Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Volunteer to Teach Science to Kids! - First Meeting 2/7

Love teaching, working with kids, or exploring the sciences? Then SEAS - Science Enrichment After School - is the group for you! We are a student-led organization at UMD dedicated to spreading enthusiasm and a love for the sciences to local elementary school kids in PG County. We are currently looking for more UMD students to teach this semester!

Our group visits Adelphi Elementary School's after school program every Wednesday and Thursday from 2:30PM - 4:00PM to teach fun, interactive, and creative lesson plans designed to inspire young students in the sciences. Adelphi ES is only 10 minutes from campus and accessible by the 108 UM shuttle. If you have class during the times we visit Adelphi ES, you can still contribute by designing fun science lesson plans for the kids!

E-mail us at if you're interested in joining. You can find more information on our website: and at our first GBM, which is on Wednesday, February 7th, in room 1205 CCC (Cambridge Community Center) at 6 pm.

Schools for Smiles

Schools for Smiles is a student-based nonprofit organization that goes to local Title 1 elementary schools to teach about oral hygiene, public health, and nutrition. The mission of School for Smiles is to provide free, sponsored, regular oral hygiene lessons in elementary schools as an effort to promote oral health and decrease oral diseases which are prevalent among low-income children and families. If anyone is interested in joining the org, contact us at for more details!

Who are the Black Faculty and Staff?" Networking Dinner - 2/13

On behalf of the Black Honors Caucus, we would like to cordially invite you to attend our annual "Who Are Black Faculty and Staff? Networking Dinner." The event will be taking place on Tuesday, February 13th from 7:00 - 9:00 PM in the Colony Ballroom of Stamp Student Union. 
The goal of this event is to allow students to network with the Black faculty and staff in the University of Maryland community. Many students have never had a Black professor, or never had the chance to interact with them on a personal level, especially in certain fields. It is our hope that this event will introduce Black students to UMD's Black faculty and staff community and build connections that allow students to gain role models and mentors.
Please RSVP to confirm your attendance: 
Faculty and Staff:
We hope that you can join us in connecting with the Black community on campus at this wonderful event!

LitFest Contest 2018 - Deadline 2/5

Announcing the Jimenez-Porter Literary Prize a.k.a.

The Jimenez-Porter Writers’ House is proud to award the fourteenth annual Literary Prize for Undergraduate Writing at LITFEST on THURSDAY, May 10, 2018.  Winners must attend & read at LITFEST to collect.

1st place award (1 each in poetry and fiction):  $150.00
2nd place award (1 each in poetry and fiction):  $100.00
3rd place award (1 each in poetry and fiction):  $50.00

How, or Guidelines for Submissions: 
Ø  Poetry submissions must not exceed 3 pages, maximum 1 poem per page.  Fiction submissions must not exceed 3000 words.
Ø  To submit go to, click on “Submit,” and choose categories of “Jimenez-Porter Literary Prize” in Prose or Poetry.
Ø  Do not put your name or contact info on body of work. Work is judged anonymously, by an “outside” judge (i.e. outside of University of Maryland).
Ø  For more information about guidelines, please e-mail Johnna Schmidt at

Theta Tau Spring Rush, Co-Ed Professional Engineering Fraternity

Are you an engineering student looking to broaden your professional network and meet people within the Clark School of Engineering?  If so, Theta Tau is the professional fraternity for you!  Theta Tau is a nationwide co-ed professional engineering fraternity which focuses on professionalism, service, and brotherhood.  Our alumni and current members work in all disciplines of engineering at many prestigious companies, such as NASA, Facebook, Space-x, and many more. But more than that, they have made friends which will last them a lifetime

The events are as follows:
Wed 1/31 First info session in JMP 3201 at 8:00 PM
Thu 2/1 Second info session in KEB 1110 at 7:30 PM
Sun 2/4 Field day and Dodgeball at Ritchie Coliseum at 11 AM
Mon 2/5 Speed Dating and Dinner at Jason's Deli starting at 5:30 PM
Tue 2/6 Trivia & Game Night in KEB 1111 at 9:15 PM
Wed 2/7 Professional Development and Resume workshop in the KEB Rotunda at 7:30 PM
Friday 2/9 Invite only

Intern for a Day connects undergraduate UMD students with alumni, parents, employers and community partners for one day job shadowing experiences. - Orientations 2/5-2/8


In order to receive an application to participate in Intern for a Day, students must attend an informative, 30-minute orientation session that will cover the application process, how students will be matched with a host, best practices when shadowing the host on-site and how to show appreciation to the host after the experience.

Spring 2018 Intern for a Day Orientation Dates (Total of 8 Sessions Available): 
All orientations take place in the University Career Center & The President's Promise
3100 Hornbake Library, South Wing

Please RSVP for the session that works best with your schedule.
Students will receive the application after attending one of the orientation sessions above.  Applications will be due Sunday, February 11 at 11:59pm.

The majority of questions about Intern for a Day's process and structure will be addressed during the mandatory orientation session.  For other questions or concerns, please email

Students who have already participated in Intern for a Day still need to attend one orientation session. 

Maryland Student Researchers / Database of Opportunities


Learn more about the Maryland Student Researchers program, and review over 160 available opportunities by visiting our website at:

The Maryland Student Researchers (MSR) program maintains 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. Over 160 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 has scheduled numerous early-semester 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. RSVP for the session you plan to attend to 

Thursday, February 1, 2-2:30 pm - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Thursday, February 1, 3:00-3:30 pm - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Friday, February 2, 10:00-10:30 am - 1201 Marie Mount Hall
Friday. February 2, 1:00-1:30 pm - 1201 Marie Mount Hall

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 undergraduates 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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Kaplan is launching a Prep for the Win Campaign to help all students prepare for their graduate school exams - 1/30, 31

Check out this week's the FREE events below! You can sign up at


Jan 30 - 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM MOLECULAR GENETICS: Follow along with the great epic in molecular biology: the creation of a protein from an mRNA transcript during translation. No worries, you won't have to do any translating because we'll teach the process in clear, straightforward English!
Jan 31 - 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM MCAT BOOTCAMP: Need to ace the MCAT? Attend our free, 2-hour, intensive Bootcamp—if you dare! You'll gain some problem-solving and endurance skills necessary to tackle the test like a pro.


Jan 30 - 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM DATA SUFFICIENCY: Knowing where to start in a Data Sufficiency question can be the hardest part. Join us in this session to practice the initial reasoning steps this question type demands. The best short cut is a thorough analysis!
Jan 31 - 9:00 PM to 11:00 PM GMAT BOOTCAMP: Need to ace the GMAT? Attend our free, 2-hour, intensive Bootcamp—if you dare! You'll gain some problem-solving and endurance skills necessary to tackle the test like a pro.

Are you a club leader? Want to earn free Kaplan scholarships ($2499 value)? You can give it to a deserving member, raffle for fundraising dollars (not making that kind of money with a bake sale!), auction at a meeting to drive attendance or whatever else you decide to do with it. Contact to learn more!


The Advocacy Project (AP) is looking for graduate students with a passion for social justice to work with AP's community-based partner organizations in the summer of 2018. AP has deployed 294 Peace Fellows since 2003. Check below for this year’s openings and programs.

The work: Fellows will help host organizations to publicize their work; support a pilot project for social change; strengthen their organizations; and build their international network. In the process, Fellows will get unique first-hand experience of human rights that will benefit them academically and professionally. All positions are full-time and will last for 10 weeks (June- August) or 6 months (June-December). Fellows will receive a $1,000 stipend, plus $250 for travel and translation where appropriate. All Fellows will attend training in Washington D.C. in May 2018.

Qualifications: AP’s fellowship program is geared to graduate students who are studying for a Masters degree, although exceptions can be made. Essential qualifications include experience of working abroad, a knowledge of and interest in IT and social media; a commitment to human rights and advocacy, and an ability to work in a challenging environment. In some locations, a foreign language may be required. There are no geographic or nationality restrictions.

To Apply: The deadline for applying is March 16, 2018. Read more about our job descriptions. To apply, fill out the application here, send in your $25 application fee here, and email your CV and Cover Letter to When sending in your $25 application fee, click the link provided on this page, which takes you to a donation page for The Advocacy Project. Select your gift amount as ‘other’ and enter $25. This will be a one-time payment.
Choose your method of payment in the ‘payment information’ section. Finally, in the section that asks if there is a special purpose for your donation, write Fellowship Fee.


Fellowship #1 – Accessible sanitation for schools in northern Uganda. Help the Gulu Disabled Persons Union to build an accessible toilet for students with disability in north Uganda. Based in Gulu town, Uganda.

Fellowship #2 – Conflict resolution between pastoralists in northwest Kenya. Help Children Peace Initiative of Kenya to end conflict between Samburu and Turkana pastoralists in Samburu County. Knowledge of conflict resolution preferred. Based in Nairobi, Kenya.

Fellowship #3 – Reproductive health care in eastern Nepal. Help Care Women Nepal (CWN) to organize a health camp for women with prolapse in Dhankuta district. Based in Kathmandu and Dhankuta, Nepal.

Fellowship #4 – Support for wives of the disappeared in western Nepal. Help wives of those who disappeared to sell their embroidered bags and lobby the new government for justice. Based in Kathmandu and Bardiya, Nepal.

Fellowship #5 – Support victims of Agent Orange in northern Vietnam. Help the Association for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (AEPD) tell the story of Agent Orange through individual families and raise funds for caregivers. Based in Dong Hoi, Vietnam.

Fellowship #6 – Combat menstrual banishment in western Nepal. Work with the Women’s Reproductive Rights Program (WRRP) to enforce the law prohibiting the demeaning and dangerous practice of chhaupadi. Based in Surkhet District, Nepal.

Fellowship #7 - Empower refugee women from Syria and Iraq through embroidery. Work through the Collateral Repair Project in Jordan to train refugee women in embroidery and help sell their products. Arabic language skills required. Based in Amman, Jordan.

Fellowship #8 – Use education to end child labor in the brick factories of Nepal. Work with CONCERN to rescue 50 children from work in bricks and place them in school. Based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Fellowship #9 - Child Marriage in Zimbabwe. Work with the Women Advocacy Project (WAP) to campaign against child marriage in Zimbabwe. Base in Harare, Zimbabwe.

For questions please contact The Advocacy Project by phone at (202) 758-3328 or by email at