Friday, August 11, 2017

The Diamondback Opinion Desk is looking to hire columnists for the 2017/2018 academic year.

 Columnists will submit weekly opinion articles of 500-700 words on political, social or campus topics of their choice, and may be published both online and in our print edition. All majors are welcome to apply; we encourage applicants with previous columnist or editorial experience. Examples of typical submissions can be found at www.dbknews.com/category/opinion/.

Interested students should apply by emailing their resume, contact information (major, class year, phone number, and twitter handle) and an original sample column with appropriate URL citations to Reuven Bank and Max Foley-Keene at opinionumdbk@gmail.com by August 17th.

Sadat Chair Student Office Assistant Position for Fall 2017

The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development is accepting applications for a student office assistant for the fall 2017 semester. This is a paid position. We are looking for an assistant with
excellent writing and oral communication skills, research experience, and a background assisting with on-campus events. Applicants with knowledge of SPSS, Microsoft Office Suite, and Adobe Acrobat will be given preference. If you are interested, please email your resume, a cover letter that includes your hours of availability, a one-page writing sample, and the names and phone
numbers of two references to sadat@umd.edu. Please write “Sadat Chair Student Office Assistant Application” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants who are considered will be contacted for an in-person interview.

Work with UMD Upward Bound!


University of Maryland - Pre-College Programs
 (Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math-Science) is looking to fill the following positions for our upcoming academic year program:
- Instructors
- Tutors

For more information, visit www.precollege.umd.edu and select "Employment" or click here.

Child Development Lab in Benjamin Building fall undergraduate research opportunities

Two Opportunities:

In collaboration with Dr. Nathan Fox, I am currently conducting research that investigates the relations between a child’s temperament, their brain activity, and the likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder later in life. A lot of my research focuses on how brain systems related to self-monitoring or attention increase or decrease the likelihood of developing anxiety. I am also interested in how factors like genetics, social relationships, or parenting style contribute to the likelihood of developing an anxiety disorder. I am looking for an undergraduate that is interested in investigating these questions. Responsibilities would include performing literature reviews, preparing data for analysis and learning how to analyze data. Prior experience with a programming language is preferred, but not required. However, an interest in learning some aspects of programming is a must. Prior completion of courses in statistics and research methodology are also preferred, but not required. Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Dr. George Buzzell at gbuzzell@umd.edu. The cover letter should describe your general research interests and future career goals, as well as indicate why you feel that you would be a good fit for this position. Please indicate relevant coursework that you have completed and your current GPA.


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UMD Child Development Lab: Fall Internship Opportunity

The University of Maryland’s Child Development Laboratory, under the direction of Dr. Nathan Fox, is now accepting applications for their fall internship. Successful applicants will work on two projects funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, called the Temperament Over Time Study (TOTS) and Bench to Bedside. TOTS is a large, longitudinal study that examines the effects of infant temperament on later social and cognitive development. Participants are now entering middle adolescence, and this position involves supporting a clinician in scheduling and executing home visits. For Bench to Bedside, interns will assist in conducting literature reviews regarding  Functional Near Infra Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS) studies as well as laterality and handedness. In addition to assisting with these projects, interns will gain experience with data entry, behavioral coding, and time management. Those majoring in Psychology, Human Cognitive or Affective Neuroscience, or other social science related field are encouraged to apply. The position requires attention to detail, and excellent interpersonal skills. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV, and an unofficial transcript to Betsy Smith at esmith23@umd.edu. Please submit all application materials by August 21st

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

CONSIDER THE 2018 SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCE!

TOP 5 REASONS TO CONSIDER THE 2018 SOUTHEAST ASIA GLOBAL IMMERSION EXPERIENCE! 
 
1) Great Educational Experience 
If you love the idea of learning about different cultures, meeting new people, earning credit, and travelling, the 2018 Winter term Southeast Asia immersion experience offers a lifetime opportunity as you will visit Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.
 
Celebrate New Year's Eve in Bangkok! Discover the ancient ruins of Angkor Wat (world's top tourist destination & one of the important archaeological sites in the world). See first hand how Vietnam has become one of the most attractive emerging markets, explore the Cu Chi Tunnels and travel by boat through the Mekong Delta. In Malaysia, learn from the locals about the food and how to cook it, while learning the stories behind the flavors. In Singapore you will see how a country with no natural resources, has transformed itself to become a world leader for business, public policy, education, community development, crime control, and urban planning. Singapore is one of the world's leading financial centers, international air and sea hubs and one of the most open economies for trade and investments.
 
This epic tour of Southeast Asia offers an extraordinary experience to see the distinct societies through business and cultural activities. With its combined population of more than 600 million people you will learn about the dynamic growth of the economies in Southeast Asia. The course will also examine the influences of economic development and emerging trends in global business. The Southeast Asia global immersion program highlights the diversity and commonalities of the region in terms of political systems, modernization trends, religious traditions, ethnic identities, emerging social issues and dominant cultural systems. Additionally, this course draws on first hand experiences in the region to explore the cultural, historical, political, and social challenges in the region.
 
Past global class trips have involved visiting the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the lead government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business center; ExxonMobil, the largest foreign manufacturing investor in Singapore; Asia Pacific Breweries, producer of Singapore’s award-winning Tiger Beer and ranked one of the top companies in Asia with a reputation for being a top value creator for its customers, consumers, and shareholders; and Marina Bay Sands, the world’s most expensive stand-alone casino property worth $8 billion. Other organizational visits have included the Housing and Development Board, Media Development Authority, BBC, Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND Malaysia, Jurong Town Corporation, Port of Singapore Authority, Discovery Networks, eBay, Petronas, Royal Selangor, A*STAR, Yahoo, APL, and ESPN. For a glance into the political and system, the class toured Singapore’s Parliament and Supreme Court.



2) Culture 
Southeast Asia is a fascinating and important region of the world, characterized first and foremost by remarkable diversity in culture and history.  It includes some of the world’s major religions and ethnic groups, as well as many local cultures, and languages.  Given the strong focus on culture, this course will fulfill one of your University Diversity General Education requirements. The course also meets the BSE supporting course requirement. 


3) Enjoyment

Along with a great learning experience, you will have fun in a sunny and warm climate with plenty of wonderful attractions (Sentosa Beach, Universal Studios, S.E.A. Aquarium, Night Safari, Singapore Flyer), and great nightlife. 

Take a walk with Elephants in Thailand and take part in feeding, bathing and preparing medicine for them while they roam freely in a cage-less sanctuary. Discover the importance of Elephants in Thai society and how they are an important part of Buddhism in Thailand. Who does not love to haggle or bargain for better prices? Come try your luck at the street markets of Bangkok and you may discover gems, such as a silk scarf for only US$2 as discovered by one of the students on a past trip, on some of the team adventures that you will be a part of. You will also get to immerse yourself in nature away from the cities as you go canoeing in the islands off Phuket. You will head into caves on canoes where the clearance are sometimes less than three foot as you reappear into some of the most beautiful unspoiled part of nature.

In Cambodia you will discover in the city of temples, Angkor Wat. Voted as the #1 destination for visit by TripAdvisor in 2017, dive into this rich tapestry of culture and mythology as you bear witness to the devotion of the locals to their beliefs and how Buddhism came about to be the dominant religion in Cambodia. Also, if your are brave enough, how about a deep fried tarantula or maybe a grilled tree grub, some of nature's best sources of protein?

Heading into Vietnam, you will get to experience the Mekong River Delta as a local as you get on sampans to visit villages upstream as well as sharing a meal with a local Vietamese family as they welcome us into their home and prepare delicious home cooked food to fully immerse us into their lives. We would also get to visit the Cu Chi Tunnels, to discover the simple tactics, creativity and tenacity of the locals to outsmart a better trained, better equipped and significantly larger foreign army coalition. And for those who wonder what it is like to fire weapons from that era, you will even have the opportunity to head to a gun range and try your hands at them

Kuala Lumpur, capital of Malaysia, is a mixture of various races and religions. While here, we will travel into one of the villages and meet with locals who have lived their entire lives in the village but have made great contribution to the national cause. Have you ever cooked before or have always felt that your best is only to pick up the phone to call for pizza? Have no fear as we will learn from the grandmaster of Roti Canai, whose many disciples can be found in Australia, United Kingdom and even right here in America. Roti Canai, a simple pancake like dish, would have you begging for seconds once you have tasted it. If you want more, you will then get to cook it under the guidance of the grandmaster. If Roti Canai is not your style, you will also learn from the other chefs how to prepare other wonderful local dishes that will have you drooling each time you think about it when you are back home. Since we are in a tropical climate, you will also get to enjoy the many fruits and berries unique to this region. Meet the King of Fruit here and discover for yourself if you love it or would take a long hard stare at its prickly exterior that encases a creamy yummy goodness.

Singapore, often see as a crossroad between the Western and Eastern world, has some of the best food you could find in the world. You will get to go on an epic food trail that takes you to various parts of the country as you navigate the local public subways and buses to get to the best collection of food that Singapore has to offer. You will also go an Amazing Race-style adventure to discover the history of this country and the rich tapestries of cultures of the locals. Be amazed as you visit a pop-up seasonal night market to discover street food from all parts of the world as well as finding a bargain or two at the apparel sections. One of the most inventive ideas to appear in Singapore in recent years is the advent of a vending machine-like building consisting of luxury and super cars. Extreme sports like bungy jumping is no longer the purview of New Zealand. You will find the latest experience in the world of extreme sports as AJ Hackett1 has just opened his newest location in Singapore, which allows you to bungy jump from the top of a tower at the Southern-most point of Continental Asia, as well as experience the fastest and largest swing in the world. For those who are in for more thrills, the world's largest indoor vertical wind tunnel, iFly1, will also present you the experience of skydiving within the confines of a safe space without the need of jumping out of a plane. 

Some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are in Southeast Asia. If you're a scuba diver, you'll be in heaven in SE Asia, but even if you're not a diver, the snorkelling is incredible too. Crystal-clear waters give great visibility. For those of you without any scuba diving experience, you will get the opportunity to Discover Scuba, as Dive Instructors will teach you the basics of scuba diving and then lead you into the wonderful underwater world. The ratio of Dive Instructor to students will be capped at 1 : 6. (Due to the nature of these activities, these activities will be considered optional and will not be costed into your program fee. Arrangements will be made once enrollment has been confirmed, with the Teacher who will be running the operations for the program, on the group rates for each of these activities). See the link for our 2014 class dive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnALcWHSXTw
 
 4) People & Food of Southeast Asia
 
Local people have a huge impact on our overall opinion of a country. Southeast Asia has some of the kindest people anywhere. This is the perfect place to have random, amazing encounters with the friendly locals.
 
The food of this region is bursting with flavor! Each dish is prepared with complex flavors and a perfect balance of salty, sweet, spicy, and sour notes. Rice and curry are commonly served together, while noodles are typically fried together with sauces, meat, and vegetables. Many students on past trips still reminisce about the food they had experience while in South East Asia.
 
 
5) Value for the Money

This part of the world is definitely easy on your personal budget. Generally speaking your money goes a lot further in Asia. While multiple global courses are offered, the Southeast Asia tour offers great value.  The program fee is estimated at $3,300 plus airfare of $1,200-$1,600.  Southeast Asia is cheaper than Europe, the weather is better, there’s no pressure to learn the language, and SE Asia is more exotic than Europe. The program fee includes UM tuition, fees, hotel accommodations, 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. Smith students are eligible for a $600 scholarship. https://www.rhsmith.umd.edu/smithglobal/programs_initiatives/undergraduate_programs/financing_study_abroad

The Office of Education Abroad is now accepting applications for the 2018 short term education abroad program to Southeast Asia. In order to apply go to http://globalmaryland.umd.edu/offices/education-abroad/program/11085. It is to your advantage to complete your application as soon as possible but no later than Date:October 1 st.  
Depart: December 27. Experience ends the evening of January 15th.  The actual city listing in the end can change as a result of risk management considerations and State Department warnings.  The above program will not be offered in 2019.

Medical School - Secondaries Consultation

With all these stressed out premeds, it doesn't take a genius to realize that secondaries have been released for the 2017-2018 medical school application cycle! Struggling to articulate yourself? Got writer's block? White Coat Admissions Strategists, LLC (WCS) has your back!

Check out how a group of incoming med students (accepted into the best medical schools across the country no less) provides low-cost medical admissions consulting to help you submit the best secondaries to your respective schools: http://www.wcstrategists.com/secondaries-only.html. Slightly late in the process? No problem! WCS is still providing its comprehensive package, which you can also peruse on the website.

Schedule a free consultation now and get into the best medical school for you! Feel free to reach out to Duyhoang Dinh at Duyhoang.Dinh@gmail with any questions!

Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention Research Assistant position

Position Announcement: Research Assistant
The Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention (CECEI) seeks an energetic, detail-oriented, highly organized and innovative individual to support the overall operations of
the center and to promote CECEI efforts focused on family and community outreach. This is a one year position, commencing in early September 2017, with the possibility of renewal
dependent upon performance and funding. Applicants must be available to work onsite 20 hours per week, Monday through Thursday.
 

Background on the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention
CECEI, based in the College of Education at the University of Maryland, is a joint initiative between the Department of Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education and the
Department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. The mission of CECEI is to conduct high-quality research on early childhood education and early intervention programs in order to inform State and Federal policy, to translate research into scalable education programs engagement in their children’s education.


CECEI Research Assistant Responsibilities and Qualifications
The Research Assistant will support the overall functioning of the Center by focusing on communication, website development, social media management, and supporting current projects. The Research Assistant will ensure that families, parents, teachers, and counselors
have access to resources and materials to help inform their own policies and practices. In addition, the Research Assistant will serve as the person to contact when practitioners or community members are in need of further resources or direction.


Additional responsibilities include:
• Overall administrative support of the Center
• Updating and maintaining the Center website and Twitter page
• Support the hiring of CECEI personnel (e.g., advertising, correspondence, interview
scheduling, etc.)
• Disseminating relevant news, research reports, and topical discussions via social
media
• Promoting family and community outreach (translation and application of research to
parenting/teaching) through social media
• Organizing meetings and CECEI professional development offerings

Minimum Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education,
Human Development, Child Development or a related field
• Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
• Evidence of exemplary interpersonal skills
• Evidence of strong analytical and organizational skills
• Evidence of technology skills (Google Drive, social media, and Microsoft Office)
Preferred Qualifications
• Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education,
Human Development, Child Development or a related field (Current Doctoral students
are also encouraged to apply)
• Experience in Early Childhood General or Special Education
• Experience organizing professional development for small groups
• Experience as a research assistant, notably with website/social media responsibilities
• Experience implementing school and community engagement initiatives


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, or political affiliation. Minorities are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit the following materials electronically​: Cover letter summarizing qualifications; a current curriculum vitae/resume; names, addresses, phone numbers, and email
addresses of three individuals who may be contacted by the committee as references; and two writing samples (one formal, such as a literature review, and one informal, such as an email to a
colleague or a supervisor). Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed.


For best consideration, please submit all materials by 5:00 PM on August 4th, 2017. ​


All inquiries, nominations and applications should include the subject line “CECEI Fall 2017
Research Assistant” ​and be sent to: CECEI@umd.edu.

Global Service in the Dominican Republic - Study Abroad - January 2018


Global Communities is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for our Winter 2018 short-term study abroad program, Global Service in the Dominican Republic.  This course is designed to give you real-life, hands-on experience as international community service providers, by applying scholarship to practice.

    This 3-credit study abroad course counts towards General Education: Diversity/Cultural Competence and as an elective for the Global Poverty Minor.  Students can choose to earn credit as course number BSGC338D (Global Communities) or LASC369R (Latin American Studies Certificate). The course is open to undergraduate students in all programs and majors. Spanish language skills are helpful, but not required. The course is taught by Jazmin Pichardo (Global Communities) and Jeremy Gombin-Sperling (Office of Diversity and Inclusion; International Education Policy).  


    We highly encourage you to begin your application soon. This way you will get a sense of what the requirements and potential costs of the program will be.  The fee is currently set at $2,395. This fee includes the three course credits, housing, all meals, excursions, lectures, other activities during the program, in-country transportation, and international health insurance. Scholarships are available, and it may be possible to use your financial aid towards costs.  If you start an application, you will get access to the scholarship form. The scholarship deadline is September 24th. The program deadline is Oct. 1st.

    If you have any questions about the program structure and content, please reach out to us at drwinter18@umd.edu.  For any questions about the application itself, please contact eashortterm@umd.edu.

Job Opportunity @ Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is recruiting for the Director’s Financial Analyst position, and we want to encourage recent UMD students or recent graduates to apply. I would greatly appreciate if you took the time to pass this information along – eligible applicants will have graduated in the last two years or will graduate by December 2017.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM 
This unique, two-year rotational fellowship sits at the intersection of the federal government and the financial services industry. Director’s Financial Analysts are given the opportunity to hone analytical and problem solving skills while helping to make markets for consumer financial products work for Americans. Members of the Director’s Financial Analyst Program will experience diverse roles, responsibilities, and areas of expertise. As a result, in a short period of time, analysts will play an integral role in everything the CFPB does, from rigorous data-driven policy creation and market monitoring to on-site supervision of market participants. All analysts will complete developmental rotations in offices throughout the CFPB. These rotations are designed to provide exposure to the analysis, strategy, research, education, policy development, supervision, enforcement, and rulemaking activities throughout the Bureau.
We are recruiting for positions that begin in October 2017 or later. The fellowship is a full-time position located at the CFPB’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Previous Director’s Financial Analysts have used the program as a springboard to further their careers. Some graduates of the program have moved on to:

  • Graduate school (Columbia Economics, Harvard Business, Yale Law)
  • Private industry (Amazon, Uber, Quicken Loans)
  • Public sector (Department of the Treasury, NY Fed)

HOW TO APPLY
To apply, prospective applicants must apply through our official job posting at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/475562400. The job posting will be open from July 31 to August 7, 2017.

Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. Interested students or graduates should feel free to reach out to us with any questions about the position or application process at strategy@cfpb.gov.

Academic Achievement Programs (AAP) office is hiring tutors

Come join our team and get paid while using your academic skills and confidence to help others succeed at their academic goals! The Academic Achievement Programs (AAP) office is hiring tutors for the 2017 - 2018 year. Applicants must have a minimum grade of B in the course for which they are applying and a cumulative GPA not less than 2.75. To complete an application and see a list of classes tutors are needed for, please visit go.umd.edu/AAPtutorapp or 
email Christal Dimas at aaptutoring@umd.edu.

Boost your creative confidence: Apply to take IDEA258A (1-credit) this fall!

Want to flex and strengthen your creativity muscles? Looking for a fun 1-credit course to take this semester?

This fall, learn to see the world like a designer and unleash your inner innovator in this 1-credit course, IDEA258A
: “Becoming a Design Thinker: Mindsets and Tools for Innovation.” Offered by the Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, this class is open to ALL majors, but space is limited!

Learn more and apply by Tuesday 8/15ter.ps/IDEA258A