March 2005

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of these."
–George Washington Carver

Affording College
VSP Web Site for Scholarship Information
Hispanic Scholarship Sources
Using Credit Wisely
Credit Information
Student Aid on the Web
Succeeding in College
Talking With a Professor About a Grade
A Note on Plagarism
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
Summer Institute in Algebraic Geometry
Native American Health Disparities Forum
USC Center of Excellence in Genomic Science
$25,000 Prize for Neurobiology
Research & Internship Opportunities
Internships in Computational Modeling at the Terascale
UNAVCO Student Opportunities & Internships
PASSCAL/EarthScope Summer Graduate Intern Opportunity
2005 Summer Research with NIDA
INROADS Internships
Grad and Undergrad Student Research Presentations
SACNAS News: Call for Submissions
GM Engineering Scholarship For Minority Students
Internships by State
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships

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Providing Information to Member Institutions
Providing Information to Member Institutions
Requesting Information from Professional Associations and Organizations
Considering Graduate or Professional School
Statement of Purpose Advice
A Little Advice From 32,000 Graduate Students
Should You Pursue a PhD?
Graduate Testing Information
Preparing for the Workplace
Engineers and Scientists in High Demand at Federal Agencies
Career Moves
Articles of Interest
Solving the Mysteries of Matter
Hispanic Astrophysicist and Educator Boosts Women in Science
Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?
SACNAS Biography Project
SACNAS Members Featured on National Radio Program
The Personal Side
Welcome Program
VSP Undergraduate Listserv

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AFFORDING COLLEGE [top of page]
This section links to Web sites that help you learn about financial aid and scholarship resources. You can also link to personal finance resources.  
VSP Web Site for Scholarship Information  

Remember to go to http://www.venturescholar.org/resource/scholarshipslisting.html for scholarship information.

 

 
Hispanic Scholarship Sources  

This site offers some links that might be helpful to you.

Read more:
http://www.delta.edu/multicultural/Multiculscholarship.htm

 

 
Using Credit Wisely  

Nail down the basics to making credit work for you—not against you—with the helpful tools and advice on this website. Remember, your actions today can impact your potential down the road.

Read more:
http://www.citi.com/us/cards/cm/student/index.htm

 

 
Credit Information  

At StudentPlatinum.com, our goal is to provide you with the best information about credit cards and other student-related financial services.

Read more:
http://www.studentplatinum.com/

 

 
Student Aid on the Web  

Get the facts on financial aid, how to maintain it, and what to do when school is over.

Read more:
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/attending.jsp?tab=attending

 

 
SUCCEEDING IN COLLEGE [top of page]
This section links to Web sites that will help improve your higher order thinking skills.  
Talking With a Professor About a Grade (A Guide for Students)  

Assigning grades is one of the most protected of faculty rights and responsibilities.
Talking with your professor about a grade - particularly if you differ in your perceptions
about what the grade should be - can be very difficult. The following guidelines are
suggested to assist you in having a productive discussion with your professor about
your grade.

Read more:
http://www.colorado.edu/Ombuds/Talk%20to%20Prof.pdf   (PDF File)

 

 
A Note on Plagarism  

A particularly difficult skill we work to develop in college writing is using other people's ideas and texts appropriately. All knowledge builds on the contributions of others: each of us constructs our own new learning on knowledge discovered or organized by others. In our college courses, we are continually engaged with other people's idea: we read them in texts, hear them in lecture, discuss them in class, and incorporate them into our own writing.

Read more:
http://www.aug.edu/sociology/plagiarism.html

 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES [top of page]
This section links to various summer research and internship programs available to Ventures Scholars as well as upcoming scholarship opportunities.  
Summer Institute in Algebraic Geometry  

The forty-fourth Summer Research Institute sponsored by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) will be devoted to algebraic geometry and will be held at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, July 25 through August 12, 2005.

Deadline: March 4, 2005

For further information see:
http://www.ams.org/meetings/summerinst.html

 

 
Native American Health Disparities Forum  

The American Indian Resource Center at University of California, Santa Cruz will present the Forum on April 8-9, 2005. The focus of the two-day event will be to address the atmosphere that promotes ill health and will cover several health issues facing native peoples. Presentations, workshops, seminars and experiential activities will provide practices, programs, models, paradigms, and points of view that will enhance the health of native communities as well as the health of those who attend.

For more information:
http://www2.ucsc.edu/narc/forum/index.htm

 

 
University Southern California, Center of Excellence in Genomic Science  

The Bioinformatics Summer Institute in Genomics Science will take place from June 13 through August 5, 2005. Both undergraduates (normally at the junior or senior level) and beginning graduate students are eligible. Appropriate fields of study include Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering. $4000 of financial support plus housing, travel and tuition for qualified minority students.

Deadline: March 31, 2005

For further information see:
http://cegs.cmb.usc.edu/academics/bigs/BIGS.html

 

 
$25,000 Prize for Neurobiology  

Now accepting entries for the $25,000 Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology.

Deadline: June 15, 2005

For further information see:
http://www.eppendorf.com/prize2005

 

 
RESEARCH AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES [top of page]
This section links to Web sites that offer information about a variety of year-round and summer research/ internship opportunities nationwide.  
Internships in Computational Modeling at the Terascale (ICMT)  

The purpose of Internships in Computational Modeling at the Terascale (ICMT) is to prepare graduate and advanced undergraduate students for employment as computational scientists. Summer students will have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing contributions to the Advanced Simulation Computing (ASCI) code research and development. ICMT will provide summer students with "hands-on" experience in the Lab environment and it will encourage and equip students to develop backgrounds in key areas of terascale simulation.

Deadline(s): 04/15/2005

Read more:
http://universitygateway.llnl.gov/internships/CSIP/project_icmt.html

 

 
UNAVCO Student Opportunities  

UNAVCO is looking for a number of student summer field assistants to work as part of a regional engineering team to perform station siting, reconnaissance and installation of permanent GPS and strainmeter instruments in the western US including Alaska. We are looking for individuals with geology, data communication, and construction skills who want to participate in building the Plate Boundary Observatory, the geodetic component of EarthScope.

Deadline: March 31, 2005

Please visit:
http://achaia.unavco.org/public/careers/currentjobs.asp?view=8

 

 
UNAVCO Student Internship  

UNAVCO is a non-profit membership-governed organization that supports and promotes Earth science by advancing high-precision geodetic and strain techniques such as the Global Positioning System (GPS). Internship is open to rising third or fourth year undergraduates, or recent graduates who have an interest in pursuing graduate work in the research areas related to UNAVCO’s mission, namely crustal deformation using high-precision GPS.

Deadline: March 25, 2005

For more information:
http://unavco.org/aboutus/aboutus.html

 

 
PASSCAL/EarthScope Summer Graduate Intern Opportunity  

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) Program for Array Seismic Studies of the Continental Lithosphere (PASSCAL) has an opening for a summer student intern. This position is designed for an advanced undergraduate or graduate student who has an interest in experiment design, field methods, seismograph electronics, and data processing.

Deadline: April 4, 2005

For more information:
http://www.iris.edu/services/jobs.htm#20050215

 

 
2005 Summer Research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)  

Summer Research with NIDA is part is part of the Research Supplements for Underrepresented Minorities program. The program exposes students to drug abuse research and encourages them to pursue careers in biomedical and behavioral research by providing them with opportunities to work with investigators in the field.

Deadline: March 22, 2005

Additional information and application available at http://www.drugabuse.gov/pdf/sposummer.pdf (PDF File) or by contacting fl20t@nih.gov.

 

 
Inroads Internships  

INROADS Internships are awarded to outstanding ethnically diverse students. Only the best and the brightest are selected. Our Interns are graduating high school seniors, college or university freshmen or sophomores with a grade point average of B or better, and a combined SAT score of at least 1000, or an ACT score of 20 or better. They have demonstrated a proven leadership ability, and are interested in pursuing a Bachelor's degree in business, engineering, computer and information sciences, sales, marketing, allied health care, healthcare management, and retail management.

Read more:
http://www.inroads.org/interns/internPublic.jsp

 

 
Graduate and Undergraduate Student Research Presentations  

Abstracts for poster and oral presentations are now being accepted for the 2005 SACNAS National Conference. We encourage abstracts in all areas of science, mathematics and engineering.

Abstract Submission Deadline: July 20

For more information regarding guidelines, please go to:
http://www2.sacnas.org/confNew/confClient/current/

Send questions regarding student presentations to: marilu@sacnas.org.

Please send webmaster@ventures.org an email if you are applying for this SACNAS activity.

 

 
SACNAS News – Call for Submissions  

The SACNAS News is seeking submissions for articles on “Minority Scientists and the Corporate World.”

The Editors are looking for articles by students on student research internships/fellowships in corporations, professional advice for students interested in pursuing a scientific career in the corporate sector, and how K-12 educators can build bridges between corporations and their classrooms through funding/visiting scientists. Any other ideas related to the theme will be considered.

Contact Jenny Kurzweil at jenny@sacnas.org or (831) 459-0170 x227. Please mention that you are a Ventures Scholar!

 

 
General Motors Corporation Engineering Scholarship For Minority Students  

The General Motors Corporation/League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Scholarship Program is intended to assist and encourage outstanding minority students in completing their college education. The program is directed specifically to minority students with career interests in engineering. The GM/LULAC Scholarship Program is sponsored by General Motors and is administered by the LULAC National Educational Service Centers (LNESC), the educational branch of LULAC.

Deadline(s): 7/15/2005

Read more:
http://www.gm.com/company/careers/student/stu_scholar.html

 

 
InternshipPrograms.com - Internships by State  

WONDERFUL SITE! Select a state and then explore links to internship positions at a wide range of public organizations, corporations, arts, sports, high-tech and more.

Read more:
http://jobstar.org/adjobs/summer.cfm#Tips

 

 
Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships  

Under this competitive scholarship program, a minimum of ten scholarships will be awarded to support students' research expenses, tuition, fees, books, and room and board.

Read more:
http://www.scied.science.doe.gov/scied/erulf/about.html

 

 
PROVIDING YOUR INFORMATION TO MEMBER INSTITUTIONS [top of page]
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  

Information Link
Would you like to learn about the programs and opportunities at our member graduate/professional schools? Click here to access information. If you correspond directly with the contact person, please remember to mention that you are a Ventures Scholar.

Questionnaire
If you would like to share your academic and career goals with the member graduate and professional schools, please go to http://www.venturescholar.org/undergrad/gradinquiry.asp and you will receive a response from the selected institutions.

 

 
Requesting Information from Professional Associations and Organizations  

Information Link
Would you like to learn about the member professional associations? Click here to access information. If you correspond directly with the contact person, please remember to mention that you are a Ventures Scholar.

Questionnaire
If you would like to ask questions to the professional associations and organizations, go to http://www.venturescholar.org/scholars/assocquest.asp and complete this form.

 

 
CONSIDERING GRADUATE OR PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL [top of page]
This section links to Web sites that will help you better understand the graduate and professional school planning process.  
Statement of Purpose Advice  

Here are some thoughts and comments that will hopefully help you write a better statement of purpose.

Read more:
http://www.cs.rpi.edu/~whuang/other/purposeadvice.html
http://www.accepted.com/grad/personalstatement.aspx
http://www.statementofpurpose.com/
http://www.graduateshotline.com/sop.html

 

 
A Little Advice From 32,000 Graduate Students  

When you entered graduate school, did most doctoral students want an academic job and think they would be able to get one?

Read more:
http://chronicle.com/jobs/2002/01/2002011401c.htm

 

 
Should You Pursue a PhD?  

The decision to attend graduate school to get a Ph.D. is an important one, and not one to be made lightly or without consideration. Typical doctoral programs take five to seven years to complete; by the time you are done, you will have spent about one-quarter of your life in graduate school. In many fields your training will not be done; in most science fields students then spend 2-4 years in postdoctoral training before beginning their professional career.

Read more:
http://www.phd-survey.org/advice/advice.htm
http://www-2.cs.cmu.edu/~harchol/gradschooltalk.pdf   (PDF File)

 

 
Graduate Testing Information  

Just as with undergraduate admissions, graduate school applications usually require standardized test scores. The test(s) you’ll take depend on what type of graduate degree you’re seeking. Check with the school(s) to which you plan to apply for information about required exams.

Read more:
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/gradtesting.jsp?tab=preparing

 

 
PREPARING FOR THE WORKPLACE [top of page]
This section links to Web sites that will help you prepare for the workplace. Access information about interviewing, resumes, the job market and more!  
Engineers and Scientists in High Demand at Federal Agencies  

A new report reveals that in the next two years, the federal government will be hiring more than 15,000 people trained in engineering, 5,198 in biology, 3,322 in the physical sciences, and 3,200 in information technology. Find out where the jobs are and why the federal government is an attractive employer.

Read more:
http://www.mentornet.net/documents/about/news/2005/marchnews2.aspx

 

 
Career Moves  

Each month Science's Next Wave focuses on a special topic that scientists will find useful in planning their next career moves, whether they be alternative avenues for their hard-earned talents or simply to gain new insights into the worlds of academe and industry.

Read more:
http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2003/10/22/4

Username: gue5txs
March Password: spr6ing

This username and password will allow you to access MiSciNet from any computer.

The password for April will be 'ap2fool'.

 

 
ARTICLES OF INTEREST [top of page]
This section links to Web sites that discuss a variety of math- and science-related topics.  
Solving the Mysteries of Matter  

Kétévi Assamagan, a physicist at Brookhaven National Laboratory, develops detectors and software to explore still-uncharted areas of particle physics.

Read more:
http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2005/03/03/4

Username: gue5txs
March Password: spr6ing
This username and password will allow you to access MiSciNet from any computer.
The password for April will be 'ap2fool'.

 

 
Hispanic Astrophysicist and Educator Boosts Women in Science  

Tania Ruiz, manager of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Science at the University of Leicester in England, has a background in astrophysics, but her career in science has allowed her to participate in a variety of specialties: research, science education, science educational software, museum science communication, and program management.

Read more:
http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2005/03/03/5

Username: gue5txs
March Password: spr6ing
This username and password will allow you to access MiSciNet from any computer.
The password for April will be 'ap2fool'.

 

 
Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?  

Dr. Clemmons helps an entry-level engineer at a large company deal with honesty and integrity issues at work.

Read more:
http://nextwave.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/2005/03/03/6

Username: gue5txs
March Password: spr6ing
This username and password will allow you to access MiSciNet from any computer.
The password for April will be 'ap2fool'.

 

 
SACNAS Biography Project  

The SACNAS Biography Project is pleased to announce that three new biographies have been added to the on-line archive.

Profiles of Drs. Craig Love, Margaret Hiza, and Elba Serrano can be viewed at: http://64.171.10.183/biography/default.asp

 

 
SACNAS Members Featured on National Radio Program  

Three SACNAS members featured on national radio program: Native America Calling. Drs. Joan Esnayra, Linda Burhansstipanov, and David Burgess were interviewed on the subject of human cloning on the February 21st edition of Native America Calling.

Listen to the show on-line at:
http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

 

 
THE PERSONAL SIDE [top of page]
This section links to Web sites that share informational resources about undergraduate students' issues and concerns.  
Welcome Program  

In the fall and the spring, we invite high school and undergraduate Ventures Scholars to register for the VSP E-Buddy Welcome Program.

  • High school Ventures Scholars can connect with other high school Ventures Scholars across the country who share similar majors.
  • High school Ventures Scholars can ask undergraduate Ventures Scholars about the college planning process.
  • Undergraduate Ventures Scholars can help high school Ventures Scholars with the college planning process.
  • Undergraduate Ventures Scholars can also communicate with other undergraduate Ventures Scholars who share the same major or who are at the same institution.

This year's program begins during the first week of April.

Return Users
You should have received an email asking you to review your information. If you have not received it, please email webmaster@ventures.org and provide us with your name and email address.

New Users
If you would like to sign up for the VSP E-Buddy Program, please go to www.venturescholar.org/vswp/undergrad-register.asp and complete the form.

 

 
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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