Thursday, March 15, 2018

PULSAR Undergraduate Language Science Program - Info 4/2 & 4/11

PULSAR (or the Program for Undergraduate Language Science Ambassadors in Research) is a program for students interested in language science — a uniquely broad field that cuts across many different areas of study, including social and biological sciences, computer science and engineering, as well as humanities, education, and clinical fields. PULSAR students select a diverse program of language science classes, engage in research and outreach projects, and become part of the strong interdisciplinary community of language researchers at Maryland. PULSAR is open to students in all majors who have taken one of several suggested prerequisite courses or have some comparable background in a language science field. Students can earn a transcript notation if they participate in PULSAR for 4 semesters.
Applications for Fall 2018 are due Monday, April 16th. There will be two informal information sessions held in the Language Science Center, 2130 H.J. Patterson:

Monday, April 2nd, 12:30-1:30pm
Wednesday, April 11th, 11:00am-noon

Students who are interested in the program can drop by at these times and ask questions, or can email:

National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Fall Internships

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), based here at the University of Maryland, is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2018 Internship Program!

We are looking for interns with a wide array of skills and majors  (including but not limited to: Criminology, Communications, Government, International Relations, Public Policy, History, GIS, Geography, Economics, EnglishMathematicsPsychology, Languages and Statistics). Students from any institution may apply and we will consider current and recently graduated undergraduates and graduates as well. In addition to the experience gained during their internship, interns will also receive mentoring, training and are able to participate in a calendar of professional development activities. START is also willing to work with academic institutions to enable students to undertake our internships for credit. Our internships are unpaid and students must be able to undertake their work hours at START at the University of Maryland College Park, unless stated in the internship description.

Below is a short summary of the opportunities available. Please visit our website for more information and to access the application form

Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Internships
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is the most comprehensive unclassified terrorism database in the world. Currently updated through 2016, the GTD details information on more than 170,000 terrorist attacks that have occurred since 1970. Data from the GTD have been featured by the BBC, CNN, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Economist, The New York Times, Reuters, The Washington Post, and numerous other media outlets. The data are also used by the United States Department of State in its annual publication, Country Reports on Terrorism. GTD interns gain valuable experience working on a time-sensitive data collection effort that is used by those responsible for shaping United States counterterrorism policy.The GTD intern team is organized into the following themes:
  • GTD: Incident Location and Geographic Identification
  • GTD: Perpetrator Identification
  • GTD: Target Classification
  • GTD: Understanding the Patterns and Use of Weapons and Tactics
  • GTD: The Consequences of Terrorism – Casualties and Outcomes 
  • GTD: Coding Intern At Large (Generalist)
Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence Internship
These internship opportunities will consist of open-source research in furtherance of a large-scale data collection effort to determine possible points of entry (POEs) across a variety of nations. 

Cartel Smuggling Open-Source Project
Conduct open source research to identify transnational criminal Cartel Smuggling organizations, in South America and the United States that may be relevant to attempts to smuggle illegal drugs and material. Interns will research specific groups, translate Spanish information to English, and identify new or emerging patterns relevant to project interest. Interns may also be involved in additional data collection on those organizations and networks that are deemed as having the capability to engage in such trafficking.  Interns may also work to identify or verify through open sources transportation networks in the regions of interest.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Aviation Insider Threat Research Internship
A principal goal of the homeland security enterprise is the deterrence, detection, and prevention of radiological and nuclear (RN) terrorism against the United States. This effort is pursued in part through the understanding and analysis of various pathways and modalities of attack which adversaries could exploit. With the 2010 attempt by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to infiltrate the international air cargo (IAC) system, focus has turned to the possibility of the IAC becoming susceptible to terrorist plots involving uncontrolled RN materials, as well as the development of “insiders” who could help to facilitate these ends. Through rigorous study of the air cargo industry and the psychosocial factors which could precede a vetted employee’s choice to betray his or her company’s commercial goals, START has developed a novel modeling and diagnostic tool relying on a brand new approach to improving air cargo and air cargo personnel security now deployed in the IAC system. During the fall 2018 period, the project team will execute the software tool’s deployment with government and commercial cargo entities.

Communications Internship
The START Communications team is seeking communications, public relations or journalism students to serve as interns this fall semester. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience writing and publishing, developing social media strategies, and monitoring and reporting various analytics for the organization as a whole. Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the news media, learn media list and monitoring programs, and work in graphic design. 

Multimedia Internship
The START Communications team is seeking a Multimedia intern this fall. Rather than performing START research, candidates chosen for this project will gain extensive experience filming and editing professional training videos, assisting in designing concepts for multimedia projects and using a studio lighting kit to produce high quality video.  Interns will also have the opportunity to work with the Multimedia team in order to design graphics and photograph company events. 

ICONS Project Internship
The International Communication and Negotiation Simulations Project (ICONS) is a unit of the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, College Park. ICONS creates web-based computer simulations for policy analysis and forecasting to help public and private sector organizations solve complex problems. Our policy division creates bespoke simulations to support think tanks, cabinet-level agencies, and Department of Defense major commands as they tackle complex national security challenges. Our Education Division places high school and college students from around the globe in challenging online simulation and gaming exercises that allow them to role-play resolving contentious geo-political issues. 

START/State Department Terrorist Organizations Project Internship
START is excited to be able to offer a limited number of highly selective intern positions to students interested in working on projects for the U.S. State Department using START data (such as the GTD) and other open sources. Students will be tasked with developing materials that create a realistic scenario based on extensive research on history, geopolitical situations, and internal religious or ethnic cleavages in a region in support the Bureau of Counterterrorism training efforts. This internship will be co-supervised by START on-site staff at the University of Maryland and by project leads at the U.S. State Department. The U.S. State Department leads will set and give feedback on tasks. 

Understanding Domestic Radicalization and Hate Crimes 
This internship will support START research focused on the processes of radicalization to violent extremism and hate crime offending in the United States. The core component of this research portfolio is the Profiles of Individual Radicalization in the United States (PIRUS) dataset, the largest dataset of US-based cases of radicalization of its kind, which contains information on the trajectories, mechanisms, and consequences of violent and non-violent extremism at the individual level. PIRUS and its related projects have already generated significant attention among policymakers and scholars, and PIRUS researchers have published several reports and articles based on the data.

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Next-Generation Intelligence Analysis (NGIA) 
NGIA project interns will assist researchers as they identify subject matter experts with a technical background in chemical weapon technologies and, furthermore, will help test a new model of adversary chemical weapon adoption. These efforts contribute to a larger project that combines machine learning with traditional intelligence analysis approaches. Interns will be exposed to novel next-generation techniques used within the intelligence community. 

UWT-START is working with other institutions to develop scalable process for the discovery of emerging or disruptive technologies that affect WMD viability. To successfully accomplish this, the team will build on its members’ existing expertise and work in the areas of WMD threat assessment, technology adoption and innovation, data-driven and expert-driven risk assessment methodologies, and global, multi-lingual computational information search and extraction. UWT-START’s role will be to facilitate the elicitation and integration of subject matter expertise into the overarching tool.  

Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): DARPA Sigma+ Project
UWT is seeking highly driven, outstanding students to participate in cutting-edge research on CBRNE adversary activity funded by DARPA. These tasks cover an array of research techniques and subject areas including quantitative methods, adversary modelling, and chemical weapon development. The primary purpose is to assist DARPA in the development of innovative approaches for detecting CBRNE activity. Responsibilities and duties will include the following:
  • Assisting UWT staff with red teaming exercises and workshops. This will include:
  1. Organizing and designing participant handbooks
  2. Participating in red teaming exercises
  3. Data collection and preliminary analysis of participant outputs (scenario components and search histories).
  4. Assist staff with scenario construction
  • Compiling and conducting preliminary analysis of red team exercise output data
  • Assist staff members with identification of observable indicators of CBRNE attacks that could be identified by intelligence analysts.
Unconventional Weapons and Technology (UWT): Advanced Research Internship
Designed for highly motivated, high-performing students, Advanced Research Interns participate in high-level substantive research and analysis for a variety of projects within the broader unconventional weapons and technology portfolio. Past Advanced Research Interns were tasked with projects such as designing models of insider threats in the aviation system, conducting imagery analysis of nuclear facilities to determine vulnerabilities, and assessing sophisticated engineering capabilities of terrorist and criminal organizations. This internship provides an opportunity for extremely capable students to engage in research in a manner that is akin to a staff researcher at START and provides greater levels of responsibility and participation in real-world projects than many other internships. More advanced terrorism concepts and analytical skills are explored and developed in a collaborative, team-based environment. Advanced Research Interns may be involved in multiple projects simultaneously and have the opportunity to help transition projects into a variety of mediums and publications, including potential opportunities for co-publications.

Why choose an internship at START?
  • Experience working with a large team of dynamic and experienced researchers.
  • Exposure to cutting edge theories and methods.
  • Deepen your understanding of current issues in terrorism and homeland security.
  • Work on projects of immediate interest to the practitioner and policy community.
  • Hone and develop a range of transferable skills attractive to future employers.
  • Opportunity to work with and meet other students and researchers with similar interests.
  • Enrichment activities offering wide opportunities for learning and personal growth, schedule includes simulations, career presentations and research talks.
  • Mentorship from START staff and researchers in a successful professional environment.
  • Internships can be undertaken for academic credit (depending on approval from your institution and department).
General requirements
Applicants for all internships must:
  • Have a good academic record.
  • Demonstrate an interest in the subject matter.
  • Be able to complete their internship work hours on site at START.
  • Agree to attend orientation and training. 
  • Submit an application by the deadline, all application packets must include:
Each project may have additional requirements, including minimum credit hours, preferred majors and compulsory meeting times. 

How to apply
Priority application deadline Fall 2018: Sunday, May 27, 2018; 11:59pm
Final application deadline Fall 2018: Sunday, June 10, 2018; 11:59pm

Applicants should visit for access to the application system and instructions.

For more information about the projects, requirements and for the application form visit:

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

The Fritz Lab in the Department of Entomology is looking to hire undergraduate helpers.

Primary responsibilities will include rearing mosquitoes 2-3 mornings a week as well as assisting with mosquito behavioral assays.
Interested applicants may send a resume to by March 22nd for best consideration.
Visit for additional information on the position as well as research taking place in the lab.

Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention (CECEI) is seeking Summer/Fall Undergraduate Research Assistants

The Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention (CECEI) is seeking Summer/Fall Undergraduate Research Assistants to assist with several projects, including: Developing an early childhood curriculum, examining the effectiveness of a preschool expansion grant, studying the implementation of special education services in early childhood, and promoting family engagement in young children’s learning. Undergraduate Research Assistants will be expected to work at CECEI approximately 10 hours per week. Compensation will be course credit. Please note that priority will be given to applicants who are available/interested in working for two consecutive semesters.
For more information, please refer to the attached position announcement. Please feel free to email with any questions:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Vintage Voices Benefit Concert March 29

Vintage Voices at UMD. We're a student group which uses music to improve quality of life for senior citizens and strengthens their voices on campus through outreach and discussion. We're having a Benefit Concert on March 29 at 8pm, to raise money for our music programs at senior living communities.

Join us for a night of musical performances (featuring the UMD Generics, Humbalaya, and Vintage Voices), guest speakers, and vintage polaroid photo-ops! Mark your calendar for March 29 at 8pm in the Prince George’s room in Stamp. All proceeds will go toward bringing music to
the elderly! Check out our Event Page for more information.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased through Venmo (@vvatumd) or GoFundMe. Please comment with “Benefit concert, First and last name(s), Quantity.”

Donate a gently used iPod to our iPod drive or at the door, and get free  admission for you and afriend!

Thank you for your support in helping us spread joy, one vintage song at a time!

Honors College SPC March Madness Bracket Challenge

The Honors College Student Programming Council is doing a new mini event -- a NCAA March Madness Bracket Tournament!  The deadline to submit a bracket is Thursday, 3/15 before the first game at 12:15pm.

This is the link to join the group, which is from the ESPN website. We recommend downloading the free ESPN Tournament Challenge mobile app. IMPORTANT: There is a password to join, and it's honors2018. We also have a Facebook event, which students can find here.

Players will need to make an account to submit a bracket. It's FREE to join! Winners will receive Honors College t-shirts.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Terp Startup Applications Open - Applications Due 3/30

The Student Venture Programs at the Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship in the Smith School of Business offers a summer accelerator, Terp Startup.  Applications have opened and are due on 3/30. 

Terp Startup provides designated mentorship, workspace, site visits to startups in the region, and up to $5000 in funds to support their efforts. 

Apply HERE and learn more at