Friday, April 27, 2018

Spring Grill n' Chill - 5/11

To close out this semester and ring in the warm weather (hopefully), three of the Honors College Student Orgs -- the Honors College Student Programming Council, the Black Honors Caucus, and the W.E.B. Du Bois Honor Society -- have partnered up to give you a heckin' good final Spring event. IT'S FREE. Oh, and Anne Arundel is right behind McKeldin, so plan to come eat with us for your study break!

Our annual Spring Grill n' Chill event will include all of your favorite elements: FREE FOOD (hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, veggies, chips, etc.), FREE DRINKS (DIY summer drink station with juices and punch), UMD DAIRY ICE CREAM, music, and lawn games. And if that wasn't enough to get you to come out and enjoy our last hoorah, we're adding a very special element this year: an Open Mic event.

The Open Mic portion of the Spring Grill n' Chill will run from 1-3pm. Any and all are welcome to perform.*SIGNUP REQUIRED, visit*

For more information see:

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Arabic & Persian Flagship and SLLC fourth annual Student Research Colloquium - 5/1

You are invited to the Arabic & Persian Flagship and SLLC fourth annual Student Research Colloquium, which will take place on Tuesday, May 1st from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm in Stamp Student Union. Students will present on a variety of interesting topics including: Fake News in France, Dialects in Saudi Arabia, Cyber War and Iran, Chinese Ethnic Groups, and much more. Attached is a poster detailing the panel times and presenters.
Additionally, there will be a Researchers’ Reception and Lunch from 11:45 to 12:45 pm that all are very welcome to join. RSVPs requested for the lunch by Friday, April 27th.
RSVP Form:

Undergraduate/Graduate Internship Opportunity – Fall 2018

Title: Research Assistant

Duties: The intern’s primary responsibilities will be to assist with a variety of
substance abuse focused research projects. Students can participate in one or
more of the following projects depending on the amount of time committed.

Research Projects
- Community Drug Early Warning System (CDEWS): With funding from the
Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP),
CESAR is conducting ongoing studies to assess trends in drug use in the United States
through expanded drug testing of urine specimens collected from individuals in both
criminal justice and public health settings. Students can participate in data collection,
analysis and report preparation as part of this study.

- National Drug Early Warning System (NDEWS): Funded by the National Institute on
Drug Abuse (NIDA)/NIH, the NDEWS project is an innovative public health surveillance
system designed to identify new drugs and drug trends as they emerge. The project will
focus on new drugs, such as new psychoactive substances, synthetic cannabinoids, and
changes in the use of other more traditional drugs such as fentanyl and heroin. Students
may be involved with NDEWS in several ways, including assisting with news scans,
website updates, analysis of social media scans and data collection and analysis.
o Cleveland Hotspot Study: Due to the surge in opioid-related overdoses in Ohio,
and specifically in Cleveland, NDEWS is conducting a HotSpot study to uncover
the impact of fentanyl, heroin, and other synthetic opioids on the area. NDEWS
will analyze urine specimens from several locations to compare patterns of
identified drugs and utilize various qualitative and quantitative methods to
understand why Ohio tends to be at the epicenter of opioid-related problems.
Students may be involved with data analysis and report preparation as part of this
o Drug Outbreak Testing Service (DOTS) Pilot Study: This study aims to help
localities around the U.S. to identify the specific drugs involved in adverse drug-
related events and/or overdoses. Urine specimens will be tested for a panel of
over 150 licit and illicit drugs/metabolites, which will allow NDEWS to provide
near real-time information to first responders and the public health community
about the specific drugs being used. Students may be involved with data
collection, data checking, analysis, and report preparation as part of this study.

- Opioid Use Disorders Project: Funded through the MPowering the State initiative, this
collaborative project between the University of Maryland, College Park and the
University of Maryland, Baltimore seeks to combine UMCP and UMB’s expertise in
preclinical, clinical and policy areas to address the opioid epidemic in the state of
Maryland and the nation, with the goal to better understand opioid use disorder, develop
treatment strategies, and create recommendations for treatment research and education.

CESAR is currently working on several projects as part of this initiative:
o Novel therapies to reduce opioid use: This project aims to capitalize on new
findings from the field of placebo research to develop strategies to reduce opioid
use in methadone patients. As part of this clinical trial to test the efficacy of
pairing placebo dosing with the administration of methadone, CESAR will be
spearheading the effort to conduct substance use surveys and toxicological
analysis of urine specimens from study participants. Students may be involved in
data analysis and report preparation as part of this study.
o Epidemiologic studies of opioid related emergency department (ED)
admissions: This study will analyze the medical records of patients in
emergency departments to better understand patterns of opioid use by: 1)
analyzing electronic patient records for drug related admissions maintained by
Baltimore hospitals; and 2) analyzing already collected clinical information
obtained from two samples of patients for drug-related hospital admissions.
Students may be involved in data analysis and report preparation as part of this

Qualifications: GPA Requirement: 3.0 minimum. No prior research experience is required. This
candidate must have strong attention to detail.

Preferred skills (not required): interest in epidemiology/public health research/substance abuse,
knowledge of Microsoft Excel and/or SPSS.

Hours: 12-15 hours/week minimum. Ability to commit a greater number of hours is a plus!
Preference will be given to candidates that are interested in working with CESAR for more than
one semester.

Compensation: Internship open to undergraduate and graduate students. May be used to earn
BSOS, HLTH, or CRIM internship credit (3-6 credits). These credits may be
used to fulfill elective and program credit requirements. We are accepting
both part-time and full-time interns. Paid opportunities may also be available.

To Apply: Please submit by email a cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcript to:

Amy Billing
Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR)
University of Maryland, College Park
301-405- 9796

Please indicate the approximate number of hours per week you are interested in working. If you
are applying as part of a structured internship program on campus, please indicate this as well.
Application Deadline: Open until filled.

Miles for Smiles 5k May 6

Come join us this year, May 6th at McKeldin Mall from 11-2PM to run for a
great cause! There will be a color battle afterward and we'll be raffling off
a FREE DAT Bootcamp course ($347 value) and a FREE Kaplan course! Each dental
supply donation (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss) and social media share is a
raffle entry. We recommend participants to donate $15 towards our cause to
buy portable suction units for the mobile dental clinics in Honduras.

We will have a dentist and dental students from UMD Dental come and give free
oral cancer screenings to all participants. This is also a great chance for
pre-dental students to come ask for advice on how to get into dental school!

The Miles for Smiles 5K symbolizes the hours of walking that patients in
Honduras journey to receive basic dental care. Our mission is to raise oral
health awareness in our community and to raise funds to provide better dental
services to families in underprivileged areas of Honduras.

Donation link:

Event Date: May 6, 2018
Event Start Time: 11:00 am
Event End Time: 2:00 am
Event Location: McKeldin Mall
Contact Person: Hargeet Singh
Contact Email:
Website URL:

Career Center Presents Just In Time Hiring ​Meetup - May 4

May 4th, 12 p.m.-2 p.m.

Interested in meeting employers before the summer break? Looking for a full-time role, part-time role or internship? Then come to the Just In Time Hiring Meetup on May 4th in the University Career Center!

Employer representatives will provide a brief overview of their work and the positions they are seeking to hire for and then students will be encouraged to have casual conversations with each employer at their table. 

Opportunities for full-time, part-time and internship roles will be available. Light refreshments will be provided.

Employers Participating:

FEMA - All positions will be listed on and our careers website.

Volunteer Maryland - AmeriCorps Member/Volunteer Coordinators 

YUI+Company - Junior Associate, Intern (PR Firm)  

Karsun Solutions LLC – Software Developer, Test Engineer, Internships

Sherwin Williams - Management/Sales Trainee Program

Techtronic Industries - Field Sales and Marking Representative

Unum - Sales Consultant Trainee, Client Manager Associate

Wholepoint Systems - Internal Jr Sales/Recruiter

Bookstore Movers - Mover 

​Stop by anytime as your schedule allows! 
To RSVP, please use the link on this page - we look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The CFSAN Asian American Network (CAAN) is hosting an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance event on May 14th, from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

ORISE Fellowship at FDA Center for Food Safety and Nutrition

Project Description

A research project is available in the Office of Food Additive Safety (OFAS)/Division of Biotechnology and GRAS Notice Review (DBGNR), within the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in College Park, Maryland starting in September, 2018.

OFAS/DBGNR is initiating a research project to advance the understanding of reducing sodium in foods as well as to establish a monitoring plan for foods and nutrients in the United States. This development assignment involves searching scientific literature, public information websites, and databases, organizing data, performing quality control of data, developing and documenting methodology, utilizing quantitative skills, answering various questions through analysis of data, and providing summary reports. The audience for this research includes the FDA scientists, policy makers, food technology professionals, and regulated industry.

The candidate will receive training on public policy initiatives, working with various databases, and performing research and review of different types of scientific information. The candidate will learn how to organize, manage, analyze, and perform quality control on data, summarize findings of analyses, and develop various reports. The candidate may learn how to write summary memoranda or other publications that document the research, methodology, and conclusions resulting from the review of the information as well as how to respond to public questions.

The candidate should possess the following skills and have experience in the following areas:
- Critical thinking and problem-solving skills
- Interpersonal skills and able to work in team environment and independently
- Written and verbal communication skills
- Working with large databases
- Using quantitative skills
- Performing data analysis
- Organizing and managing data
- Performing quality control of data
- Developing and documenting methodologies
- Providing summary reports
- Experience with SAS, R, and/or SQL (preferred)
- Knowledge of foods

The candidate should have obtained, within the last 3 years, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a related scientific field (e.g. epidemiology, nutritional epidemiology, nutritional biochemistry, data analytics, informatics, public health, health policy, food science or technology, nutrition, etc.).

Contact Information
Interested candidates may ask questions and send resumes to:
Kasey Heintz, MS
240-402- 1376

Shell Up - Self-Defense Workshop

UMD Student Government Association is partnering up with Alpha Xi Delta at the University of Maryland to bring Shell Up for the second time this year!

It's time to stand up, and learn how you can fight back! Come join us in UMD School of Public Health on April 24th for a self-defense workshop directed by Professor Ken Klotz, who owns karate institutes across Maryland (he's also a professor at SPH!) He will be teaching and demonstrating maneuvers to escape various grabs and locks. Mr. Klotz will also be leading a discussion on verbal and psychological strategies promoting self-defense by contributing tips from his years of experience in the field. 

Attendees will be able to exercise through demonstration and practice of certain self-defense techniques, so come prepared in your typical gym clothes!

Summer 2018 Research Assistant Positions at the Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program (CAIP)

The Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program (CAIP), directed by Dr. Andres De Los
Reyes, conducts clinic-based research trying to understand the best ways to assess and treat
behavioral and emotional problems in children and adolescents. Students in the CAIP Lab
receive extensive research and clinical training in diagnostic and treatment protocols for specific
psychological conditions in childhood and adolescence, namely social anxiety in teenagers. The CAIP laboratory seeks to improve methods for assessing adolescent social anxiety and parent-
adolescent interactions.

Much of our research could be of interest to students wishing to pursue graduate work in a
variety of fields, such as clinical, developmental, cognitive and social psychology areas, social
work, counseling, and medicine.
- Recruit and assist in the completion of study assessments
- Train to administer computer-based, behavioral, and structured interview assessments
- Administering, interpreting and scoring physiological assessments
- Manage data collection
- Assist on weekends, with training at regular intervals during the week

- Commit to two consecutive semesters of service
- Minimum of 10 hours a week of volunteer work
- With the exception of religious observances, we expect volunteers to commit to assisting on
weekend assessments

- Minimum 3.0 GPA
- Detail oriented
- Organizational Skills
- Interpersonal Skills

How to Apply:
The application can be found at:
Please email the completed application to Dr. Andres De Los Reyes at:

Monday, April 23, 2018

Thank A Donor Thursday - April 26

Gender, Culture, and Health Lab is seeking conscientious, detail-oriented undergraduate research assistants

The Gender, Culture, and Health Lab is seeking conscientious, detail-oriented undergraduate
research assistants who can dedicate at least 3 hours per week to help with studies related to
gender and health outcomes across diverse populations, starting in the Summer or Fall 2018
semester. RAs will be responsible for collecting and managing data, recruiting and running
participants, and assisting with other laboratory tasks. Projects will focus on how gender norms
(e.g., masculinity and femininity) affect mental health outcomes, especially related to alcohol
and substance abuse, disordered eating, and sexual assault and violence. Research findings will
be used to better understand the intersections of gender and health and to create interventions to
improve health outcomes. RAs would be welcome to join biweekly lab meetings that discuss
professional development, issues in counseling/clinical psychology, and other ongoing projects
in the lab. In future semesters, RAs would also have the opportunity to conduct independent
research related to gender and health or other topics in counseling/clinical psychology.
Depending on skill-level and interest, RAs may have the opportunity to present posters or
participate in papers for publication. A psychology major is not required. Students of diverse and
underrepresented backgrounds and identities are actively encouraged to apply. Students who are
rising sophomores are also especially encouraged to apply. Students selected to work as RAs can
potentially earn research credit. If interested, please fill out the application, and email
the completed application to Thomas Le at by Friday, May 4 at 5pm.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

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Startup Showcase at the Libraries - April 24


APRIL 24, 2018
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

McKeldin Library, Room 4123

Are you aware of all the incredible resources available at the University Libraries for creatives, entrepreneurs, innovators, inventors, hacker, and makers? 
Join us on April 24th at 3pm, when the University Libraries will be hosting a StartupUMD@The Libraries Showcase in 4123 McKeldin Library.  You will have the opportunity to:
·         Speak with folks from the John and Stella Graves MakerSpace - explore the possibilities using a 3D printer and experience life through virtual reality,
·          Learn about all of the free entrepreneurial resources available through the Virtual Business Information Center (VBIC) –
·         Explore library resources for patents and trademarks
·         Get expert answers to your intellectual property questions
·         Explore several other entrepreneurship and innovation programs and resources around campus that exist for students, faculty, staff, and alumni
The event provides a great opportunity to meet fellow students, faculty, and staff enTERPreneurs and innovators.  Be sure to arrive before 3:30, so you can grab some refreshments and hear from campus leaders during our brief program.