Friday, August 31, 2012

DaCadence Fall Auditions 2012


DaCadence, UMD's newest co-ed a cappella group, will be auditioning new members this fall! Founded in October of 2010, DaCadence has steadily grown into one of the most active performing groups on campus in only two years, participating in a variety of events and showcases, both on- and off-campus, every semester. And this semester is no different. We've got a lot of fun events lined up for this fall and beyond, and we're looking for some new, talented, fun-loving, dedicated singers to join us as we continu
e to grow!

AUDITIONS will be held in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center (CSPAC) on:

Tuesday, September 4th at 7 pm (room tbd)
Wednesday, September 5th also at 7 pm (room 2170).
You only have to come to one night of auditions, not both.

CALLBACKS: Friday, September 7th at 7 pm (room 2168)

To audition, all you need to do is come prepared to sing a verse and a chorus of a popular song of any genre (EXCEPT show-tunes, please!) that you feel best highlights your voice. And if you can beat-box, come prepared to do a small freestyle sampling as well. We'll let you know the night of your audition whether or not you'll be invited to callbacks.

While you're waiting, feel free to check us out on:

Facebook: DaCadence A Cappella
Twitter: @dacadence_umd
YouTube: DaCadenceUMD
Our website:

Also, feel free to email us at if you have any questions. We can't wait to see you at auditions!

Erasable Inc. Auditions

WEWANTYOU!!! If you have any interest in becoming a part of UMD's only all-improv performance group, come try out!
Erasable Inc. will be holding auditions on Thursday, September 13 from 8:00 - 11:00 pm in 1213 ASY (the art-sociology building) and again on Saturday, September 15 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. in 2230 ASY. No experience necessary and no audition materials need to be prepared before hand. Just bring your beautiful self.
If you aren't sure what Erasable Inc. is all about, come check out our weekly Friday shows from 1-2pm on the steps of McKeldin Library. And check out the facebook event page at:

Audition for Anokha - UMD's Premier South Asian American A cappella group

Looking to learn a new culture and embrace your musical talents? Come Audition for Anokha - UMD's Premier South Asian American A cappella group on campus. Please prepare a 30 - 40 second solo from a song of your choice. 

Auditions will be held:

Sunday, September 9th at 6:00 pm in ARM 0110
Thursday, September 13th at 7:30 pm in ARM 0120
For questions and concerns contact Anokha at

Interested in world health? Check out Engineering World Health (EWH)

Interested in world health? Want to make new friends? Want to enhance your resume? Check out Engineering World Health (EWH), a global organization devoted to providing biomedical solutions to health care issues in developing countries.

Our chapter at UMD focuses on designing devices in small teams. ALL majors can contribute to our goals! This year we are starting all new projects, so there are plenty opportunities for leadership and creativity.

Come visit us at the First Look Fair on September 12th-13th and the Engineering Community Picnic on September 13th.

And, come to our interest meeting and first meeting of the year on September 17th at 7 pm in room 1105 of the KIM Building!

Visit the UMD chapter’s website at

Or the EWH organization website at:

Any questions? Contact us at

Dining Services Opportunity - The Sustainable Food Working Group

The Sustainable Food Working Group, formed last spring by Dining Services, is comprised of administration from Dining Services and a really great group of professors involved all around the University, from Food Safety to Economics, and Nutrition to Livestock Management.  The American food system as a whole has a lot of room for improvement, and we are trying to provide more sustainable food options for students on campus.  Since last year all the coffee is now certified organic and fair trade, and in the dining halls at the salad bars produce will be labeled by what farm it came from.  We're making great headway, and there is now the opportunity for students to join sub-committees that will be chaired by the faculty members of the Working Group.  Changing the food offered at Maryland is equally about purchasing and money as it is about educating students on why this is important and has to be done.  It is a really great opportunity for students to get involved with the inner workings of Maryland, and see a change - there is an application that is posted on the Dining Services website

Pell Grant Recipients - Study Abroad Scholarship!

Thinking about studying abroad this Spring 2013? Are you a Pell Grant recipient and U.S. citizen?
Learn about the Gilman International Scholarship, which provides up to $5000 for Pell Grant recipients to study abroad. In the past two years 43 Maryland applicants have won Gilman Scholarship for study abroad!

The deadline to apply for Spring 2013 Gilman Scholarships is October 2, 2012 and the National Scholarships Office provides strong support to applicants – learn more by attending one of our information sessions:

Wednesday, September 5 – at 9 am, or 4:30 pm

Thursday, September 6 – at 9 am, 12 noon, or 4:30 pm
Friday, September 7 – at 9 am, 12 noon, or 4:30 pm
Monday, September 10 – at 9 am, 12 noon, or 4:30 pm

RSVP for the session of your choice to – space is limited.
Interested but unable to attend these sessions? Please write to to learn more.
IMPORTANT: The deadline to apply for a Gilman Scholarship is fast approaching – October 2, 2012! Your chances of a successful application are dramatically stronger if you start your application early and seek advice from the National Scholarships Office.

ELIGIBILITY: You must be a US citizen receiving Pell Grants during the semester you plan to study abroad. For the October 2, 2012 deadline you must be planning to apply to Spring 2013 study abroad programs that are at least 4 weeks long – WINTER TERM COURSES ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR GILMAN SCHOLARSHIPS.

Francis DuVinage, Director – Leslie Brice, Coordinator
Francis DuVinage, Ph.D.
Director, National Scholarships Office and Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research
2403 Marie Mount Hall
University of Maryland

College Park, MD 20742

Arabic students: Make $25, Participate in Research

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is interested in studying how learners of Arabic perceive speech sounds in Arabic.  We are looking for college students who are currently taking  or have recently completed Arabic courses at the beginning or intermediate level to participate in a study.  Participants should be enrolled or have recently completed at least one year of Arabic,  be at least 18 years of age, not be native  or heritage speakers of Arabic, and not have  a known history of speech language pathology or hearing loss.
They will participate in 1 session lasting  on average 1.5 hours.  The experiment will involve filling out a language history questionnaire and  transcription of a series of Arabic words and non-words that will be played for participants.  Participants will be paid $25 upon completion of the task, with two chances to win a $50 iTunes gift card.  If interested, please send an email to

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mezumenet A Cappella Auditions SUNDAY

Hey girls - we want you!! Whether you're going for a Grammy or just find yourself humming while walking to class, if you love to sing, we'd love to hear you!

Mezumenet, UMD's only all-female, Jewish a cappella group, is holding Fall auditions:
Sunday, September 2nd, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 4th, 7:00 PM
CSPAC Room 2160

Auditions are open for ALL voice parts and vocal percussion. So if you sing low or sing high or sing somewhere in the middle and/or if you know how to kick some beatboxing butt, grab a friend (or two or five) and join us!

Please come prepared with a verse and chorus of a contemporary song that best showcases your talent. If you're auditioning as a beatboxer, please come prepared with a short percussion solo and be prepared to beatbox with the group.

For more information, visit:

Invitation to NICBR “Exploring Careers in a Scientific Environment” Symposium

We would like to invite you and students at your school who are interested in careers in the medical, biological research, and/or bio-defense fields to join us for the “Exploring Careers in a Scientific Environment” Symposium on Thursday, November 15, 2012.


The event is sponsored by the National Interagency Confederation for Biological Research (NICBR), a partnership of government laboratories located on the Fort Detrick- Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research campus. The partners include the US Army, National Cancer Institute, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Agriculture, US Navy, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


The goal of the symposium is to present information about science-related career paths to students and educators.  The symposium will include presentations by the NICBR partners and will give an overview of research being performed at Fort Detrick , illustrating the types of careers that require science education.


The symposium will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m, and will be followed by optional tours of working NICBR laboratories until 4:00pm (pre-registration is required to attend a tour). Sign-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. During the morning, representatives from the various NICBR partner laboratories will introduce the types of potential career paths available at their agencies and  opportunities for internships and fellowships.  After the morning presentations, there will be an informal lunch period in which participants will have the opportunity to talk with the speakers. Participants will need to purchase their own lunches; a café is available on location for your convenience.  After lunch there will be a panel Q&A session where participants will have the opportunity to obtain more information on career development. 


To ensure a safe environment for all participants, pre-registration on our website is required so standard “background checks” can be completed.  The website lists the tours that are available in the afternoon; participants must choose one tour and register for that tour.  Although the tours may be open to both US and non-US citizens, it is essential that everyone register early to provide sufficient time for the clearance process at the respective NICBR laboratory. 



Driving directions to Fort Detrick and parking at the conference center are also on this site. 

The deadline for registration is September 28, 2012. 

You may contact Ms. Alice M Jones directly at  if you would like more information. We look forward to seeing you at the NICBR “Exploring Careers in a Scientific Environment” Symposium!




Ms. Alice M. Jones

USARMIID, Personnel Training & development Coordinator

Chair, NICBR Education Outreach Working Group
NICBR Exploring Careers
in a Scientific Environment Symposium
Thursday, November 15, 2012
8:30 – 8:50
Arrival, Building 549, NCI Auditorium
9:00 – 9:10
9:10 – 9:30
Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research campus
9:30 – 9:50
United States Army Medical Research & Material Command National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
9:50 – 10:10
USDA/Agricultural Research Service – Foreign Disease-Weed Science Research Unit
10:10 – 10:30
Naval Medical Research Center – Biological Defense Research Directorate
10:30 – 10:40
10:40 – 11:00
United States Army Medical Research & Material Command
11:00 – 11:20
United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases
11:20 – 11:40
National Biodefense Analysis and Coutermeasures Center
11:40 – 12:30
Lunch at NCI’s Discovery Café
12:30 – 1:30
1:30 – 3:30
Career Development Panel Q&A
Participants may pick one program to join for the afternoon.

ODK Applications



Omicron Delta Kappa – one of the most prestigious national societies to recognize leadership – is now accepting applications for the Fall 2012 semester.  Sigma Circle of ODK at College Park began in 1927 and, since then, has initiated over 3900 students, faculty, and honorary members.  ODK tapped Senator Joe Tydings in 1950 when he was playing varsity lacrosse and US Congressman Steny Hoyer in 1962 when he was SGA Vice President.  ODK has also initiated other proven leaders such as State Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller, Jane and Jim Henson, and honorary members President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Pulitzer Prize winning author Dr. James MacGregor Burns, and Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond. The names of all of these outstanding leaders, along with many others, are engraved on the ODK Fountain on McKeldin Mall. 


ODK brings together junior, senior, and graduate students with our most outstanding faculty members, to recognize campus leaders and to encourage other students to achieve.  We seek accomplished leaders in five areas of campus community life.








                                    JOURNALISM, SPEECH AND THE MASS MEDIA


                                                CREATIVE AND PERFORMING ARTS


Omicron Delta Kappa requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.34 for juniors (60-89 credits), 3.45 for seniors (90 credits), and 3.88 for graduate students to be considered for membership. 


ODK needs your help to identify talented and deserving leaders for consideration! 


Applications are available ON-LINE now! Students should visit to begin the application process.  Applications must be received electronically no later than 11:59 p.m., Friday, September 14, 2012. 


Train to help people dealing with roommate issues, relationship dilemmas, rape, thoughts of suicide, confusion, and other life issues.
Training begins soon, so call to set up an interview!!!
Must be available October 15th from 6:30p-9p March 20th and March 21st from 9a-5p both days.
Requires 1-2 semesters of on-the-job training.
Freshman and Sophomores preferred.
For more Information,
Call 314-HELP or stop by 3105 South Campus Dining Hall

Maryland Hunger Solutions seeking SNAP Outreach Intern

About Maryland Hunger Solutions:
Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) is the leading statewide anti-hunger organization in Maryland, established by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) as a project to fight hunger and improve the nutrition, health, and well-being of children and families in Maryland. The initiative was launched in the fall of 2007 and is modeled on the successful D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS) Initiative that began in 2002.
Maryland Hunger Solutions uses a three-pronged strategy to overcome barriers and create self-sustaining connections between Maryland residents and nutritious foods. Maryland Hunger Solutions works with state and community partners to:
  • Maximize participation in all federal nutrition programs through a combination of removal of obstacles to participation, close work with social service agencies and outreach.
  • Educate the public and key stakeholders both to the stark reality of hunger’s existence in Maryland and to solutions that are already at hand.
  • Improve public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, and promote nutrition.
Fall SNAP Outreach Internship:
As part of its strategy to increase participation in and remove obstacles to participation in federal nutrition programs, MDHS is seeking a fall SNAP Outreach Assistance Intern to work 15-20 hours per week.  The intern will be responsible for assisting in the creation and implementation of a sustainable SNAP (Food Stamps) outreach model in key locations in the state of Maryland.   Target populations include seniors and Spanish-speaking people. 
Based in Baltimore, the intern will work in various communities across the state.  This is an opportunity to refine communications skills, learn more about the federal nutrition programs (especially Food Stamps), and gain professional experience in the fields of public health and community development.
Responsibilities include:
§  Developing and editing materials for outreach
§  Making contact and developing relationships with community leaders to be able to engage in effective outreach
§  Recruiting and managing volunteers for outreach projects
§  Assisting supervisor with outreach
§  Conducting outreach independently
§  Identifying appropriate opportunities for outreach
§  Making presentations at community centers, senior centers, and other appropriate locations for SNAP outreach
§  Keeping track of outreach activities for record-keeping
§  Client case management and follow-up
§  Attending meetings with state officials
§  Writing for a monthly newsletter
§  Other duties as assigned
Qualifications for the job:
§  Friendly, outgoing personality and pro-active attitude
§  Basic knowledge and understanding of SNAP (formerly known as Food Stamps)
§  Interest in health and nutrition, poverty, and/or public policy
§  Excellent interpersonal skills
§  Ability to maintain professional courtesy and diplomacy
§  Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and to prioritize activities
§  Ability to work independently and as part of a team
§  Must have own transportation to and from Baltimore and Prince George’s, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel Counties
§  Problem-solving skills are a must
§  Previous experience working with low-income populations is desirable
§  Experience working with seniors and/or Spanish-speaking people is desirable
§  Spanish, Chinese, and/or Vietnamese language skills are a plus
To apply, e-mail a cover letter and resume to Anita Wahi by Sept. 3 (

Apply to be an Orientation Advisor!

Do you want to BE PART OF THE UMD PUZZLE? Do you want to impact thousands of incoming students and their families?! Then apply to be an Orientation Advisor or Program Registrar!

Work directly with the Orientation staff, administrators, department heads, deans and faculty members to develop leadership and team building skills.
And the perks don’t stop there! Being a staff member includes free summer housing, free ERC summer membership, a free summer parking pass, $2,500 summer stipend, and a $250 Terrapin Express account, and tons of Terps swag!
For more information about the job and how to apply can be found at

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Deloitte Consulting / Honors College and Gemstone Event: A special on-campus presentation

Think you may be interested in Consulting as a career?  Want to learn about the industry straight from the source?

Please join Deloitte Consulting for an overview of the Business Analyst and Business Technology Analyst Programs! On September 14th, Deloitte Consulting will visit campus to present Overview of Consulting and Consulting Panel presentations that will allow students to learn about Deloitte Consulting and gain an overall understanding of what consulting is all about. You will also have the opportunity to learn about career opportunities at Deloitte, as well as network with practitioners and alumni.  This event is open to students of all majors. 

Event Details:

·         When: Friday, September 14, 2012 11 am -1 pm
·         Location: Anne Arundel Hall, Main Lounge
·         Refreshments: Light lunch will be provided

·         RSVP:  Space is limited and attendance will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please RSVP to Alka Jhaveri ( by September 7th and provide your name, graduation year, e-mail address and indicate which Honors College program you are a part of.

Computer programmer and graphic designer needed

The Center for Addictions, Personality and Emotion Research (CAPER) in the Department of Psychology is looking for a computer programmer and a graphic designer to aid in the creation of a mobile application to be used as a tool for an evidence-based treatment for depression. Course credit would be offered when available. If interested, please send a resume including previous related experience to Jennifer Dahne at

UMD Smoking Study

Do you smoke cigarettes?
Are you between the ages of 18 and 21?
The UMD smoking study is looking for YOU!
You could make up to $40 for study participation.
Call (301) 405-7722 or email to complete an initial eligibility screening.

Spring 2013 Undergraduate Internship Opportunity with the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office

Thinking about a legal or client services career?  Would you like to earn credit while obtaining direct experience?  If so, visit: to download the application and learn further information about the internship.
*Please note that applicants must have completed 56 credit hours by the start of the internship, 12 of which must have been at UMCP.
Graduate Student Legal Aid Office
3125 South Campus Dining Hall

Monday, August 27, 2012

Kindle Deal From Honors Alum

My name is Hirdesh Matta and I'm a Honors College alum. I have my own business and we just formed an exclusive partnership with HP and Amazon. We're offering discounted rates on 2 laptops and the new Kindle Fire Internet Tablet Bundle for students until the end of September 2012.

 Contact: 240-338-1247 or

Kindle® Fire Internet Tablet Bundle

Price: $500 with free shipping

Browse the web, check email, read books, and more on the vibrant 7” color touch-screen tablet with extra-wide viewing angle. Features include:

  • 8 GB internal memory
  • Powerful dual-core processor
  • Up to 8 hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback
  • Fully charges in approx. 4 hours via included U.S. power adapter
  • Wi-Fi® connectivity
  • USB port, stereo audio jack, and top-mounted stereo speakers
  • Measures 7.5” x 4.7” x 0.45”

Comes with Built® slim neoprene sleeve to protect screen and body; Panasonic® noise-canceling stereo headphones that feature slide adjustment, soft headpad for comfort, fold-flat design, 60 hours long operation time with one AAA battery (not included), aircraft plug adaptor, and carrying pouch; and IDAPT® universal charging station with six interchangeable tips. Charge three devices at the same time with the included tips, plus a fourth device via the USB connector in the side of charging base. ​The Panasonic earbuds shown here have been replaced by Panasonic headphones.

Applications for Executive Board Positions for Honors College Student Programming Council

The Honors College Student Programming Council (SPC) is excited to embark on our third year of planning events to unite the different Honors living-and-learning programs. Our previous events have included the Annual Honors Olympics, Spring Grill & Chill, Pi Day, and I Love the 90s Dance. If you have an interest in event planning, leadership, and meeting students outside your program, applications to join the SPC Executive Board are currently available. Multiple positions are open. Please email for an application (due by Wednesday, September 12) OR if you have any questions or suggestions. Get pumped for another awesome year!

SPC. Doin' Big Things. (Do them with us!)

Parli Debate Team Info Sessions

Have your friends ever told you argue a little too much?

Well, for us there’s no such thing. The University of Maryland’s Debate Team,
is just gearing up for another successful year of  non-stop debating
and travel across the nation...and we want you to be part of the team!

As one of the top teams in that nation, our team has competed against, and
successfully defeated, teams from Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia to
name a few. Even better than the schools and teams that we’ve debated
and defeated, many members of our team have gone on to establish
themselves as the top-ranked debaters in the nation.

If you’re a new student at Maryland looking for a intellectually engaging
social outlet, with great opportunities for involvement and leadership,
look no further. And if you’re a tried and true Terp looking to improve
your public speaking skills or a new way to get involved in your campus
community, we have lots of room for you as well!

Our first information sessions will be on September 3rd, 6th and 10th at 7 PM in Jimenez 1124, so come out and meet the team and learn more about what we do and how you can be part of it. In the meantime, check us out on Facebook, on our website, or you can e-mail your questions to us at

Members of our team come from all walks of campus and all majors; from
engineers and physicists to economists and politicos, we’ve got it  all.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get involved!

Executive Board Applications for Health-Related Student Group Now Open

UMD's chapter of Marrow for Tomorrow is dedicated to increasing awareness about the need for more willing bone marrow donors.  We organize bone marrow donor registry drives on campus and plan outreach events that target the campus community and dispel many misconceptions about bone marrow donation.  Our student group is expanding and re-organizing and we are looking for enthusiastic, committed and fun students to fill several leadership positions! This is an amazing volunteer opportunity and a great chance to get involved on campus.   To apply click here! (URL: )

Applications close September 6th.
To learn more about bone marrow donation please visit:

Any questions may be directed to:

Friday, August 24, 2012

Undergrad Research Asst. - Social Cooperation in Vampire Bats

Interested in undergraduate research experience? Fascinated by animal
cognition, behavioral ecology, or the evolution of cooperation?

We are offering an undergraduate research assistant position in our
lab for a project on social cooperation in vampire bats. Options for
credit or pay are available. Duties include help with care,
management, and behavioral analysis of a captive colony of common
vampire bats. Ideally, candidate would be a highly-motivated sophomore
or junior interested in pursuing an independent research project on
vampire bat behavior for an Honor's Thesis. However, freshman and
seniors will also be considered. We will provide all necessary

More about the research position:

More about the research:

To apply, send the following in an email to Gerry Carter (

--Academic transcript including GPA (unofficial copy is OK)
--Resume or CV
--Why are you interested in this position? (less than 1 page please)
--list 3 times and dates that you can meet
--use "research assistant" as subject heading and include all
attachments as PDFs

Hoping to meet other musically-inclined students at UMD?

Attention new students!!!

Hoping to meet other musically-inclined students at UMD? Trying to figure out your way around CSPAC? Meet in the main lobby of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on Thursday, August 30 @ 7pm for a CSPAC scavenger hunt! Hosted by the sisters of Sigma Alpha Iota international music fraternity, the sisters of Tau Beta Sigma national honorary band sorority, and the brothers of Kappa Kappa Psi national honorary band fraternity. Stick around for prizes and snacks after the hunt. Questions? E-mail Rachel McGrain at

Internship at Small Organic Farm

Gain hands-on experience working or teaching on a small organic farm: Come work/learn at the farm at the Pearlstone Center! We are a nonprofit farm and education center located in Reisterstown, which grows many different crops using sustainable methods. We have several unpaid internship opportunities: Produce/perennial farmers, animal care farmers, and educators or other. As you demonstrate learning there will be opportunity for leadership. We can work with your class schedule to determine number of hours/days of work per week.


Interest in: farming, sustainability, agriculture, agricultural education, nonprofit work, and/or Judaism or religious studies.

Must be: reliable/punctual. Must work well on a team, have a positive/can-do attitude, and take directions well from our farm/program managers. Most internship require: Ability to bend and lift heavy objects, work hard in all weather: rain/shine, heat/cold, commute to Reisterstown, MD,  Email resume and cover letter to

Currently seeking interns for every season/semester: fall, winter, spring, summer!

Are you a native speaker of Arabic? Or Are you a native English speaker who has studied Arabic?

Researchers at the University of Maryland are looking for volunteers to participate in a language study. The study compares how first and second language learners of Arabic understand Arabic words.
The study takes no more than 1.5 hours in total. Participants will listen to spoken Arabic words, then see strings of Arabic letters on a laptop screen, and decide whether each string is a real word in Arabic. Participants will also complete a fill-in-the-blank quiz, and answer a questionnaire about their language-learning experiences. Research participants must be native speakers of Arabic or English, be at least 18 years of age, and have good reading and listening skills in Arabic.
For more information, please contact Suzanne Freynik at