January 2005

"I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work."
–Thomas Alva Edison

Questions from Undergraduate Ventures Scholars
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Affording College
NEFE Money Matters
Fellowships and Scholarships
Phase I - The Premedical Years
Succeeding in College
Writing Your College Paper
How to Join a Study Group
Planning a Schedule That Works - Managing Your Time
Exploring Math & Science Careers
Careers for Scientists in Patent Law
The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research
The Transformation of Undergraduate Biology Education
Communicating Science News
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Celebrate and Promote Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences
Events - Seminars, Activities
Become a MiSciNet Campus Rep
AIAA Scholarship Opportunities
Summer Research Experiences
Summer Research Opportunity at University of Chicago
Summer Research Opportunities at UT-Southwestern
Special Symposium Invitation for Ventures Scholars

Dear Ventures Scholar,

We need your help! As you know, the Ventures Scholars Program is a free service for high school and undergraduate students interested in math, science, and technology-related education and careers. Our goal is to help Ventures Scholars connect to local, regional and national information, resources and opportunities to help achieve your goals. Though we are providing you with helpful information, we know that many of our Ventures Scholars are also a wonderful resource. If you know about upcoming events, programs, and opportunities that could benefit other Ventures Scholars, please let us know and we’ll forward this information.

Please use the targeted email form located at www.venturescholar.org/consortium/forms/target.asp.

Remember to take a look at the research and internship opportunities section.

There might be a summer opportunity that’s perfect for you!

Take care and we hope to hear from you soon!


Ventures Scholars Program
Dan Stasik
Program Associate
Research & Internship Opportunities
List of Research and Internship Opportunities
Summer Research Programs
Considering Graduate or Professional School
Link to MiSciNet
Guide to Graduate Education in Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (AAAS)
Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond
Are You Ready for Graduate/Professional School?
Providing Information to Member Institutions
Providing Information to Member Graduate and Professional Schools
Information about Member Graduate/Professional Schools and Associations
Preparing for the Workplace
Guide to a Complete Job Search Campaign
Attending Career Fairs
The Personal Side
Loneliness and the College Student
VSP Undergraduate Listserv

Please Note: Opinions expressed in this document or linked documents are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official position of the Ventures Scholars Program.

Suggestions and/ or Comments about the Ventures Scholars Program:
Please email Ventures Scholars Program at webmaster@ventures.org.

The Ventures Scholars Program provides information about opportunities for high achieving underrepresented and first generation college bound students interested in math, science or technology-based careers.

Undergraduate Ventures Scholars have many questions. If you’d like to ask a question, simply complete the undergraduate survey and include your question in the question/comment section or you can email the question to webmaster@ventures.org.  

Questions about careers, college, career pathways, graduate/professional school? Email your questions to webmaster@ventures.org and we’ll provide you with answers.

Question One – Struggling with Studying
I’m struggling with studying. I didn’t have to study in high school and I have to now. Give some tips on how to study.

Have you looked at the biweekly e-newsletter section called “Succeeding in College”? You will always find links to help you with study skills. Also, we will soon provide you with a list of links in the undergraduate section of the VS Online Resource Center.

For now, go to www.venturescholar.org/undergrad/studyskills.html and you will find links to study skills.

Question Two – What is an Astrophysicist?
What exactly do astrophysicists do? How much do they get paid? Is this career in demand?

These links will provide you with career information as well as links to biographical information about astrophysicists.

http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/people/bios/astrobiology/CFS-pdf_files/CFS-prathere.pdf    (PDF File)


This section links to Web sites that help you learn about financial aid and scholarship resources. You can also link to personal finance resources.  
NEFE Money Matters  

Recently, the Ventures Scholars Program partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education to develop a financial planning insert specifically for Ventures Scholars.

Please go to www.venturescholar.org/moneymatters/ to access this helpful information.


Fellowships and Scholarships  

This links provides you with some helpful information about fellowships.

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Phase I - The Premedical Years  

The first phase of (MD)2 will help you identify your advisors, funding sources and develop your personal strategy for financing your medical education. For your convenience, you may either download all of Phase I (PDF, 38 pages - 322Kb) as a single document, or choose from the individual sections below.

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This section links to Web sites that will help improve your higher order thinking skills.  
Writing Your College Paper  

The introduction is a key paragraph for both readers and writers. First impressions matter. The reader will be more inclined to read a paper and consider a position if the initial paragraph is clear, organized, and engaging. For the writer, a carefully crafted first paragraph acts as a springboard, establishing the order and direction for the entire paper. The form and content of an introduction depend upon many factors, including the specifics of the assignment, the intended audience, the style of the discipline, and the expectations of your professor.

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How to Join a Study Group  

A study group is a small group of students who meet together regularly once or twice a week with the aid of a trained leader to discuss concepts, confusions, and insights into course material. Each group is unique, contains students with different backgrounds and abilities, and determines its own pace and the material that will be covered. This allows each group to address the needs of the individuals in the group.

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Planning a Schedule That Works – Managing Your Time  

Many students discover the need to develop or hone their time management skills when they arrive at college. Unlike high school where teachers frequently structured your assignments and classes filled your day, in college, you will have less in-class time, more outside of class work, and a great deal of freedom and flexibility. These pages provide you with tips for managing your time well so you can get the most out of your Dartmouth experience.

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This section links to Web sites that provide information about math- and science-related careers. You can also learn about the career planning process.  
Careers for Scientists in Patent Law  

Wanted: Scientists, especially in chemistry, biology, engineering, and computer science, who are interested in working with cutting-edge researchers in universities, large research corporations, and technology start-ups. Candidates must love -- and we mean really love -- to write.

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The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research  

The Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research (CAMR) is comprised of nationally-recognized patient organizations, universities, scientific societies, foundations, and individuals with life-threatening illnesses and disorders, advocating for the advancement of breakthrough research and technologies in regenerative medicine - including stem cell research and somatic cell nuclear transfer - in order to cure disease and alleviate suffering.

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The Transformation of Undergraduate Biology Education  

At colleges and universities across the United States, undergraduate biology education is undergoing a transformation.

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Communicating Science News - A Guide for Public Information Officers, Scientists and Physicians  

Prepared and Distributed by The National Association of Science Writers.

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Celebrate and Promote Diversity in the Mathematical Sciences  

The goal of the Infinite Possibilities Conference is to increase participation of underrepresented minority women in the mathematical sciences by providing professional development workshops, research presentations, and panel discussions covering various fields of mathematics. The conference will be held April 1-2, 2005 at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia.

For more information, please check the Web site or contact conference organizers at ipc@spelman.edu.

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Events – Seminars, Activities  

This list provides a variety of upcoming seminars, activities, etc.

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Become a MiSciNet Campus Representative  

Interested in gaining valuable experience? Want a great networking opportunity? Then become a MiSciNet campus representative! With your help, your peers can know about this great resource that supports the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, and education of minority students at the undergraduate level!

We are looking for enthusiastic, undergraduate scientists and engineers that are interested in supporting minority undergraduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math to help us reach out to our readers!

Help your peers get the educational resources and advice they need, while you gain experience in Web site promotion: http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2000/02/24/1

Please read over the benefits and responsibilities listed below. If you would like to become a member of the MiSciNet (Minority Scientists Network) team of campus reps, please e-mail Jose Fernandez at jfernand@aaas.org and tell us in a few sentences why you would like to be your campus's representative. REMEMBER TO MENTION THAT YOU ARE A VENTURES SCHOLAR. Please put "MiSciNet Campus Rep" in the title.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Benefits include:

  • Experience in Web site promotion
  • Monthly Newsletter
  • Leadership and marketing skills that can be added to your resume
  • Possible freelance writing opportunities
  • Your name and picture on the MiSciNet Campus Representatives page
  • Free Next Wave goodies
  • a $200 Stipend!

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide MiSciNet with updated contact information for key individuals on campus (e.g., vice provost for research, chair of biology department, etc.)
  • Ensure links to MiSciNet are on appropriate university Web pages (e.g., the career center home page, Scince Department home page)
  • Distribute and post MiSciNet posters and flyers on campus bulletin boards
  • Increase awareness of MiSciNet by meeting with the undergraduate students and with faculty members
  • Provide MiSciNet with feedback about the site and its content
  • Inform MiSciNet about scientific career events and seminars on campus
  • Provide assistance at local MiSciNet events


AIAA Scholarship Opportunities  

AIAA, the preeminent society of Air and Space professionals, has scholarship opportunities available to undergraduate students maintaining a 3.0/4.0 or better.

Any student studying for an engineering, math, or science degree is eligible. The basics application requires an official transcript from the school, three letters of reference, a listing of schools attended and activities participated in, and a career goals essay.

To find out more or to apply, please go to the AIAA Web site, http://www.aiaa.org. Questions or concerns can be directed to the AIAA Student Programs Liaison at:

Stephen Brock
AIAA Student Programs Liaison
Suite 500
1801 Alexander Bell Drive
Reston, VA 20191


Summer Research Experiences  

The National Science Foundation sponsors summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs at sites throughout the United States. Programs are available in all of science and engineering disciplines, and offer students to get hands-on experience at a depth not possible during the regular school year. Students are brought together for several weeks and work intensively with faculty and peers from other schools.

For more information about the range of programs available and how to apply, visit the NSF REU Web site, http://www.nsf.gov/home/crssprgm/reu/reu_search.cfm.


Summer Research Opportunity at University of Chicago  

Undergraduate students are invited to apply for paid summer research experience in the Biological Science Division at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to research, students participate in seminars, lab meetings and social activities.

Application deadline is March 1, 2005 - earlier applications will be appreciated.

For more information, visit our Web site at:

Melissa Lindberg, Program Coordinator
University of Chicago
Phone: (773) 702-3905
Email: mlindber@bsd.uchicago.edu

Special Symposium Invitation for Ventures Scholars  

We invite you to be a part of history! Join the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges as it hosts the Iverson Bell Symposium, March 10-11th, 2005 in Washington, DC. The Iverson Bell Symposium is named for the first African-American veterinarian to hold the position of Vice-President in the American Veterinary Medical Association. The Symposium is held every two years and will celebrate its 15th anniversary this coming year. The primary goal of the conference is to promote diversity in the veterinary profession.

AAVMC is in the midst of launching a new diversity initiative, DVM: DiVersity Matters. The symposium will spotlight this initiative and open new opportunities for students to see veterinary medicine as a great career option.

The Symposium will also feature for the first time ever a veterinary medical career fair! Students are invited to attend the symposium and attend information sessions on veterinary medicine as a unique science career path. This is a great opportunity for pre-vet students and students with an general interest in the medical sciences to network with admissions directors from veterinary medical schools from all over the country and industry and government representatives looking to discuss the long range job opportunities available to veterinarians.

The meeting will be held March 10-11 in Washington, DC at the Wyndham-Washington, DC Hotel. Student registration for the symposium is only $40 and includes 4 meals. The career fair is free and open to the public!

For more information about the symposium visit our Web site at: http://www.aavmc.org/meetings_events/future_meetings.htm

Lisa Greenhill, Associate Executive Director for Diversity
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Email: lgreenhill@aavmc.org

Please indicate in your email that you are a Ventures Scholar!

For more information about careers in veterinary medicine, applying for admission to veterinary medical school and school information please visit the AAVMC website: http://www.aavmc.org and see our links on Students & Admissions and VMCAS.


Summer Research Opportunities at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas  

The SURF program at UT Southwestern is an intensive summer research training experience designed for college students who are preparing for careers in biological research. Fellows spend ten weeks (beginning June 6, 2005 through August 12, 2005), pursuing individual research projects in the laboratories of UT Southwestern Graduate School faculty members. Fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the biological sciences. At the end of the summer, fellows present their research in a poster session. In addition to laboratory research, fellows attend weekly seminars given by UT Southwestern faculty members. Informal discussions about careers in science and graduate training are also scheduled. Approximately fifty fellows participate in the summer research program. Fellows are selected by the faculty mentors and assigned to a research project according to each fellow's previous training and research interests.

We have fellowships in the areas of:

  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biophysics
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computational Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Genetics Immunology
  • Integrative Biology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pharmacology

Applicants must be enrolled in a natural science degree program at the undergraduate level and have completed the sophomore year. Applicants must also be U.S. citizens or possess an F1 Visa. Criteria used in selection of fellowship recipients will include college grades, relevant experience, and letters of recommendation from faculty who can assess the applicant's potential for advanced training and success in biological research.

The stipend for the ten-week program is $3,500. Details on local living accommodations will be provided when fellows are notified of their acceptance. The stipend for SURF fellows who require SURF housing is $4,750. Stipends must be used to cover all travel and living expenses during the fellowship.

How to apply
The application is available as a downloadable PDF file at www.utsouthwestern.edu/SURF. Completed applications and attachments should be received by February 7, 2005. If you have questions or require additional information please contact us at SURF@utsouthwestern.edu. If possible, gather and submit all materials together, including the official transcripts and all reference letters. The transcripts and reference letters should be in official envelopes sealed by the university or reference.

Housing needs for SURF students are coordinated through the SURF office. SURF participants with family or friends in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area are free to arrange their own accommodations. SURF students requiring housing will stay in a local hotel and be transported to and from the UT Southwestern campus daily. SURF students are responsible for hotel costs; SURF students staying at the SURF hotel receive an increased stipend to partially cover this expense.

Note: Undergraduates who intend to attend medical school with plans to pursue careers in medicine and research but who may not choose to pursue formal graduate (i.e. Ph.D.) training should apply to the UT Southwestern Undergraduate Medical Research Fellows Program, not the SURF program. All questions regarding UT SUMR should be addressed to the UT SUMR program, as this program is separate from the SURF program.


Nancy Street, Associate Dean
Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


This section links to Web sites that offer information about a variety of year-round and summer research/ internship opportunities nationwide.  
List of Research and Internship Opportunities  

This link is recently developed and provides you with links to dozens of research and internship opportunities. Remember to check the application deadlines.

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Summer Research Programs  

This link provides a list of research opportunities.

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This section links to Web sites that will help you better understand the graduate and professional school planning process.  
Link to MiSciNet  

The Ventures Scholars Program is forming a partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science. As part of the partnership, VSP is linking Ventures Scholars to AAAS resources, particularly the Minority Science Network (www.MiSciNet.org) This site provides you with a wealth of information about math and science information and resources. To access this password protected site, use the following information:

Username: gue5txs
Password: valen5tine


Guide to Graduate Education in Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (AAAS)  

Guide to Graduate Education in Science, Engineering, and Public Policy (AAAS) includes extensive information about the public policy field, a database of policy graduate programs and links to Web resources.

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Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond  

Careers in Science and Engineering: A Student Planning Guide to Grad School and Beyond (NAS) includes sections on evaluating possible careers in science, choosing graduate schools and tips for finding a job. The guide profiles several scientists and their different career paths. This guide is intended to help upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in science, engineering, and mathematics to make career and educational choices.

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Are You Ready for Graduate/Professional School?  

Before you begin the search and application process (which can be very expensive), you should ask yourself several questions regarding why you have chosen to pursue a graduate degree. These questions are not meant to dissuade you from entering a graduate program, but are instead intended as thought exercises that will help focus your future goals.

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This section links to the Ventures Scholars Program Consortium members. The Consortium includes close to 225 undergraduate institutions, graduate and professional schools, and professional association members. You can complete an information questionnaire and share your accomplishments with member graduate or professional schools, ask questions about career pathways to member professional association representatives, or contact member undergraduate institutions if you are looking to transfer to another college.
Providing Information to Member Graduate and Professional Schools  

Would you like to provide information to member graduate schools, professional schools and professional associations. Complete the following forms. Each form provides a listing of the members.

VSP Graduate/Professional Schools

VSP Professional Associations


Information about Member Graduate/Professional Schools and Associations


To learn about the member graduate/professional schools, please go to

Do you have questions about careers and are seeking the advice of an expert? Contact the VSP professional association members.

Please go to www.venturescholar.org/undergrad/profassoc.html to access their contact information.


This section links to Web sites that will help you prepare for the workplace. Access information about interviewing, resumes, the job market and more!  
How to Start a Company  

How to get started - Ideas and intellectual property

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Job Outlook 2004 for Students  

As the stock market inches upward and the economy's health shows signs of improvement, employers predict that they'll hire 12.7 percent more new college graduates from the class of 2003-2004 than they did from the class of 2002-2003.

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Researching Companies  

This page discusses the effective ways of analyzing a company and its components. These positive or negative elements of a company can be the deciding factors in your crucial decision to pursue a certain company or set of companies for possible future employment.

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What is Networking?  

Interaction with individuals who have interests similar to yours, who are willing to share information about those common interests, or provide the names of others with similar interests.

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http://www.sc.edu/career/pdf/networking.pdf   (PDF File)


What is Networking?  

Salary Information
Would you like to know the salary for an intended career? This link will help you.

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THE PERSONAL SIDE [top of page]
This section links to Web sites that share informational resources about undergraduate students' issues and concerns.  
Dealing with a Difficult Roommate  

For many students going to college means living away from home either on or off campus. This choice necessitates learning to live with others. This may provide you with an opportunity to live with and learn to appreciate people who are very different from your self. Living with roommates provides an exciting opportunity for close friendships but also brings with it many challenges.

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Undergraduate Listserv  

Undergraduate Ventures Scholars can now communicate with other Ventures Scholars through the listserv. Find out about math, science, and technology-related careers, graduate/professional school and other important information from your peers!

To sign up for the listserv, login at http://www.venturescholar.org/login and click on the listserv link at the bottom of the page.



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