Friday, October 31, 2014

Congressional Workshop: Honors Students welcome! 11/6

Topics include: How to obtain and capitalize on congressional internships; Best practices; How to build careers (including outside the congressional realm), etc.   

When: Thursday, November 6, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. (you are welcome to drop by early, network, serve yourself pizza, etc.)

Where: 2407 Marie Mount Hall

If you are interested in the possibility of working for Congress—now or later—then this is the event for you!

Sponsored by Federal and Global Semester Programs

Honored Panelists:

·         Mr. Scott Baker - Congressional contact and networker extraordinaire (now at Department of State), UMD alumnus and former White House Fellow;

·         Ms. Veena Thangavelu, former constituent services representative for a congresswoman (now at Department of State), graduate student at UMD School of Public Policy;

·         Mr. Daniel Wolf, successful congressional intern (Spring 2014), Federal Semester alumnus, and current UMD student.
Pizza and cookies will be served!

NOAA Hollings Scholarship - Environmental Sciences and Policy

Attention SOPHOMORES studying atmospheric and oceanic sciences, environmental engineering, environmental sciences and policy, or ANY major with a strong environmental focus or interest!!! Last year 4 Maryland sophomores have won Hollings Scholarships worth up to $8,000 annually along with paid summer research internships (see award benefits below)!!!

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program is designed to: (1) increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities; (2) increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy; (3) recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and (4) recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 30, 2015. US Citizenship and a minimum GPA of 3.0 are required ­ see detailed Eligibility requirements below.

The National Scholarships Office is offering information sessions for students interested in learning more about the Hollings Scholarship program ­ please write to indicating which session you plan to attend (if you cannot attend but are interested, write to the same address):

Tuesday, November 4 at 12 noon – ­2403 Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, November 4 at 4:30 pm ­– 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, November 5 at 12 noon – 2403 Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, November 5 at 4:30 pm ­– 2403 Marie Mount Hall

AWARD BENEFITS: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful SOPHOMORE applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with a hands-on research experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education project. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

For more information, or for assistance preparing a NOAA Hollings application, please contact the National Scholarships Office at

Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 30, 2015

Eligibility Requirements:

--U.S. citizenship.
--Full-time status as a college sophomore at an accredited college or university within the United States or U.S. territories, or as a junior in a 5 year program.
--Cumulative and semester/quarter GPA of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in all completed undergraduate courses and in the major field of study.
--Majoring in a discipline area related to oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, or education, and supportive of the purposes of NOAA's programs and mission, e.g., biological, social and physical sciences; mathematics; engineering; computer and information sciences; and teacher education.

Service & Missions Fair - 11/5

Not sure what you’re doing after graduation?  Have you thought about long-term mission service?  Whether it’s building homes in Kentucky to teaching deaf children in Costa Rica,  representatives from 10 Faith-Based Service Organizations that have opportunities all over the United States and all over the world will be here after the CSC after Wednesday night Mass to talk to you.  Loan deferment, living stipends, real work experience, and almost all expenses are covered during your service years while living with other college graduates in a faith-based environment. Learn what many UMD alums are discovering for a year or two after graduation---making a difference in the best way possible.

Hinman CEOs Program

LIVE with active and aspiring entrepreneurs
LEARN in a vibrant, experiential community
LAUNCH real companies
Applications Now Open for Fall 2015 Class
Application Deadline: November 9th
As the nation's first living-learning entrepreneurship program, Hinman CEOs is a groundbreaking initiative placing entrepreneurial students from all academic disciplines into a unique community. Students live together, learn about entrepreneurship, and can launch new ventures during this two-year experience. All undergraduates from the University of Maryland are invited to apply for this competitive program. Brian Hinman, University of Maryland alumnus and successful entrepreneur, provided funding to initiate and support the Program.
The application deadline is November 9th.
We Invite Your Questions
Vincent Bellitti
Senior Specialist
Hinman CEOs Class of 2013
(301) 314-9441

Student Regent 2015-16 -- Call for Applications, Due 11/17

Each year the University of Maryland, College Park in addition to the other institutions in the University System of Maryland are invited to nominate candidates for this prestigious position to the University System of Maryland Student Council. Our single nominee is then reviewed by the System Student Council and their finalists are forwarded to the Chancellor and from his desk they are forwarded to the Governor. In the past, College Park has been represented by outstanding scholar leaders.  

It is time to determine the College Park Student Regent nominee. I invite your application for this position and I encourage you to provide this information to other students you believe would be exceptional candidates for this position on the Board of Regents. Applicants are invited to submit their completed applications on-line by 5:00pm on November 17, 2014 at . Finalists for this position will be interviewed on December 7th at Towson University and a student nominee from College Park will be forward to the University System of Maryland Student Council. A detailed position description can also be found at the aforementioned website. 

Should you have any questions regarding the application or the selection process, please contact .

Undergraduate Research Assistant Position Educational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory

Who are we?
The Educational Cognitive Neuroscience Lab is currently seeking assistance from undergraduate researchers for the upcoming Spring 2015 semester. The laboratory is located in the Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, 3304 Benjamin Building. The Principal Investigator of the lab is Dr. Richard Prather. Additional information about the lab can be accessed at:

What do we do?
We investigate children’s neurocognitive development with a primary focus on mathematical cognition and related processes. Current projects utilize both EEG and behavioral studies to examine these topics.

What will you be doing?
Undergraduate RA’s have a very important role in our research. RA’s working in the lab will gain experience recruiting participants, setting up experiments, and in data analysis. Additionally, RA’s are exposed to research methodology, as well as the logistics of running a study. This opportunity is ideal for students interested in graduate school, or those interested in gaining valuable hands-on research experience.

Undergraduate RA’s are required to have at minimum a 3.2 GPA within their major and at least an overall GPA of 2.8. We prefer students to commit to 2 semesters in the lab. Students are also expected to work on lab-related tasks for 10 hours/week. We do offer course credit for your assistance.

If this sounds like an opportunity you would like to be involved in, please send your resume and unofficial transcript to Sara Fitt at

Wonder Women in the Workplace Event 11/12/14

Looking to see your career SOAR to new heights? Come to the University Career Center's Wonder Women in the Workplace event on Wednesday, November 12 from 5-6 P.M.  This seminar will discuss ways for women to build confidence and be successful in the workplace.  We will have a panel of professionals from computer science, consulting, government, student affairs, and more who will share their experiences and offer advice on how to succeed. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions and network with our SUPER panelists.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Come by and release your inner Wonder Woman!

November "Student Health 101" – chance to win $1,000!

Your free issue of November’s Maryland Student Health 101 is here – get yours at  There is a chance to win $1,000 inside!

In this month’s issue:  how learning to lead can help you succeed, why group fitness works, understanding depression, your custom guide to birth control,  and how to get started with the Terp-created GymQ app.

Student Health 101 is an online wellness magazine for Terps brought to you by Campus Recreation Services.

Kreativity's Final Open Mic of the Semester Friday, November 7th @ 7:30 in CSPAC!

Do you like to sing, dance, act, perform poetry, or anything in between? Ever wanted to showcase something you've been working on--a documentary, a speech, a short story--and could never find the place to do it? Come to Kreativity Diversity Troupe's Final Open Mic of the semester! November 7th in the Cafritz Foundation Theatre of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. It's free and open to the public, so bring your friends. We'll be having a bake sale too, so bring your appetites!

Any questions: *LIKE* us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @UMDKreativity

See you there, and KREATE!

Internships on Capitol Hill and in Annapolis: a Student Perspective

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 • 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Location: University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing)

Event Details:

Are you interested in an internship with Congress or the Maryland General Assembly? Hear about the benefits of these internships and gain valuable tips on how to find and apply for these opportunities. A panel of students and recent graduates who interned in a wide array of offices will share their experiences and answer questions.

Panelists include: 

Jenna Mason
Government & Politics, ‘14
Former Intern, Senator Lisa Murkowski (Alaska)
Press Assistant, Senator Lisa Murkowski

Anitha Mohan
Government & Politics, ‘14
Former Intern, Senator Patty Murray (Washington)
Former Intern, Delegate Heather Mizeur (District 20, Montgomery County)

Edoghogho "Doc" Akonawe
Government & Politics and Theater, ‘15
Former Intern, Delegate Mary-Dulany James (District 34A, Harford and Cecil Counties)

Katherine Sylvester
Government & Politics and Communication, ‘15
Press Intern, Senator Ed Markey (Massachusetts)
Former Intern, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut, 3rd District)

Sam Wallace
Government & Politics, ‘16 & Master in Public Policy, '17
Intern, Delegate Andrew Serafini, (District 2A, Washington County)

RSVP for this event: Click here

For additional information about this event:
contact Kathryn Hopps at

Fall 2015 HONR100 Section Leader Applications Due: Friday, November 21, 2014

University Honors  is looking for talented students to teach HONR100 for fall 2015.  HONR100 is a 1-credit course for new Honors students and assists them in transitioning to the university.

Section Leaders are responsible for teaching and mentoring approximately 15 new Honors students through their first semester. The Section Leader creates lesson plans within the parameters of course goals and facilitates weekly discussions.  The Section Leader also grades assignments and maintains class records.

Students selected for the Section Leader program receive 3 credits for teaching HONR100. Section Leaders earn 1-credit for successfully completing a training course in Spring 2015. There are 2 sections for the course.  The first section will be Wednesdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and the second section will be Thursdays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

The remaining 2 credits are earned in fall 2015 by teaching HONR100. Students must successfully complete the spring training course before teaching HONR100.  Section Leaders teach HONR100 either individually or in pairs.

Because Welcome Week is a part of HONR100 and counts toward course points, Section Leaders are required to participate in the events with their students. Welcome Week will be Aug. 26- Aug. 30, 2015.  

Students must have completed at least one year at the University and have a 3.0 GPA to be selected for the Section Leader Program.

Interested students should complete this google form by Nov. 21, 2014 in order to be considered for an interview.  The form is short and should take only a few minutes to complete.  

Application Link:

On the google form, you will be asked to briefly describe your interest in being an HONR100 Section Leader.

There will be a 2-round interview process.  The first interview will be informational.  It’s a chance for us to get to know you better and learn about your qualifications. Please bring a copy of your resume.

Applicants who successfully complete the first round will be asked to deliver a 5-10 minute presentation on a topic relevant to first-year students.  Potential topics include: time management, goal setting, stress management, academics, or whatever else you choose.

During the first round of interviews, we will reserve time for you to get feedback on your topic and advise on how best to engage your audience.  Only applicants selected for the second round of interviews will be asked to present.  So, there is no need to have the presentation worked out in advance.       

If you have questions, you are welcome to contact Liza Lebrun at

Application Link:

Taste of Ethiopia - Thurs 11/6

Ethiopian Student Association is having its third annual Taste of Ethiopia, which showcases Ethiopian food, music, dances and art. This event is taking place, Thursday November 6th at 6:00pm in Stamp’s Atrium.  All of the money we raise goes to our charity organization, The Fregenet Foundation  -

$5 in advance, $8 at the door

Buy tickets at:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Are you a University Honors looking for a great leadership opportunity? Apply to the University Honors Student Advisory Board!

The University Honors Student Advisory Board (UHSAB) is a student organization that works to support University Honors, the oldest and largest program in the Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park.  Members of the UHSAB serve as a link between University Honors students and the program’s administration.  The UHSAB meets regularly with and advises the University Honors administration on curricular and co-curricular matters, as well as on the overall direction of the program.

Applications are available on our website and are due on November 5th at 4:00pm at the Honors College Office in Anne Arundel Hall.

Any questions? Email us at at or find us on on Facebook at

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Help Send the Black Engineers Society to National Convention in California

The National Society of Black Engineers is one of the largest student run organization. The mission of NSBE is to help increase the number of minority engineering and STEM majors that graduate by helping them grow professionally, personally and academically by providing the support system needed to excel in the engineering field, especially as an underrepresented minority. I have been a member of the University of Maryland Chapter of NSBE ( known as the Black Engineers Society) ever since my freshman year and I can truly say that my academic and professional achievements are largely thanks to what I have learned from NSBE,

Every year there is a NSBE National Convention where chapters across the country attend. It is an incredibly empowering experience to see that many young, minority STEM majors all in one place. This year the convention will be in California. In the past our chapter has always been able to take a lot of members to experience the wonderful opportunities that National Convention provides. However, this year we are in danger of not being able to take any members because the high cost of travel is a burden that our chapter finances just cannot meet.

In an effort to raise money we have created a fundraising site through the university. 

The link for our website is:

 We have a goal to raise $9000. Every donation is appreciated and it is also tax deductible.

This Sunday the Jewish Student Union (or JSU) is having our annual 5k race!

All proceeds from this race benefit Save A Child's Heart (, an organization working to save the lives of children with serious heart defects and complications. Because of donations from people like us, they are able to save a child's life every 29 hours.

The race takes place this Sunday at 11am (registration opens at 10) at the Chapel Fields on campus. You can register here: It is a great event to come to - even if you are not running. ALL proceeds collected to go to Save A Child's Heart, and there will also be opportunities to get to know more about the organization there. This is a great way to earn community service hours while helping out a great organization at the same time!!

We can't wait to see you there!!

- The Jewish Student Union

Summer 2015 Research Opportunities in Life or Physical sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, or Social Sciences

Are you a freshman, sophomore or junior interested in PAID summer 2015 research opportunities in life or physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, or social sciences???

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research is hosting brief (30 minute) information sessions to introduce students to a wide range of opportunities for Summer 2015:
>>>>For ALL STUDENTS in the Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Social Sciences – Learn about the hundreds of PAID summer placement opportunities offered by National Science Foundation REU’s, National Institutes of Standards and Technology SURF, and other programs:
•           Tuesday, November 4, at 11:00 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 4, at 12:30 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Thursday, November 6, at 6 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Monday, November 10, at 11:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Monday, November 10, at 1:30 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Thursday, November 13, at 6:30 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Friday, November 14, at 10 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Monday, November 17, at 12 noon – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 18, at 10:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor

>>>>For students who are members of groups UNDERREPRESENTED in Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Social Sciences research communities - – Learn about the hundreds of PAID summer placement opportunities offered by National Science Foundation REU’s, National Institutes of Standards and Technology SURF, the CIC SROP, the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP, and other programs:
•           Friday, November 7, at 11:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Friday, November 7, at 2 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 11, at 9:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 11, at 12 noon – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Friday, November 14, at 4:30 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Monday, November 17, at 9:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 18, at 12 noon – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
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
Phone: (301) 314-9458
Fax: (301) 314-0085

Colleges Against Cancer

Colleges Against Cancer will be having a general body meeting on Wednesday 
10/29 at 8 PM. 

The GBM will take place at the Charles Carroll Room at Stamp.

ASHOKAU TerpChangemakers

ASHOKAU TerpChangemakers is a social innovation/entrepreneurship club on campus. We host weekly community table discussions on current/relevant topics every Wednesday in Symons room 3320 from 7-8PM. Come join us this week as we delve into the flaws and inconsistencies present in mainstream media. We'll be sharing insights and hope you bring your various perspectives about causes and potential solutions. As always, food WILL be provided! Additionally, you DO NOT want to miss our brainstorming sessions for ideas to present at Innovation Fridays. We'll be choosing YOUR ideas to further pursue this semester.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Math Success is Hiring Math Coaches

Do you love math and helping others? Become a Math Coach for the Math Success Program!

The application can be accessed at:

The application deadline is Friday, 10/31/14 at 11:59pm. 
Please feel free to contact Chantal at or 301-314-7344 with questions.

Socially Responsible Investing Professional Speaker

On October 29th at 5 pm in VMH 1336, International Economics and Finance Society is hosting Michael Davis, head of the Institutional Client Group at Calvert Investments, an internationally recognized leader in the field of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI). He will speak about his background, his role at Calvert, the unique approach the firm has to investing, and possible internship opportunities within the firm. Pizza will be served. Business casual attire suggested.

EWH Surgical Lamp Team Needs Members

Looking for experience in an engineering design project? Interested in developing a product to help people around the world? The Surgical Lamp Design team of UMD's chapter of Engineering World Health is looking for new members; we need you to develop a cost-effective, reliable way to bring lighting to surgeries that save lives everyday.

Send Shoutik Mukherjee an email at for more information

Meet Parsons -- special chance for internships and jobs

(Tuesday, Oct 28, at 5:30 PM) the Honors College will sponsor another popular Meet Parsons Night. You are invited, but you should RSVP here so that we know how many are coming (gotta have enough pizza...). Only the first 100 RSVPs will be accepted. If you need to come a few minutes late, that would be okay.

The place: 1310 Marie Mount Hall. Marie Mount is near Memorial Chapel, and room 1310 is on the side of the building closest to the Chapel, on the lowest level floor.

Free pizza, soda and swag! 

Last year, 100 students showed up for this event and reported that it was worth the trip.

This will an informal meet and greet. Professional engineers and others from Parsons are coming to campus to meet Honors students. If you have a copy of your resume ready, please bring it along.

"Game of Loans" - Weds.

Come tempt your fate with the Game of Loans, a premiere financial literacy experience where you learn to save money on your education and plan for financial independence. It will take place on Wednesday, October 29th at 6pm in the Terrapin Room of the Stamp Student Involvement Suite. Get answers to your questions about student loans, car loans, future home loans and more! This fun, Game of Thrones themed workshop is brought to you by SGA and MADE. Refreshments will be served!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Chris Bonanos, author of the First Year book "Instant" - Weds.

Chris Bonanos, author of the 2014-2015 First Year book will be visiting campus next week. He will be speaking about his book Instant on Wed, October 29 at 4pm in the  Grand Ballroom, Stamp Student Union. Mr. Bonanos will talk about the innovation of Polaroid and it founder, Edwin Land. Many famous entrepreneurs today cite Land as a role model.

This event is free and open to the public. Prior to his talk, students, faculty members and staff may come to the ballroom early to view student project related to the book.

From Ghost Town to Ecocity: A New Path to Peace

Vasia Markides
From Ghost Town to Ecocity: A New Path to Peace

Tuesday, November 4 at 4:00pm - 5:15pm
1105 Prince Frederick

Vasia Markides is an artist, filmmaker and founder of The Famagusta Ecocity Project.  This interdisciplinary project aims to turn the ghost town of Varosha and the surrounding city of Famagusta, Cyprus into a model ecocity. Since 1974 this six square kilometer district has been fenced off from the rest of the island by barbed wire due to conflict.  Come learn about this project trying to foster peace and sustainability in the region.

For more information see:

Join The Student Judiciary - Mock Hearing Tuesday

We are hosting a Mock Hearing Tuesday, October 28th at 7:30pm in the Media Room of the North Campus Diner for prospective members to understand more about what USJ does on campus.

More information about USJ can be found here.

Application can be found here. 

Internships for Honors College Terps

CyberPoint International is please to offer paid college internships during the summer of 2015, from 1 June 2015 to 21 August 2015. We are looking for motivated college undergraduates from a variety of disciplines to join our staff next summer who are passionate about engineering, cyber security, scientific research, communications, and design. Please see the attached position descriptions below from three of our cutting edge teams.

Important Dates:

Applications Due       30 November 2014
Interns Selected        15 January 2015
Responses Due          1 February 2015

Application Process

To apply, please email the following information to Heather Morris ( with the subject “2015 Internship Application” by 30 November 2014:
                   A current academic transcript
                   A 1-page written description of your interests
                   Links to any software or creative projects that you are actively involved in
A letter of recommendation is not required but is helpful

We will schedule short interviews during 1-15 December based on the application documents above and contact selected applicants on 15 January 2015.

Position Descriptions:

Security Analyst Intern:
The CyberPoint Technology Innovation Center (CTIC) conducts cutting edge offensive and defensive security research. We are interested in candidates for internship positions in the fields of malware analysis, reverse engineering, penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment. This will provide you with an opportunity to learn how software is constructed at a deep level. You will also see how exploits are created and prevented. Skills in assembly, Java, and Python are helpful. Knowledge of Windows or Linux operating systems is also important.

Application Developer Intern:
CyberPoint is looking for upper level undergraduates with a strong programming (e.g., C/C++, Python, Java, Ruby, Scala, etc.) and Linux system background interested in building web applications and enterprise software. An interest in distributed systems (e.g., AWS, DynamoDB, Riak, MongoDB), big data (e.g., HDFS, Hadoop, Hbase, Accumulo, Hive, Pig, Spark), and/or web development (e.g., HTML5, JSH, JavaScript, Spring, MVC) is a plus.

Research Scientist Intern:
CyberPoint Labs is looking for upper level undergraduates with a string scientific or computational background (e.g., mathematics, computer science, physics, electrical engineering, computer engineering) to work alongside our research staff on projects in Applied Mathematics, Data Science, and Security Research. Software-related projects you may contribute to include scientific library development, system programming, and parallel programming with OpenCL/CUDA. Topics of research you will be involved in may include visualization, cryptography, machine learning, program analysis, and embedded development.

Communications and Marketing Intern:
As a communications and marketing intern with CyberPoint, you will assist in the design, planning, and promotion of a variety of corporate and program initiatives. We’re looking for someone with imagination, strong writing and communication skills, and solid experience in working with a diverse array of social media applications. Candidates working on degrees in communications, marketing, or journalism are preferred.

User Experience (US) Design Intern:
As a UX design intern with CyberPoint, you will work as part of the design team to help build compelling user experiences for a variety of cyber security tools and technologies. We’re looking for someone with imagination, a solid grounding in graphic design, a good grasp of the basics of UX design, and some experience with HTML5 and CSS. Candidates working on degrees in graphic or industrial design are preferred.