Health Professions & STEM Advising

May 2, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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Schuler Scholar Program AmeriCorps STEM Scholar Coach

Program Overview
The Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) is a private, non-profit foundation established in 2001 and based in the northern suburbs of Chicago. The SSP serves students in 11 high schools located throughout the northern suburbs and the city of Chicago. The SSP currently serves over 900 high school and college Scholars.

Mission: The Schuler Scholar Program (SSP) equips bright, motivated youth with the support they need to gain access to and succeed at highly selective colleges and beyond. Schuler Scholars come from populations that are under-represented on college campuses: Scholars are first-generation college-bound, are students of color or come from low-income families and communities.
Goals:

  1. To foster the growth of Schuler Scholars as lifelong learners.
  2. To provide information, guidance, and college preparatory experiences to help Schuler Scholars matriculate to the best fit college while maximizing financial aid options.
  3. To support Schuler Scholars as they persist in their academic studies, personal growth, and professional development.
  4. To cultivate an engaged network of Schuler alumni, mentors, and volunteers for lifelong connection and support.

The SSP curriculum focuses on factors recognized as critical to academic success, leadership and personal development. Fostering growth in these areas promotes success in high school, college, and beyond.

Position Overview
AmeriCorps is a network of local, state, and national service programs that connects more than 80,000 Americans each year in intensive service to meet our country’s critical needs in education, public safety, health, community, and the environment. Through AmeriCorps, the Schuler Scholar Program seeks recent college graduates to serve as AmeriCorps Scholar Coaches.

Science, Technology. Engineering and Math Scholar Coaches (STEM SCs) serve a two year commitment and are based at a partnership high school with the possibility of occasionally traveling to one or two other partnership schools. STEM SCs report to the SSP School Director and the STEM Program Manager. STEM SCs monitor and provide assistance to scholars in math and science and serve as role models. Coaches work directly with Scholars in one-on-one and in group settings. STEM SCs facilitate the STEM after school programs, including Scholar Training and Enrichment Programs (STEPs) and sessions dedicated to improving scholars’ problem solving skills and ability to think mathematically. Additional STEM SC responsibilities may include but are not limited to: manage online STEM enrichment programs, tutor Scholars in their math and science courses, lead college-style seminars with junior and senior Scholars, design and implement new programs, plan and chaperone exposures (trips to the laboratories, universities, museums), chaperone college visits, assist scholars with the college and summer college program application process, participate in the Scholar selection process, plan and facilitate SSP’s summer programs, and manage the student information database.

STEM SCs receive program specific training throughout the school year. The SSP ensures that STEM SCs feel prepared, confident and supported while working with students and facilitating programs. The Schuler program staff provides ongoing support to STEM SCs as needed. STEM SCs can also take advantage of various professional development opportunities.

For more information about the Schuler Scholar Program, check out our website at www.schulerprogram.org or contact AmeriCorps Program Manager, Amanda Marshall, at Amanda@schulerprogram.org.

Qualifications

  • Interest in math or science education, education reform, youth development or a related field
  • Ability to assist students in high school math
  • Physics, chemistry, or biology background a plus
  • Intellectual flexibility- STEM and non-STEM interests
  • Strong passion to work with under-resourced youth and families
  • Possess strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Display strong academic achievement, as evidenced by a college transcript
  • Be organized, detail oriented, flexible and able to concurrently manage multiple projects
  • Effectively work independently as well as in teams

Requirements

  • US Citizen or Legal Permanent Resident of the US
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Pass all state and federal criminal background checks
  • Conferred bachelor’s degree
  • Cell phone with texting capabilities (will be used as work contact)
  • Transportation (owning a car is preferred and highly recommended)

Annual Living Stipend

  • 1st year of service: $12,530
  • 2nd year of service: $14,930

Educational Award

  • $5730/year (upon successful completion of service; can be applied to school loans or graduate school tuition)

Application Process

  • E-mail resume and transcript to recruitment@schulerprogram.org
  • Qualified applicants will be contacted to participate in up to three interviews
    o Phone screen
    o Skype interview
    o In person Interview- accommodations and transportation paid for by the Schuler Scholar Program

May 2, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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Vermont Recruiter Association Job Fair May 19th

When: Thursday, May 19, 2016 – 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Where: Sheraton Conference Center, 870 Williston Road, South Burlington, Vermont  05403

Event Description: 

The Vermont Recruiters Association and the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual Vermont Career Connections recruitment event. This free event will focus on career opportunities with local companies that embrace Vermont’s “Work hard, Play hard” motto and the culture of work/life balance. A wide range of versatile, cutting edge and stable Vermont employers will be on-site to share their missions, visions, cultures and professions, as well as showcase the beauty of our state and the economic vitality that exists.  For more information, please visit http://vtcareers.org/index.html and https://lakechamplainvtcoc.wliinc26.com/events/3rd-annual-vermont-career-connections-3032/details?dnh=true

May 2, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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UVM’s Summer Medical School Prep Program

Students can learn more about UVM’s Summer Medical School Prep Program during our next online information session with the Program Director, Dr. Paula Tracy, on TODAY! May 2, 2016 from 4 to 5 PM.   To RSVP for this online information session, please email Colleen Fairchild, Program Coordinator, at colleen.fairchild@uvm.edu.  Even if you don’t RSVP you can still participate on Monday at https://uvmcde.adobeconnect.com/medschoolprep/.

May 2, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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STEM Opportunities Currently in MOJO

If you haven’t logged into MOJO in a while, do yourself a favor and peruse the latest opportunities that posted in the last week. Below are some of our favorites (to learn more about these opportunities, you will need to log into MOJO):

  • Associate Engagement SpecialistEze Software Group – Eze Software Group (Eze Software) is seeking an Associate Engagement Specialist to join the Product Engagement Team in its Boston office. If you like working with technology, taking charge of projects in a fast-paced, high energy environment, we want to hear from you!
  • Associate Solutions AnalystEze Software Group – Eze Software Group (Eze Software) is seeking an Associate Solutions Analyst to join the Client Solutions team in its Boston or Chicago office. Analysts are responsible for providing relationship support to our clients who are amongst the top Hedge Funds, Institutional Wealth Managers and financial professionals around the world.
  • Business Systems Consulting & Support SpecialistDatacor, Inc. – Looking to break into the tech industry? There’s an opportunity here for you. We’re a growing software company in metro NYC looking for bright, talented, creative college grads to join us at Datacor. We have openings in business systems consulting and support services.
  • Client Solutions AssociateAddepar – Addepar is a team of extraordinary engineers and technologists working with the best investment managers to build a platform for the world’s financial data. Our software is bringing clarity to finance. We were founded in 2009 by Joe Lonsdale, one of the cofounders of Palantir Technologies.
  • CLIMB – Wazee Digital – Account Management Intern – CLIMB is a 10 week summer internship program in Denver, Colorado designed exclusively for Yale, Harvard, Middlebury, MIT, Stanford, and Brown students. You will apply for this specific job by submitting your application to CLIMB (through this portal) who will then forward it to the company/organization.

May 2, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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Clinical Research Study Assistant at Boston Children’s Hospital

Clinical Research Study Assistant, Division of Immunology        Available June 1, 2016         

The Children’s Hospital Division of Immunology is seeking a full time Research Study Assistant to manage daily operations of several clinical research studies dealing with various aspects of food allergy. This position will also hold the role of administrative coordinator for the FARE Clinical Center of Excellence.

The research study assistant will assist the Principal Investigators in implementing clinical research studies as assigned; coordinate the preparation of protocol applications for submission to the IRB, sponsor or regulatory authority. Will collaborate and correspond with other members of the research team including research assistants, as well as other departments within the Hospital, the IRB, study sponsors, clinical research organizations, and study participants. Will also collaborate with other Clinical Centers of Excellence within the FARE network, and assist with the FARE Registry.

Under minimal supervision, the RSA will be responsible for tasks including: initiating start-up activities, recruitment of patients for enrollment in clinical trials, organizing strategies for recruiting study patients, screening patients for eligibility and enrolling eligible candidates, conducting study visits, and following up with patients.

  1. Work requires a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriately related discipline, preferably in a Life, Health, or Social Sciences field.
  2. Work requires well-developed communication skills in order to provide critical information to patients, excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, ability to multi-task and work independently, and ability to attend to details.

    3. Minimum of 2 year commitment required. Experience working in clinical research or in the medical field is helpful.

Please send resumes along with a cover letter to Jeanne.Testa@childrens.harvard.edu

May 2, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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Per Diem Research Coordinator at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in NYC

The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in NYC is looking for a new per diem clinical research coordinator to work in the Neurology Department. He or she would be involved in a number of research projects, including a nationwide GE-NFL sponsored concussion study. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain research experience, work directly with patients, and become exposed to daily life at a highly-regarded teaching hospital. Please see the description below for a full description of the position.

We are looking for highly competent, organized, hard-working, and personable candidates to fill this position. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates who plan to apply to medical school, but we are also open to other qualified individuals interested in healthcare and/or clinical research.

SUMMARY:
The applicant is expected to be an integral member of the research team and to comply with all regulatory, institutional, and departmental requirements. They will participate in all aspects of research management and quality assurance of data for a specific project(s) as assigned. They will be involved in high risk, interventional trials involving novel therapies and complex study design; will supervise the day-to-day activities of the Clinical Research Coordinators (CRCs) at a service/department level ensuring efficient operations; and will be responsible for data management activities associated with clinical research at a service specific level. They will perform data collection, data entry and analysis for studies as appropriate.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Clinical and Regulatory responsibilities:

  1. Oversees and conducts the informed consent process on studies as appropriate (requires appropriate training and certification of human research subjects training). Facilitates the consent process and ensures compliance with the protocol. Helps the Full Time Research Coordinator manage scheduling of patient follow up visits and integrates these into the calendar in a timely manner with maximal efficiency and in a thorough manner. Checks emails very regularly and prepares accordingly in order to ensure maximal enrollment given the very short time window of eligibility for enrollment into the study.
  2. Manages data collection specific to research studies including but not limited to the performance of measurements for applicable studies, collection of clinical data from patients directly, and manage the performance of all other duties as put forth in the protocol. This includes the supervision of multidisciplinary teams involved in the successful conduct of the study as well as research assistants I and II and clinical research coordinators assigned to independent research studies.
  3. Spearheads efforts to meet patient enrollment targets related to independent research studies. To that end, develops and implements various recruitment strategies. Helps the Full Time Research Coordinator with all networking related to the study and follows up on these charges on a regular basis.
  4. Manages and executes IRB submissions for initial approvals, re-approvals, amendments, etc. Ensures timeliness and accuracy of submissions and no lapses in approvals for the study.
  5. Performs advanced data queries as needed.
  6. Participates in the development of new protocols, prospective databases and new initiatives taken on by the department. This may include design of database and case report forms for investigator initated trials as well tools to facilitate data collection as requested for specific projects (calendars, schedules, tracking logs)
  7. Organizes and conducts study specific team meetings to ensure timely progress of patient enrollment and study activities.
  8. Collaborates with the research team and research administration, as needed, to ensure that research subjects are treated in accordance with all mandated requirements. Ensures that standards regarding subject registration, protocol specific tests, and required documentation are adhered to. Reports deviations as appropriate and resolves issues when possible. Escalates issues to supervisor as needed.
  9. Responsible for the handling, packaging, and shipping of dangerous goods under supervision and in compliance with State and Federal regulations. These specimens may include tissue, blood, dry ice, and chemicals. Certification in these procedures is required in accordance with the Federal Regulations. Knowledge of good clinical practice for the handling of specimens and blood may be required.
  10. Maintains and enhances professional growth through participation in seminars, professional affiliations, and internal training sessions to keep abreast of trends in the field of research data management.
  11. Administers, stores, and evaluates study questionnaires and puts them into the Redcap database.
  12. Records, maintains, handles, and stores study participant’s files to allow accurate reporting, interpretation, and verification of research data.
  13. Responsible for completing reimbursement and compensation paperwork for research subjects and Principal Investigator.
  14. Responsible for ordering and organizing study supplies.

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Education/Training: Bachelor’s degree minimum/Master’s preferred
Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) required

Experience:

1+ years research experience preferred
Knowledge of Good Clinical Practice and Good Technology Practice
Superior proficiency on excel, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint preferred
Background in statistics preferred (or at least completion of 1-2 courses in statistics and data analysis)
Knowledge of Neurologic terminology is a plus.

Skills:

Candidate must have superior personality skills required to recruit patients into study and maintain their compliance into study.
Superior networking skills, organizational skills, efficiency, time management skills, initiative, and follow-up to ensure maximal patient recruitment into study. Candidate must keep track of multiple research matters and also be skilled and highly motivated at moving project forwards in all aspects. Candidate must be sensitive towards patients and proficient at dealing with delicate research matters and swift at resolving any technical or logistical issues that arise with the guidance of the principal investigator.

Charlotte Ching ’13 – chingc@hss.edu

April 25, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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Global Health Event: Extreme Medicine: Practicing in Africa for 28 years

Dr. Rick Hodes went to Ethiopia to help victims of the famine in the mid-1980s, planning to stay for only a year. He never left. He recognized that he was uniquely positioned to help desperately poor people who had no other hope for treatment. He is now the Medical Director of Ethiopia for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), a 95-year old NGO, and is the senior consultant at a Catholic mission helping those sick with heart disease, spinal disease, and cancer, many of whom need life-saving surgeries. Dr. Hodes is the subject of the HBO documentary film “Making the Crooked Straight.”

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 | 7:00-8:30 PM in McCardell Bicentennial Hall, Room 219

April 25, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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Welcome to CCI’s NEW Director of Career Advising!

Ursula Olender is the new Director of Career Advising for the Center for Careers and Internships. Ursula tells us that her life’s work has been supporting liberal arts students who are in pursuit of their goals and dreams. After completing at B.A. in psychology at Greenville College (IL) and M.Ed. in counseling at Springfield College (MA), she served as a career counselor at Champlain College, Associate Director of Career Services at Dartmouth College, and Director of Career Services at Colgate University.  Most recently, Ursula was Associate Dean of Students and Director of the Career Center at Amherst College.  Ursula also reports that she has “dreamed of working with Middlebury students for more than 20 years” and “feels blessed to have the opportunity to return to Vermont.”

Welcome Ursula!

April 25, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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Interested in Opening a Chapter of College EDge?

Hey Pre-Meds (and that includes all pre-health students)!

If you’re an energetic student leader looking for an outstanding opportunity for leadership, community service, social justice, and/or education, consider opening a chapter of College EDge on your campus. The 1.5 minute video below should explain it all, but feel free to contact us with any questions, at info@collegeedge.us!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MVMa7-Ire6c

Looking forward to working with you!

– The CE Team

April 25, 2016
by Nicole Veilleux
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STEM Opportunities Currently in MOJO

If you haven’t logged into MOJO in a while, do yourself a favor and peruse the latest opportunities that posted in the last week. Below are some of our favorites (to learn more about these opportunities, you will need to log into MOJO):

  • Clinical Research Coordinator IIMass General Hospital – The Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital is seeking applicants for a position as a Clinical Research Coordinator. This position is great for seniors or recent graduates looking for 2 years of work experience before pursuing graduate or medical school.
  • Research Technician BColumbia University – The laboratory of. Dr. Richard Axel has an exciting opportunity for a motivated RESEARCH TECHNICIAN B to join our group. We are looking for a recent graduate with bachelors degree to work on a project alongside a postdoctoral fellow in a cutting edge neuroscience laboratory.
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