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.
Recent grads and/or super senior Febs looking for a Fall or Spring internship? Use your STEM skills to help shape policy in the nation’s capital! Apply for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy internship program:
Serving as an OSTP Intern provides a unique opportunity to work closely with senior White House officials and science and technology (S&T) policy analysts in OSTP’s policy division (Policy internship) or on OSTP’s legal team (Legal internship).
Applicants are encouraged to apply for one of three terms (Fall, Spring, or Summer), each term lasting no more than 90 days.
OSTP supports and coordinates the Administration’s Science and Technology priorities. Ideal Policy intern candidates have a passion for science and technology, possess strong written and verbal communication skills, the ability to work well on short deadlines while handling several projects, and a willingness to support outreach events and communications. A degree in engineering or science is preferred.
Law students who would like to apply for this program have a unique opportunity to gather insights into the practice of law at the highest levels of the United States Government. Prior OSTP Interns have worked on a wide range of challenging substantive matters, including employment, appropriations, fiscal law, government contracts, ethics, information disclosure, international agreements, litigation, and pending legislation. OSTP’s “small firm” environment provides law students with the opportunity to work closely with senior attorneys, gain practical legal experience, and network with other emerging members of the legal profession. Interns work under the supervision of OSTP’s General Counsel and other supervising attorneys. Students in law school and LLM programs are encouraged to apply for legal internships using the “Legal” application. Legal interns gain diverse experience working on federal legal issues with government attorneys who support policy advisors.
Learn more on their website here.
From our colleagues in the sciences, Professors Costanza-Robinson, Bunt, Giddings and Vasiliou:
“With support from the Ada Howe Kent Fund and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research (CTLR), we have organized this workshop on July 7th (Fri). The workshop leader, Gordon Uno, is a renowned educator and leader in promoting active learning. We saw him present at the AAC&U conference Transforming Undergraduate STEM Education last fall in Boston. Gordon managed to be both entertaining and educational while never losing sight of the practical realities of teaching. We were inspired to bring him here for this more detailed, hands-on workshop and share the “Gordon Experience” with other interested colleagues.
Gordon’s training and research are in plant biology, but the workshop topics, examples, and methods span the STEM disciplines. The two sessions (both on Friday) focus on evidence-based, active-learning methods and other high-impact practices appropriate for those just starting out as well as seasoned veterans. On Friday evening there will be a reception and dinner for interested workshop participants (seating for all those interested) to get to know one another and foster the developing active-learning community.
More workshop information and online registration details are available at: http://sites.middlebury.edu/stemskills2017/
We look forward to seeing you in July!
Molly Costanza-Robinson, Rick Bunt, Lesley-Ann Giddings, and AJ Vasiliou
Check out the NEW Careers Topics within Spotlight on Careers.
Spotlight on Careers provides a great series of guides about career fields popular with liberal arts students. This resource is free via a CCI login below and is an easy way to gain valuable information as your explore career fields.
Each guide is organized with an overview including an introduction, career options and trends. There are also sections on jobs and internships, graduate school, and real life stories in alumni profiles.
To access, go to spotlightoncareers.org.
Username is spotlightpass
Password is liberalarts2017
The new topics are:
- Environmental Science & Sustainability – There are many jobs in the environmental and sustainability fields beyond policy work. Within the private sector, there are opportunities in the timber industry, environmental consulting, conservation and preservation organizations. Within the government, there is work available at the local, state and federal levels that focus on forests, water, and wildlife.
- Neuroscience – The “Brain Sciences,” or neuroscience, encompass a wide range of career paths centralized in the research and medical professions, and now permeating across multiple new fields in recent years. Through studying the brain and the nervous system, those who choose a career in neuroscience seek to understand how neurons interact and how these interactions impact behavior. Neuroscience intersects psychology, science, medicine, and impacts the legal system, education, and even marketing. Clearly, neuroscience presents multiple pathways for you to consider.
- Law & Paralegal – The law profession encompasses a variety of career fields some of which require an advanced degree where others do not. Those interested in the field of law typically pursue careers as lawyers, paralegals/legal assistants, criminal justice (law enforcement, probation officers, and correction officers), social work/justice (family law, juvenile law, elder law and child protective services), public policy, federal government, protective services, detective services and more.
- Business Intelligence, Analytics & Data Science – Every time a customer interacts with a computerized system, whether at a Grocery Store, Online Store, or Social Media site, data is created and stored in a data solution system. Tools then convert this data into metrics (known as analytics) that assess consumer behavior. Analytic professionals interpret analytical data and utilize statistics, predictive modeling, and managerial strategies to drive business decisions. Analytics are used in nearly every industry. Marketing companies use analytics to measure and analyze performance of different initiatives, financial firms use analytics to analyze investments and forecast future scenarios, charter schools use analytical data to inform teaching practices, and major movie studios use analytics to project ticket sales.
The Horizons Fellowship
The Horizons School of Technology supports 55 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become leaders in technology. Their tuition-free programs provide immersive software engineering and web/mobile development courses geared towards high-achieving college students. Students need not have a computer science background! Their curriculum, developed by ex-Salesforce and Optimizely engineers alongside PhD candidates in computer science, is designed to teach students how to build web, mobile, and desktop applications.
Horizons students have gone on to receive offers from firms such as Google, Slack, Yelp, Amazon, BCG, Visa, J.P. Morgan, and more
The Horizons Speaker Series brings in successful founders, investors, and technologists into the classroom. Students will hear from some of the industry’s foremost experts. They have had some amazing speakers like the founders of Zenefits, Coinbase, Digital Ocean, Andela, X.ai, Shapeways, and more.
Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan and more. We’ve welcomed National Math Olympiad winners, USA Computing Olympiad participants, renowned college entrepreneurs, students with perfect SAT/ACT scores, talented designers, photographers, and more as part of our previous cohort.
- Currently enrolled in (or recently graduated) an undergrad or graduate university program
- Submission of resume and standardized test scores on www.joinhorizons.com
- Series of fit and logic interviews
- Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
Learn about the mathematicians who, with algorithms in hand, are fighting gerrymandering and in hopes of making U.S. elections more representative. The full article by Carrie Arnold in Nature can be read here.
“Women aren’t falling out [of STEM], I think that men are failing to keep up with the way the world is going,” she said to cheers from the audience. “There’s nothing wrong with women; I think the choices they make and the quality of life they want, they expect a higher standard that is currently provided in organizations,” she said.
She argued that for organizations to be disruptive and successful, they need ‘cultural productivity.’ This comes from addressing the human aspects [of the work environment], she said.
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Are there are sophomores interested in careers in NOAA-related areas? Then check this out!
Over the past 10 years, the Hollings Scholarship Program has provided approximately 120 undergraduate students per year with tuition support and paid summer internships with NOAA across the country. Hollings has a growing network of over 1200 alumni from over 300 universities. Approximately 75% of Hollings Alumni continue on to graduate school in NOAA mission fields, and more than 90 have been awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Recently, two Hollings alum were awarded 2017 Rhodes Scholarships and one was awarded the Marshall Scholarship.
The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to $9,500 per year) for two years of full-time study and a 10-week, full-time paid ($700/week) internship at a NOAA facility during the summer.
The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the scholars with hands-on, practical experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation and the annual Science & Education Symposium, scientific conferences where students present their research, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.
Hollings Alumni report that the experience influenced their academic and career paths, expanded their professional networks and improved their skills for working in NOAA mission fields. 100% of Hollings Scholars surveyed said that they would recommend this opportunity to other students.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:
- increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
- increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
- recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and
- recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.
Applications for Summer 18 open in September. Learn more about the scholarship on their website here and also make sure you are on the CTLR email list as they have info sessions and email reminders in the fall.
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.”
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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
Code2040 creates access, awareness, and opportunities for top Black and Latinx engineering talent to ensure their leadership in the innovation economy.
“Code2040 is a nonprofit organization that creates pathways to educational, professional, and entrepreneurial success in technology for underrepresented minorities with a specific focus on Black and Latinx people. Code2040 aims to close the achievement, skills, and wealth gaps in the United States. Our goal is to ensure that by the year 2040 – the start of the decade when the US will be majority people of color – we are proportionally represented in America’s innovation economy as technologists, investors, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs.”
Based in San Francisco, Code2040 works with students, professionals, and companies around the country.
Check out their Technical Applicant Prep Program:
TAP bridges Computer Science education with careers in tech, to provide Black and Latinx students with the network, resources and community to launch and sustain their tech careers.
TAP programming takes multiple forms:
- TAP Retreats: 2-day internship prep retreats
- Tech Trek: Alternative Winter/Spring Break trips to Bay Area tech companies
- First Years On Campus: Cohort-based programming for freshmen in CS
- Academic year on-campus engagement including skills-building workshops & leadership training
- Year-round webinars
- 1:1 virtual coaching and mentorship
- Monthly blogs and student news
Also, we’ll keep you posted on their Tech Trek 2018!