Monday, August 31, 2015

Explore your world at the Study Abroad Fair - Sept. 10

Thursday, September 10th - 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Grand Ballroom, STAMP

Fearless Terps get out of the classroom! Explore the possibilities and get inspired at the Study Abroad Fair! Break out of the ordinary and find your extraordinary in China. Be a social entrepreneur in Nicaragua or the Dominican Republic. Develop your professional portfolio with an internship in the UK or Spain. Learn a language or go beyond the basics to do field work or research. Think outside your borders and show how fearless Terps are! Meet with Program Directors, College representatives, and advisors to find your perfect program. 

Thursday, September 10th 
3PM – 7PM Grand Ballroom, Stamp. 

Friends of Montpelier Beth Evans Internship

Offered by:                 The Friends of Montpelier
                                    Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site
                                    9650 Muirkirk Road
                                    Laurel, MD 20708

Contact Info:              Mary Jurkiewicz, Director, Montpelier Mansion/Historic Site. 
Tel.: (301) 377-7817, TTY: (301) 699-2544

What:                         The Friends of Montpelier is sponsoring a paid Fall/Spring 2015-2016 internship                                            for a candidate who will work 20 hours a week to digitize the Friends outreach media. 
Deadline:                    Monday September 28, 2015, 11 pm
For more information visit

NextNOW Fest at The Clarice - Featuring Reggie Watts Sept. 9-12

The Clarice is pleased to be presenting its 2nd NextNOW Fest this year to kick off the new semester and welcome students back. We’d love for your students to know about it. Nearly all of the events are free, and Reggie Watts is performing on Friday night, followed by a grand pavilion takeover/dance party with Terrapin Beats Society. It will be amazing.

Reggie Watts:

Beyond the Classroom presents the award-winning documentary "ONE DAY ON EARTH" on Monday, August 31st at 7:00 pm!

ONE DAY ON EARTH: The World’s Time Capsule is the first film made in every country of the world on the same day – October 10, 2010!        We see both the challenges and hopes of humanity from a diverse group of 19,000 volunteer filmmakers assembled by a participatory social media experiment. The world is greatly interconnected, enormous, perilous and wonderful!
• “A record of how extraordinary a single day on our planet can be!” – CNET News."

This Seminar Series on “Ensuring a World Fit for Children?” is available for academic credit (UNIV399C, 1-3 credits)
For details, go to:

Honors College Student Programming Council Recruiting New Members

The Honors College Student Programming Council (SPC) is an organization established for Honors students to come together and promote a sense of community across all different living-and-learning programs at Maryland. We are thrilled to begin our sixth year of fundraising, planning, and liaising to unite the Honors College and involve its students. In previous years, we have held events such as the Honors Olympics, Spring Grill & Chill, Pi Day, and most recently the Senior Gala.

We are looking to fill several positions on the board this semester, so if you are interested in becoming a member of SPC, particularly if you are a member of one of the newer Honors programs, contact our president Lexie Wille at for more information. If you like planning, leadership, and meeting people outside of your major or program, this is the place for you! We would love to hear your ideas and suggestions for the upcoming semester, so don’t hesitate to let us know what you’re thinking about. Additional information is also available on our Facebook page, link here: 

We’re looking forward to another fantastic year, and we hope to hear from you!


Are you a Junior who is passionate about public service and making a difference on issues you care about?
--Do you have outstanding public service accomplishments, a strong academic record, and excellent evidence of leadership ability?
--Are you planning graduate study to help you prepare for a career working for the public good and shaping public policy?
Learn about the Truman Scholarship ( which honors President Harry S. Truman by recognizing JUNIORS with outstanding potential for making contributions to the public good and to public policy. The Truman Scholarship provides $30,000 toward relevant graduate studies, plus exceptional internship opportunities and other important benefits. Maryland nominees have won Truman Scholarships in 3 of the past 4 years!
WHO CAN APPLY: US Citizens or nationals (by March 2016) - Juniors, 3rd year Seniors - GPA of 3.5 or higher recommended - All Majors. ­ All candidates for Truman Scholarships must be nominated by their university.
To learn more about the Truman Scholarship and Maryland's nomination process please attend one of these upcoming information sessions:
Tuesday, September 8 from 12 noon to 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Wednesday, September 9 from 3 pm to 3:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Friday, September 11 from 12 noon to 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
Friday, September 11 from 4 pm to 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – rsvp to
If you are interested but cannot attend on these days/times, contact Francis DuVinage at to schedule an appointment.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Student Research Opportunity

 We are studying mate choice in the bowerbirds.  We have taped the behavior of males and females (13 species) at their mating site (the bower) in their native habitats in Australia and New Guinea.  There are large skews in male success in mating with females and we are attempting to understand what males a relatively few males highly successful (mate with many females) and why females choose them as mates.

 Volunteer students often start scoring behavior on video tapes and may then move onto working on their own project gathering and analyzing to address a particular question.  Students can obtain credit for doing this work.  Please email Dr. Borgia at if interested in getting involved in this research.

Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship - For Pell Grant Recipients

Are you thinking about studying abroad in SPRING 2016 or later?  Are you a US CITIZEN receiving a PELL GRANT (a federal need-based educational grant)?

Learn about the GILMAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP, which provides up to $5000 for study abroad for students with financial need who receive Pell Grants. Last year 31 Maryland students – 45 % of those who applied – won Gilman Scholarships worth over $111,000!

To learn more and to receive personalized advice about preparing a Gilman Scholarship application, please follow this link: or write to us at

Eligibility Requirements: US Citizens - Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors - All Majors - Must be studying abroad for at least 4 weeks - Must have FAFSA demonstrated financial need and be receiving a Pell Grant.

Application Deadline: October 6, 2015- this is the deadline to apply for scholarships for spring semester study abroad programs beginning between December 15, 2015 and April 15, 2016.

The Gilman International Scholarship Program offers 1,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 to students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies world-wide. Such international study is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. Programs must be at least 4 weeks in length.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - Online Application Open!

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – Online Application is Live!

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is the largest and one of the most prestigious programs supporting graduate study in the science, math, engineering, and social/behavioral sciences. The NSF award provides 3 years of support, with an annual stipend of $34,000. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is open to rising 2nd year graduate students who are US citizens or permanent residents. You can learn more about the NSF award and eligibility at

Students can begin NSF GRFP online applications here:

NSF Application Writing Advice site:

Here are the NEW DEADLINES for fall 2015:

--October 26, 2015 (Monday): Geosciences, Life Sciences

--October 27, 2015 (Tuesday): Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Engineering, Materials Research

--October 29, 2015 (Thursday): Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning

--October 30, 2015 (Friday): Chemistry, Mathematical Sciences, Physics and Astronomy

--November 5, 2015 (Thursday) - All reference letters must be received by 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time Zone

Applicants: You will find below several useful links to help you develop competitive NSF GRFP application. Applicants are also welcome to meet individually to talk about the NSF or other relevant opportunities. To make an appointment, write to and let me know days/times you could meet in the coming weeks, and I’ll schedule an appointment for you.

Other grad study awards covering a broad range of fields include:

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (no Dept. of Defense work obligation):

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Fellowship Program (requires future employment in a DoD lab):

Seeking a few good students for a weird new UMD class

The course number is CHIN429D and the title is "Selected Topics in Chinese Studies; Reacting to the Past: East Asia." It is a unique role-playing type course that has been offered at other institutions and which is particularly well-suited to honors college students.  In it, we explore three moments in East Asian History - "The succession crisis of the Wanli Emperor," "Confucianism, Westernization, and the 1894 Kabo Reforms in Korea," and "Japan, the West, and the Road to World War, 1940-41."  Each "game" requires students to use a central text in order to make in-class speeches to their classmates in order to sway them to vote or act a certain way.  These close readings in context give students a chance to really understand the complexities of historical problems and the unique ways in which they were approached based on traditional mores and those who sought to amend, subvert or modernize them.  Students interested in China, Japan or Korea are welcome, they do not need any prior knowledge of those countries or languages, but they need to be adventurous and rigorous. 

Bright Futures Scholarship Now Available for Students Who Have Fall 2015 Unpaid Internships

For the 2015-2016 academic year, we are excited to offer the Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship to undergraduate students participating in fall 2015, spring 2016, and summer 2016 unpaid internships with government agencies and non-profit organizations! 

Bright Futures Fall 2015 Application Now Open
Deadline to apply: Monday, September 21

The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship awards students with need-based scholarships ranging from $250-$1,250 to help offset expenses incurred during unpaid internships.

Help us spread the word & please forward this email to your students!

Eligible Candidates 
All registered University of Maryland, College Park undergraduate students returning to campus for the spring 2016 semester, who have an internship for fall 2015, are eligible to apply. Graduating seniors (December 2015) are not eligible. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors and to those who have not previously received an award.  In order for a student's internship to qualify for funding support, it must satisfy the following criteria:
  • Unpaid on-campus or off-campus internship with a non-profit organization or government agency
  • Offered during the fall and completed by Friday, January 22, 2016
  • Supervised by a professional in the organization

Submission Deadline: September 21, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Erica Ely
Program Director, Internships
University Career Center & The President's Promise

The Bright Futures 'Unpaid Internship' Scholarship is generously funded by a grant from The President's Fearless Fund and receives ongoing significant support from the University Career Center & The President's Promise.

SEE Presents: Trevor Noah, A Labor Day Comedy Special - Sept. 5

Saturday, September 05, 2015 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM
Where         : Cole Field House
Event Type(s) : Special Event

SEE is closing Cole out with a Labor Day comedy special featuring Trevor Noah, the new host of The Daily Show. UMD will be the first college Trevor has visited, since replacing Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. Watch the award winning comedian from South Africa perform live on September 5!


Ticket Information: 
Charges: Student bowl $10; Student floor $20;  
Available at: Hoff Ticket Window

Speak Spanish? Like working with kids? Want to serve your community, meet other UMD students AND gain leadership skills? Apply for Partners in Print!

Partners in Print is a family literacy program that works with local Elementary Schools. We present workshops to parents and children (Kindergarten – 2nd Grade) on techniques and concepts parents can use to engage their children in reading at home. Workshops are presented on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 5:30PM – 8:30PM. No experience is required! Workshops are conducted in both English and Spanish. **SPANISH SPEAKERS ARE HIGHLY DESIRED**

We have various positions available:
·         Volunteer
·         Federal Work Study ($10/hour)
·         Academic Credit (1 or 3 credits)
·         Internship

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The application can be found here:

If you have any questions please call me at 301-314-7322 or email me at

Thank you very much,

Nancy Canales
Partners in Print Program Coordinator
America Reads*America Counts
1110 Stamp Student Union
University of Maryland

Phone: (301) 314-7322

Paid fMRI Study: Language and Cognition ($20/hour)

We would like to invite you to participate in a paid research study for the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language, with primary investigators Dr. Nina Hsu & Dr. Jared Novick. The study utilizes functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), a safe, noninvasive neuroimaging method, to examine the attention-related cognitive and neural systems that support language processing. Eligible participants will have the opportunity to earn approximately $35-$40 over the course of two sessions, while contributing to research in the fields of neuroscience and linguistics.
Click the link below for more information and to fill out a brief questionnaire:
To be eligible, you'll need to be ...
- a native English speaker, speaking only English and not fluent in any other languages
- between the ages of 18-40
- right handed
- not claustrophobic
- no metal in body
- not taking any psychoactive medications
- able to lie still for 1.5-2 hours
- normal vision (i.e., not color-blind)
- normal hearing
Session 1 is in BPS; Session 2 is at the MNC

"Conflict, Order and Reform in the House: The 94th-114th Congresses": Symposium at US Capitol - Sept. 17

Thursday, September 17, 2015, 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM
US Capitol Visitors Center
In celebration of Constitution Day

Sponsored by the University of Maryland College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress. This event will commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 94th Congress by highlighting and exploring its record and the political change it helped to initiate. Reforms adopted by both the 94th Congress and the 104th Congress under GOP control will be contrasted with the current management and operation of the House. With the 2016 elections looming and the challenge to govern facing the Republican-controlled Congress, the symposium will have great currency and relevance.

More information about the event can be found here:  

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship - Info Sessions / Awardee Panels

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – Early Fall Semester Info Sessions / Student Panels
The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship is the largest and one of the most prestigious programs supporting graduate study in the science, math, engineering, and social/behavioral sciences. The NSF award provides 3 years of support, with an annual stipend of $34,000. **The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP) is open to seniors and recent alumni applying for graduate study this fall, as well as to current 1st and 2nd year grad students who are US citizens or permanent residents.** You can learn more about the NSF award and eligibility at Comparable grad study awards include the NDSEG, SMART and NASA fellowships.
Learn about applying the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and similar awards (NDSEG, SMART, NASA) by attending one of our upcoming information sessions / award recipient panel events. 

You’ll get all the information and advice you need to get started on your applications:
--Wednesday, September 2 at 5:15 pm in JMP 3201 (J.M. Patterson Building)
--Thursday, September 3 at 5:15 pm in Kim Engineering Building 1110

--Wednesday September 9 at 5:15 pm in Kim Engineering Building 1110

--Thursday September 10 at 5:15 pm in Kim Engineering Building 1110

You can begin NSF GRFP online applications here:

This is the top site for NSF application writing advice site:
DEADLINES for the NSF GRFP very by field between October 26 and October 30, 2015 – see details here:
Grad study awards covering a broad range of STEM fields and comparable to the NSF GRFP include:

The National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship Program (no Dept. of Defense work obligation):

The Science, Mathematics, and Research for Transformation Fellowship Program (requires future employment in a DoD lab):

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

Job Opportunity for Pre-Health Grads at a Clinic (VA)

We are looking for an Administrative Assistant/ Clinical Care Coordinator for our primary care practice located in Falls Church, VA with a minimum commitment of 1 year (beginning as soon as January 2016 or after graduation in Spring 2016).  
        The position is divided into two main roles (responsibilities detailed below):

        Administrative Assistant: scheduling patients, answering phone calls, verifying insurance eligibility, processing payments, and coordinating all administrative aspects of patient visits. 

        Care Coordinator: doing intake and taking vitals for patients, reviewing patient's past medical history and symptoms of present illness, drawing blood, giving vaccinations, doing clinical procedures (EKG), and coordinating all aspects of patient care during visits. 

        Job requirements include the following:

               + Completed B.S. in Biology or other related Pre-Health major (Public Health, Chemistry,etc) and interested in pursuing a career in health/medical professions. 
               + Excellent oral/written communication skills and interpersonal skills
               + Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
               + Candidates should be organized, efficient, and responsible. 

        Interested candidates should email their resume/CV and a cover letter to .

Maryland Student Researchers Program - Fall 2015 Opportunities

Learn more about the Maryland Student Researchers program, and review nearly 150 available opportunities by visiting our website at:
The Maryland Student Researchers (MSR) program serves as a University-wide online bulletin board where UMD researchers post research opportunities for undergraduate students. It is a great way for undergraduates to learn about the rewards and challenges of academic research. Nearly 150 projects are listed with more being added so check back regularly over the next several weeks.
The MSR bulletin board is designed to help undergraduates find research opportunities that are a good fit for their interests and qualifications, and to help faculty members find students to assist with their research project(s).  The research opportunities posted on the MSR website typically call for students to spend around six hours a week working under the direction of a faculty mentor on that faculty member’s own research.  Participating students learn skills and gain valuable experience that will enhance their graduate school and job qualifications. Most positions are for volunteers, some are paid.
The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research will hold numerous information sessions to assist students who want to use the MSR bulletin board to identify suitable research opportunities, and also to provide advice about additional ways to pursue research opportunities – space for each session is limited so please RSVP to with the date/time of the session you plan to attend:
Schedule for MSR Information Sessions, Fall Semester 2015:

Wednesday, September 2, 12:00-12:30 p.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library
Thursday, September 3, 12:00-12:30 p.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library
Friday, September 4, 12:00-12:30 p.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library
Friday, September 4, 4:00-4:30 p.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library

Tuesday, September 8, 4:00-4:30 p.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library
Wednesday, September 9, 12:00-12:30 p.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library
Thursday, September 10, 11:00-11:30 a.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library
Friday, September 11, 10:00-10:30 a.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library
Friday, September 11, 1:30-2:00 p.m. – 2100 D McKeldin Library

ELIGIBILITY: Any student in good academic standing may apply directly for any listed opportunities for which they have the listed required skills.  It is open to students of all majors and disciplines with an interest in research. Most positions are offered on a volunteer basis, and selection of undergraduate researchers is made solely by the faculty members who provide the listed opportunities.

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