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Call for Students to do Research in the DR Over Winter Term 2018

Winter Term Independent Study: Evaluating Rural Development Models in the Dominican Republic

What role do international nongovernmental organizations play in promoting development? To what extent can they encourage environmental conservation and rural development, and make this model sustainable by creating a revenue stream rather than depending on grants? This experiential learning opportunity will entail 2 faculty and 3 students going to the Dominican Republic to evaluate an innovative development model used by Zorzal Cacao. This reserve-farm partnership links environmental conservation efforts to the development of sustainable and profitable organic Cacao cultivation. As such, it seeks to demonstrate how environmental conservation, local development, and profitability are not mutually exclusive, but in fact, can reinforce one another. Students will evaluate this innovative development model by conducting original fieldwork research, and could choose to engage in GIS mapping of existing farms to identify potential areas of development, survey farming partners to identify the strengths and weaknesses of existing partnerships, and research the factors that encourage or hinder potential new partners to participate in this model. Students will have a unique opportunity to engage in original fieldwork research and provide a professional program evaluation. Students must speak Spanish at either a proficient or fluent level.

Potential Projects that Students Might Select

  • Evaluate current farm-reserve model – compare to surrounding farms
  • Conservation – positive impact on thrush
  • Fair/Direct trade – development
  • Sustainability – ability of farm to support reserve
  • Geocoding – GIS analysis or develop interactive map for farm/reserve
  • Food focus – tree to bar, etc.

Time Line

  • November & December: students selected, and work with Professor Lewis and Professor Teets to develop projects. The owners will introduce the farm-reserve, and we will have other guests discuss different aspects of the project.
  • Students will make travel plans (and enroll in IS if desired) by late November
  • Dominican Republic: January 7th – 21st [Jan 7 (arrival day) to Jan 21st (return day)]

Application Process and Logistics

  • This opportunity is paid for through a Middlebury College grant, so all costs other than incidentals will be covered for participants.
  • If interested, students should email Professor Teets with a transcript, resume, and short essay explaining why you would like to participate, what sort of project most interests you, and how previous coursework, skills, or experiences have helped to prepare you to work on a research team in the DR.
  • Applications are due by November 7, 2017.
  • We will not have professional interpreters with us, so all students must be at least proficient in Spanish (fluency would be even better).

SAVE THE DATE! Your Field Guide to What’s Next: Careers in Computer Science

CCI and the Computer Science (CSCI) department are joining to bring you a Field Guide to Careers in Computer Science. CSCI alumni will be on campus to share their career paths and professional lives with students and demonstrate what possibilities exist for current students with a CSCI major or minor. Learn about the many career possibilities after completing a Computer Science major.


Thursday, November 9, 2017—–

Alumni Panel 5:00 p.m.
Dinner with alumni, 6:15 p.m.
Atwater Dining Hall
Reserve your spot, RSVP in Handshake!

Friday, November 10, 2017—–

One-on-one Alumni Chats, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Adirondack House – SIGN UP in Handshake to reserve a 1:1 slot.

Participating Alumni

  • SUZANNE ANDREWS ’99Founder/Industrial and Systems Engineer, The TIE Group
  • THOMAS NICHOLAS CARRUTHERS ’98 Assistant Professor of Surgery, Clinician Educator, Brown University/University Surgical Associates
  • ELIJAH IRBY ’98 Data Analyst and Engineer, Self Employed Consultant
  • IULIANA MARINOV ’03 Senior Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • FELIX MUCHOMBA ’05Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • BRIAN PLETCHER ’04 Manager, Shopper Intelligence Analytics R&D, Oracle Data Cloud

Learn more about our alumni panelists here!

Navigating Your Job Search in Independent Schools with Educators Ally 10/30 @ 6PM

Navigating Your Job Search in Independent Schools with Educators Ally

Monday, October 30, 2017, 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm, CCI Library – Adirondack House

Educator’s Ally will be here to discuss how to best position yourself for a successful job search in the competitive independent school market. They’ll discuss all aspects of the search process from types of positions available, to resume review, to interview tips, to negotiating an offer.

Contact: Brett Bodnar, Educator’s Ally

To sign up for an interview scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 31, it is a 2-Step Process:

  1. First, apply on Handshake for the K-12 Teaching Opportunities ’18 – here: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/jobs/943237
  2. Then, sign up for the related interview schedule and pick a convenient time here: https://middlebury.joinhandshake.com/interview_schedules/36720

All majors are encouraged to apply and all class years are encouraged to come to the info session on Monday to learn what it takes to be a teacher at an independent private school.

Social Impact Events with Alumni: Learn More About Impact Sectors

Big things happening here on campus this coming week in the world of social impact and development. Here are Tracy’s top 5 reasons you should try to attend any one of these events with our Middlebury alumni who have come back to campus:

1) Knowledge is power, and the more you are armed with info about certain sectors, the more easily it is to identify with why or why not this space is a place you want to spend your time and learn more from;

2) Internships are a great way to gain experience in a sector that you are curious about, whether its a nonprofit or a research think tank or social entrepreneurship, alumni here on campus are here to help you explore these possibilities;

3) Learn Who the Players Are: engaging with alumni who have experience in different sectors of the social impact space can help you understand ‘who the players are’ in the different sectors–are they NGOs (non-governmental organizations), consultants, funders, foundations, think tanks, or corporations;

4) Networking: at Middlebury we are so fortunate to have alumni that stay connected to their alma mater in ways that are incredibly meaningful, from mentoring current students during summer internships to helping seniors prepare for the job application and interview process. These alumni are willing to assist current students to connect with other like-minded professionals in their industries and sectors. So come meet them, ask well-prepared questions and think about ways that you can connect with their networks;

5) JOBS…there are so many ways that alumni ‘give back’ to Middlebury and one is by working with CCI to post jobs on Handshake. Don’t be surprised then, when you find entry-level J-PAL jobs listed in Handshake!


  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm, CCI Library, ADK House – Alumni Career Conversation w/former CEO of Save the Children, Charlie MacCormack ’63: How to Enter Global Development


  • Tuesday, October 31, 2017, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, CCI Library, ADK House – Careers at the Abdul Latin Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT: Hannah Myers, Middlebury ’14, will present on J-PAL’s work, randomized evaluations, and how to get a job with J-PAL or J-PAL’s partners.


  • Friday, November 3, 2017, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Coltrane Lounge, ADK House – How to Have a Purposeful Job Search: Carolyn Birsky ’10.5 offers students a different way of approaching the job search process and avoid the trap of taking any job they can get their hands on.


Nine Killer Halloween-Inspired Careers…Because Its Halloween After All

“When you’re a kid, you’re constantly being asked the question, “If you could be anything in the world, what would you be??” As you become an adult, you get asked less and less (And since it can be a stressful question, that’s usually a good thing!)” Unless, of course, you’re home for Thanksgiving break and your relatives bombard you with the usual line of questioning about how your ‘major’ will equal a career…in what, you think?!  So Roadtrip Nation took to the road and gathered some intel about what gets us excited about Halloween, but more importantly, how your interests in everyday events can actually translate into bigger motivations like a career!

So go ahead and scroll through their list, choose the costume option that sounds most like your approach to Halloween, and they’ll show you some “wickedly great careers” you might want to explore. Whether you’re the type of person who spends weeks thinking up a costume, or the type that actually sews one (as opposed to thrift-store shopping), or puts endless hours into decorating your room or house with spooky stuff, here is a fun exercise to think creatively about the job you didn’t even know existed!

As for me, I am all about the candy, KitKats and Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups–which I have been swiping from my 3 kids’ trick o’ treat stashes for years!!


Middlebury to Silicon Valley: Tales of a Liberal Arts Background in Tech

Have you considered a career in technology, at a startup or just curious about what it’s like to work for a company like Tesla after graduating from Middlebury? Come hear Joe Powers ’06 talk about his experiences in Silicon Valley and engage in a Q&A on the value of liberal arts degrees in an increasingly technology-oriented world.

Joe Powers ’06 later graduated from Tuck School of Business in ’14 and had a career focus on Environmental Tech. He has worked in business development and operations as well as sales. Joe is also in the process of founding a new startup! He will be a great resource for students interested in tech and startups and has worked for:

  • Tesla electric vehicles and clean energy systems (Sales/Marketing/Retail Development)
  • Clean Marine Energy liquid natural gas for shipping(Business Development)
  • Zoox electric autonomous mobility(Operations)
  • Ripso early stage closed-loop apparel startup (Founder) – Present

Thursday, November 9th at 12:30 in the Adirondack House Library.

Pizza will be provided!

RSVP in Handshake.

US Army Health Professions Scholarship Program Webinar October 25

Are you considering Medical School? This is an exciting time as you prepare for a Career in Medicine and a future of making a difference in the lives of those you care for. Not only can Medical School be rewarding, it can also become a large financial liability. Learn how the Army Medical Department’s Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) can ease the financial liability of Medical School. Attend the Medical School of your choice, in the United States, and continue your Graduate Medical Education in the Country’s top GME programs. Find out how you will become part of the World’s Largest and most comprehensive Health Care System.

Register online.

Wednesday, October 25, 4:00 pm.