Application Deadline is Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Are you ready to put that scientific/mathematical brain of yours to work on a challenging and fun project? To bring your creative and innovative A-game? Read on.
We’re writing to invite you to apply to the Middlebury STEM Innovation program, back for 2020 after a two-year hiatus, which is an exciting opportunity made possible by a generous donor in support of science and mathematics at Middlebury College. The project will bring together a group of students and faculty from a variety of disciplines in science and mathematics to solve a real-world scientific or technological problem.
What will the project be?
That’s your first challenge! As described below, students participating in the project will play a major role in deciding what the project will be and the range of potential topics is wide open. It will draw on “STEM” (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields in an interdisciplinary way. The only fixed goal is to produce a concrete, working “deliverable” at the end of the project. This could be a commercial product, a research tool, or some other kind of innovation. It might involve software, biotechnology, electronics, and/or a wide range of other areas of science and technology. New for this year, we are also interested in longer-term projects for which the 2020 deliverable could be part of a larger product.
How will the project be carried out? What is the time commitment?
That’s your second challenge! There are two components to the program, and students selected for participation will be expected to commit to both. First, there will be an independent study course during Winter Term 2020, through which students and faculty will work together to research possible projects, select the one to be pursued, learn and apply the necessary scientific and technical background, order equipment, and carry out preliminary research and design work. Then, during summer 2020 (June 15 – Aug 7), students will live and work full-time on campus for eight weeks to carry out the project, culminating in a deliverable at the end of the summer. The Winter Term component will count for one general college credit (it will not satisfy any major or distribution requirements). Students will receive a stipend for the summer component.
How do I apply?
Complete the application form (available at http://www.middlebury.edu/science/stem-innovation-program ) by Wednesday, October 16, 2019. In the application, you’ll be asked to:
1. Summarize your course of study at Middlebury and scientific/mathematical interests.
2. Propose a super-cool, innovative, interdisciplinary project that the team could pursue, clearly stating the problem you would solve. (Even though we’ll only pursue one project in the end, we’re interested in hearing lots of creative ideas!)
3. Include the names of two references (most likely Middlebury faculty but others are OK too) who can speak to your ability to contribute to this project.
Who is eligible? How many students will be selected?
All students who have demonstrated a significant interest in science via coursework, major, and/or other activities are eligible, as long as you will be enrolled in the College in January 2020. (So this year’s supersenior Febs are eligible, but new Febs entering in 2020 are not.) We expect to be able to choose eight students for this project, and to announce our selections in time for Winter Term registration.
I don’t know much about practical applications—I just study science and math because they’re so fascinating. Can I possibly contribute to a project like this?
Absolutely, and that’s the point: Learning the big, fundamental ideas of mathematics and science is great preparation for a wide range of applications. We’ll be bringing together students and faculty from a range of different disciplines with complementary areas of expertise. We just need you to be ready to apply your current knowledge and skills in new and innovative ways.
Why try a project like this at a liberal-arts college?
We believe that a broad liberal-arts education combined with a solid foundation in science and mathematics is the ideal preparation for a project like this. We encourage you to draw broadly on your Middlebury experience both within and outside of the sciences in proposing a problem to be solved or formulating a new innovation.
Who are you, anyway?
We are three faculty members who have seen from first-hand experience how valuable a basic science and mathematics education can be for applications outside of our specific areas of research. We’ll be advising the project.
Can you suggest some ideas?
Yes and no. We aren’t listing any suggestions in this solicitation because we want you to think broadly about the possibilities. But if you stop by and talk to us, we probably won’t be able to resist throwing out some of our own ideas to get the conversation started.
What if I have more questions?
Please ask! You can get in touch with one of us.
Noah Graham, Professor of Physics
Frank Swenton, Professor of Mathematics
Jeremy Ward, Albert D. Mead Professor of Biology
Check out Handshake for more details on all of the postings.
- Amazon’s Undergrad Non-Tech Full-Time Opportunities – 2020 – Positions include Financial Analyst, Business Analyst, Sourcing Recruiter, Sales Account Representative, and AWS Product Marketing Leadership Development Program – apply by March 16, 2020
- Associate Professional Services Consultant – 2020 – apply by July 31, 2020
- Associate Technical Trainer – 2020 – apply by July 31, 2020
- Cloud Support Associate 2020 – apply by July 31, 2020
- Cloud Support Associate 2020 – apply by August 1, 2020
Learn more about Amazon: When Amazon.com launched in 1995, it was with the mission “to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices.” This goal continues today, but Amazon’s customers are worldwide now, and have grown to include millions of Consumers, Sellers, Content Creators, and Developers & Enterprises. Each of these groups has different needs, and we always work to meet those needs, innovating new solutions to make things easier, faster, better, and more cost-effective.
Navigating Life Sciences PhD Program Applications and Career Development
Date: Friday, October 11, 2019, 1:30pm to 6:30pm
Location: Harvard Medical School 240 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Harvard Medical Schools welcomes you to a tour, Q&A with current students, and informational session about applications to the life sciences doctoral programs. The day ends with a panel discussion with admissions faculty from a selection of life sciences doctoral programs.
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Welcome and Campus Tour
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Student Panel Discussion
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm: Admissions Overview (Presentation)
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm: Q&A with Harvard Admissions Committee Faculty
Please use this link https://www.eventbrite.com/e/74372928431 to register for attendance.
Google is hiring a Technical Solutions Engineer, University Graduate 2020
You can read the full description below and apply on Handshake. Application Deadline is March 31, 2020.
- Associate’s degree in a technical field, or equivalent practical experience, with the ability to start by September 2020.
- Experience advocating for customer challenges or needs as demonstrated through customer service experience, internships, project work, extra-curricular activities.
- Experience with troubleshooting web technologies (e.g. HTTP, HTML, DNS, TCP, etc).
- Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related technical degree.
- Ability to obtain work authorization in Canada.
- Basic knowledge or experience with one of the following: networking fundamentals, Database design and SQL query construction, Linux/Unix.
- Knowledge of cloud computing (i.e. certifications, internships, coursework, etc.).
- Demonstrated ability to adapt your message to the technical level of the audience and comfort presenting technical materials to groups of any size and background.
- Demonstrated problem solving and analytical skills, ability to quickly prioritize multiple tasks, attention to detail and resourcefulness, and communication skills.
About the job
The Google Cloud Platform team helps customers transform and evolve their business through the use of Google’s global network, web-scale data centers and software infrastructure. As part of an entrepreneurial team in this rapidly growing business, you will help shape the future of businesses of all sizes use technology to connect with customers, employees and partners.When things go wrong, the buck stops with you: even with the most well-engineered products, customers need help. Our Technical Solutions Engineers step in and own our largest and most important customer issues to solve production issues on customer’s business critical applications. You will be a part of a global team that provides 24×7 support to help customers seamlessly make the switch to Google Cloud. When customers cannot resolve issues themselves, your job is to ensure that we have the necessary tools and processes to swiftly resolve the issue with as little customer effort as possible. Due to the nature of this role and 24/7/365 support coverage for Google Cloud Customers, we anticipate that Technical Solutions Engineers will work weekends and/or holidays; either as an on-call function or staffed weekends or both.As a Technical Solutions Engineer, you’ll troubleshoot technical problems for customers with a mix of debugging, networking, system administration, updating documentation, and when needed, coding/scripting. You use your first hand experience to identify the root problem and improve supportability by working with a team of engineers and product managers. You will make our products easier to adopt and use by making improvements to the product, tools, processes and documentation. Our Google Cloud Support Engineers are driven by customer obsession: you will help drive the success of Google Cloud by understanding and advocating for our customers’ issues.Google Cloud helps millions of employees and organizations empower their employees, serve their customers, and build what’s next for their business — all with technology built in the cloud. Our products are engineered for security, reliability and scalability, running the full stack from infrastructure to applications to devices and hardware. And our teams are dedicated to helping our customers and developers see the benefits of our technology come to life.
- Manage the customer’s problem through effective diagnosis, resolution, or implementation of new investigation tools to increase productivity for customer issues on Google Cloud Platform products.
- Develop an in-depth understanding of Google’s product technology and underlying architectures by troubleshooting, reproducing, determining the root cause for customer reported issues, and building tools for faster diagnosis, to identify and resolve future issues quickly.
- Act as a consultant and subject matter expert for internal stakeholders in engineering, sales, and customer organizations to resolve technical deployment obstacles and improve Google Cloud.
- Work closely with multiple product and engineering teams to find ways to improve the Supportability, products, and interact with our Site Reliability Engineering (SRE) teams to drive high-quality production.
- Proactively understand customer issues and advocate for their needs with cross functional teams like Product Management or Software Engineering.
You’ve been given a link from an employer where you are asked to record answers to pre-selected/pre-recorded interview questions. Now what?
Asynchronous (or pre-recorded) interviews are becoming more popular. These interviews are a way for the hiring manager or recruiter to send you questions that they send to all candidates for a specific position. There will most likely be time limits set for each answer. These questions could be part of the application process or be a screening step. From the candidate’s perspective, a live video experience is generally not much different from interviewing via Skype or Google Hangout.
Some of the video platforms they use will allow you to re-do an answer if you don’t feel like it was your best take. Other platforms will only give you one chance. Before you begin recording, make sure you know which of these platforms you are working with. Companies who are using asynchronous video interviews are usually using them for early round interviews, so put your best foot forward in order to make it to the next round. Once you have recorded your response, the video recording will be sent to the hiring manager/hiring committee.
Tips for Asynchronous Video Interviews
- Practice – This cannot be stressed enough. Practice, practice, practice your answers before you hit record.
- Environment– Make sure you are in a professional environment (even if that means staging the area behind your desk to look clean and tidy). Practice what lighting looks best, and keep any roommates or distractions out of the room until after your recording. If you are worried about distractions, CCI has three interview rooms with webcams that you can schedule in Handshake. Simply click here and choose Interview Room Reservation.
- Eye Contact – Look at your webcam as you would look at the interviewer’s eyes if s/he were in the room. Practice your webcam eye contact, it is awkward at first, so make sure you are comfortable with it before you begin recording.
- Smile – Relax. Be yourself. Your smile is meant to be a tool to show that you’re a pleasant person to work with, and that you have a healthy amount of enthusiasm and confidence.
- Posture – Find a comfortable, neutral position with both feet on the floor. Sit upright with a straight back. Face the webcam directly, so as to avoid a side-angle. Adjust your chair to make sure you are perfectly square in the frame. The company may give you practice questions or a practice session. If this is provided, use it to gain comfort in the platform, but also to see what you and your background will look like to the potential employer.
- Dress – Though the webcam will only show you from the waist up, we recommend dressing as if you were there for an in-person interview.
- Thank You – Make sure to thank the interviewer after you are done answering the question. There will be someone (or many someones) reviewing the video, so thank them for their time.
Possible Video Platforms
We were able to fine one FREE online platform: www.interview4.me. Once you create a free account, follow the onscreen instructions to complete your first recorded practice interview. Do you know of other free platforms? Share them with us so we can add them to our resources list for your fellow students.
So, you’ve deemed yourself a start-up-er, but haven’t landed your dream start-up job yet. It’s not an easy task—how do you find a job at companies that may only have five team members and no recruiting budget to speak of? If you’re looking at the big job boards—stop. Consider these tips!
Below is a condensed version of the Muse article. Read the full article here.
- Networking – With very little budget, start-ups tend to rely heavily on the people they know, the people their friends recommend, and the people they meet at events—a.k.a., their network.
- Seek out start-up events – While New York City, Boston, and Silicon Valley are well-known start-up hubs, there’s a community of entrepreneurs in almost every city across the U.S. With a little research, you can find innovation labs, networking groups, and mentoring programs , all focused on start-up companies. Check out the Vermont start-ups on AngelList.
- Connect with “start-up people” in your area – As you attend more networking events, you’ll hear some key names mentioned as great resources again and again—these are major “start-up-ers” that you should connect with.
- Befriend a start-up recruiter – Use LinkedIn to find them, or ask the people you meet at networking events—these recruiters are typically well-known in the start-up community.
- Target start-ups directly – Try compiling a list of start-ups in your city by looking in a local business journal or searching online. If you live in a larger city, you can also look on AreaStartups. Do some research to learn about each company’s history, values, and purpose.
Also consider creating accounts on these online marketplaces to make yourself visible:
Below are some suggestions to begin your internship research:
- Handshake – Middlebury’s job opportunities database. If you haven’t logged in yet, there are a bunch of CS internships available in Handshake.
- National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) – The Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission.
- IBM Extreme Blue – There are internships, and then there’s Extreme Blue.Think of it as the opportunity to unleash your technical ingenuity and business acumen in the professional world – with the support, expertise and backing of one of the world’s leading technology companies. Extreme Blue at IBM isn’t your average internship. It’s a race against time – with the 12 week timeline compelling you to prove your creativity, passion and knowledge to deliver some of the most innovative solutions to real business challenges. Your task? Work in a team to develop an idea to address a real-world challenge confronting part of IBM’s business – and then turn that idea into a real product. When the 12 weeks are up, you’ll showcase it to our executives, business partners and clients. Expectations will be high and the results will be scrutinised closely. So, it’s not an easy ride – but we guarantee it’ll be an incredible experience.
- Microsoft – Empower your future—start your career at Microsoft. If you’re a student or recent graduate, they have programs, internships, and full-time opportunities available all over the world. Take a look and find the right job for you.
- Google – Middlebury has a great relationship with Google and there are a number of Midd Alums there.
Do you have an interest in shaping how new ideas, models, and technologies can transform how the government works? Then come meet Accenture Federal Services (AFS) CEO, John Goodman ’79, P ’23!
At the forefront of innovation, AFS is focused on improving how people work, live, and connect. We combine human-centric design with commercial practices and new technologies—like cloud, artificial intelligence, and advanced analytics—to deliver real outcomes –from rescuing healthcare.gov, to transforming one of the largest supply chains in the world, to redefining the student loan experience. AFS is on the leading edge of fundamentally redefining the next generation of government.
Join us on Friday, October 11th at 12:30 pm in Axinn 229 to meet John Goodman and learn more. Lunch will be provided. Let us know you’re coming here!
Curious about what it feels and looks like to run your own business?
Interested in learning more about the intricacies and highlights of starting a tech startup as a recent grad? Come meet Coumba Winfield ’17, MiddChallenge grant recipient, founder of app PopGig and currently self-employed as a graphic and web designer based in Burlington, VT. This talk and Q&A session will take place on Monday, October 7th at 5pm in the new location of the Old Stone Mill at 82 Weybrdge.
Are you a sophomore that identifies as Black, Hispanic and/or Native American? Are you interested in careers in Consulting, Finance, Nonprofit, Technology, Healthcare, Media/Entertainment, and/or Marketing?
If yes, please join us to learn more about Management Leadership for Tomorrow and the opportunities it offers to high-achieving diverse talent. Did you know 95% of participants in the Career Prep program at MLT secure a paid internship and/or a full-time job offer prior to graduation?
The program does this by providing individualized career coaching, skill development seminars, a support network of 6000+ alumni, and networking opportunities with top tier employers. MLT partners with top companies such as Google, Deloitte, Goldman Sachs, Citi, LinkedIn, Walt Disney and Target. Career Prep also offers college students the tools they need to achieve their long-term career goals by helping them create a professional roadmap.
If you are interested in learning more about MLT and the Career Prep Fellowship, please join the event on Monday, October 7 in Hillcrest 103 at 6:30 pm. Click here to RSVP in handshake!