Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Scholarship Application Due FRIDAY May 2nd




The Maryland Parents Association Student Scholarship application deadline is Friday, May 2!

These scholarships provide assistance to current undergraduate students in good standing who may be unable to continue their education at the University due to extenuating personal or family financial circumstances. Thanks to the generosity of Chatham, T. Rowe Price Foundation, and parent donors, scholarships of up to $2,000 per student will be awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year. A minimum of 12 scholarships will be provided.

Award criteria, instructions, and an online application are available at www.studentaffairs.umd.edu/parents/ssa. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014.

Questions? Contact the Office of Parent and Family Affairs at 301.314.8429 or parents@umd.edu.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

BSOS Hosts International Coffee Hour Today!

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences is hosting International Coffee Hour this Wednesday, April 30, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Dorchester Lounge.  Come for refreshments, meet BSOS undergraduates, and learn about leadership opportunities including:
  • BSOS Ambassadors
  • BSOS Dean’s Student Advisory Council
  • BSOS Peer Mentors
Two students will be previewing the outcomes of their BSOS Global Scholars capstone projects including 1) a database of internship opportunities for international students and 2) the inauguration of an International Student Union.

Join us Wednesday and learn more about opportunities in BSOS for undergraduates!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Global Semester/ Federal Semester APPLY NOW




Want college credit for a Washington internship? Interested in global or domestic issues? Intrigued by the idea of a career in public service?  Apply now to the Federal Semester Program or Global Semester in Washington, D.C.!

In both programs students take a fall-semester seminar from industry practitioners in one of several concentrations covering foreign policy, diplomacy, homeland security, energy and environment, and science in a global context. In the spring semester, students intern at federal agencies, congressional offices, think-tanks, nonprofits/NGO’s, and related organizations. Past internship locations include Department of State, embassies, Department of Homeland Security, Teach for America, National Institutes of Health, Environmental Protection Agency, White House, Children’s Defense Fund, and many more.  Activities include trips to Capitol Hill and federal agencies, professional development workshops, and conversations with policymakers. 

For details and an application form, go to http://federalsemester.umd.edu and/or http://globalsemesterdc.umd.edu or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. Dr. Joan Burton, Director. Second wave of applications will be reviewed May 13. Rolling admissions thereafter.

Starsky Cheng, Coordinator
University of Maryland, 2407 Marie Mount Hall, College Park, MD 20742
P: (301) 314-0261 | F: (301) 314-0941 | scheng17@umd.edu
Federal:       Global:  

Get a Taste of Law School Wednesday!

Lecture: What is Law School Really Like?
DATE: Wednesday, April 30, 2014
TIME: 4:30  - 6:15 p.m.
LOCATION: 1120 Susquehanna Hall
HOST: The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, MLAW, the Pre-Law Advising Office and the Francis King Carey School of Law

Guest Speaker
Professor Michael Van Alstine
University of Maryland
Francis King Carey School of Law

He will conduct a live Socratic method class.

CONTACT: Robert Koulish

301-405-3175

Like Law? Apply to the Law & Society Minor Today!

Interested in law? There is still time to apply to the Law and Society minor! The Law and Society minor will be reviewing applications for acceptance to the minor in the next couple weeks.  It's not too late.  Submit your application today at: http://mlaw.umd.edu.
  
For more information, contact:
Brandee Pettus
Law and Society Minor
+1 301 405 6811

mlaw.umd.edu

Computational Summer Institute 2014: Apply Now

Computational Summer Institute 2014
#csisesync
National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC)
Annapolis, Maryland
July 7–11, 2014

Research into the complex problems of human–environment interactions requires managing, analyzing, and visualizing large and/or diverse data sets. In addition, performing these tasks is increasingly a team effort, requiring collaborative  work in virtual environments.

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), funded by a National Science Foundation grant to the University of Maryland, invites applications from small teams of researchers for a one-week Computational Summer Institute on conducting data-driven, socio-environmental synthesis research. The workshop will offer participants hands-on training in managing the lifecycle of their data and code with a focus on using open source tools, including R. Topics will include, but are not limited to:
  • best practices and techniques for collaborative code development;
  • developing and testing code for data management, modeling, and analysis; and
  • visualizing and disseminating results.
SESYNC will cover eligible travel expenses, such as airfare and accommodations, for all participants.

Eligibility
Small teams (2–4 individuals) of researchers. Teams may include graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and/or non-academic scientists working on any aspect of human-environment interactions. If members of a research group have multiple data-oriented projects they work on, the group should select one of the projects to jointly work on as a team during the institute.

Each participant must provide their own laptop, and teams should bring their own data from a current research project they work on together.

More Information
For complete details and instructions on how to apply, visit: www.sesync.org/opportunities/computational-institute-2014

Applications are due by April 30 at 5 pm Eastern Time. Enrollment is limited.

Lecture: “Why the Smithsonian Matters"

The Clark School of Engineering will host a Special Distinguished Lecture by Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.

Clough’s talk, titled “Why the Smithsonian Matters,” will take place in the Zupnik Lecture Hall, Rm. 1110 in the Jeong H. Kim Engineering Building. The reception will begin at 4:30 pm and the program will start at 5:00 pm.

This lecture is open to University of Maryland students, faculty, and staff. Guests can register for this free event here: http://ter.ps/wclough

TerpService Weekend Saturday May 3!

This annual event brings hundreds of University of Maryland students to work with the local community to help facilitate change, address social issues, and do service! We have 10 different participating community partners:
- A Wider Circle
- Community Forklift
- Interfaith Works
- Seabury Resources for the Aging
- Maryland-National Capital Parks and Planning Commission
- Magruder Park
- KEEN
- Gandhi Brigade
- Sasha Bruce Youthwork
- United Communities Against Poverty

Students can learn more about the local community organizations and service opportunities at thestamp.umd.edu/TSD

For more information, contact:
Kristina Mascarenas
+1 301 314 7938

Fall 2014 BSOS Communications Internship! Apply Now!


http://www.bsos.umd.edu/students/bsos-internship-opportunities

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSOS) is seeking an intern to work with their Communications and Marketing team during Fall 2014. The intern will work directly with the Director and Associate Director of Communications & Marketing, and will support multiple ongoing creative and strategic initiatives for BSOS. Gain valuable experience and professional recommendations and build your personal portfolio working for the largest college at the University of Maryland!

The internship may be applied towards academic credit. It is the responsibility of the intern to ensure that this experience meets the requirements for credit with other colleges and/or departments.

Communications tasks include:
· Assist in the planning, creation and promotion of college news stories. There will be an emphasis on producing both short- and long-term written deliverables.
· Assist in the management and development of official social media accounts
· Support content management operations for the BSOS homepage
· Participate in staff meetings, creative development sessions and college events
· Collaborate with team members to enhance the communications workflow and drive strategic development.
· Work with other BSOS teams & offices to support ongoing communications projects



Learn more and apply now! Application deadline for Fall 2014 Internship is Friday, August 1, 2014.


Sunday, April 27, 2014

BSOS Hosts International Coffee Hour Wednesday!

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences is hosting International Coffee Hour this Wednesday, April 30, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Dorchester Lounge.  Come for refreshments, meet BSOS undergraduates, and learn about leadership opportunities including:
  • BSOS Ambassadors
  • BSOS Dean’s Student Advisory Council
  • BSOS Peer Mentors

Two students will be previewing the outcomes of their BSOS Global Scholars capstone projects including 1) a database of internship opportunities for international students and 2) the inauguration of an International Student Union. 

Join us Wednesday and learn more about opportunities in BSOS for undergraduates!





Friday, April 25, 2014

Participants needed for Pilot test of the “Resource Curse in South America” simulation

Date: Wednesday, April 30th (3pm - 6pm) 

Location: 1117 Chincoteague Hall

Description: Participants are needed to play the roles of different actors (corporations, government officials, NGOs, indigenous groups) in a test run of an online ICONS Project role play simulation focused on the challenges of the “resource curse” in South America.   This simulation includes negotiations between the Bolivian government and two multinational corporations (a French company and a Chinese company) as each company bids for extraction rights to Bolivia’s large lithium deposits. Many groups beyond the national government and the corporations also have a lot at stake in the outcome of these negotiations and will attempt to influence the bidding process. 

Pizza will be provided!  Participants will need to spend approximately one hour prior to the pilot test reviewing materials for their assigned role.


RSVP:  By Sunday, April 27th to  icons@umd.edu

Participate in a Landmark Study about Latino/Latina Students!



All Latino and Latina students are invited to participate in a new study titled "The Impact of the Maryland DREAM Act on University Policies, Support Services, and the Academic Success of Undocumented Latino Students," because it will help us understand how to offer the best support for both undocumented and documented Latino/a students to succeed in college. You can help Latino communities in the state of Maryland by completing this survey.

We are inviting Latino/a college students or aspiring college students to participate in this study. To complete this survey, you must be at least 18 years old, Latina/o, have graduated high school or obtained a GED, and currently are or will be the first member of your family to attend college.
Why participate in this study? Given that the Dream Act was recently passed, we are now welcoming undocumented students onto our campuses. These undocumented students deserve culturally-informed, knowledgeable support from our colleges and universities. We will use the information you provide us to improve:

  • College support services like advising, tutoring, and counseling
  • Our understanding of how to best promote persistence, engagement, mental health, and academic performance
  • An awareness of discrimination and racial climate on campus

We are working with the following organizations that are helping us recruit for this study, and would like you to participate: Casa de Maryland and the Coalition of Latina/o Student Organizations. Let’s keep the Dreamer movement going by your participation in this study.
The survey will take about 20 minutes. We assure you that the information you share with us will be completely confidential and anonymous.


Once you complete the study, you can help by forwarding this email to other Latino/a documented and other undocumented students who meet the criteria:
https://marylandmarketing.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_7ZLaWpG2m3ZsT9b

If you would like to check out our blog about the study, click here: http://latinocollegestudentstudy.blogspot.com

Please contact us with any questions.

Best,
Colleen O’Neal, Ph.D. and Michelle Espino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors, onealc01@umd.edu  and mespino@umd.edu

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Understanding the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict: Lessons from an Unusual Classroom

Edward Kaufman and Manuel Hassassian are senior research associates teaching at the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management.  Kaufman formerly directed the Truman Peace Research Institute at the Hebrew University and was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Washington, DC.  Hassassian currently serves as the Palestinian ambassador to the United Kingdom.
  
In 1992, two academics - one an Israeli from Jerusalem and the other a Palestinian from Bethlehem -- began team-teaching a course at the University of Maryland, College Park. The course's original title, “the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict,” has evolved over the years into a more forward-looking and open-ended title, “Conflict Resolution: the Israeli/Palestinian Experiment.” Based on this unusual and successful teaching experience, several lessons have been derived that readers will find illuminating given the prevalence of one-sided and mutually antagonistic ways of approaching and understanding the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

Dear colleagues and students: 

For all we know, the idea of team teaching our conflicts has been developed here at College Park; after two decades, ,with ups and downs, we are still facing one of the most difficult protracted conflicts. We wish to go on, hopefully, until our leaders and nations make peace. But we also are now thinking about spreading the word and legacy, and hence sending you all not only the invitation to join our GVPT309X intense three-week Second Summer 2014
course, but also the rationale that we have developed to maximize this unique experience.
Around the world there are not a few ethno-political conflicts, and we will be glad to coach any "partners in conflict" to experiment with one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of our lives. 

Feel free to contact us, 

Amb. Prof Manuel Hassassian and Prof. Edy Kaufman kaufmane@umd.edu



Fall Internships with the White House!

The White House Office of Presidential Correspondence is accepting applications for the fall 2014 semester until May 9.  Applicants must hold U.S. citizenship, and they must be currently enrolled in or recently finished with a degree seeking program . This is an unpaid position. If interested, please email a resume and a statement of interest to:  OPCAssociate@who.eop.govIf interested in opportunities involving time commitments less than 30 hours per week, please contact OPCStudentVolunteers@who.wop.gov.  

Nonprofit Internship/Career Panel & Networking Event Wednesday!

When: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: 3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing -- University Career Center & The President's Promise

Are you interested in working in the non-profit sector? Are you looking for an internship or career in service? Attend this internship and career panel to hear from and network with professionals who work at local community based organizations!

There will be a panel discussion, followed by networking roundtables. Food and drinks will be provided.

Participating community organizations include:
. Bread for the City
. Magruder Park
. Little Lights
. Community Forklift
. Maryland Multicultural Youth Center
. A Wider Circle


For more information, contact:
Kristina Mascarenas
+1 301 314 7938


Women's Empowerment Conference Monday Night

Take the Lead: A Women's Empowerment Conference
Monday, April 28, 2014 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Van Munching Franklin Auditorium 1524

The Smith Office of Career Services and the Smith School Women's Society are teaming up to educate students of all majors at the University of Maryland on how to empower women in any professional setting. Workplace gender equality is a relevant and pressing current issue that the majority of students will experience upon graduation. This incredible event will include a keynote presentation by authors James E. Hamerstone and Lindsay Musser Hough on the book, "A Woman's Framework for a Successful Career and Life" and a panel discussion featuring prominent companies, like Under Armour, Northrop Grumman, AT&T, and Bechtel. The event will conclude with a networking reception.

For more information, contact:
Stefani Pappas
Smith School Women's Society
(301) 807-7289


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Global Advocacy Showcase & Dinner Tonight in Stamp!

Are you looking for a cause?

Do you want to get involved?

Join us along with various organizations to explore different paths of advocacy.

Dinner (Chik-Fil-A and SUBWAY) will be served

7:30 p.m. Thursday April 24
Margaret Brent Room, Stamp
A BSOS Global Scholars capstone project

Thanks to MICA for their support.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Scholarships for Unpaid Internships: Applications Close Tomorrow

In 2013, the University Career Center & The President's Promise awarded 80+ students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid summer internships. Bright Futures Scholarships are back again for summer 2014!  The application will be available beginning Tuesday, April 1 with a submission deadline of Friday, April 23 at 5 p.m.  Click here for details.

Federal & Global Semester Applications Still Open!




Want college credit for a Washington internship? Interested in global or domestic issues? Intrigued by the idea of a career in public service?  Apply now to the 

Federal Semester Program or Global Semester in Washington, D.C.!

In both programs students take a fall-semester seminar from industry practitioners in one of several concentrations covering foreign policy, diplomacy, homeland security, energy and environment, and science in a global context. In the spring semester, students intern at federal agencies, congressional offices, think-tanks, nonprofits, and related organizations. 

For details and an application form, go to http://federalsemester.umd.edu
and/or http://globalsemesterdc.umd.edu or contact our office: 2407 Marie Mount Hall, 301-314-0261. Dr. Joan Burton, Director. Second wave of applications due April 29.

UMD Students Wanted for Drowsy Driving Survey (with Chance to Win $25 E-Gift Card!)

UMD students are invited to participate in a research study on drowsy driving conducted by a Master of Public Health student. Your participation in this study would involve about 20 to 25 minutes of your time to complete an online questionnaire about your attitudes, perceptions, intentions, willingness and previous experiences related to drowsy driving.

By completing the questionnaire, you will become eligible to participate in a raffle to win one of 10 $25 electronic Gift Cards from your choice of Amazon, iTunes or Starbucks.  

If interested, please click the secure link below to get started.
https://umd.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b2sAsae1ngViI17

Although you will not benefit directly from participating in this study, your participation may help enhance general understanding of the personal and cognitive factors that contribute to drowsy driving behavior in young people. This knowledge could be used in the future to develop more effective interventions against drowsy driving in young people, who are particularly vulnerable to the health and safety hazards associated with drowsy driving behavior.
For more information, please contact:
Clark J. Lee, JD, Master of Public Health Candidate
Department of Behavioral and Community Health, School of Public Health
cjlee@umd.edu
This research has been fully approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the University of Maryland, College Park (IRB # 585643-2).

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Cross-Cultural Opportunities Panel Tuesday in Hornbake!

  • Interested in learning or relearning a second language? 
  • Want to get involved on campus but don’t know where to start? 
  • Thinking about studying abroad? 
Then come hear about paid and volunteer cross-cultural opportunities right here on campus!

Panelists include:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 • 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m
University Career Center & The President’s Promise 
(3rd Floor Hornbake Library, South Wing)


Refreshments will be served!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Looking For A Way To Make A Difference?! City Year Can Help

Last City Year Deadline - April 30th!

Our last application deadline is approaching! We are still looking for diverse young leaders that are willing to commit to a year of service for the 2014-2015 school year. I am happy to discuss anything you have questions about including the experience of serving, questions about a particular location, benefits, the application process, or anything else you are curious about. We hope you consider committing to a year of full-time service to have a powerful impact on our community and gain the skills and experiences needed to become our nation's future leaders.

Feel free to email me ucoons@cityyear.org or call me directly 202-742-5273. I look forwarding to connecting with you about opportunities at City Year.

And, if you’d like to hear what the currently serving corps is saying about their city year, check out the conversation on Twitter at #makebetterhappen.



Calling All Terps: Sexual Assault Awareness Workshop

Don't miss Half the Sky at UMD, TerpLift, and CARE's Sexual Assault Awareness Workshop on Monday, April 21st at 6:30pm in the Special Events Room in Mckeldin (6137). Courtney Brooks of the MD Coalition Against Sexual Assault will be leading the workshop for sexual assault awareness. She will be discussing topics such as sexual assault in the college atmosphere, and rape psychology and misconceptions about victims.

RSVP here: http://ow.ly/vEH0Q and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/230007510522323/


Monday, April 14, 2014

"InvolvedTerp" survey for undergraduates




Hey there Terps!

As a part of our capstone research project through the Beyond the Classroom Civic Engagement program, we are collecting data on student involvement in service initiatives & service organizations.

The data we collect through this survey will help us understand barriers to participating in service-oriented organizations.  We will also be conducting focus groups with some student organizations to help understand what barriers they face in effectively outreaching and engaging.

Please take this brief, anonymous survey so we can collect information and better guide our final product design to better serve our campus community!

Thank you so much for your help with this project!

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Best,

Involved Terp
involvedterp@gmail.com