Dr. Christian Schindler, parent of recent MBBC major Joseph Schindler, is once again inviting a Middlebury College student to intern in his Columbia University lab. Students interested in the opportunity may contact him directly with a cover letter, résumé, and one letter of recommendation from a science faculty member. He also shares that “there are a number of Junior Faculty in the Department who would be delighted to host Middlebury summer interns, and should reach out to them directly. They are welcome to mention my name.”
Faculty members include:
Mittelman Observatory requests your participation! The Observatory is embarking on a project to study awareness, knowledge, perceptions, perspectives, and sensibilities of the local Middlebury community about issues related to dark skies, light pollution, and the environment. Please visit go/darkskysurvey to anonymously participate in our 2019 Middlebury Dark Sky Survey.
From our colleagues in Undergraduate Research.
DAAD Rise: STEM summer research internships in Germany. Sophomores, juniors eligible. No German language required. See www.daad.de/rise/en/rise-germany. Application deadline Dec 15.
Goldwater Scholarship: Tuition award, STEM students planning research careers. Sophomores and juniors eligible. Must have 3.7+ GPA, US citizen or US national. Nomination applications due Nov 10; see go/goldwater.
Hertz Fellowship: Funding for graduate study, STEM fields. Seniors/alumni. Must have very strong GPA; US citizen or permanent resident; GRE or MCAT scores (for MD/PhD) required. See hertzfoundation.org. Deadline Oct. 23.
Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship (NOAA): Tuition award, NOAA internships and mentorship. Sophomores eligible to apply; must be US citizen working in NOAA-related field. See noaa.gov for more info. Application deadline Jan 31.
Michel David-Weill Scholarship: Supports a two-year master’s program at Sciences Po. Must be U.S. citizens, seniors/super-seniors, minimum GPA of 3.7. Candidates apply independently to Sciences Po. French not needed to apply. Nomination deadline: Oct 15 (noon) Nomination applications due Oct 15 (noon). See the David-Weill Scholarship page for info.
NSF GRFP: Funding for graduate study, STEM fields. Seniors/alumni. Must have very strong GPA; US citizen, US national, permanent resident. See NSF online info. Deadlines vary according to field, Oct 19-25.
Udall Scholarship: Tuition award for environmental leaders committed to careers in that field or Native Americans focused on Native American issues. Strong GPA, US citizen, record of leadership/initiative. Nomination applications TBA (late January); see go/udall.
Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series
The Phoenix Islands Protected Area, in the Republic of Kiribati, is the largest and deepest UNESCO World Heritage Site on the planet. It hosts a diversity of marine ecosystems including shallow coral reefs, deep sea, and open ocean, and is an important climate laboratory because it is sensitive to El Nino / La Nina dynamics in the Central Pacific. This talk by Randi Rotjan, Research Assistant Professor at Boston University, will explore the latest integrative and interdisciplinary science in a conservation context.
September 19 at 12:30 in Hilcrest 103
Learn more about the Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series here. This lecture is also part of the 2019 Clifford Symposium: The Future of the Global Ocean.
From our peers in the Environmental Studies Program:
The fall 2019 Howard E. Woodin Environmental Studies Colloquium Series is here! You can view the full schedule here on the ES website.
The series kicks off Thursday September 12th at 12:30 p.m. in Hillcrest 103 with guest speaker Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern, Assistant Professor of Food Studies at Syracuse University giving a talk titled “The New American Farmer: Immigration, Race, and the Struggle for Sustainability.”
Dr. Minkoff-Zern’s research and teaching broadly explores the interactions between food and racial justice, labor movements, and transnational environmental and agricultural policy. This focus builds on her extensive experience with sustainable development and agricultural biodiversity projects abroad, combined with work on migrant health issues domestically. She has spent many years working on farms and with agriculture and food organizations in Guatemala, New York, and California. Her current project builds on previous research, where she found that a significant population of farmworkers and other first-generation Latino immigrants to the United States aspire to be small-scale farmers. In this work, she explores immigrant farmers’ roles in agrarian change in the United States today. She earned a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. from Cornell University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor of arts in sustainable agriculture and development and a concentration in Latin American studies.
Mittelman Observatory and Middlebury Physics will again host stargazing open house nights this autumn. These Observatory events are scheduled for Friday evenings, September 13 and September 20, from 8:30 PM until 10:00 PM, weather permitting.
Jupiter and Saturn will be in the evening sky on these dates. A variety of interesting stars, star clusters, and nebulae will also be visible through the Observatory’s telescopes. The Observatory includes a 24-inch telescope in a dome and smaller telescopes on the roof.
Observatory open house nights are free and open to the public. However, these events will take place only if the sky is expected to be mostly clear. Please check the Observatory web site at go/observatory or call the Observatory at 443-2266 after 6:30 PM on the evening of the event for weather status.
Additional shorter-notice weather-optimized events may also be scheduled aperiodically and announced through our Observatory-News e-mail list, to which one can subscribe at go/observatory-news.