Wednesday, May 27, 2020

New UMD Organization: One for the World

A new organization called One for the World (OFTW) is coming to UMD and they are looking for members like you! OFTW is a nonprofit organization that uses a rigorous, data-driven approach to build a portfolio of the most effective charities in the world. They then encourage students and young professionals to pledge to donate 1% of their post-grad income to these selected charities in order to help end extreme poverty.  OFTW has several collegiate chapters across the country ranging from UVA to Vanderbilt to Harvard and we are starting our very own here at UMD! If you want to help bring the chapter to campus please apply to join the e-board by filling out this application. Interested in learning more, but don’t have the time to commit to the eboard? No worries! Fill out this brief interest form and we will notify you of other ways you can help to end extreme poverty. Please feel free reach out to Ally Merwitz at maryland@1fortheworld.org with any questions!

Participate: Effects of COVID-19 on LGBTQ college students

Researchers at the University of Maryland are studying the effects of COVID-19 on LGBTQ college students. Please participate if you are an LGBTQ college student by completing an anonymous survey at https://t.co/JZGpa8hPhp.

UMD Extends Deadline to Choose Pass/Fail or Letter Grade Options


Students Can Make Selections on Website Through May 31

The website for students to record their choice of grading method for each course (pass/fail or letter grade) reopened on May 22  and will close May 31, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Students can make changes as many times during that period as they wish. Students are encouraged to update their grading method early to ensure they have the final grading method that they want. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT WAIT UNTIL MAY 31 TO LOG ON TO TESTUDO. May 31 is the last day a student may verify a grade method change. 

To update your grading method:

  • Go to Testudo
  • Select the “UPDATE SPRING 2020 GRADING METHOD” box
  • Click edit, make changes, click submit. Students must click “submit” to save changes.
  • Changes made in this application will not be visible on the Grades application, nor in the Unofficial Transcripts, until the following day. Students are encouraged  to check their updates the following day by viewing their grades using the Grades or Unofficial Transcript capabilities in Testudo. You will be unable to verify your grades after May 31 at 11:59 pm. 

Students who wait until the last possible day to record their choice will risk making errors. 
If you currently have your grading method set as the default Pass/Fail and you do not know your grades prior to using the Grades application, make sure to log on prior to May 31 and switch to Letter Grade. The next day you should be able to see the grade your instructor submitted. You may either keep the letter grade or switch back to Pass/Fail.

    There are no exceptions after May 31. 

    If  you have difficulty using the application, please send an email immediately to registrar-help@umd.edu for assistance.

    Tuesday, May 26, 2020

    International Student Community Meeting Wednesday, May 27 at 4:00 P.M.

    The Graduate School is hosting an International Student Community Meeting on May 27 at 4pm for undergraduate and graduate international students.  The Provost, Ross Lewin and Sue Dougherty from ISSS will be attending as well.   
    If you would like to join the community meeting, please register using the information below.  
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    ZOOM REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 

    Hi there,

    You are invited to a Zoom meeting.
    When: May 27, 2020 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Register in advance for this meeting:
    https://umd.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcocOurrzMrG9QF8yDlLQvTk4hYOD86eW_M

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    How to be a Successful Virtual Intern Workshop Thursday

    This event is open to ALL majors:


    Letter Grade Policy UPDATE

    Dear Students,

    The website for students to record their choice of grading method for each course (pass/fail or letter grade) reopened on May 22  and will close May 31, 2020, at 11:59 pm. Students can make changes as many times during that period as they wish. Students are encouraged to update their grading method early to ensure they have the final grading method that they want. STUDENTS SHOULD NOT WAIT UNTIL MAY 31 TO LOG ON TO TESTUDO. May 31 is the last day a student may verify a grade method change. 

    To update your grading method:

    • Go to Testudo
    • Select the “UPDATE SPRING 2020 GRADING METHOD” box
    • Click edit, make changes, click submit. Students must click “submit” to save changes.
    • Changes made in this application will not be visible on the Grades application, nor in the Unofficial Transcripts, until the following day. Students are encouraged  to check their updates the following day by viewing their grades using the Grades or Unofficial Transcript capabilities in Testudo. You will be unable to verify your grades after May 31 at 11:59 pm. 

    Students who wait until the last possible day to record their choice will risk making errors. 
    If you currently have your grading method set as the default Pass/Fail and you do not know your grades prior to using the Grades application, make sure to log on prior to May 31 and switch to Letter Grade. The next day you should be able to see the grade your instructor submitted. You may either keep the letter grade or switch back to Pass/Fail.

    There are no exceptions after May 31. 

    If  you have difficulty using the application, please send an email immediately to registrar-help@umd.edu for assistance.


    The University Career Center @ BSOS is here for you!

    The UCC @ BSOS is open and holding virtual appointments all summer. Make an appointment to discuss topics such as:

    • Resume and cover letters
    • Internship search
    • Job search
    • Graduate school
    • Change in major/career path
    Have just one quick career question? Email UCC-BSOS@umd.edu! 

    Friday, May 22, 2020

    Program Assistant Position for May or Recent Grad with Center for European Policy Analysis

    Position description

    CEPA seeks a qualified and highly motivated individual to serve as a Program Assistant for our Democratic Resilience program. The Program Assistant will provide day-to-day administrative, financial and other support to the program staff for an initial six-month period with the possibility of extension.
    This position reports to the Director for Democratic Resilience and is based in Washington, D.C.
    The ideal candidate will be highly organized, familiar with the functions of a public policy non-profit organization, willing to work across cultures, capable of balancing multiple tasks simultaneously and possess an interest in U.S.-European relations. He/she must be able to be proactive, detail-oriented, and work both independently and as part of a team.
    Responsibilities:
    ·        Manage of day-to-day program activities, with a particular focus on media literacy programming, including communicating with project partners and local coordinators in the Baltic region and tracking expenses and prepare financial reports;
    ·        Coordinate and assist in planning and implementing of program events, workshops and webinars, as well as online media literacy training in the Baltic States;
    ·        Monitor grant compliance requirements and keep track of the project activities and the implementation plan;
    ·        Executive assistance and scheduling for program staff;
    ·        Track developments in the CEE region and provide support with research;
    ·        Assist program team with outreach to partners and maintain regular contact with CEPA’s network in the Baltic region;
    ·        Assist program team with drafting memos, agreements, SOPs or other documents necessary for the implementation of project activities;
    ·        Address administrative and research pop-up requests from program staff.

    Qualifications

    ·        Bachelor’s degree minimum; Master’s level education or equivalent knowledge in International Affairs, Political Science, or a related discipline is preferred;
    ·        One year of applicable program experience in a think-tank or similar setting is a benefit;
    ·        Competence in project administration and managing logistics;
    ·        Experience in financial management and reporting (preferred);
    ·        Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a time-sensitive environment;

    CEPA offers exceptional benefits that include: 
    ·        Generous employer-subsidized health insurance;
    ·        403(b) Retirement Plan; and
    ·        Generous paid vacation leave, sick leave, personal leave and holidays.
    ·        Strong verbal and written communication skills;
    ·        Familiarity with online training and learning tools is a benefit;
    ·        Ability to handle sensitive information, meet deadlines and maintain grace under pressure; and
    ·        Willingness to respond to an evolving set of priorities.
    Apply on the CEPA website: https://www.cepa.org/call-for-applications.  For best consideration, apply by May 31.

    Innovation Classes this Fall

    IDEA258A
    Interested in becoming more innovative? What better way than in an interactive, 1-credit class open to all majors: IDEA258A! Check it out at http://ter.ps/IDEA258A

    IDEA258C
    From immigration to the environment, learn how to ethically persuade and convince people as a key to change in this 1-credit STIC course: IDEA258C. Learn more at https://ter.ps/IDEA258C

    Peer Innovation Coach Program
    Immerse yourself in innovation tools and mindsets and learn how to apply them to create change in meaningful ways with the Peer Innovation Coach program. Undergrad students of all majors are encouraged to apply! Learn more at: http://ter.ps/PICapp.

    Need a remote internship/job?


    APPLY FOR OPENINGS: Remote Jobs/Internships

    Careers4Terps, UMD’s online job and internship listing database, has features especially for BSOS students. We pulled the virtual/remote opportunities together for quick access. 

    Access the full list of openings in Careers4Terps today! Use Careers4Terps is your online access to...

    • Apply for internship/job openings 
    • Review employer information sessions/career fairs
    • Research employers interested in UMD students
    • Gain insights by reviewing employer notes, Document Library 
    • Schedule appointments with staff
    • Access online tools (FOCUS2, IntrerviewStream, Vault, etc.) 
    Protect your privacy and safely search for positions. Tips to avoid scams. Questions? Contact the University Career Center @ BSOS: ucc-bsos@umd.edu