Research Coordinator Positions Open in the Stress and Development Lab at Harvard

An experienced, independent, and highly-organized individual is sought for a full-time Research Coordinator position in the Stress and Development Laboratory at Harvard University Psychology Department, run by Katie McLaughlin, PhD.  The position will begin in summer 2019 (ideally June).  Research examines the impact of environmental experience on children’s development. Most of their studies are focused on identifying developmental mechanisms linking adverse environmental experiences to the onset of psychopathology.

Under the supervision of Dr. McLaughlin, the individual in this position will be involved in managing an active research lab with several large grants and participate in many aspects of the research process, including recruitment of children and adolescents into research, preparation of IRB applications, data collection, supervision of volunteer research assistants, data management, programming behavioral tasks, and development and maintenance of a database for participant recruitment and tracking.  These duties will primarily focus on an intensive repeated-measures fMRI study examining dynamic changes in neural networks following exposure to stress in adolescents.  Data collection for these studies involves acquisition of psychophysiology and MRI data in addition to assessments of mental health and exposure to stress and adversity.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collect data from children, adolescents, and parents in multi-modal studies involving psychophysiology, neuroimaging, and mental health assessments
  • Supervise a team of research assistants in data collection and data management
  • Prepare IRB applications
  • Program behavioral tasks
  • Clean and organize data for analysis
  • Develop and maintain databases for participant recruitment and tracking


  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant academic area
  • Experience working with children and adolescents
  • Experience with task presentation software (e.g., Eprime, Psychopy, MATLAB) is preferred
  • Experience in analyzing neuroimgaging data (i.e., MRI, fMRI, DTI) and comfort working in a command-line environment (e.g., Linux) is preferred

Please contact lab managers, Steven Kasparek and Azure Reid-Russell, for details on how to apply:

Cornell University Summer Scholars Program

Cornell AgriTech offers a Summer Research Scholars Program for undergraduate students to carry-out their own independent research projects in Entomology, Horticulture/Plant Breeding, and Plant Pathology.

Student interns will work with faculty, their graduate students and postdocs on research projects focused on specialty crops that can be laboratory and/or field-based.

You can apply online on their website.

Applications are due February 3, 2019.

Specifics for 2019 program

  • Nine week internships to conduct research in a faculty program at Cornell AgriTech
  • Gain research experience and learn about the diverse agriculture and food systems in New York
  • Additional professional enrichment programming and field trips will be offered
  • Benefits include housing and a $4,825 stipend
  • Starts on May 29, 2019 (May 28 for travel) and runs through July 26, 2019 (July 27 for travel)


  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident to be eligible for USDA NIFA funding.
  • Must be 18 years of age by May 28, 2019
  • Must have completed two, and preferably three, years of college level study in one of the life sciences by June 2019

Partially funded by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Esteem Graduate Program at Notre Dame: A Master’s Program in Entrepreneurship, Technology, & Innovation for STEM Students

Many students come into the University of Notre Dame’s ESTEEM Graduate Program feeling restless and boxed in by the career choices laid out in front of them, but full of energy to create a better world and make an impact. For this reason, ESTEEM emphasizes the action of entrepreneurship, not just the study of it. ESTEEM allows students with technical backgrounds to explore the world of business and entrepreneurship, learning how to combine their current skills with new ones to make an impact fixing things that matter.

ESTEEM curriculum:

  • 11 months of transformative experiences
  • includes design thinking, customer validation, financial modeling, BMC, data analysis, finance and prototyping
  • Master’s Thesis Capstone: go-to-market approach with ND-based research, industry-sponsored projects or Founder’s Idea

ESTEEM students:

  • 45 students in the class of 2019 from various STEM fields
  • 100% receive some level of scholarship award
  • average scholarship of $22k

ESTEEM graduates:

  • are changing the world at companies such as Apple, Eli Lilly, McKinsey, Walt Disney and more
  • 86% are placed at graduation; 98% @ 90 days from grad
  • 1 in 4 alums are in startups; 25% as founders or co-founders (including Enlighten Mobility, founded by Marissa Koscielski, ESTEEM 2018)

ESTEEM operates on a Rolling Admissions calendar and they have two application deadlines remaining:

January 27, 2019
March 17, 2019

Kyle Williams, ESTEEM’s Program Manager for Recruiting, Marketing and Placement is available to answer any questions you may have and actively engage you with any and all aspects of the ESTEEM experience.

How CS Majors Can Capitalize On Their Winter Break

With finals wrapping up for the fall semester, we thought it would be helpful to think proactively about what you might want to do with your winter break:

  1. Rest. Recover. Regroup: Sleep, enjoy time with friends and family. You are given breaks for a very good reason – you need time to rest your mind and assimilate what you have learned all fall. When you feel rested, take a step back and figure out your goals, and create a plan to get there.
  2. Work on Planning and Time Management: Middlebury is known for being rigorous and while we all have the same number of hours in a day, we all know someone who seems to be able to use those hours more efficiently. Better planning means more time working towards the goals you set in #1. We recommend checking out these sites to learn about work/life balance and efficiency:
    1. Cal Newport – a CS professor at Georgetown who writes about the intersection of technology and society. He’s particularly interested in the impact of new technologies on our ability to perform productive work and lead satisfying lives.
    2. Barking Up the Wrong Tree – Eric Barker’s blog brings you science-based answers and expert insight on “how to be awesome at life.”
  3. Create a personal website: If you don’t have one already, you will have to have a personal website eventually. As a programmer this is a great way to showcase who you are as well as what you have worked on. Learn from your peers at Columbia who wrote “The Importance of Having a Personal Website (& How to Make One)” in The Prospect. Read the full article by Sophie Stadler here.
  4. Create a GitHub profile: Many of you probably already have one, but if you don’t have a GitHub account yet, consider setting one up. Nearly every employer or recruiter you meet in the future is going to ask you for your GitHub account. This is where you showcase the raw code that you’ve written up to this point. We suggest including school projects, and if applicable, any side projects you’ve worked on. Which brings us to…
  5. Start a side project: There will be few times in your life where you will have a month off during the Holidays. Take advantage of this time to start a side project that you can use to highlight your skills and interests to employers.
  6. Update Your LinkedIn Profile: Check out the Top 25 Computer Science Student Profiles.


If you have an unused balance in your 2018 flexible spending account(s), please be aware that you have until December 31, 2018 to incur qualifying expenses to use those funds. You have until March 31, 2019 to complete claims submissions and meet substantiation obligations.  Comprehensive guidance is available at this link.

All participants with balances greater than $5 should have received a letter via mail in November from Business Plans Inc. Please continue to monitor your progress on your web portal.  If you have yet to set up your access to the member portal at, please do so today!  Just follow the instructions at this link.

Remember, any unused funds in the Healthcare FSA up to $500 will automatically rollover into the new plan year. Any unused funds in the Healthcare FSA account over $500 will be forfeited. Any funds remaining in the Dependent Daycare FSA are forfeited.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact myCafeteriaPlan at 1-800-865-6543 or Human Resources at (802) 443-3372.