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United Way Impact Funding Team

Interested in non-profit work and the grant review process? Join United Way’s Community Impact Funding Team!

Deadline January 15.

Come learn about the behind-the-scenes work involved in the grant approval process. United Way of Addison County (UWAC) is seeking Middlebury College student volunteers to review grant applications from nonprofits that are working to improve the physical, mental and emotional health of Addison County residents. Joining the Community Impact Funding (CIF) review team is a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning about the grant making process, as well as the types of needs being addressed by our local nonprofits. In the past three years, reviewers helped UWAC invest $991,605 in 33 programs covering 28 different agencies across the region. Volunteer responsibilities include reviewing applications, conducting site visits and making funding recommendations to the UWAC Board of Directors. The work will require a time commitment of 10-15 hours for meetings, plus approximately 30 additional hours of grant review and scoring between the last week of January through the beginning of April.  Accommodations will be made for absences over February Break and Spring Break. Experience is not necessary, as UWAC will provide training.  Enthusiasm, curiosity, and a sense of humor are highly valued! Interested students should send their resume and a statement of interest to United Way of Addison County Volunteer Center Coordinator Linnea Oosterman at by January 15, 2019.

Research assistant openings in the Zon Lab, Boston/Cambridge MA

Work as a Research Assistant with Dr. Leonard Zon, Grousbeck Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, HHMI Investigator, and HSCI Faculty Member.

The lab utilizes the zebrafish model system and cutting-edge technologies to study the role of gene expression in hematopoiesis, cancer, and stem cell development. They aspire to develop and improve drug therapies and treatments for patients with blood disorders and cancer. The lab is based in two locations: Longwood Medical Area (Boston) and Harvard University (Cambridge).

They carry out research in two areas of biology:

  • Hematopoiesis: Each day, humans require the production of ~100 billion new blood cells for proper hematopoietic function. Assaults to this system can cause diseases including leukemias, lymphomas, and anemias. They study how hematopoietic progenitor cells are induced from vascular precursors, how hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) engraft
    into their stem cell niche, what genes controls stem cell self-renewal and differentiation, what goes awry in blood cancers & diseases, and how to improve treatments such as bone marrow transplants.
  • Melanoma: The Zon Lab created the first animal model of a BRAFdriven cancer in 2005 with the publication of our zebrafish melanoma model. The lab has gone on to identify genes important in melanoma initiation such as SPRED1 and SETDB1. They study epigenetic regulators of melanoma onset, molecular events in melanoma initiation, and mechanisms of melanoma drug resistance

Positions available:

  • Research Assistants: They are looking for multiple candidates with strong biology backgrounds. Research assistants will utilize a variety of molecular biology techniques, microinjections, microscopy, and tissue culture in addition to working with zebrafish.
  • Bioinformatics Specialist: The last three bioinformatics specialists in their lab have been premedical students with a computer science focus. The individual will work on widely applicable computational analyses on the data from lab experiments and will learn to create novel analysis pipelines to handle more complex biological questions.

Qualities they are looking for: Highly motivated, intellectually curious, strong organizational skills, and an ability to work independently.

Benefits to you: Many recent college graduates spend time as Zon Lab research assistants prior to successfully moving on to positions in medical school, graduate school and other health professions. You will learn how to design and execute state-of-the-art experiments, providing an excellent opportunity to grow creatively as a scientist and to think critically about how the lab translates to the clinic. Research assistants regularly give presentations and are authors on primary research papers, providing a competitive edge when applying to graduate and medical programs.

Email your cover letter & CV to Dr. Bruce Barut (Lab Manager).
Positions are competitive and require a two-year commitment beginning summer 2019

Required and Recommended Coursework by Dental School

The ADEA AADSAS® Participating Dental Schools Required and Recommended Courses chart is a helpful resource for prospective dental school applicants to easily access required and recommended coursework. Traditionally, dental schools expect applicants to complete two semesters (three quarters) of biology, general chemistry, organic chemistry and physics. It’s important to know how dental schools differ on the additional classes they require, so we encourage students to thoroughly research each school they are interested in applying to for any additional prerequisites.

GoDental Recruitment Event March 16 in Chicago

The holidays may be over, but there’s still time to give yourself the gift of knowledge.

The 2019 ADEA GoDental Recruitment Event on March 16 in Chicago, IL, is THE opportunity to find answers to your most pressing questions about the dental school admissions process.

Register today for FREE!

With more than 50 U.S. dental schools represented, this is a must-attend event for prospective dental school applicants! Take advantage of this opportunity to leave a lasting impression on representatives from dental schools you might apply to as soon as next summer.

Plus, be inspired by future classmates and walk away with the confidence and tools you need to be a standout candidate and successfully submit your application.

View the agenda and hotel information at

A limited amount of travel assistance will be available to individuals traveling from outside the Chicago area. Applications for travel assistance, which are completed during registration, will close at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 15, 2019. Individuals that submitted a complete travel assistance application by the deadline will receive an email about the status of their request no later than February 22, 2019.

Apogee Adventures on Campus Feb 27

Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 pm in Coltrane Lounge

Apogee offers outdoor adventure travel to teens and young adults. They provide students with well-designed hiking, biking, service, writing, and photography trips in spectacular locations throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Central America, and Europe.

Apogee is looking for responsible, dynamic, and motivated applicants to lead experiential-education and adventure programs in the summer of 2019. Leaders must serve as excellent role models while fostering an atmosphere that is safe and welcoming to bring out the best in each student. Excellent decision-making, adaptability, risk management skills, and the ability to cooperate in a shared leadership position are absolutely necessary. Applicants must be 20 years old and Wilderness First Aid certified* by June 10, 2019.

This is a great leadership opportunity for students with any career focus! Come meet the Apogee reps and learn more about the available summer positions.

The Ultimate Women in Science Reading List: 150 Essential Titles

Do you have room for some new books on your bookshelf? Check out The Ultimate Women in Science Reading List by Dale Debacksy!

Here are a few of Dale’s recommendations:

#78. Grace Hopper and the Invention of the Information Age. Kurt W. Beyer, 2012

#82. Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr. Michael A.B. Deakin, 2007

I like this book not only as a look at the people who fought to preserve the mathematics of classical antiquity against the encroaching darkness of religious fanaticism, but also because in the appendices Deakin has reproduced the only original sources we have as to how precisely Hypatia died.

#57. Rosalind Franklin: The Dark Lady of DNA.  Brenda Maddox, 2002

Is it my favorite book ever about any woman scientist? It is. Poignant and scientifically thorough, it’s a book I’ll come back to every five years and find new things to enjoy. If you get just one book on this list, it should be this one.

#50. A Passion for Space: Adventures of a Pioneering Female NASA Flight Controller. Marianne J. Dyson, 2016

Another book that is hard to find, but as a portrait of what it was like to be a NASA flight controller in the years when NASA was just figuring out what its policy about women was it is indispensable in the history of gender in science and space exploration.

#33. Lady With a Spear. Eugenie Clark, 1951

This is one of those foundational books in the history of women in science. So many modern marine biologists cite it as a profound influence on them, and their ability to imagine themselves as scientists, and its sense of wonder and awe are still plainly there for those who seek it.


NIST 2019 SURF Program Competition

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Program Competition

The SURF Program is designed to inspire undergraduate students to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) through a unique research experience that supports the NIST mission. Since 1993, SURF students from across the country have had the opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience, working with cutting edge technology in one of the world’s leading research organizations and home to three Nobel Prize winners.

Over the course of 11 weeks, SURF students contribute to the ongoing research of one of the six NIST facilities which are the Communications Technology Laboratory (CTL), Engineering Laboratory (EL), Information Technology Laboratory (ITL), Material Measurement Laboratory (MML), NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR), and Physical Measurement Laboratory (PML) (which now includes project in the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology). The SURF Program is administered at the Boulder, CO and Gaithersburg, MD locations.

Applications are required to be submitted through USAJOBS.

Note:  Only U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents are eligible to participate in the SURF Program.

The application process has changed. Students can now apply to the 2019 program  without the assistance of their universities.

Potential applicants are also invited to participate in an upcoming webinar scheduled December 19, 2018 or January 10, 2019. Please select the a date for registration information. 

December 19, 2018 at 1:30 PM-2:30 PM (ET)

January 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (ET)