Friday, October 30, 2015

UMD Pre-Medical Society’s 4th GBM: Dr. Hassel and NISP (Summer Intern Program) - Tuesday 11/3

For UMD Pre-Medical Society’s 4th GBM, we are proud to host Dr. Hassel, director of the Nathan Schnaper Summer Intern Program in Cancer Research and Associate Professor in the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Dr. Hassel will discuss the Nathan Schnaper Summer Intern Program in Cancer Research (NISP) at the University of Maryland Medical Center, a great opportunity for pre-medical students and research-oriented students to gain first-hand research experience. This is a 10 week internship with a stipend of $2000! Participants will work under a UMGCC faculty mentor in the field of cancer research, a hot topic in the medical research field. Please come out to this GBM to learn more about this program and gain insider tips on ensuring that you have a competitive application. If you are not interested in this program, you can still pick up tips to enhance your resume when applying for research positions! If there is still time after his presentation, Dr. Hassel will speak about admissions at medical school. We hope to see you there! 

 Event Time: Tuesday November 3rd 2015
Event Start Time: 6:30PM
Event Location: ASY 2309
Contact Person: Suraj Jaladanki
Contact Email:

USAID and State Department Foreign Service Scholarships - Info Sessions 11/2-5

Are you aiming at a career in Diplomacy or International Development? Are you interested in joining the Foreign Service of the US Department of State or the US Agency for International Development (USAID)?

The Pickering, Payne, and Rangel Fellowship programs seek young men and women who are dedicated to representing America's interests abroad. Students with financial need, first-generation college students, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department or USAID Foreign Services, are very strongly encouraged to apply. Pickering, Payne, and Rangel awards provide financial support for two years of graduate study (and one year of undergraduate study also for junior-year Pickering awardees), as well as summer internship placements and mentoring programs. See more detailed information below.

Who can apply: U.S. Citizens; GPA of 3.2 or higher required; Graduating Seniors and Recent Grads are eligible to apply for Pickering, Payne, and Rangel Fellowships; Juniors are eligible to apply for the Pickering Undergraduate Fellowship; full-time undergraduate students who are eligible to apply for the Rangel Summer Enrichment program. Students with evidence of financial need and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the State Department or USAID Foreign Services, are encouraged to apply.

PLEASE NOTE: Successful Pickering, Payne, and Rangel Foreign Affairs Fellowship applicants are obligated to complete a minimum term of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer. The service obligation DOES NOT apply to Summer Enrichment program participants. See more details about each program below.

INFORMATION SESSIONS: Learn more about the Pickering and Rangel Foreign Service programs by attending an information workshop at the National Scholarships Office.  Please RSVP to for the session you plan to attend – if you are interested but cannot attend, please write us at the same address.

Monday, November 2, 12:00-12:30 pm – 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, November 3, 12:00-12:30 pm – 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Tuesday, November 3, 4:00-4:30 pm– 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Wednesday, November 4, 4:00-4:30 pm – 2403A Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, November 5, 9:30-10:00 am – 2403 Marie Mount Hall


Who Can Apply: U.S. Citizens – Full-time undergraduate students (Freshmen see note below) – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All Majors– Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply. IMPORTANT: The selection committee my consider students who have completed their freshman year if these students have outstanding academic backgrounds and significant international experience.
Description: The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is designed to provide students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers. The Program encourages the involvement of African American and other minority group students. Students who take part in the Program are referred to as Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Scholars (Rangel Scholars). This program takes place at Howard University in Washington DC for six weeks beginning in mid-June. It includes academic courses and additional seminars and visits to give students exposure to key policymakers and practitioners of international affairs.
Academics: During this program, students receive intensive instruction in three courses: Political Economy, History of U.S. Foreign Relations and Writing. Nine semester hours of academic credit may be awarded.
Outside Activities: To enhance their understanding of the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and international career options, Program participants meet with Executive Branch policymakers, Members of Congress, representatives of non-governmental organizations, foreign government officials and other individuals involved in international relations. In recent years, participants have visited the State Department, Capitol Hill, the Central Intelligence Agency, the World Bank, the United Nations, the Pentagon and the National Foreign Affairs Training Center. Award Amount: Students who are accepted receive tuition, travel, room and board, as well as a $3,200 stipend for the program.
Application Deadline: Deadlines: February 3, 2016



Who can apply: Who can apply: US Citizens – Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates – 3.2 GPA or higher required – All Majors – Students with financial need and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply.
The USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program seeks to attract outstanding young people who are interested in pursuing careers in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). If you want to work on the front lines of some of the most pressing global challenges of our times — poverty, hunger, injustice, disease, environmental degradation, climate change, conflict and violent extremism – the Foreign Service of the U.S. Agency for International Development provides an opportunity to advance U.S. foreign policy interests and reflect the American people's compassion and support of human dignity. The Payne Fellowship, which provides up to $90,000 in benefits over two years for graduate school, internships, and professional development activities, provides a unique pathway to the USAID Foreign Service. The Payne Fellowship encourages the application of members of minority groups who have historically been underrepresented in international development careers and those with financial need.
Application Deadline: January 19, 2016

Who can apply: US Citizens – Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates – 3.2 GPA or higher required – All Majors – Students with financial need and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply.
Description: The Thomas R. Pickering Graduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program provides funding to outstanding students who are planning to enter the United States Department of State Foreign Service.  The Pickering Fellowship provides financial support to for two-year master's degree programs in public policy, international affairs, public administration, or academic fields such as business, economics, political science, sociology, or foreign languages. The program also provides State Department mentoring and internship opportunities. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Graduating Seniors, Recent Graduates – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All Majors – Women, members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, and students with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Description: The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship Program seeks to attract and educate outstanding young people who desire a career in the Foreign Service. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, these Fellowships prepare students to enter exciting and rewarding careers in public service as Foreign Service Officers. The Rangel Program encourages the involvement of members of minority groups and those with financial need. In this manner, it advances the goal of creating an excellent and diverse U.S. Foreign Service that represents the rich range of talents and expertise of the American people. Each Rangel Fellow who obtains a master’s degree is committed to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service Officer.
Application Deadline: January 13, 2016


Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Juniors – GPA of 3.2 or higher required – All majors – Students with financial need, women, and members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, are encouraged to apply.
Description: The Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship program was created by the US State Department to attract outstanding students from all ethnic, racial, and social backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers as Foreign Service officers. Foreign Service officers staff U.S. embassies, consulates, and missions worldwide and also serve in Washington, D.C. Their responsibilities include policy analysis, formulation, and execution; management of resources; the provision of services to Americans in need; implementation of U.S. immigration and nationality law; trade promotion and business facilitation; public diplomacy; and representation of U.S. interests. The Pickering Fellowship program seeks to recruit talented juniors majoring in fields relevant to international affairs, political and economic analysis, administration, management, and science policy. Each successful candidate is obligated to a minimum of five years of service in an appointment as a Foreign Service officer.
Application Deadline: January 15, 2016

Beyond the Classroom presents the award-winning documentary: “TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE” - Monday

Monday, November 2, 7:00-9:00 pm
South Campus Commons Building 1, Room 1102
In a rural Senegalese village poised at the outer edge of the modern world, a teenage girl hatches a secret plan to rescue her 11-year-old sister from an arranged marriage.
A powerful voice from Africa’s young generation, Tall as the Baobab Tree poignantly depicts a family struggling to find its footing at the outer edge of the modern world… where questions of right and wrong are not always black and white.
Coumba and her little sister Debo are the first to leave their family’s remote African village, where meals are prepared over open fires and water is drawn from wells, to attend school in the bustling city. But when an accident suddenly threatens their family’s survival, their father decides to sell 11-year-old Debo into an arranged marriage. Torn between loyalty to her elders and her dreams for the future, Coumba hatches a secret plan to rescue her young sister from a fate she did not choose.
"A moving story about the power of education and its life-changing consequences." -- Reuters.
"Tall as the Baobab Tree effectively unpicks the complexity of cultural change." -- Development in Action.
This Seminar Series on “Ensuring a World Fit for Children?” is available for academic credit (UNIV399C, 1-3 credits)

Humanity First service organization Meeting - Monday

Humanity First, an international and local service organization on campus, will be holding a general body meeting this Monday, November 2nd, at 7pm in JMZ 0220! We will be having guest speakers from our parent organization Humanity First USA to talk about our upcoming trip to Mali and from Evidence Action, a non-profit that scales proven international development interventions with resilient business models that improve the lives of millions. Make sure to come by to hear about some great service opportunities offered by Humanity First!

For HONORS students: Congressional Internship How-To Session Monday

Interested in possibly interning for Congress (or finding other positions on the Hill?  This is the workshop for you!
Topics include: How to obtain and capitalize on congressional internships; Best practices; How to build careers (including outside the congressional realm), etc.   
When: Monday, November 2, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Where: 2407 Marie Mount Hall
1. Mr. Scott Baker - Congressional contact and networker extraordinaire (now at Department of State), UMD alumnus and former White House Fellow;
2. Ms. Veena Thangavelu, former constituent services representative for a congresswoman (now at Department of State), graduate student at UMD School of Public Policy; and
3. Mr. Tommy Minter, successful congressional intern (Spring 2014), Federal Semester alumnus, current GA for Federal/Global Semester, and graduate student at UMD School of Public Policy.
Pizza will be served!
Event sponsored by Federal and Global Semester Programs

Thursday, October 29, 2015

"Cultures Without Borders: From Beirut to Washington, D.C." Talk Dedicated to the life of Professor Suheil Bushrui

Register for Intricate Identities DC LGBTQA Student Conference 11/14

Intricate Identities will be held at American University on Saturday, November 14, 2015. Register today!

Come to this FREE Washington, DC area LGBTQ+ college student conference that includes lunch and a reception at the end. For University of Maryland folks, we will run a free shuttle bus to the conference. It's an awesome opportunity to meet with over 150 students in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities across the DC metropolitan area.

FEATURING a racial justice LGBTQ+ plenary session panel with amazing trans and queer advocates of color.

Workshops and panels addressing:

  • campus activism strategies
  • Black community engagement
  • going to graduate school
  • intersectional storytelling
  • networking and collaborating with other campuses
  • self-care and the personal as political
  • queerness of India
  • coming out, storytelling, and art
  • queer critique of marriage equality
  • asexual and aromantic identities
Please indicate "University of Maryland" for your affiliation so that we can send you the details about the free shuttle bus. There are also public transportation options, so fear not if you with to travel on your own schedule at your leisure.

Register today!

Homecoming Comedy Show w/ Hannibal Buress11/5

Remember when Trevor Noah made you laugh so hard your stomach hurt? Well if you thought he was funny, just wait for Hannibal Buress' stand up. We’re talking bent over, can’t breathe, I am laughing so hard I am crying kind of laughter. 

The show is on November 5. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the show starts at 8:00 PM. This is going to be the LAST comedy show in Cole Field House, so you do not want you to miss it. We promise… it is going to be BIG (rally towels, shirts, the works)!

Buress plays Lincoln in Comedy Central’s hit series Broad City and co-hosts the Eric Andre Show. He is just as excited as we are! Check out what he has to say about the show on our Facebook.  

Student tickets start at just $10 and are on sale now! You can get your ticket at Not a student? Don’t worry General Admission tickets are still available starting at $25.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Careers in Allied Health

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
University Career Center & The President's Promise (3100 HBK, South Wing)

Interested in a career in healthcare, but not sure exactly where you fit?  Come meet with employers and UMD alumni and hear about the career paths and tips for getting the career you want. Panelists include Right Time Head First (concussion and physical therapy care), University of Maryland Medical Intensive Care Unit, Pivot Physical Therapy, KIPPDC - (At Risk Youth - Athletics), National Association of County & City Health Officials, Primary Care Coalition, Baltimore City Health Department - Baltimarket Programs & Children's Hospital Association.

Fossil Fuel Divestment Spooktacular 10/28 & 29

Join Fossil Free MD in our call to action for the University System of Maryland (USM) Foundation to divest our endowment from dirty energy! On Wed. Oct. 28 from 11am-1pm and Thurs. Oct. 29 from 3-5pm at the fountain on the mall, Fossil Free MD will be hosting a Halloween-themed divestment action, with a surprise visual to represent the future state of our world, candy, and more! Swing by to sign our petition if you haven't done so already and learn more about our divestment campaign!

Now, like no other time before, we have the opportunity to join an international movement of institutions that challenge the morality of profits obtained from an industry that emits an overwhelming portion of greenhouse gas emissions, degrading our land, air, and water resources, condemning future generations to a planet beyond repair. 

Despite the administration's aim for a carbon neutral campus by 2050, as stated in the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, more than $71 million of the USM Foundation's $979 million endowment is invested in the energy and utility sector - primarily, oil and natural gas.

If you want to change this, sign our Fossil Fuel divestment petition
 here and come on out to the Divestment Spooktacular!

We are not alone. The University System of California sold $200 million in coal and oil sands investments last month to begin the process of divesting their $100 billion endowment fund. The University System of Maine, Stanford, Georgetown, and 39 other universities and colleges have pledged to partially or fully divest their institutions from fossil fuel companies. Weeks ago, the University of Baltimore SGA became the first University System of MD institution to pledge to divest from fossil fuels.  Let's join them in fighting climate change with clean power and clean money.


Child Family Health
International (CFHI) is currently accepting scholarship applications for its Global Health Intensives this December and January! These 2-week programs are designed to build the Global Health exposure and understanding of individuals with limited time to go abroad. Explore topics such as Tropical Medicine, Community Health, Hospital Medicine
and HIV/AIDS. The scholarship award will cover over half the CFHI program fee. Deadline to apply is November 5th. Learn more at:

Student Health Advisory Committee Open Meeting

Hey Students!

Do have comments or concerns about the University Health Center?  If so, SHAC would love to hear from you!

The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) is a student organization that seeks to promote healthy habits among the student body and voice student concerns to the UHC.  On the last Wednesday of every month, SHAC hosts an open meeting to receive feedback from students about their experiences with the Health Center.  This month's meeting will be held at 5:30 in Art-Socy room 1213.

Whether you have a list of topics to discuss, or just want to learn more about SHAC, Graduate and Undergraduate students are welcome to attend.

Hope to see you there!

SASE (Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers)'s NASA Resume Workshop- 10/29

 7pm @ 2164 EGR
Staff scientists from NASA are coming to review resumes and give us career advices. 

Just a reminder we are having a NASA resume workshop on Oct.29th Thursday7pm in 2164 EGR(DeWalt Seminar Room). This is a great opportunity to network with the NASA staffs and know what kind of resume are they looking for. Here are the introductions for the guests from NASA:
·        Rich Barney – Rich is the Deputy Director or Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate at Goddard.  That organization is responsible for overall management and implementation of NASA and Goddard policy in the areas of Occupational Safety and Health, Systems Safety, Reliability and Risk Assessment, Mission Software & Ground Systems Assurance, Quality Engineering, Systems Review, Management Systems and Mission Assurance. Rich is also the Senior Champion for our Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee (APAAC).
·        Ed Masuoka – Ed is the Chief of the Terrestrial Information Systems Laboratory here at Goddard.  Ed’s organization is responsible for data systems that produce, archive and distribute data products from Earth observing satellites and the development, characterization and validation of fundamental earth science data products used to study global change. Ed is also a long-time member and past Chair of the APAAC.
·        Selassie Fox – Selassie is currently an HR Specialist in Office of Human Capital Management.  Within that organization she’s part of Goddard’s Talent Acquisition Office. In that role she helps to build and post jobs on and reviews resumes to refer applicants to the hiring manager for interviews. She’s worked with a number of different organizations across Goddard which gives her valuable insight into hiring practices.

RSVP by registering on the following link:

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Research Seminar Series DARPA/DSO Overview William Regli, Deputy Director, Defense Sciences Office (DSO), DARPA

Thursday 29th October, 2015
11:00 AM
Room 2460 A.V. Williams Building

This seminar series is open to all faculty, staff, students, research, and community members.


William Regli, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA

Dr. William Regli joined DARPA as the Deputy Director of the Defense Sciences Office in September 2014.  Dr. Regli is a computer scientist with a passion for addressing interdisciplinary and use-inspired problems using knowledge representation, physics-based modeling, and other computational techniques.  He has published more than 250 technical articles, including those in leading venues for research in computer graphics, artificial intelligence, robotics, wireless networking, tissue engineering, and engineering design and manufacturing.  His research has spawned two start-up technology companies (one focused on mobile communications for public safety, the other on information management in edge networks) and resulted in five U.S. patents.  Dr. Regli's recent activities have focused on deploying cyber-infrastructure systems to capture and curate engineering and science data, and ensure the long-term sustainability of data.  His current interests include computational tools to exploit the properties of advanced materials, additive manufacturing systems and enabling new paradigms for design and production. 
Dr. Regli holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Computer Science from the University of Maryland at College Park and Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Saint Joseph's University.  He has been on the faculty of Drexel University since 1997, most recently as Professor of Computer and Information Science and Senior Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Activities for the College of Computing and Informatics.  His Federal service includes a National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and an ongoing role as Scientific Adviser to the Defense Programs Office of the U.S.  Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration in the areas of information technology and advanced manufacturing. 
He is an elected senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.