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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)

How a Common Job Interview Question Fuels the Gender Pay Gap (and How to Stop It)

“Aileen Rizo was training math teachers in the public schools in Fresno, Calif., when she discovered that her male colleagues with comparable jobs were being paid significantly more.

She was told there was a justifiable reason: Employees’ pay was based on their salaries at previous jobs, and she had been paid less than they had earlier in their careers.

Ms. Rizo, who is now running for the California State Assembly, sued. In April, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled in her favor, saying that prior salary could not be used to justify a wage gap between male and female employees.

It’s the latest sign that this has become the policy of choice for shrinking the gender pay gap. Several states, cities and companies have recently banned asking about salary history. They include Massachusetts, California, New York City and Chicago, as well as Amazon, Google and Starbucks.”

Read the rest of the New York Times piece here.


Alumni Posting: Research Assistant at the Chou Laboratory at Boston Children’s

Thanks to Jennifer Jones ’16 for sharing this with us! Jennifer writes, “The position has a lot of room for growth and my boss is an amazing mentor, so it’s perfect for people looking to get some work experience before applying to grad school. If anyone has questions, they can email me at jennifer.jones@childrens.harvard.edu.”

A Research Assistant position is available in the Chou Laboratory, Division of Immunology, Boston Children’s Hospital. This position is ideal for exceptional candidates with a passion for translational research and precision medicine. The research assistant will join a team of scientists and clinicians investigating the genetic and molecular mechanisms underlying primary immunodeficiencies. We utilize a multidisciplinary approach incorporating genomics, molecular and cellular methodologies, and mouse models of human disease to identify critical elements necessary for intact host immunity. The research assistant will work under the supervision of Dr. Chou. The position has superb capacity for future career development for high-performing candidates. Successful candidates will transition to the independence in experimental strategy and in supervising research associates.


  • Performs assays of immune function, including flow cytometry, in vitro cellular assays, ELISAs, western blotting
  • Sanger sequencing, next-generation DNA sequencing, and transcriptome analysis
  • Analysis of experimental data
  • Cell culture, mouse colony maintenance, and maintenance of laboratory stocks
  • The successful candidate is expected to work largely independently after training within the context of close mentorship.


  • We seek candidates who are proactive, with superb time management and organizational skills.
  • Proficiency with basic lab techniques and at least 1 year of prior laboratory experience are required.
  • Ability to critically analyze scientific data and to adapt existing scientific methodologies
  • The study of mouse models of human disease is an essential part of this position.
  • A minimum two-year commitment is required.

Please email a current c.v. and the names of three references to:

Janet Chou, M.D.
Division of Immunology
Boston Children’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School
Email: Janet.Chou@childrens.harvard.edu

DC Summer Mentorship program with an alum – apply now

Are you living and interning in Washington D.C. this summer?  Then apply to this program and be paired with a Middlebury alumni mentor who will offer you valuable career advice.

All majors and industry interests (not just government and politics!) are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

Space is limited.  See the short application here go/mentorDC


2018 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs

You’re invited to attend the 2018 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs on May 23 and 24!

Applying to dental school and need more details? Spring into action with the 2018 ADEA GoDental Virtual Fairs.

Take advantage of this FREE, live, online opportunity to visit multiple dental school booths and ask questions about the ADEA AADSAS® application—from the convenience of your laptop or mobile device. No travel expenses or registration fees required!

Here’s what to expect during #GDVF18:

ADEA AADSAS Prep Day Live, May 23 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Online)

  • Get advice on completing a successful ADEA AADSAS application.
  • Learn how to overcome common obstacles related to the dental school application.
  • Gain strategies to help prepare for the American Dental Association Dental Admission Test (ADA DAT).
  • Chat with customer service representatives who can answer questions about ADEA AADSAS.

Dental School Chat Day, May 24 from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Online)

  • Interact with dental school admissions officers from more than 50 U.S. dental schools in live, virtual booth spaces.
  • Watch video presentations on financial planning, interviewing and other “hot topics” for successful applicants.

Register here.

Laboratory Research technician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

The Center for Immuno-Oncology (CIO) of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer through novel immune-based therapies.

The Laboratory Research Technician performs professional work in support of scientific research utilizing biopsy samples obtained from patients receiving immuno-therapy. Under general supervision, assists in determining the most suitable methods to be used in research; independently performs scientific investigative procedures requiring application of professional judgment and technology; interprets results and determines whether they are consistent with experimental goals; reviews literature; assists in the assembly, organization and interpretation of data.

Learn more in Handshake!

Summer Internships and Free Housing at Charter House!

Charter House Coalition is seeking Middlebury College students interested in volunteering for part time summer internships in our Farm-To-Table and Community Meal Programs in return for living at Charter House for free.  Interns may volunteer for any three week or longer period between May 20 and September 8.  The interns will work closely with our Farm-To-Table leadership team and two interns who are part of the Privilege and Poverty Internship Program.  Through this volunteer internship students will gain direct experience in: (1) how a volunteer non-profit provides essential support for those living in poverty; (2) vegetable farming and processing; (3) staffing and managing emergency meal programs for food insecure individuals and families; (4) the management of a volunteer non-profit organization.

The internships can be tailored to fit 10 – 40 hours of volunteering per week.  The intern will be provided free housing at Charter House and will have access to produce from the gardens and the kitchen at Charter House.  The primary work locations are Charter House at 27 North Pleasant Street and our community garden on the grounds of Porter Hospital.

Charter House Coalition has provided volunteer internships for over 50 Middlebury College students over the past 9 years.  The summer internships are successful because the work opportunity is meaningful and students enjoy sharing their summer with other students while living at Charter House.

The primary prerequisites are that the intern be passionate about poverty alleviation and have a strong interest in working with our farm and food programs.

Interns will be required to provide a $100 deposit returnable at the end of the internship assuming the work commitment is kept and there is no damage to the facility.

Interested students should contact Samantha Kachmar.