Contact List of Member Professional Associations
The Ventures Scholars Program understands the importance
of linking with professional associations and organizations
that can help Ventures Scholars prepare for math- and
The Benefits of Joining A Professional Association
No matter what your chosen field of study, as a graduate
student you want to remain in the mainstream of your
desired field. Of course there are numerous ways that
this could be accomplished - networking, trade and professional
journals, etc. However, one great way to accomplish
this is by joining a professional association.
To date, the following professional associations and
organizations have partnered with the Ventures Scholars
Program to assist high school and undergraduate Ventures
Scholars. A contact person's name, email address and
phone number are included. Speak with the contact person
career opportunities as well as scholarship opportunities.
Academy of Family Physicians
Family practice is the medical specialty that integrates
the biological, clinical and behavioral sciences to
provide continuing and comprehensive health care to
individuals and families. The scope of family practice
encompasses all ages, both sexes, each organ system
and every disease entity. Family physicians provide
diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic illnesses,
health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance,
counseling, and patient education. They work in a variety
of clinical settings and professional areas. In addition
to direct patient care, family physicians pursue opportunities
in academics, administration, research and public policy.
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) is
the national association of family doctors and one of
the largest national medical organizations. For more
information about family practice, visit the Academy's
Web site at www.aafp.org.
Click on the student tab to access the Virtual Family
Medicine Interest Group for an inside look at the specialty
of family practice.
Jay Fetter, Student Interest Manager
Phone: (800) 274-2237 x6724
Zori Rodriguez, Manager of Special Constituencies
Phone: (800) 274-2237
Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
There are various ways in which someone can
serve the O&P community. One may choose between
becoming an O&P practitioner (orthotist, prosthetist
or orthotist/prosthetist), assistant, fitter, or technician.
To learn about education and career opportunities, visit
Julie Hayes, Director of Development & Communications
Phone: 703-836-0788, ext. 203
Association of Colleges of Nursing
As the largest health profession, Nursing offers a variety
of dynamic career choices, including opportunities to
practice independently, teach across settings, conduct
scientific research, shape public policies, and provide
direct patient care. AACN champions the advancement
of the nursing profession by supporting deans, faculty
and students enrolled in baccalaureate and graduate
level nursing education programs. Among its many roles,
the organization is committed to advancing policies
and practices that bring under-represented populations
into nursing, including men and students from diverse
backgrounds. AACN works in tandem with the larger health
care community to advocate for more federal funding
for nursing education and establish partnerships that
provide scholarships and new resources for nursing students.
Young adults are encouraged to check out:
Discover the career horizons for today’s nurse,
including the benefits of entering the profession
with a bachelor’s degree and a summary of
advanced practice nursing roles, such as Nurse Practitioner
and Nurse Anesthetist.
Financial Aid Resource
Review hundreds of financial aid sources for nursing
students, including scholarships, loan repayment
programs, grants and fellowships.
Director of Special Projects
1 Dupont Circle, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20034
(202) 463-6930, ext. 238
Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Did you know that pharmacy is the third largest health
profession in the US and that pharmacists play a vital
role in improving patient care through the medicine
and information they provide? Pharmacy majors learn
to provide drug products and drug information in all
areas of patient care. They also learn to monitor drug
therapy in order to ensure that the treatment is appropriate,
safe, therapeutically effective, and cost-effective.
If you are interested in chemistry, biology, math, solving
problems and helping others, this career may be for
you. A student who majors in pharmacy prepares students
to provide the drugs used in treatment of disease and
to monitor drug therapy. Many pharmacists work closely
with the physicians and other health professionals in
educating and motivating patients to manage their drug
therapy. Some colleges of pharmacy in the United States
prepare students to provide these services.
Libby J. Ross, PharmCAS & Student Affairs
Phone: (703) 739-2330 x1024
Dental Education Association
ADEA is the leading national organization for dental
education. Our members include all U.S. and Canadian
dental schools, advanced dental education programs,
hospital dental education programs, allied dental education
programs, corporations, faculty, and students.
The ADEA has a continuing commitment to leadership
and diversity. The mission of the American Dental Education
Association is to lead individuals and institutions
of the dental education community to address contemporary
issues influencing education, research, and the delivery
of oral health care for the improvement of the health
of the public.
Sonja Harrison, Director of Program Services
Phone: (202) 289-7201
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
The objective of the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics is to advance the arts, sciences, and
technology of aeronautics and astronautics. The Institute
encourages original research, furthers dissemination
of new knowledge, fosters the professional development
of those engaged in scientific and engineering activities,
improves public understanding of the profession and
its contributions, fosters education in engineering
and science, promotes communication among engineers
and scientists as well as other professional groups,
and stimulates outstanding professional accomplishments.
Foundation supports the viability of the future
aerospace professional, practicing aerospace professionals
and the organizations and institutions involved in aerospace
by: funding student programs including financial assistance,
research opportunities and professional contact; recognizing
outstanding individual contributions; and providing
other services to aerospace professionals. The AIAA
Foundation funds a number of scholarships on both the
undergraduate and graduate levels.
undergraduate scholarship program offers 30 scholarships
of $2,000 - $2,500 to one or more college sophomores,
juniors, and seniors each year. Students also have the
opportunity to renew the scholarship annually until
Stephen Brock, Student Programs Liaison
Phone: (703) 264-7536
Occupational Therapy Association
Young or old, we all have a job to do - the job of living.
Learning, growing, playing, working, managing our homes,
and caring for our families are among the "occupations"
of life. Unfortunately, physical, emotional, or other
challenges often prevent people from fully participating
in the job of living. Disease, injury, depression, or
developmental problems can make it difficult for people
to do everyday tasks or be active and independent.
Occupational therapy - a vibrant, growing profession
- makes it possible for people to achieve independence
and to enjoy life to its fullest. By choosing a career
in occupational therapy, you will make a difference!
You will be able to improve the lives of people, from
newborns to the very old.
Frank E. Gainer, MHS, OTR/L, FAOTA, Student Liaison
Phone: (301) 652-6611 ext. 2051
Physical Therapy Association
In today's health care system, physical therapists are
the experts in the examination and treatment of musculoskeletal
and neuromuscular problems that affect peoples' abilities
to move the way they want and function as well as they
want in their daily lives.
here to find out about a career in physical therapy.
here to find out about financial aid resources for
students interested in a career in physical therapy.
Johnette L. Meadows, PT, Director of Minority/International
American Physical Therapy Association
Phone: (703) 706-3143
Speech-Language Hearing Association
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
is the national membership, scientific and credentialing
organization for professionals working in the field
of communication sciences and disorders.
ASHA's members are audiologists, speech-language pathologists,
and speech, language, and hearing scientists who evaluate,
treat, and conduct research into human communication
and its disorders. They work in schools, hospitals,
nursing homes, businesses, private practice, universities,
research laboratories, corporations and government agencies,
with infants and children, with adolescents and adults,
and with older people.
The fields of audiology, speech-language pathology
and the related sciences are important because nearly
46 million Americans - one in every six - live with
some type of communication disorder. No wonder our professions
offer so much potential and so many choices.
If you have a passion to:
- Serve members of your community
- Be creative
- Earn a good living
- Discover academic and intellectual challenges
- Develop new techniques and use technology
- Make a positive difference in people lives
ASHA supports students throughout their careers by
providing career information at every stage, as well
as career development resources. ASHA is committed to
making the transition from student to professional a
successful endeavor. ASHA is here to help! Visit www.asha.org/students/
to learn more about this rewarding career.
ASHA has an affiliation with the National Student Speech
Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA). The mission of
NSSLHA, the pre-professional membership association
for students interested in the study of communication
sciences and disorders, is to advocate for students
at the national, state, and local level, forge professional
relationships between audiologists and speech-language
pathologists, provide resources to prepare students
to become a professional, and to facilitate the transition
from NSSLHA to becoming a member of ASHA and/or other
related organizations and entry into the professions.
To learn more about NSSLHA and the benefits of membership
ASHA Membership Program Manager
Phone: (800) 498-2071 x4211
NSSLHA Director of Operations
Phone: (800) 498-2071 x4170
Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY)
The Associated Medical Schools of New York (AMSNY) is
a consortium of the 14 medical schools, public and private,
in the State of New York. Specifically, AMS develops
and implements projects on behalf of the medical schools,
carries on public education activities through distribution
of position papers, organizes conferences and strives
to play a constructive role in health policy making
in the State by making available to legislators and
policy makers the expertise that resides in the schools.
An example of AMS programming is the statewide effort
to increase enrollment of underrepresented minorities
and the economically disadvantaged in New York medical
schools. Through its Office of Minority Affairs, AMS
carries on a multi-faceted program that includes academic
enrichment for pre-college and college students along
with recruitment conferences for both high school and
High School Ventures Scholars in New York
City: iMentor matches young people from
underserved communities in New York City with adult
volunteers. Mentors & mentees email one another
regularly, meet in-person a few times each semester
at iMentor-sponsored events, and collaborate on-line
on projects designed to improve students' reading,
writing, research, and technology skills.
Undergraduate Ventures Scholars:
Each year, the Associated Medical Schools of New
York sponsors a Health Careers Conference and Recruitment
Fair for college students. For information about
AMSNY programs, go to www.amsny.org/programs.shtml.
Henryne Tobias, Project Director
Phone: (212) 643-8952
of American Medical Colleges - Summer Medical Education
The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
has a commitment to increasing the number of underrepresented
minorities in medical education. Our training and exposure
opportunities can help put you on the path to a career
High School and Undergraduate Ventures
Scholars: For even more resources about
deciding and preparing to apply, visit Considering
a Career In Medicine and Applying
to Medical School. The Minorities in Medicine
site provides information related to minority medical
student preparation, the medical education pipeline,
and financial aid opportunities available to minorities.
Undergraduate Ventures Scholars:
Summer Medical Education Program (SMEP)
Take advantage of this FREE (full tuition, housing,
and meals) six-week summer medical school preparatory
program to help promising, highly motivated minority
students gain admission to medical schools.
National Program Office
Phone: (866) 304-SMEP (7637) (toll free)
of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Students enrolled in veterinary colleges come from a
wide variety of educational and employment backgrounds.
Generally, you want an undergraduate school that offers
a strong science program. Students wishing to apply
to veterinary college should earn good grades in their
pre-professional studies, especially in math and science.
It is not necessary that a student complete a program
specifically labeled "pre-veterinary" or "pre-vet."
It is, however, necessary for applicants to complete
all prerequisite requirements before enrolling in a
veterinary medical college. These requirements vary
significantly from one institution to another. For a
complete list of specific veterinary college prerequisites,
please order and consult the Veterinary Medical School
Admissions Requirements in the United States and Canada
(VMSAR) book by calling Purdue University Press at (800)
Lisa Greenhill, Associate Executive Director of Diversity
Phone: (202) 682-0750 ext. 47
of Physician Assistant Programs
The Association of Physician Assistant Programs (APAP)
is the only national organization in the United States
representing physician assistant (PA) educational programs.
Physician assistants are educated in intensive medical
programs accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission
on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) .
The average PA program curriculum is 111 weeks, compared
with 155 weeks for medical school. PA programs look
for students who have a desire to study, work hard,
and to be of service to their community. Some physician
assistant programs require applicants to have previous
health care experience and some college education. Commonly
nurses, EMTs, and paramedics apply to PA programs. Check-out
the following two resources for more information:
Check with the more than 130 PA educational
programs of interest to you for a list of their
For more detailed information for each program,
you should subscribe to the On-line
PA Programs Directory. This on-line catalog
lists addresses, admissions deadlines, course requirements
and other relevant information. The Directory's
search function allows customized searches among
the program databases, allowing you to search by
tuition level, degree sought, application deadline,
CASPA participation and more. You can easily compare
more than 130 PA programs nationwide to find the
best PA educational programs to meet your needs.
Geraldene Darden, Assistant Director of Marketing
Phone: (703) 836-2272 ext. 3413
of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
Optometrists perform comprehensive examinations of both
the internal and external structures of the eye, carry
out subjective and objective tests to evaluate patients'
vision, analyze the test findings, establish a diagnosis,
and determine the appropriate treatment. Optometrists
treat a variety of conditions and illnesses. They treat
eye diseases such as glaucoma and ulcers; visual skill
problems such as the inability to move, align, fixate
and focus the eye; and clarity problems such as simple
near or farsightedness or complications due to the aging
process, disease, accident, or malfunction.
Director, Career Promotion and Student Affairs
6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 510
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-5944 ext. 3019
The Biophysical Society was founded in 1957 to encourage
development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics.
It does so through its many programs, including its
meetings, publications, and committee outreach activities.
The Society's members, now over 7,000, work in academia,
industry, and in government agencies throughout the
world. The Society publishes the monthly Biophysical
Journal, which is accessible online to all members as
a benefit of membership, as well as additional publications.
Biophysics is that branch of knowledge that applies
the principles of physics and chemistry and the methods
of mathematical analysis and computer modeling to understand
how the mechanisms of biological systems work.
Biophysics is a molecular science. Biophysics explains
biological functions in terms of molecular mechanisms:
precise physical descriptions of how individual molecules
work together like tiny machines to produce specific
Yvonne Cissel, Meeting & Courses Manager
Phone: (301) 634-7266
of New York State Nurses' Association
The Foundation of the New York State Nurses Association
is a not-for-profit corporation. Charitable, educational,
literary, and scientific in nature, the Foundation's
primary purpose is to increase public knowledge and
understanding of nursing, the nursing profession, and
the arts and sciences on which human health depends.
It addresses its mission through three program centers:
The Center for Public Education...
dedicated to improving health care, health consciousness
and public understanding and utilization of professional
The Center for Nursing Research...
dedicated to improving nursing practice through nursing
The Bellevue Alumnae Center for Nursing History...
dedicated to preserving and promoting understanding
of the profession's magnificent services to society.
Susan Fraley, MS, RN, Executive Director
Phone: (518) 456-7858 ext. 29
Engineering Technical Society (JETS)
JETS is a non-profit education organization, established
in 1950 to inform and excite young people about careers
in engineering. JETS now serves more than 30,000 students
and 5,000 teachers and holds programs on more than 150
college campuses each year. JETS participants are a
diverse group—34 percent of program participants
are female, and 22 percent are from groups traditionally
underrepresented in engineering and technology.
Leann Yoder, Executive Director
Association of America
The Mathematical Association of America strives to advance
the mathematical sciences, especially at the collegiate
level. Of central importance in this mission is the
role of students as they enter college, pursue their
education and make their way into the work force or
field of advanced study. The MAA works to support the
efforts and activities of students at all of these points
of their mathematical journey.
Student Chapters program encourages students to
continue study in the mathematical sciences and provides
opportunities to meet with other students interested
in mathematics, interact with prominent mathematicians
at national meetings, and receive career information.
There are no scholastic requirements; students need
not have a particular class standing, grade point average,
or be mathematics majors.
Michael Pearson, Director of Programs and Services
Phone: (202) 387-5200
Health Professions Foundation
The Minority Health Professions Foundation (MHPF) is
dedicated to providing the highest level of support
for the advancement of professional development, education,
research and community service for minorities. In addition,
we work diligently to ensure that the advancement of
health professions among minorities works directly to
serve the health and wellness of our often-underserved
Our 12 colleges and universities educate and train
50 percent of African American physicians, 50 percent
of African American dentists, 50 percent of African
American pharmacists and 75 percent of African American
veterinarians in the United States. We have also educated
growing numbers of minorities with doctorates in the
biomedical sciences and related disciplines.
Without our schools, the number of minority professionals
in the United States would be even more under-represented
as practitioners and in other leadership positions than
at present. And, without our graduates, our communities
would be even more underserved with respect to quality
Anika Foster, MPH, Professional Development Manager
Phone: (404) 756-8931
Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)
NACME (the National Action Council for Minorities in
Engineering) has provided leadership and support for
the national effort to increase the representation of
successful African American, American Indian and Latino
women and men in engineering and technology, math- and
High School Ventures Scholars:
NACME's precollege programs have assisted and enlightened
thousands of young people through the years, and
continue to do so today. NACME's extensive scholarship
programs support achievement from coast to coast.
In addition to this site, we encourage Ventures
Scholars to visit Math Is Power, Figure This! and
NACME's newest site, GuideMeNACME. Go to www.nacme.org/prec/precollege.html.
Undergraduate Ventures Scholars: NACME
has a lot to offer university students. From their
extensive scholarships section to the list of engineering
societies, you're sure to find the information you
need. Go to www.nacme.org/univ/university.html.
Aileen Walter, Vice President, Scholarship Management
Phone: (212) 279-2626 ext. 241
The National Hispanic Institute was founded 20 years
ago in Austin, Texas. Beginning with only 90 students
for the Young Leaders Conference in 1981, the work of
the Institute today features eight different leadership
programs that operate both nationally and internationally
and serve between 3,200 to 4,000 students a year. NHI’s
primary work is to provide high achieving Latino youth
in high school and college with key learning experiences
that hone their skills as future leaders in the Latino
community. Information about several of their programs
are listed below. Click
here for more information about NHI programs.
High School Sophomore Ventures Scholars:
Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session
is the most popular and recognized high school age
leadership program of NHI. Started in 1983, it is
conducted at five national training sites in Texas,
Colorado, Illinois, New Mexico, and California.
It is organized around a youth state government
to introduce the students to organizational and
public issues that impact the Latino community.
High School Junior Ventures Scholars:
Collegiate World Series is the third high school
leadership project of NHI. It guides high school
seniors in the admissions process. Three CWS projects
take place during the summer. Seven to ten additional
projects are implemented each year through contracts
with school districts that request similar services
for their graduating seniors.
Undergraduate Ventures Scholars: The
purpose of the John
F. Lopez Fellowship program is to provide college
age young men and women with a means to share their
developing knowledge and expertise with others. As counselors,
research specialists, trainers and planners, interns
gain direct interactive experiences that enable them
to critically examine the needs and capacities required
for future leadership. To date, over 80 selected students
have participated as John F. Lopez Fellows at NHI.
High School Senior and Undergraduate Ventures
Mexico Language Program is offered to students
after high school graduation and during college.
They travel to El Tecnológico in Monterrey,
Mexico, where they receive language instruction
in an intensive month long course taught by college
professors. They live in university dormitories,
supervised by adult employed for the summer by NHI.
They participate in several cultural enrichment
tours and student social life on and off campus.
College students who wish to participate in the
MLP and receive credit can go to through NHI's University
of Guanajuato program near Mexico City, D.F.
Misty MJ Tavarez, Associate Director of Enrollment Management
Phone: (512) 357-6137 ext. 208
League for Nursing, Inc.
It is not too soon to set goals for the next educational
and professional steps in your career path. The future
job market for nurses and nurse educators is very bright!
So when you have completed your undergraduate program
in nursing, we encourage you to consider one of the
most in-demand and rewarding areas of nursing specialty
practice today — the professional role of nurse
educator. The National League for Nursing,
a member professional organization representing nursing
faculty and leaders in nursing education, continues
efforts to promote diversity in nursing education through
active partnership in important programs like Ventures
A career in nursing education provides you with the
opportunity to teach in programs that prepare practical
nurses (PN) and registered nurses (RN) for entry into
practice positions. In addition, nursing faculty teach
in graduate programs which prepare advanced practice
nurses, nurse educators, and nursing administrators.
They also teach in doctoral programs which prepare nurse
researchers and leaders in complex healthcare and educational
Faculty who teach in practical nurse, associate degree
and baccalaureate programs are required to hold a master’s
degree in nursing. Most baccalaureate and higher degree
programs require a minimum of a master’s degree
and prefer the doctorate for full-time teaching positions.
Many nurse educators have a clinical specialty background
which is often blended with coursework in education.
Individuals may complete a post-master’s certificate
in education to complement their clinical expertise
if they choose to enter a faculty role.
Nurse educators have the
unique opportunity to shape the next generation of nurses
as they share their expertise in educational settings.
Nursing faculty may also engage in scholarly inquiry
that will further illuminate the nature of teaching
and learning, demonstrate the value of increased diversity
in nursing and nursing education, and ultimately shape
future educational processes and outcomes.
Check out the following resources to find out more:
Promise of Nursing Regional Faculty Scholarship Program
is designed to address the nursing shortage by providing
scholarships to help expand the number of faculty prepared
to teach in pre-licensure nursing programs.
National League for Nursing (NLN) Career Center
provides more information about careers in nursing education,
an area where current nurse educator jobs are posted,
and links to other useful websites.
Moments in Teaching” shares stories
from nurse educators. Nursing faculty continually articulate
that the most positive aspect of their role is the interaction
Carol A. Fetters Andersen, MSN, RN
NLN Manager for Professional Development
Phone: (212) 812-0337 or 1-800- 669-9656, ext. 186
Learning for Life Program
High School Ventures Scholars: Exploring
is a worksite-based program. It is part of Learning
for Life's career education program for young men and
women who are 14 (and have completed the eighth grade)
through 20 years old. Exploring's purpose is to provide
experiences that help young people mature and to prepare
them to become responsible and caring adults. Exploring
programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career
opportunities, life skills, service learning, character
education, and leadership experience. Explorers can
specialize in a variety of career skills, including
Engineering, Health, and Science.
Go to www.learning-for-life.org/exploring/.
Student Nurses' Association
The nursing profession needs talented, caring people
from every ethnic and religious background. Nursing
offers opportunities from bedside practice, nurse practitioner
positions, and top management appointments in all kinds
of health-care settings. There are many specialties
to choose from and nursing jobs are available everywhere
in the United States as well as internationally. The
job outlook for nursing is excellent! Nursing school
is intellectually challenging. Students need to be motivated
with a genuine desire to help others regardless of how
difficult their illness might be. Check-out the following
two resources to find out more:
Student Nurses Association (NSNA) Career Center
where you can explore a career in nursing and find
listings of nursing programs in the US.
The Johnson & Johnson Campaign for Nursing's
Future Discover Nursing Web site: www.discovernursing.com
includes a searchable nursing scholarship data base
and profiles of nurses in many different specialties.
The National Student Nurses' Association is a membership
organization representing students in Associate
Degree, Diploma, Baccalaureate, generic Masters
and generic Doctoral programs preparing students
for Registered Nurse licensure, as well as registered
nurses with associate degrees and Diplomas in RN
to BSN programs.
Susan Wong, CAE
Phone: (718) 210-0705 ext. 105
Veterinary Medical Association
Today's veterinarians are in the unique position of
being the only doctors trained to protect the health
of both animals and people. They are not only educated
to meet the health needs of every species of animal
but they play a significant role in environmental protection,
food safety, and public health.
According to consumer surveys, veterinarians consistently
rank among the most respected professionals in the country.
Currently close to 80,000 veterinarians actively practice
in the United States and the profession is growing at
a rate of approximately 3% per year.
Melinda Capers, Communications Director
Phone: (614) 486-7253
QuestBridge promotes meritocracy in America by uncovering
exceptionally talented, self-motivated students from
low-income and/or minority communities and linking them
with the nation's premier colleges, prep-schools, graduate
programs, professional schools, enrichment programs,
scholarships and internships.
Currently, only 3% of students attending America's
best 146 colleges are drawn from the lowest fourth economically-only
9% from the lower half. Over 50% of low-income students
who score in the highest percentiles on standardized
tests never apply to or attend 4-year colleges. America's
educational institutions are missing out on scores of
QuestBridge aims to change that.
The QuestBridge College Match is a program that finds
exceptionally motivated and academically talented, low-income
students and "matches" them with full four-year
scholarships to some of the nation's best colleges and
In 2004, QuestBridge matched 45 students with full,
four-year scholarships to Amherst College, Bowdoin College,
Grinnell College, Rice University, Santa Clara University,
Trinity College, Wheaton College and Williams College.
We also had many students admitted to these schools
who received really strong financial aid packages, and
in some instances, also received school-specific scholarships
such as the Tyng Scholarship at Williams and the Chamberlain
Scholarship at Bowdoin.
Visit our Web site, www.questbridge.org,
to access our on-line application.
Heidi Bigge, Program Associate
Quest Scholars Program
Phone: (650) 566-8391
Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Sigma Xi (Xi is pronounced with a "Z" sound—"Zi"—as
in "xylophone") was founded in 1886 to honor
excellence in scientific investigation and encourage
a sense of companionship and cooperation among researchers
in all fields of science and engineering. Today, it
is an international, multidisciplinary research society
and activities promote the health of the scientific
enterprise and honor scientific achievement. There are
nearly 65,000 Sigma Xi members in more than 100 countries
around the world. Sigma Xi chapters, more than 500 in
all, can be found at colleges and universities, industrial
research centers and government laboratories. The Society
endeavors to encourage support of original work across
the spectrum of science and technology and to promote
an appreciation within society at large for the role
research has played in human progress.
To that end, Sigma Xi publishes award-winning American
Scientist magazine, awards hundreds of grants annually
to promising student researchers and sponsors a variety
of programs that serve science and society. Primary
programmatic interests include research ethics, science
and engineering education, the public understanding
of science, international research networking and the
overall health of the research enterprise. At the new
Sigma Xi Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina,
the Society is enhancing and expanding programs in support
of its members, chapters and the research community.
Jenny Zilaro, Manager of Education Programs
Phone: (919) 547-5214
The responsibility of the toxicologist is to:
1) develop new and better ways to determine the potential
harmful effects of chemical and physical agents and
the amount (dosage) that will cause these effects. An
essential part of this is to learn more about the basic
molecular, biochemical and cellular processes responsible
for diseases caused by exposure to chemical or physical
2) design and carry out carefully controlled studies
of specific chemicals of social and economic importance
to determine the conditions under which they can be
used safely (that is, conditions that have little or
no negative impact on human health, other organisms,
or the environment);
3) assess the probability, or likelihood, that particular
chemicals, processes or situations present a significant
risk to human health and/or the environment, and assist
in the establishment of rules and regulations aimed
at protecting and preserving human health and the environment.
Betty J. Eidemiller, Ph.D., Education Director
Phone: (703) 438-3115 ext.1430
By the time they are nine years old, students in low-come
areas are already three grade levels behind their higher-income
peers in math and reading, and they are seven times
less likely to graduate from college.
Our generation must take on this issue.
Teach For America is seeking the most
able and determined among you to lead the movement to
eliminate educational inequality. Join the national
corps of outstanding college graduates - of all academic
majors and career interests - who commit two years to
teach in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong
leaders for change.
In the short term, our corps members work relentlessly
to lead their students to significant academic gains
despite immense challenges. In the long term, our alumni
work from all sectors-medicine, science, public health,
law, business, etc.-to bring about the fundamental systemic
changes that are ultimately needed to ensure that all
children will have an opportunity to attain an excellent
Full salary and health benefits. Seeking all academic
majors. No education courses or experience required.
To learn more, visit www.teachforamerica.org.
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or 1-800-832-1230 x225.