Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Support Team MELTS' Launch UMD Campaign

Team MELTS is a 4-year undergraduate research project sponsored by UMD's Gemstone Honors Program. Road salts, though beneficial for melting ice and clearing roadways, can have a variety of negative impacts on the environment, infrastructure, and water supply. 

Our team is researching agro-based/chloride-free products in order to develop a more environmentally friendly anti-icer. Over the course of our LaunchUMD campaign which ends May 11th, we hope to raise $4500 for our project. This money will help us purchase supplies and materials to complete our testing, as well as cover any travel expenses. Our research would not be possible without this money, so we appreciate any donation that you can make. Thank you!

SDAB Dental Student Panel 4/27

The Student Dental Advisory Board will be hosting a dental
student panel, with two D1 students from UMB Dental School and two gap year students, all alumni of UMD. This is a great opportunity to learn more about UMB Dental School, gain information about the dental school application process, receive recommendations about helpful classes to take, and ask any questions.

Event Date: ThursdayApril 27, 2017
Event Start Time: 6:30 pm
Event End Time: 7:30 pm
Event Location: Jimenez Hall 2123
Contact Person: Jessica Ho
Contact Email:

INNOVATION IMMERSION COURSE - Study Trip to Silicon Valley & Pacific Northwest in August

The innovation immersion course outlined below has been described as the following: “a phenomenal learning experience,” “lifetime experience,” and a “great networking opportunity.” Through this course, students have made contacts and gained information that has significantly facilitated their job development. 

The course will visit Portland, Seattle, and the Bay Area (San Jose, San Francisco, etc.). As a background, the study tour/course provides insights into how real-life companies have turned management strategies into sustained competitive advantages, as well as, an unprecedented opportunity to visit the innovation hotbeds of Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest.

Planned company visits include:
1) Nike: the world's largest supplier and manufacturer of athletic shoes and apparel;
2) Facebook: biggest social network on the planet;
3) Amazon: leading e-retailer in the United States. Earth's most customer-centric company, allowing people to find and discover virtually anything they want to buy online.
4) Netflix: world’s leading Internet television network with over 81 million members in over 190 countries
5) Google: world's most popular search engine and the most valuable brand;
6) Boeing: world's largest aerospace company and the leading manufacturer of both commercial jetliners and military aircrafts;
7) Electronic Arts: global leader in digital interactive entertainment;
8) Microsoft: largest provider of computer software and related services around the world;
9) Adidas: largest sportswear manufacturer in Europe and the second largest in the world;
10) Tesla: designer and manufacturer of the most advanced electric vehicles in the world;
11) Flextronics:  one of the world’s leading Electronics Manufacturing Services (EMS) providers with a network of facilities in 33 countries and over 230,000 employees.
12) Starbucks: world’s best-known coffee company.

Additional potential company visits include LinkedIn,, Intel, and Alaska Airlines.  Additionally, venture capital firms such as Greylock Partners are also possible.

The study tour will expose you to the infectious entrepreneurial spirit of Silicon Valley and the Pacific Northwest area, as well as, provide you with better insights into the thinking, strategies, and perspectives of some of the world’s top players. You will come away with newfound energy, inspiration, important business contacts and ideas to enhance your future career.

The course takes students behind the scenes to reveal the factors underlying the remarkable success of companies recognized for their innovation.  Regardless of whether you plan to go work for a large company or start your business, you can learn a great deal by looking at the characteristics that make these companies successful. These include the abilities to innovate, adapt and grow, which are all crucial to keeping your career progressing.

By immersing yourself in the world of forward-looking companies and influential imaginative thinkers, you are able to tap into their unique perspectives and experiences, internalize the principles that drive innovation success, and immediately apply these insights to your own career development.

Students hear from employees who are developing and executing innovative management strategies and tour their company's’ facilities. During these visits, students interact extensively with company representatives.

Participants are able to network with industry experts and are provided a valuable opportunity for direct exposure to companies that use innovation as a competitive advantage. The study tour provides you with unique insights, views into trends and developments, and multiple networking opportunities.  Past participants have achieved significant entrepreneurial success and some participants have also gone on to receive internships or job offers from a number of the host firms.

Study trips are very different from trips that you would take as a tourist. During the trip, students participate in activities closely integrated with course content. This includes visits to multinational and local companies, meetings with government officials and senior executives, meeting with UMD graduates, and excursions to important landmarks. These experiences provide differentiating traits that can be extremely useful when applying for internships or jobs throughout your college tenure.

Upon your return to campus, students are required to complete a range of class assignments including a final presentation, take home exam, and a course reflection. Once the students are selected for the course, we will identify a common set of meeting times.

Below are past comments from students completing the experience:

-- Choosing to participate on this trip was one of the best decisions I have made this year. Looking back on this great experience, I was given the opportunity to expand my understanding of innovation and the culture of entrepreneurship
-- I learned more in 10 days, than I have in most semesters.
-- I absolutely loved the trip. I gained so much knowledge that I have been trying to take back and apply to my life here. I have been reading and learning more about the Silicon Valley and its root.
-- The trip associated with this class was amazing. I'm so thankful Computer Science students were invited to take it.
-- What I learned on this trip could not have been replicated in a classroom setting. Visiting all the companies was a one-of-a-kind immersive learning experience. I have recommended this study trip to all my friends.
-- This course was a phenomenal experience. It allowed me to leave my comfort zone and see first hand what has allowed businesses to be so successful on the West Coast. We learn about companies competitive advantages, and through this course, I firmly believe these competitive advantages are formed because of the corporate culture that I was able to witness first- hand.
-- I learned more in one week than I do in some of my semester-long classes. Being exposed to companies first-hand like we were was a once in a lifetime opportunity that gave me extreme insight into why these companies are successful. It also gave me an opportunity to look more in depth to one of my favorite companies, which was fun and rewarding. This has been my favorite experience as a UMD student.
-- The study trip was a great opportunity for networking and seeing where UMD graduates have ended up in the business world. We got to visit great companies and it was great to have alumni give us tours and teach us about their roles in the company.
-- This course offered me a once in a lifetime experience to visit and meet with experienced employees in some of the top companies in the world. The combination of traditional assignments and real world experiences were well worth the extremely affordable cost of the trip
--  Really enjoyed this class and I think I learned more on the trip than I could have learned in any classroom. Hearing from the alumni was a great opportunity because I was able to see what Maryland students had accomplished with their degrees. Overall I would recommend any student I met to take this trip and experience this course.

The tentative start date is August 15th in Portland. The course will end August 23rd in the Bay Area. Students that have commitments starting August  24th (QUEST, orientation, etc.) will be able to take part in the trip. The program charge is estimated at $1,300-1,400 and includes hotel accommodations (3-4 per room), fees for all academic site visits, field trips, and other program-sponsored excursions, transportation to all visits, one or two meals per day (lunches or dinner), and course reading materials. This would be listed as a Fall 2017 course.  Airfare is not included and the estimated airfare is $350-500. 

Suggested flights will be provided later.

If you are interested in this course offering please send Dr. Mark Wellman an email ( expressing your interest. Provide a brief explanation outlining why you are interested.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

UMD Marches for the Climate Saturday, April 29

Join UMD's Sustainability Committee, MaryPIRG, and other green groups around Maryland for the historic People's Climate March in Washington, D.C.!

We will be chartering two buses with limited seating and we will also have a coalition traveling by metro!

To receive email updates on UMD's coalition and learn where to sign up for the bus, fill out this form:

RSVP on facebook for more updates and to invite your friends:

Monday, April 24, 2017

SASE CIA information session 4/25 5:30-7:30pm

Get in on the Secret and join us for the last big STEM event of the semester!  An evening with the CIA:  Come learn the many ways that the CIA utilizes STEM backgrounds.  The program will include a brief overview of the Agency mission and internship/career opportunities.  A panel of engineers and technical officers will share their career experiences.   We will conclude with a networking session providing a great opportunity to meet your fellow STEM students and informally speak with the CIA officers.  Feel free to bring your resume.  Keep in mind that all interested applicants for the CIA must be a U.S. Citizen and undergo a lengthy employment and security clearance process. The event will be held at the Kim Engineering Building, with the panel in the Zupnik Lecture Hall (KEB 1110) and the Networking Session being held in the Rotunda afterwards. There will be free pizza and beverages provided during the networking session, as well as some giveaway items at the networking session after. If you have any questions, you may contact me at For information about our sponsors, visit for more details.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Undergraduate Research Day - Wednesday, April 26

We invite students, faculty, and staff to join in celebrating our undergraduates’ remarkable and varied research accomplishments at the annual Undergraduate Research Day (URD) poster presentation this coming WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, between 1:45 and 3:45 pm, in the Grand Ballroom of the STAMP Student Union. We will have over 168 posters and hundreds of individual and team presenters.

URD is Maryland’s largest, most visible, and most diversified showcase for undergraduate research accomplishments – come and learn from hundreds of team and individual presenters!

Where: Grand Ballroom, STAMP Student Union
When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017 from 1:45 pm to 3:45 pm

We look forward to seeing you there!

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

March for Science Trash Clean Up

When: April 22, 2017
Where: The National Mall, Washington, DC, meetup point TBA

On April 22, thousands of concerned citizens will march on the National Mall to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economy, and governments. Undoubtedly, there will be an immense amount of trash produced by this event. We want to help the environment by decreasing the pollution produced by the March for Science! Net Impact STEM will meet up at a designated location TBA after the march with trash bags and gloves to help pick up the trash everyone leaves behind.  If you are interested in volunteering please email us at netimpactumd.stem@gmail.comor text @umdnimpact to 81010. We will send you our meeting place and time as soon as we receive more information about the march route!

Help Team BioCHIPS

We are Team Biochips, and we need your help! We are a completely student- led research team who is working on a research project on optimizing the current gut-on-a-chip model to better quantitatively measure the effects of novel drug treatments for gut diseases. However, the materials and equipment needed to conduct this research is expensive, and we need your help to finish this project. Please donate to us through this link:

Any amount would be absolutely amazing! And, to learn more about us, please visit:

Student Research Technician Position in Entomology

Supervisor: Kelly Hamby

Position Description: The Hamby Lab in the Department of Entomology is hiring 2-3 student research technicians for Summer 2017. The Hamby lab performs basic and applied research in sustainable agriculture, working in multiple Mid-Atlantic agroecosystems with interests that include integrated pest management, invasive species, and insect-microorganism interactions (for more information, please visit our website at The technician’s time will be split between field and lab work, with specific duties determined based on applicant experience and interest. Field work will be conducted at various sites across Maryland, including both university research stations and commercial farms. The successful applicant will be responsible for assisting with maintaining insect colonies, culturing and identifying microorganisms, planting and maintaining experimental plots, harvesting crops, trapping insects, and assisting with data collection for both field and laboratory assays. In addition, the technician will assist with general laboratory maintenance. Technicians will work cooperatively with other lab members, and all training and transportation to off-campus sites will be provided. There will be opportunities to learn microbiology and molecular biology techniques (e.g., sterile culturing of microbes, PCR, etc.) if interest is shown. Positions will be full time (40 hours per week) during the summer, with opportunities for continued part-time employment throughout the academic year dependent on performance and interest.

Primary Responsibilities: These may include, but are not limited to, the following:

1.) Weekly sampling at various field sites, followed by the processing of field samples.

2.) Collection and processing of plant, soil, and insect specimens from various field trials and experiments, as well as some insect identification.

3.) Isolation, culture, and identification of microorganisms from insects.

4.) Rearing and maintenance of laboratory insect colonies.

5.) Conducing laboratory behavioral assays to study the impacts of yeast and fungal microbes on Drosophila life history traits.

6.) Assisting with studies to measure spray coverage in Maryland brambles, including developing and processing spray cards, and setting up laboratory bioassays.

7.) Data entry and summarization according to standard laboratory protocols.

Note: Additional responsibilities may vary depending on individual interests and as research emphasis changes in each laboratory.

Requirements: Must be 18 years or older and a current student at the University of Maryland. A current Maryland driver’s license with a clean driving record is required. Background in biology or other life sciences, and experience in entomology, agriculture, or molecular biology is preferred but not necessary. Candidates should demonstrate an enthusiasm for working both outdoors and in a sterile lab environment. The incumbent must also be capable of driving a large work vehicle and be physically able to lift at least 50 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications: Preference will be given to applicants with: 1) Previous experience/employment in an academic laboratory environment, 2) insect rearing experience, 3) agricultural experience, 4) ability to work outdoors, potentially under harsh environmental conditions.

Closing Date. Review of applications will begin on May 5th, and will remain open until the positions are filled.

Applications. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, CV/resume, and a list of 3 references to Joshua Yeroshefsky (

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


The FDA Office of Women’s Health (OWH) is accepting applications for a one-year ORISE Research Participant position beginning May 2017. The fellow will work directly with Pamela E. Scott, PhD, MA – OWH Deputy Director and Director of Research and Development.

FDA OWH Mission:

 Protect and advance the health of women through science, education, and outreach

 Advocate for the inclusion of women in clinical trials and analysis of sex/gender effects

 Increase scientific knowledge through advanced professional training/education related to sex and gender differences

 Disseminate FDA health and safety information to women’s health stakeholders


ORISE Participants with the OWH Research and Development Division will be engaged in the following professional activities:

 Assist in the assessment of demographic inclusion in clinical trials, conduct of sex analyses, and other women’s health related studies for FDA-regulated products

 Perform qualitative and quantitative data analysis

 Search, review, and communicate findings from the scientific literature on relevant topics

 Perform scientific review of progress and final reports for OWH-funded projects

 Perform scientific review of proposals submitted for funding consideration

 Collaborate with experts to develop presentations for national meetings

 Author scientific posters, manuscripts and other scholarship dissemination methods



 Master’s degree (e.g. MS, MPH, etc.) in epidemiology or public health with strong data analysis and interpretation skills.

 Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills are required.

References will be required.

Please send inquiries to:

Learn more about the OWH Research and Development Program:

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Participants Needed For the Eyes and Ears of Autism Research Project

Participants must also be verbal and between the ages of 18-35. If
you are interested in participating please fill out this form and
email us at with any questions.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Philosophy Matters presents: Implicit Bias - 4/24

Peter Carruthers
Department of Philosophy

Mon. 4/24/17 
@ 4:00pm
Tydings 1102

Our explicit attitudes towards our fellow humans shape our treatment of them.  But many of our actions seem to be guided by our less than explicit dispositions toward others. Many racist and prejudicial attitudes are thought to be such implicit biases. What is the role of these bias attitudes in our actions and decision making?  Can their impact on our actions be overcome by explicit attitudes or beliefs?  Are these implicit attitudes different in kind compared to the explicit attitudes we endorse?  

Free refreshments provided!

Now Hiring SAT/ACT Prep Class Instructors

Communities United Against Hate (CUAH) Launch Event and Volunteer Fair - 4/23

Communities United Against Hate is having a Launch Event this Sunday (4/23) from 4:30- 6:30PM at Bethesda Chevy Chase High school! CUAH is a nonpartisan organization with lots of leadership opportunities for those interested in advocacy and public policy.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh will be at the Launch as our keynote speaker, along with many other government and community leaders. The event will also feature a volunteer fair with more than 50 non-profits and corporations that are recruiting and looking for active volunteers. The Launch Event is sponsored by numerous elected officials and delegates and should be a great networking opportunity!

The CUAH Launch Event is metro-accessible and free to attend! Contact Angela Wu at for more information. Register here:

Distracted Online? Volunteers needed for study on Online Distraction

Do you ever waste time online? You can participate in this study that tests some strategies for reducing online distraction. It uses a chrome extension program over 2 days, but will require less than half ann hour of your active participation. 

If you are 18 years or older, you can get started at this link:
Thank you!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Connect with someone across the globe via a Portal on campus!

Connect with someone across the globe! This April, UMD is joining the global network of Portals, which are gold-painted shipping containers equipped with immersive audio and video technology. Upon entering, you come face-to-face with someone in another Portal. You can make eye contact and converse as if in the same room – live, full-body and with translation when needed. The experience has been described as “breathing the same air.”

The UMD Portal will be located on Tawes Plaza outside of the Benjamin Building.

It will delivered Tuesday, April 18, will operate April 24-May 2, and will be removed on Wednesday, April 3. It is open for all to experience! The online signup for will be available at this Friday, April 21.

The Spring 2017 UMD Portal Project is presented by The Clarice in partnership with the Provost's Office, the College of Arts and Humanities Dean's Office, Beyond the Classroom, Roshan Institute for Persian Studies and the UMD School of Music. The Clarice has also been working with University Marketing and the College of Education on the placement of the Portal and its integration into the campus' Maryland Day activities.

BHC De-Stress Event: Free Yoga with Dr. Dwyer! May 1, Please RSVP

The Black Honors Caucus will be hosting a 2-part finals preparation event on May 1st at 6 pm. We will be holding a workshop run by Learning Assistance Services to review test taking strategies and time management skills. We will also host a free yoga session lead by Dr. Susan Dwyer, director of the Honors College, so that students have a chance to relax and clear their minds before the finals preparation begins. The event will occur in Anne Arundel Hall Basement and will last approximately 90 minutes. It will be open to the first 20 students to RSVP.

We Advance Africa: ASPAC - Executive Board Elections for 2017-2018

If you are interested in being on the ASPAC E-board for the 2017-2018 school year, applications for all positions are now OPEN! We are looking for anyone who is interested in taking this organization to new heights moving forward. Feel free to get in contact with us if you need additional details. APPLY APPLY APPLY: 

Voting will take place Monday, May 1st, 2017 @ 5pm in the Benjamin Banneker Room in Stamp!

Relay for Life - Saturday, April 22

Relay for Life is this Saturday, April 22 from noon to midnight at Ludwig Field! Help us fight cancer and celebrate all of the great fundraising that we have done so far. There will be food and games, so bring your friends! If you are interested in signing up or donating, go to

Challenge Course Facilitator Position Summer 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

Salary Negotiation Workshop 4/25 Registration required.

The Department of Women’s Studies is sponsoring an AAUW Salary Negotiation Workshop, Tuesday, April 25 2017, 5:15-7:45 pm.  Developed by the American Association of University Women, the Start Smart workshop educates about the gender gap in pay while equipping college women and men to face the job market with the confidence, knowledge, and skills they need to negotiate better salaries and benefits.

Why sign up?  According to research, only 25 percent of students report feeling confident that they can successfully negotiate a good salary and benefits package.  This is especially significant for women negotiating their first salary. After attending a Start Smart workshop, a majority of participants report feeling more confident about in their negotiating ability.

Attendees will gain valuable salary negotiation skills by learning: 
· how the gender wage gap affects their lives
· how to develop a personal budget to determine salary needs
· how to benchmark salary and benefits
· how to negotiate for a salary--especially their first salary out of college

Registration is required.
Seating is limited, so sign up today!

Tuesday, April 25, 5:15-7:45 pm
5:15 – 5:30 pm – Sign in, pre-assessment, refreshments
5:30 – 7:30 pm – Salary Negotiation Workshop
7:30 – 7:45 pm – Post-workshop assessment

FREE and open to any University of Maryland student.  Registration required.

To register, go to  Your place in the workshop will be confirmed by email.

For questions, please contact Professor Elsa Barkley Brown, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Women’s Studies – or 301-405-7710.