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Deadline 11/15/19: Join the Health Professions Committee Selection Process

Are you interested in beginning medical, veterinary, or dental school in Fall 2021?

Candidates applying for entry to graduate school in the medical professions in the Fall of 2021 must complete the Matric 21: Middlebury Health Professions Committee Selection Form by November 15, 2019.

You can access the form here. Any questions? Email us at hprofess@middlebury.edu

Apply for a Winter Term Tech Internship with Davis Family Library!

Application Deadline is November 15, 2019

Open exclusively to Middlebury students! Apply and learn more on Handshake!

One Library Data Services intern will collaborate with librarians to develop a web application using R and Shiny that will allow faculty, staff, and students across our campuses to explore data that measures how Middlebury faculty, students, and staff view library and computing services. The data will be extracted from the biennial Measuring Information Services Outcomes (MISO) Survey. The MISO Survey is a web-based quantitative survey sent to faculty, staff, and a sample of students at Middlebury every other year. The results of the MISO Survey help us to understand how the campus uses and values information services, as well as satisfaction levels with these services.

An interest in open source development and a desire to contribute to assessment technology at higher-ed institutions is important. The data from the survey will need to be cleaned and standardized before developing the Shiny application, and all scripts and development will need to be well documented with the goal of sharing the code with other institutions so that they will be able to build on the work done at Middlebury. 
In addition to working with librarians to understand the data, clean it, and develop the Shiny web application, there will be opportunities to explore other facets of working in an information science profession, including shadowing Research & Instruction librarians in their work and informational interviews with a variety of library staff. 

Projects/Responsibilities

  • Write R scripts to clean and standardize SPSS data files for use in R/Shiny
  • Develop a prototype Shiny web application for use by the larger Middlebury community
  • In conjunction with the Digital Scholarship & User Experience Librarian and the Data Services Librarian, design and execute user testing of the prototype application
  • Propose and, where possible, make revisions to the prototype based on testing
  • Shadow select library staff in various library departments
  • Document all aspects of the data cleaning and application development
  • Keep a daily work/learning journal 

Educational Goals

The Library Data Services internship offers students the opportunity to learn about library and information science careers for individuals with data science and/or programming skills. Librarians, even those who work primarily with data, wear many hats, and the intern will get a chance to see the wide variety of work that happens ‘behind the scenes’ in libraries. Through seeing the development of a web application from beginning to deployment, the intern will also gain valuable experience in project development, documentation, and sustainable programming. In developing and executing user testing of the application, the intern will gain experience in user-centered design, UX research, and stakeholder communications. Finally, the intern will gain experience in reflective self-assessment through keeping a daily work and learning journal.

Qualifications

  • Computer science or data science experience preferred. 
  • Knowledge of the R programming language, including the RStudio IDE and the tidyverse package required.
  • Experience with the R web application package Shiny preferred.
  • Curiosity about library and information science, digital scholarship, or alt-academic careers strongly preferred.
  • Strong documentation and communication skills required.
  • The successful candidate will be required to sign a Non-disclosure Agreement due to the possible exposure to sensitive data.
  • The successful candidate must be responsible, energetic, and able to work well both independently and as part of a team.

Apply today for this Summer Internship with Health Career Connection

Don’t Wait – Application Deadline is December 8, 2019

Undergraduate students and recent graduates pursuing healthcare and public health related careers can apply here.

HCC empowers students to become the next generation of diverse, culturally competent health leaders and professionals. We strongly encourage students from families or communities that have experienced health inequities or social and economic challenges and those from first generation backgrounds to apply.

HCC has provided life changing, career launching internships with leading healthcare and public health employers for 30 years. Interns gain valuable exposure, experience, and mentorship in a supportive environment across our 9 regional cohort programs. HCC interns discover or affirm the health career direction that best suits them, find mentors, develop professional skills, secure jobs and increase their competitiveness for graduate education. 

Application deadline is December 8, 2019!

Want to learn more? Visit Health Career Connection’s website for more information.

Interested in a Summer 2020 Cybersecurity Internship?

Application Deadline is December 3, 2019!

Los Alamos National Laboratory is hiring for a 10-week paid cybersecurity internship featuring Cyber Fire instruction and data manipulation. We offer two tracks to choose from: Investigation Track and Research Track

Investigation Track: Students learn the necessary concepts and skills for responding effectively to cyber security incidents. The goal is to provide participants with the equivalent skills and experience one would obtain working a full month on a professional Incident Response team dealing with an Advanced Persistent Threat intrusion. Students are trained on the three core pillars of incident response: Host Forensics, Network Archaeology and Malware Analysis. Students are also given the opportunity to learn about Incident Coordination and Operational Technology.In addition to classroom training and lectures, students spend most of their time working on a small team project investigating real data from a historical incident. At the conclusion of the program, students present their findings to senior management in standard incident reporting format.

Research Track: Students apply their skills to develop innovative solutions to help address national cyber threats. Students work in small teams on a cyber research project, guided by mentors with scientific and computing expertise in the cyber domain. Projects may include:

  • cyber analytics (scalable “big data” processing, statistical inference, anomaly detection, deep learning)
  • data integrity (steganography, encryption, adversarial machine learning)
  • intrusion detection and analysis (malware reverse engineering, network/protocol analysis)
  • cyber-physical system security (complex systems, physical attacks against cyber systems)

For more information on research areas see csr.lanl.gov. Students gain experience in communicating their work through posters and oral presentations. In addition, students attend seminars by LANL researchers and external visitors and given the opportunity to take short courses in core cyber subjects outlined in the Incident Response Track.

To apply, please fill out the application at: https://cyberfire.energy.gov/school/2020/

Read more on Handshake

Film Screening on 11/11/19: Human Nature – A Gene Editing and CRISPR Documentary


CRISPR is a gene editing tool that allows us to manipulate and control the basic building blocks of life. It can be used to cure disease, reshape the environment, and even design our own children! “Human Nature is a documentary about CRISPR’s far-reaching implications, through the eyes of the scientists who discovered it, the families it’s affecting, and the bioengineers who are testing its limits” (Goodwin, Wonder Collaborative, Inc). It is a must-see for those interested in how this technology can change our relationship with nature, and what it means to be human.

  • WHERE: Dana Auditorium
  • WHEN: Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7 PM

Interested in a Gap Year Fellowship? Work with SENS Research Foundation!

The application deadline is February 17, 2020

The SRF Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Program offers former undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct biomedical research to combat diseases of aging, such as cancer, atherosclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease. During the gap year, program participants will have the opportunity to hone their scientific communication skills in preparation for applications and interviews for pharma/biotech jobs, graduate school, and medical school. Under the guidance of a scientific mentor, each Postbaccalaureate Fellow will be responsible for his or her own research project in such areas as genetic engineering and stem cell research. The Fellowship Program emphasizes development of both laboratory and communication skills to develop well-rounded future scientists, healthcare professionals, and policy makers. 

The Postbaccalaureate Fellowship Program sets itself apart from many other internship program with its focus on the development of scientific communication skills in addition to enhancing laboratory and critical thinking skills. Throughout the program, fellows are guided through intensive writing assignments that simulate documents scientists are often asked to produce, such as grant proposals. The communication training culminates in a student symposium at the end of the summer, where the Fellows present the results of their work. 

Program Learning Objectives include:

  1. Plan and execute an independent research project.
  2. Learn new technical skills.
  3. Learn how to explain scientific concepts to a non-scientific audience
  4. Learn how to write a simple grant proposal.
  5. Present results at a student symposium.

Eligibility/Qualifications: Please be sure to review the full Program Eligibility Requirements at www.sens.org/postbacc-fellowship before applying. Briefly:

  1. Applicants should have some prior research experience.
  2. Although GPA will be a consideration, there are no formal GPA requirements.
  3. There are no specific major requirements. Students of any major may apply, provided they can demonstrate relevant experience to the project in question.
  4. As noted on the eligibility page, applicants who have earned their bachelor’s degree within the past 2 years are eligible to apply. Thus, graduates from the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 are eligible.
  5. Only international students who can use optional practical training (OPT) work authorization are eligible to apply.

The precise desired laboratory skills will vary from project to project, but applicants should have some prior biologically relevant research experience. Visit the external application link on Handshake to see any project-specific skill preferences and apply.

Learn more on Handshake. Application deadline is February 3, 2020

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Apply today – these postings expire soon!