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Sister-to-Sister Summit on November 11

The widely successful “Sister-to-Sister” Program is hosting its thirteenth summit for middle school girls on Saturday, November 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Middlebury College’s Kirk Alumni Center. “Sister-to-Sister” brings together middle school girls from Bristol, Middlebury and Vergennes with female Middlebury College students. In a one-day summit and monthly follow-up events during the rest of the school year, the students develop activities that encourage girls to try new things outside of the classroom (art, music, dancing, yoga, journaling, etc.). “Sister-to-Sister” also focuses on discussions of such topics as body image, relationships, and identity. A national program originally conceived by the American Association of University Women, “Sister-to-Sister” works to develop strategies that support girls. The program recognizes that in addition to teachers and textbooks, achievement is affected by what happens in the hallways, between classes, and even outside of school.  “Sister-to-Sister” strives to make a positive difference by giving a voice to the needs and interests of middle school girls. The program provides a “safe space” to talk about the challenges that girls face in this day and age. It enables girls to develop friendships with other girls, even if they don’t go to the same school. The program is supported by roughly 100 volunteers and financial sponsors such as Chellis House (Middlebury College’s Women’s Resource Center), Middlebury College’s Community Engagement Center, and private donors. “Sister-to-Sister allowed me to get involved in the Middlebury community by connecting me with fellow students, faculty and staff members, volunteers and most importantly, middle school girls,” says Grace Giles, a Middlebury College graduate, who was involved with the program for three years. “Every generation represented in our sisterhood is experiencing the environment we live in through a different lens. When we communicate our perspectives, our lives become so much richer.”

All events are free. To register or organize transportation, please call Karin Hanta at 443-5937 or email

Shredding Documents

Keeping information safe is legislated by regulation like the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Sarbanes-Oxley, Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACTA), Vermont’s Protection of Personal Information Law and others. Destruction of this data when no longer needed is equally important. The purchasing page gives you information on Middlebury’s own recycling center and how it can help you as well as the Green Mountain Higher Education Consortium contract with SecurShred, a Burlington based company.

Catalog of Biomedical Research Internships

Biomedical research is the broad area of science that looks for ways to prevent and treat diseases that cause illness and death in people and in animals. This general field of research includes many areas of both the life and physical sciences. Utilizing biotechnology techniques, biomedical researchers study biological processes and diseases with the ultimate goal of developing effective treatments and cures. Biomedical research is an evolutionary process requiring careful experimentation by many scientists, including biologists and chemists. Discovery of new medicines and therapies requires careful scientific experimentation, development, and evaluation. -New Jersey Association for Biomedical Research

If you want to see if biomedical research is a possible career path for you, our friends at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have shared a resource they developed, which is a catalog of biomedical research internships offered nationwide for high school, undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and first-year medical students.  You can check it out online here.

2018 Fred Hutch Summer Undergraduate Research Program

The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch) hosts a summer internship that is designed to provide biomedical research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students of rising senior status.

About the Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

The SURP is an intensive, 9-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for rising-senior undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research.  Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students will:

  • Complete an independent research project;
  • Attend weekly research seminars;
  • Participate in professional development workshops designed to facilitate the preparation of competitive applications for graduate/medical school; and
  • Present their findings at a competitive poster session.

The program will run from Monday, June 11Friday, August 10, 2018.

An online application for the 2018 SURP will be available via the SURP website in mid-November 2017.

The application deadline is midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 12, 2018.

Letters of recommendation for up to two references are due by midnight Pacific Standard Time (PST) on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Announcing PAID Research Internship Opportunities for Undergraduate STEM Students

The Office of Science / US Department of Energy is pleased to announce paid research internship opportunities for undergraduate students majoring in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The application system for the  Term Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program is currently open, with all applications due by 05:00 PM Eastern Time on January 12, 2018.

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULI) program places students from 2 and 4 year undergraduate institutions as paid interns in science and engineering research activities at DOE national laboratories and facilities, working with laboratory staff scientists and engineers on projects related to ongoing research programs. Appointments are for 10 weeks during the Summer term, are open to US Citizens and US Lawful Permanent Residents, include a weekly stipend, reimbursement for one round trip domestic travel to the participant’s host DOE laboratory, and possibilities for a housing allowance. More than 850 internships are sponsored annually.

Application is made online. Full program information and descriptions, including links to the online application system, are available here.

Consider a Career in Veterinary Medicine

For those who are interested in veterinary medicine but may have missed the meeting with the Admissions Rep from Tufts last week, below are some helpful resources if you’re considering veterinary school. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our advisors!

So You’re Thinking About Becoming a Veterinarian?

What Does a Veterinarian Do? Veterinarians (vets) practice medicine, treat diseases, and combat injury in non-human animals. Unlike physicians who treat humans, vets must rely on clinical signs to determine what is wrong with an animal, since the animal cannot report how it is feeling. Sometimes pet owners are able to provide a medical history, or the vet is able to use x-ray and ultrasound technology to diagnose the animal. After receiving a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, vets can choose to continue their education by selecting a specialty from among a wide range of options, such as zoological medicine, veterinary emergency and critical care, laboratory animal medicine, and many more.[1]

What does a Veterinary Assistant Do? Veterinary assistants provide routine care for animals in hospitals, clinics, and laboratories, and work closely with veterinarians. You do not need a graduate degree to become a veterinary assistant; training occurs on the job.[2]

Data (Salary, etc.): The average salary for a veterinarian in 2012 was $84,460.[3] Veterinarians do work long hours (often nights and weekends); in 2012, 1 in 3 vets worked more than 50 hours per week.[4]  For veterinary assistants, the average salary (2012) was $23,130. Despite an average level of growth of the field, the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects good job opportunities for veterinary assistants in coming years.2

“Why Veterinary Medicine?”  Some top reasons many people choose to go into veterinary medicine include: day-to-day variety in cases and types of animals, getting to work with other animal lovers, needing to use problem solving skills daily, and continuing to learn, even after finishing their formal education.[5]

Veterinary Medicine Resources:

Veterinary School Admissions Process – Advice for a good application

  • Coursework: Research veterinary medicine programs before you apply. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) website is a good place to start. Complete the course requirements that CCI’s Health Professions (HP) Advising recommends for all pre-health students.
  • Extracurricular: Gain observation experience by shadowing a veterinarian. Volunteer at animal shelters and in general get as much exposure to animal medicine as you can.
  • Standardized Tests: Take the Graduate Requirement Exam (GRE). Some schools also accept the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) in place of the GRE.
  • Personal Statement: The personal statement is very important to your application to vet school.  Some schools may require more than one essay. Make sure to check what the requirements are for the specific programs to which you are applying. This is your chance to let the Admissions Committee understand who you are and why veterinary medicine is right for you.
  • Advising: Schedule an appointment with Mary Lothrop or Hannah Benz (HP/STEM advisers) to talk about applying to veterinary schools.  You can also bring draft(s) of your personal statement to CCI to be reviewed by a Peer Career Adviser at Quick Questions (1-3 pm weekdays), or by Mary or Hannah (by appointment).
  • Submitting Your Application: Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS) is the centralized application service, but not all schools use the system. For schools not using VMCAS, see individual schools’ admissions web pages for application instructions.
  • Veterinary Cost of Education Map: The VIN Foundation helps students figure out the costs of veterinary school.







Weekly Web Updates – October 16, 2017

If you had been using the Jetpack and The Events Calendar plugins in WordPress simultaneously, you may not have been able to set event venues properly in the editing interface. This issue is now resolved.


Fixes and Tweaks

Ongoing Work

  • Creating a new website for the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
  • Creating a new automatically generated course catalog.
  • Building out the configuration of our CAS servers in Chef, which is a configuration management system. We have already completed this work for our Drupal, WordPress, MediaWiki, GO, Omeka, and the Course Catalog services.
  • Upgrading the Drupal sites for the Davis programs, Dining Menus, and Museum of Art to Drupal 8.