Author Archives: Nicole Veilleux

Grace Hopper Celebration 2018 Resume Database

Are you planning to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration this fall?

Are you looking for…

  • a new job on your career path?
  • an internship?
  • a first job after graduation?

Look no further! Gain an inside track to the best tech organizations.

GHC 18 sponsors will review submitted resumes for interviews, internships, and meetings. Submit your resume early.

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Research Luncheon with Mary Lothrop: How to Market Your Research Skills

How to Market Your Research Skills

Tuesday, 7/10 from 12:00-1:00 pm in MBH 220
Discuss how to represent your skills and find jobs and internships that want them. sign up


Welcome Summer Researchers!

Over 130 research assistants across the disciplines are working on summer projects with faculty mentors. It is a fun and interesting community, so make sure you take a break from your work to get to know your colleagues and enjoy a Vermont summer. More information about the summer program and on being a research assistant is available at go/summerresearch.

(l to r) Grace Zhang ‘18, Meaghan Hickey ‘18, Ben Bormann-Winter ‘18, and Nina Job ’18 take a break from their research to eat lunch.

On-Campus Activities Schedule

Welcome Luncheon, Tuesday, 6/12 at 12:00-1:00 pm in McCardell Bicentennial Great Hall
Share a casual meal with research assistants and their mentors.

Research Luncheon: Graduate School Panel, Tuesday, 6/19 from 12:00-1:00 pm in Hillcrest 103
Join newer faculty for a discussion about the graduate school experience. Panelists are Chris Herdman (PHYS), Alex Lyford (MATH), Lindsay Repka (CHEM), Carly Thomsen (GSFS), and Erin Wolcott (ECON). sign up

Research Luncheon: How to Market Your Research Skills, Tuesday, 7/10 from 12:00-1:00 pm in MBH 220
Discuss how to represent your skills and find jobs and internships that want them. sign up

Summer Research Symposium, Thursday, 7/26 at 2:00 pm in McCardell Bicentennial Great Hall
Includes a poster session with refreshments. The entire campus community is invited to attend. Abstracts to participate are due 7/19. more info

Medical and Dental School Applicants: Next Steps After Submitting your Primary App

Congratulations on nearing the AMCAS/AADSAS primary application submission date! It has been such a pleasure working with you all this past year and we look forward to supporting you through the application year as well. Please continue to ask questions as they come up – we are here to help!

  • The 2019 AMCAS Application is open for submission on Thursday, May 31st
  • The 2019 AADSAS Application is open for submission on Tuesday, June 5th

What are the next steps after submitting your primary app?

  1. TRANSCRIPTS: All applicants need to request official transcripts through AMCAS. Learn more here. 2018 graduates – the registrar’s office will be getting us your final transcripts within the next few weeks. Unofficial transcripts will be uploaded to your Interfolio account for our INTERNAL process. You will still need to request official transcripts through AMCAS.
  2. Make sure to CLEAN OUT YOUR INTERFOLIO ACCOUNT. Delete duplicate letters, archive any letters you no longer wish to use, etc. But please keep any documents you used to go through the HPC process. We still need access to your bio report, transcripts, etc. You do not need to update your bio report.
  3. Follow the APPLICATION TIMELINE to make sure you have everything in for the June 1st deadline.
  4. Use the GOOGLE TRACKER to see where you are in the process. Remember that we don’t start your committee letter until your file is complete. Use the Google tracker to see what you are missing and why your file is not yet complete.
  5. You will want to begin pre-writing your SECONDARY ESSAYS. Check out our Medical School Secondary Essays webpage for more info and a link to the Medical School Secondary Essay Prompts Database.
  6. Remember to email us when:
    1. You submit your primary – in that email include a PDF copy of your AMCAS/AADSAS application.
    2. When you send in your first secondary application – this triggers us to start your committee letter (as long as your file is complete.)
  7. Med School applicants, SCHEDULE YOUR CASPer! – More and more schools are using CASPer, and anyone applying to UVM needs to take it. Learn more here. CASPer has specific dates and times and it can be helpful to check this off the to-do list when you are finished with their primary application and waiting for the secondary applications to come through.

Timeline for the Committee Letter:

  1. We start a first draft of your letter after your file is complete (see the June 1st deadlines in the Application Timeline) and you submit your primary application. Email our office once your application has been submitted.
  2. Once you have submitted your first secondary application (and your file is complete), email our office and we will place your file in the Letter Writing Queue. It is at that point that we finalize your letter. The Queue is a first come, first served system. Letters are typically completed within 2 weeks.
  3. When your committee letter has been written and your dossier is complete, we will contact you to let you know.

You are almost done with the first stage of this external process – you are doing great! 

American Medical Women’s Association Research Opportunity

From Mikayla Hyman ’20:

“The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA) is undertaking a comprehensive project to understand the leaky pipeline of women in medicine. I am working with Mollie Marr, the President-Elect of the National [Medical] Student Division of the AMWA, to understand the leaky pipeline of women on the pre-medical track. We are working together to create a committee that can tackle a literature review and provide input for eventual further studies and recommended interventions.

I am hoping that much of the literature can be reviewed this summer, as the school year can be very busy for people. There are a limited number of spots on the committee, and we will have a preference for members with a background in research (either within classes or outside of classes) and some experience with the social sciences. Those who are underrepresented within the medical field are especially encouraged to apply.

If anyone is interested in possibly being part of the pre-medical committee for this project and working on this project over the summer, please reach out to me at Or, if anyone knows people at other colleges who might want to be involved in this project, please feel free to forward them this email.

5 Last Minute Tips Before You Submit the AMCAS

The AMCAS application is almost open! All of those years of volunteer work and medical research and MCAT prep are culminating in this one application.

The medical school application process is, as you’re well aware, long and strenuous. You do not want all of that hard work on your AMCAS application to go to waste. While you might just want to submit the AMCAS once and for all so you can start focusing on secondaries, make sure to check these 5 last-minute tips by Hannah Smith at In Genius Prep Blog before you hit submit!

Submitting as early as possible is key. AMCAS will start verifying coursework in order of when applications were submitted. They will transmit this information to individual schools later in June, along with letters of recommendation and MCAT scores.

  1. Check your transcripts: Problems with transcripts are the number one cause of delays and missed deadlines for AMCAS applications. Especially if you’re final semester grades are just coming out, and you want to include them in your application, you must follow up with your undergraduate institution. Make sure that your official transcripts have been sent. This is a small, logistical reminder, but extremely important. For more information on these issues, look through the AMCAS site.
  2. Make Sure Your Information is Entered Correctly: Omitting coursework, grades, credits, or supplying incorrect grades on your AMCAS application may affect your AMCAS GPA. When you fill out this section, make sure that you have an official copy of your transcript in hand – use the exact same document that the schools will receive. When you input your information, make sure to check it against the official doc. And then check it again. And then check it another time before you send it. Inputting incorrect information is completely avoidable.
  3. Check In With Your Recommenders: Following up with your recommenders can feel annoying, but it is totally worth it for the peace of mind you get when confirming letters have been sent. Recommenders are people too: they procrastinate. Sending follow-up emails, or even giving them a call, should be seen as a courtesy. Nobody is happy with missed deadlines. Even if you don’t have the best relationship with your letter-writers, you should still follow up with every one of them. Always make sure you’re polite and appreciative!
  4. Look for Repetition in Your Work and Activities Descriptions: I once read an AMCAS application, where every single activities description started with “It was an honor to…” Don’t do this. Your time with each work experience or activity was different. So your descriptions should be different too. Vary your sentence structure and word choice. Make sure that you aren’t including “filler” activities, and group related activities together if they don’t need their own individual description. Also, pay close attention to your three “most meaningful” experiences, and make sure that you use all the space allotted to show the impact they have had on your journey to becoming a doctor.
  5. Proofread Your Personal Statement: This seems like an obvious last-minute AMCAS tip. But people still don’t do it! Proofread! And then proofread again! And then have your mom proofread your essay. And your advisor. And your best friend. And your little sister. You get the picture.Careless mistakes do happen, but they never look good. Becoming a doctor takes a lot of attention to detail. A messy personal statement is not sending the right message.

Full article available here.

Alumni Posting: TWO Associate Software Engineer Positions Open at COGNEX

This posting comes to us from Josh Pedowitz ’16. He writes that he would be happy to pass a resume along for anyone who is interested in Cognex. If you want to get in touch or are going to apply, please contact Josh at

Every day and all around the world, Cognex products are working behind the scenes to ensure quality manufacturing and improve industrial processes. Cognex is a world leader in industrial machine vision, providing solutions for image-based barcode reading and 2D and 3D inspection. Cognex pairs world-class algorithms with advanced hardware to provide high-speed and extremely effective vision systems.

Our headquarters are in Natick, MA, just 30 minutes outside Boston, but we have plenty of other engineering offices such as Portland, OR, Milwaukee, WI, and Boulder, CO. Cognex has grown considerably in the past few years and is always looking for talent. Recently, the company has decided to invest more heavily in young talent and has been hiring more new graduates. The best part about Cognex, however, is the culture. I’m sure you’ve heard every other company mention that they have unique culture, but Cognex really is something else. Every Halloween the entire company dresses in costume and spends the day celebrating, including a parade down Rt. 9 in Natick and a big party that evening at a nearby hotel. We play Ultimate Frisbee every day in the field outside our office, and have outings and events throughout the year.

There are currently two associate software engineer positions open. These are both open to new graduates and I would be happy to pass a resume along for anyone who is interested in Cognex.

  1. Cambridge, MA
  2. Portland, OR

There are plenty of other roles open ranging from non-technical to completely technical, so check out the openings at


Newsletter on Hiatus Over the Summer

As we rapidly approach summer break, we want to wish you the best of luck in completing your final exams and papers. We hope you’ve had a good semester and have exciting plans for summer.

While we won’t be maintaining our weekly newsletter over the summer, we encourage you to stay connected by following our career path pages here and here! We’ll be busy through the summer working on committee letters and advising students applying to medical/dental/veterinary school, but WE REMAIN OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS WITH QUESTIONS.

  • For technical questions about your professional school applications and deadlines, email Nicole.
  • To schedule an appointment with an advisor, email Mary  or Hannah with the topics you’d like to discuss and your preferred days/times.

Have you received an offer for an internship, full-time job, or admission to graduate school? Let us know!

Finally, we wish to congratulate all of our May graduates. We hope that you will stay in touch and let us know how you are doing. Have an enjoyable, productive, and safe summer!

~The HP/STEM Team

(Mary, Hannah, & Nicole)