to the interview. Applicants are not tested on any explicit subject knowledge and spelling/grammar mistakes are not factored into their results.
Some medical schools find the evaluation of non-cognitive skills (personal and professional qualities) is a crucial component of any medical school admissions process. What has traditionally been assessed through the submission of personal essays, autobiographical submissions, and interviews, can now be evaluated through this online test.
Structure & Format
The CASPer® test consists of 12 sections (8 videos, 4 non-video) lasting a total of 90 minutes. Each section contains either a short 1-2 minute video (video-based) or a short prompt (word-based), followed by three open-ended probing questions. The examinee is allowed a total of five minutes to answer all three questions for each section. Given the short 5 minute time constraint for each section, spelling mistakes and grammar are not explicitly factored into an applicant’s score. There is an optional 15-minute break halfway.
How to Prepare
As an applicant you won’t receive your actual CASPer® test score because unlike other standardized tests with established pass/fail cutoffs, CASPer® is not a pass/fail test but rather a standardized tool for ranking a large number of applicants based on their personal characteristics. The CASPer® test is administered without providing applicants with explicit learning objectives to prepare for the test in the hopes that examinees will take the test “blindly” without any prior preparation.
However, the current research shows that applicants benefit from advance preparation for the test. To prepare for the test, we recommend applicants complete the following tasks prior to taking their CASPer® test:
- Ensure they can type a minimum of 40 words per minute, free of major errors and distractions.
- Self-reflect on their own personal experiences around conflict, personal weaknesses, and personal failures, and be comfortable sharing lessons learned from these experiences concisely.
- Complete at least one full-length timed practice CASPer® test to ensure they are familiar with the time constraints and expectations of the test. Click here for sample CASPer® content.
Where do I go to take the test?
You complete the CASPer test on a computer and location of your choice at takecasper.com. Check the technical requirements page and the run through the sample test here to ensure the computer and internet connection is suitable for smooth test operation.