Monday, November 28, 2011

Gemstone-Ellicott Service Committee is Helping at Food & Friends. Join Them!!!

The Gemstone-Ellicott Service Committee (GESC) is helping out at Food & Friends, which prepares food for people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. The event will take place from 5 - 9PM on Tuesday, November 29th. Space is limited, so slots will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis.

If you're interested, please sign up at their website: studentorg.umd.edu/gesc/ If you have any questions, email us at umdgesc@gmail.com.

Want to Intern for NASA? Looking for Summer Research Opportunities?

Check out Pathways to Science's opportunities for Undergraduate students! They can help you find summer research opportunities in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology!

For Undergraduates: (http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/programs.aspdescriptorhub=SummerResearch_Summer%20Research%20Opportunity)

For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships: (http://intern.nasa.gov/ )

Finally, here is a link to a flyer (PDF) with more information on Pathway to Science:

There are also opportunities for students entering graduate school...

For Financial Support in Graduate School Opportunities
(http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Grad.asp)
Bridge to the Doctorate, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation.

For Post-Doc opportunities: (http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Postdocs_portal.asp )

Friday, November 25, 2011

"Martin Luther King in the Age of Obama"

On Wednesday, December 7th, 2011 the African American Studies Department will host a discussion “Martin Luther King in the Age of Obama” that will explore the efforts that made the Martin Luther King National Memorial a reality, the role organizations play in social movements, and the unfinished business of the civil rights era in an age where we also have an African American President. The distinguished panelists include LeRoy Lowery (the inaugural chief operating executive of the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation and son of Joseph Lowery (SCLC), Dr. Waldo Johnson, Jr. (past chairman of the Alpha Phi Alpha Educational Foundation and Assoc. Professor of Social Work at the University of Chicago) and Dr. Rashawn Ray of the UMD Department of Sociology. The program will include statements from our distinguished panelists, a moderated discussion, and questions from our audience and conclude with light refreshments.

The program will be held in the Nyumburu Cultural Center, University of Maryland, College Park from noon - 1:30pm. The event is free and open to the University of Maryland campus community and the general public. For further information please visit http://www.bsos.umd.edu/aasp/ or contact Marci Deloatch at mdeloatc@umd.edu or 301-405-4470.

This event is sponsored by the African American Studies Department and co-sponsored by Iota Zeta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., University of Maryland.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Toys for Tots @ Tydings Hall

A Call to Toys! No, we don't want you to spend the rest of the year sequestered in your dorms with Legos...we need your help!

There is a Toys for Tots donation box in the Office of the Dean (2141 Tydings Hall). It will be there until December 9th. Please help us send it back full, overflowing with toys for children in need. There are so many wonderful charities that work tirelessly to provide less fortunate families with the support they need: food, shelter, employment and clothes. It's vital to also recognize the importance of occasionally providing children with something they want, to help brighten their outlook and lift their spirits. A new toy might do JUST that, especially during the holidays. 

For more information on Toys for Tots, and the Marine Corps other charity programs, visit their website at: http://www.toysfortots.org/

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Consider Yourself A Leader?! NRHH Is Looking For You!

National Residence Hall Honorary is an honors society on campus that recognizes top leaders. Our members are leaders who contribute to improving the campus community, including the residence halls. We are a sister organization of RHA and have the goal of making the best living environment and community possible. We participate in fun and beneficial service events, in addition to working to recognize other leaders on campus. Interested? Applications are due November 17th and can be found at nrhh.umd.edu. You must live in the residence halls for at least 2 semesters, have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, and be in good academic standing to apply. Have questions? Email us at marylandnrhh@gmail.com

BSOS Needs Peer Mentors! Apply Now!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences needs Peer Mentors!

The Peer Mentor Program gives students an opportunity to serve the College of Behavioral and Social Science. Peer Mentors’ primary role is to teach other students about their degree requirements during graduation planning workshops. Students gain public speaking, teaching, and leadership skills as well as 2 credits per semester of service.

If you are interested please download an application to see selection requirements and how to apply. Completed applications need to be returned to the BSOS Advising Center by December 9th 2011.

You can view, download and print a copy of the Peer Mentor Application here...Good Luck!

Monday, November 14, 2011

University Career Center & The Presidents Promise Opportunities - Week of November 14th

US Secret Service: Employer Networking and Information Session
Monday, November 14, 2011 • 03:30PM - 04:30PM
Location: 3100 Hornbake Library - Multipurpose Room

US Secret Service will present an information session on their open positions. They are interested in students from ALL majors. Appropriate Attire: Minimum attire for ALL sessions with employers present is business casual unless otherwise specified. For additional information about this event: contact Adrianne Bradford at abradfor@umd.edu


How to Find an Internship Workshop
Tuesday, November 15, 2011 • 04:00PM - 05:00PM
Location: Multi-Purpose Room (3134 Hornbake Library)

Come learn about resources and receive tips on how to find an internship! For additional information about this event: contact Liz Kassan at ekassan@umd.edu


Language Career and Internship Fair 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • 10:00AM - 02:00PM
Location: Atrium - Stamp Student Union

The Language Career & Internship Fair is co-sponsored by the University Career Center & The President’s Promise and The School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures (www.languages.umd.edu). This fair is an excellent opportunity to connect employers with University of Maryland undergraduate and graduate students seeking full-time, part-time, and internship positions in a variety of fields that value language skills.

Students: Current List of Registered Employers: https://umd-csm.symplicity.com/events/students.php?mode=list&cf=LANGUAGE2011 . For additional information about this event: contact Kate Juhl at kjuhl@umd.edu


Peace Corps: Employer Networking and Information Session
Thursday, November 17, 2011 • 04:00PM - 05:00PM
Location: 3100 Hornbake Library - Multipurpose Room

Peace Corps will present an information session on their overseas positions. They are interested in students from ALL majors. Appropriate Attire: Minimum attire for ALL sessions with employers present is business casual unless otherwise specified. For additional information about this event: contact Adrianne Bradford at abradfor@umd.edu


Lutheran Volunteer Corps: Employer Networking and Information Session
Tuesday, November 29, 2011 • 01:00PM - 02:00PM
Location: 3100 Hornbake Library - Multipurpose Room

Lutheran Volunteer Corps will present an information session on their various positions. They are interested in students from all majors. For additional information about this event: contact Kathy Walters at kwalters@umd.edu . Read more about this employer: http://www.lutheranvolunteercorps.org/template/index.cfm

Friday, November 11, 2011

Great Programs for Students of All Levels!!! Take a Look!

FOR GRADUATING SENIORS AND RECENT GRADUATES:

PICKERING GRADUATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP
Who can apply: US Citizens – Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates – 3.2 GPA or higher required – All Majors – Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply.

Description: The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to outstanding students who are planning to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service. The Pickering Fellowship provides financial support to for two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages. The program also provides State Department mentoring and internship opportunities. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Application Deadline: January 30, 2012


RANGEL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP
Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All Majors – Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Description: The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program seeks to attract and educate outstanding young people who desire a career in the Foreign Service. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, these Fellowships prepare students to enter exciting and rewarding careers in public service as Foreign Service Officers. The Rangel Program encourages the involvement of members of minority groups and those with financial need. In this manner, it advances the goal of creating an excellent and diverse U.S. Foreign Service that represents the rich range of talents and expertise of the American people. Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.
Application Deadline: January 20, 2012


FOR JUNIORS:

PICKERING UNDERGRADUATE FOREIGN AFFAIRS FELLOWSHIP
Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Juniors – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All majors – Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply.

Description: The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program was created by the US State Department to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers as Foreign Service officers. Foreign Service officers staff U.S. embassies, consulates, and missions worldwide and also serve in Washington, D.C. Their responsibilities include policy analysis, formulation, and execution; management of resources; the provision of services to Americans in need; implementation of U.S. immigration and nationality law; trade promotion and business facilitation; public diplomacy; and representation of U.S. interests. The Pickering Fellowship program seeks to recruit talented juniors majoring in fields relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of three years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Application Deadline: February 3, 2012


FOR SENIORS, JUNIORS, SOPHOMORES, AND ADVANCED FRESHMEN:

RANGEL INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
Who Can Apply: U.S. Citizens – Full-time undergraduate students (Freshmen see note below) – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All Majors– Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply. IMPORTANT: The selection committee my consider students who have completed their freshman year if these students have outstanding academic backgrounds and significant international experience.

Description: The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is designed to provide students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program encourages the involvement of African American and other minority group students. Students who take part in the Program are referred to as Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Scholars (Rangel Scholars). This program takes place at Howard University in Washington DC for six weeks beginning in mid-June. It includes academic courses and additional seminars and visits to give students exposure to key policymakers and practitioners of international affairs.

Academics: During this program, students receive intensive instruction in three courses: Political Economy, History of U.S. Foreign Relations and Writing. Nine semester hours of academic credit may be awarded.

Outside Activities: To enhance their understanding of the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and international career options, Program participants meet with Executive Branch policymakers, Members of Congress, representatives of non-governmental organizations, foreign government officials and other individuals involved in international relations. In recent years, participants have visited the State Department, Capitol Hill, the Central Intelligence Agency, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Pentagon and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center. Award Amount: Students who are accepted receive tuition, travel, room and board, as well as a $3,500 stipend for the program.
Application Deadline: February 10, 2012

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON ALL THESE GREAT PROGRAMS, CHECK OUT:  www.scholarships.umd.edu

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

An Academic Year in Spain, You Say?! Look into the NALCA Program!

Would you like to spend an academic year in Spain, getting to know its culture and people while improving your Spanish and collaborating with other foreign language teachers in school tasks? There are over 2,000 vacancies awaiting you in many Spanish cities and small towns!

The North American Language and Culture Assistants program is coordinated by the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science in collaboration with the Spanish Comunidades Autónomas (regions). The program gives juniors, seniors, and recent graduates an opportunity to visit Spain and become acquainted with the Spanish education system, teachers and students, while sharing their own language and culture.

The weekly requirement of the assistants is 12-16 class hours, all of which are spent assisting the classroom teacher. Other responsibilities may include attending meetings, giving talks, or participating in extracurricular activities. Teaching assistants may work in Spanish elementary, middle and high schools, as well as Escuelas Oficiales de Idiomas (Official adult schools of foreign languages) located in all the
regions through Spain. Please note: This is a "rolling admission" program, with applications accepted beginning Monday, November 7 2011. Grants are given on a first-come, first-served basis. Early submission is crucial. The online application is now open here:
http://www.educacion.gob.es/eeuu/convocatorias-programas/convocatorias-eeuu/auxiliares-conversacion-eeuu.html

If you would like additional information, or an information packet with guidelines for preparing your application or to receive feedback on your essay, please contact the National Scholarships Office at
scholarships@umd.edu

Program Preferences: Candidates with prior teaching, tutoring or coaching experience are encouraged to apply. Candidates should have clear, strong interest in working and living in Spain.
Award Amount: 700 euros per month plus benefits: paid winter and spring holidays and medical insurance.
Duration: September - May; may be renewed (upon application) for a second academic year.
Deadline: March 31, 2012. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Want to Spend the Summer Conducting Research?! Check out the MSSP!!!

The Maryland Summer Scholars Program (MSS) provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to spend the summer working closely with faculty mentors on ambitious research or artistic projects. Maryland Summer Scholars research may take place in College Park or anywhere in the US or abroad as required by the nature of the project. For the summer of 2012, the program will provide awards of $3,000 to approximately 30 outstanding, competitively selected applicants. [Please note: if your proposed research requires travel outside of the College Park area, you may apply for a supplementary travel award of up to $1,000.]

Students who carry out Maryland Summer Scholars projects gain a competitive edge when applying for graduate study, fellowships, employment and other competitive opportunities. Many Summer Scholars turn their research into an independent study or honors thesis during their junior or senior year.

Application Deadline: The deadline to apply for summer 2012 awards will be Monday, February 6, 2012. It is important that candidates begin developing their proposals as soon as possible.

For more information about the program, and the info-sessions scheduled to take place throughout November and December, please visit: http://www.ugresearch.umd.edu/summerscholars.php

START Seminar on Merits of Civil Resistance

Date: November 11, 2011 (RSVP by Nov. 9)
Location: Margaret Brent Room 2112 in Stamp Student Union

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) will bring internationally recognized terrorism scholar Erica Chenoweth to the University of Maryland to discuss the research in her new book, “Why Civil Resistance Works: The Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” The START Seminar will be held from 2:00p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11 in the Margaret Brent Room 2112 in Stamp Student Union on campus.

The event is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required and should be made to infostart@start.umd.edu. by 5 p.m. on November 9th.

Chenoweth’s book, co-authored by Maria Stephan, analyzes the effectiveness of nonviolent resistance campaigns. The authors argue that nonviolent resistance campaigns lead to increased involvement and participation creating more peaceful democracies that are less likely to regress into civil war. With a combination of case studies and quantitative data, Chenoweth and Stephan demonstrate that peaceable campaigns are more successful compared to their violent counterparts.

Chenoweth is an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University and the Founder and Director of the Program on Terrorism and Insurgency Research. Her research at START focuses on ethno-nationalist terrorist groups in the Middle East and North Africa. She has presented her research at workshops and conferences throughout the United States and Europe and her work has recently been featured in The New York Times, Foreign Police and The Christian Science Monitor.

University Career Center & The Presidents Promise Opportunities - Week of November 7th

Federal Government Application Tips for BSOS Students
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 • 04:00PM - 05:00PM
Location: 3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing

Confused about how to apply or locate federal government work opportunities? This workshop will outline application material tips, ideas for finding opportunities outside of job board listings, and ways for your application to standout. A general overview of the application process will be presented as well as insider tips that the Center has obtained from federal government recruiters who have presented on-campus during the past year. FOR BSOS STUDENTS ONLY.

For additional information about this event: contact Crystal Sehlke at csehlke@umd.edu


Industry Networking Series: Careers & Internships in Counseling & Social Services
Wednesday, November 09, 2011 • 04:30PM - 06:30PM
Location: University Career Center

Interested in interning or working full-time in Counseling or Social Work? Are you trying to find a career that allows you to enjoy your passion for helping people? Confused about how to use your major in this field? Join us for a panel discussion with several counseling and social work representatives followed by a networking social. Professional dress is suggested and you may bring several copies of your resume. Participating Organizations Include:
St. Luke's House, Volunteer Maryland, Children's Creative Learning Center, Peace Corps, UM Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, City Year Washington (DC)

For additional information about this event: contact China Wilson at cwilson7@umd.edu


KIPP DC: Employer Networking and Information Session
Thursday, November 10, 2011 • 04:00PM - 05:00PM
Location: 3100 Hornbake Library- Resource Room
http://www.careercenter.umd.edu/events_description.cfm?event_id=2603
For additional information about this event: contact Adrianne Bradford at abradfor@umd.edu


White House Internship Program: Employer Networking and Information Session
Thursday, November 10, 2011 • 05:00PM - 06:00PM
Location: 2166 LeFrak

White House Internship Program will present an information session on their Internship Program. They are interested in students from ALL majors. Appropriate Attire: Minimum attire for ALL sessions with employers present is business casual unless otherwise specified.

For additional information about this event: contact Megan O'Rourke at morourk2@umd.edu


Language Career and Internship Fair 2011
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 • 10:00AM - 02:00PM
Location: Atrium - Stamp Student Union
http://www.careercenter.umd.edu/events_description.cfm?event_id=2095

Gateway to Graduate Education at CIC Universities!!!

The Committee on Institutional Cooperation is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the 2012 CIC Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP). Applications will be accepted until February 10, 2012.


SROP is the gateway to graduate education at CIC universities. Students underrepresented in graduate study are invited to apply for a summer program designed to enhance their academic and research skills by working one-on-one with a faculty mentor from top ranked research institutions. All SROP students on the host campus meet as a group for educational enrichment activities and special seminars. Students gain experience as an undergraduate to put them at an advantage as a graduate applicant. At the same time they will earn money and have all expenses paid during this full-time summer research opportunity. It's the competitive edge they will need to rank above the best of the best.


Students wishing to participate in SROP must meet the minimum eligibility criteria:
· Have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (4.0 scale)
· Be a citizen or a permanent resident of the U.S.
· Be enrolled in a degree-granting program at a college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico, or other U.S. territory
· Have completed at least two semesters of undergraduate education
· Have at least one semester of undergraduate education remaining after completing the program
· Have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D.


Details about SROP and the web-based application process are available at the program website: www.cic.net/SROP. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the SROP Program Manager at cicsropcoord@staff.cic.net or 217-333-6314.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Opportunities to Get Research Experience, and a Mentor!!!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is continuing its Emerging Behavioral and Social Science Scholars Program. This competitive program offers BSOS students the opportunity to gain research experience by working with and being mentored by a faculty member.

The first round of opportunities will be for the Spring 2012 semester. Students who are selected for research positions will receive a $1500 stipend for working 10 hours per week during the 15 week semester term. If accepted, participation in this program provides ample benefits beyond the stipend. These include direct access to faculty, significant exposure to research, valuable resume lines, potential letter writers for graduate school or post-graduate employment, and perhaps presentation and publication opportunities.

There are minimum requirements of any students who work in this program. Students selected for the program will (1) have completed between 30 and 60 credit hours when beginning the assignment, (2) have GPAs of 3.5 or higher, and, (3) not be declared majors in a college other than BSOS. Additional skills and/or requirements are subject to faculty discretion.

To review the specific opportunities available, please visit the BSOS Undergraduate Research Opportunities Website: www.ugresopps.bsos.umd.edu Here you will find research opportunities available to BSOS majors, some of which are specifically part of Emerging Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholars Program (opportunities part of this program are labeled as such).

The deadline to apply for Spring 2012 positions is November 14, 2011, and applications are submitted directly to the faculty leading the project. Please direct any questions about the specific project to the faculty managing it (listed under "contact information" on the website). For general inquires about the Emerging Behavioral and Social Sciences Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Jean McGloin (jmcgloin@umd.edu).

Want one credit? Small class size? Try an Intergroup Dialogue Program!

The Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program (WEIDP) offers 7-week, one credit course where students from different social identity groups who have potential for conflict engage in dialogue about difficult issues and attempt to build bridges across groups. The class structure is intimate - usually no more than 14 students and led by skilled and thoughtful facilitators.

Schedule of dialogues for Spring 2012 is:

First seven weeks
EDHI 338C: Men/Women (Sec 0101) (Thu(s), Jan 26 - Mar 8)
EDHI 338G: Interfaith/Secular (Sec 0101) (Wed(s), Jan 25 - March 7)
EDHI 338N: Sexual Identity (LGBTQ/Heterosexual)(Sec 0101) (Mon(s), Jan 30 - March 12)
EDHI 338P: Emergent Theme (Sec 0101) (Tue(s), Jan 31 - March 13)

Second Seven Weeks
EDHI 338A: People of Color/ White People (Sec 0201) (Mondays, March 26 - May 7)
EDHI 338G: Interfaith/Secular (Sec 0201) (Tuesdays, March 27 - May 8)
EDHI 338K: Socioeconomic Class (Sec 0201) (Wednesdays, March 28 - May 9)

All dialogues are held in 2411C Marie Mount Hall and are scheduled from 4:30 - 6:30 pm.

If you are interested, please register as soon as possible! Here is the link:
http://www.odec.umd.edu

Also we are offering EDHI 498I (0101) "Learning About Cultural Diversity: US/India International Dialogue" in Spring 2012 (Wed 9 am - 12 pm).
This 3-credit course seeks to develop skills for communicating across differences in an international context. During this semester, students from the University of Maryland will engage in class readings, assignments, and informed dialogue with students from the Jaypee University of Information Technology in India via video conferencing technology.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

DAAD 2012 Undergraduate Scholarship Application Now Open !!!

Are you a SOPHOMORE OR JUNIOR thinking about studying abroad in Germany next year - in Fall 2012 or Spring 2013 or for the academic year?

Learn about the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, which provides a monthly award of approximately $900 for one to two semesters (three to six months - $2,700 to $5,400) to help you meet the costs of studying in Germany.

Highly qualified undergraduate students are invited to apply for scholarships funding study abroad in Germany. The goal of this program is to support study abroad in Germany and at German universities. Preference will be given to students whose programs are based at and organized by a German university. Scholarships are available either for students taking part in an organized study abroad program or for those planning an individual, student-designed study abroad semester or year. The National Scholarships Office - scholarships@umd.edu - provides advice and support to DAAD Scholarship applicants.

The NSO has scheduled three information sessions with Lawson Ota, UMD's DAAD Ambassador. Please write to scholarships@umd.edu to let us know which session you plan to attend. (If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled sessions send a note to the same address.)

Wednesday, November 9 at 12 noon - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, November 10 at 4:30 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, November 18 at 4:00 pm - 2403 Marie Mount Hall

Application Deadline: January 31, 2012

To access the online application, or for more information about the DAAD Undergraduate Scholarship, please visit the DAAD website athttp://www.daad.org/?p=47220 or email schenkl@daad.org

Contact the National Scholarships Office at scholarships@umd.edu to learn more and for assistance with the application process.