News of your opportunity provides us with valuable insight on the wide range of opportunities available to Middlebury students. It is also helpful to inform students, faculty, and advisors and connect with employers in the future. Please click the link above and let us know of your plans!
Information reported is confidential. No individual information identifying a student or graduate will be released. Aggregate results from the data collected are reported annually.
Scott Hartley, author of “The Fuzzy and the Techie,” believes society puts a false dichotomy between science and the liberal arts. The former Silicon Valley venture capitalist told Salon that his new book tries to bust the myth that art and science are polar opposite subjects with no overlap.
“If you think back to the classical definition of liberal arts, they actually include things like the natural sciences like biology and physics, math and logic.”
Check out the Salon interview here.
Wheaton College’s First Annual Summit for Women in STEM was held on April 8, 2017 and brought together a powerhouse network of industry leaders, researchers and academics with undergraduate students who represent the next generation of innovators. A group of Middlebury College UR STEM students attended the conference. For a copy of the schedule, click here.
Our thanks to Emily Goins ’17 for bringing this fantastic conference to our attention. Emily Writes,
“The Biomedical Science Careers Program (http://www.bscp.org/) takes place at Harvard Medical School and consists of 2 days of mentorship, in which students from high school to post-docs are paired with STEM professionals (from PIs, to biomedical company CEOs, to doctors) based on their mutual interests for career advice and discussion. Everyone also has the chance to attend various panels. I attended panels on how to get into medical school (which consisted of the Director of Admissions for UMass, Harvard, and Tufts med schools), as well as on how to market your skills, how to interview, etc. On the last day, they host the New England Science Symposium, where students can present posters, and awards are presented at the end of the day. You are not required to submit an abstract to attend, but it is a great experience to go around and look at the posters and network. The conference targets minorities in STEM, which includes all women and students of color.
I happened upon this story on VPR by Jane Lindholm and Sam Gale Rosen yesterday.
We’re joined by Alison Cossette, a senior analyst at Remedy Partners. Also by Julie Lerman, a longtime coder who shares her expertise by speaking at conferences and mentoring development teams around the world. And by Maureen McElaney, founder of the Burlington chapter of Girl Develop It and a Developer Advocate at IBM Cloud Data Sevices.
Listen to the full VPR story here.
Find information on upcoming events the guests mentioned during the show at the links below:
We hope that all Midd students are aware of this incredible peer resource: MiddSafe Confidential Advocates.
“MiddSafe advocates are Middlebury College students committed to providing a safe and confidential resource for our peers in need of support and information around sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, domestic violence, and other personal violations. Our goal is to exist as a non-judgmental, compassionate, and effective system for individuals in emergency and non-crisis situations. We provide a menu of options to guide students towards medical, legal, and emotional resources on local, state, and national levels. We can help you take steps to understanding what is available to you and to identifying what you need. No matter where you are in the process of dealing with your experience, we are here to listen.”
In addition to the 24 hour hotline MiddSafe provides, they will be launching a new, innovative tool called the MiddSafe Online Advocate that will provide information to victims, peers of victims, faculty, and staff in an accessible way, as well as remove barriers individuals might face in calling a hotline or approaching advocates and staff in person. You can access the tool at go/onlineadvocate/.
There is a launch event on Tuesday, April 11 from 5-7 PM in Crossroads Cafe. It will be an opportunity to learn more about the tool and meet the other advocates. Snacks and beverages will be provided.
Our advisors remind graduate school applicants that an application is not just your GPA and GRE/MCAT scores, but a full range of competencies from leadership to service to maturity and readiness. This NYT submission by Rebecca Sabky is the perfect example of what makes students stand out to admissions committees. (Read the full article here.) In the article, highlighting the importance of kindness, she writes,
“The custodian wrote that he was compelled to support this student’s candidacy because of his thoughtfulness. This young man was the only person in the school who knew the names of every member of the janitorial staff. He turned off lights in empty rooms, consistently thanked the hallway monitor each morning and tidied up after his peers even if nobody was watching. This student, the custodian wrote, had a refreshing respect for every person at the school, regardless of position, popularity or clout.”
“Until admissions committees figure out a way to effectively recognize the genuine but intangible personal qualities of applicants, we must rely on little things to make the difference. Sometimes an inappropriate email address is more telling than a personal essay. The way a student acts toward his parents on a campus tour can mean as much as a standardized test score. And, as I learned from that custodian, a sincere character evaluation from someone unexpected will mean more to us than any boilerplate recommendation from a former president or famous golfer.“
It gave us a window onto a student’s life in the moments when nothing “counted.”
We’ve seen this trend more and more in admissions. In this Washington Post article, Harvard advocates for kindness instead of overachieving. Read the Harvard Graduate School of Education report entitled, “Turning the Tide: Inspiring Concern for Others and the Common Good Through College Admissions”
There is a growing focus on visualization research at Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
The College of Computer and Information Science (CCIS) has made two recent hires, Profs. Cody Dunne and Michelle Borkin, to lead visualization research and support two new degree programs in Data Science. They join an already strong team of 62 tenured and tenure-track CCIS faculty, and the College plans to continue hiring in both Data Science and Network Science. Northeastern is also now ranked 15th among top computer science schools in terms of publications at selective venues.
Beyond CCIS, visualization work is being conducted across campus by faculty in Art and Design, Journalism, Politics, Engineering, and the Library. The interdisciplinary NUVis Visualization Consortium ties these researchers together, and helps foster cross-cutting studies. We have a rich tradition of working on meaningful problems in collaboration with civic, business, and global partners.
At Northeastern, students interested in graduate studies on visualization have several degree programs to choose from:
Dive deep into BIG DATA
The University of Chicago is pioneering a new MA program, with significant resources and merit scholarships.
Computational Social Science is an emergent approach in which students apply the latest innovations in computer science and statistics to complex social questions.
Working with very big data, on a scale that far exceeds earlier research, computational researchers are devising innovative formal, statistical, and computational models to make important contributions across the social sciences.
They are training students for elite-level PhD admission in Sociology, Economics, Political Science, Psychology, History, and Anthropology. The deadline is April 30th.
Nearly all students they admit will receive a half-tuition grant in the first year, and a two-thirds tuition grant in the second.
They also furnish extraordinary support for professional placement, with paid internships between the first and second year, on-campus recruitment from prominent firms, and three years of work eligibility for international students as a recognized STEM program.
You can learn more about their program, and find a link to apply, at http://macss.uchicago.edu/