Monday, April 21, 2014

Call for Undergraduate Research Symposium Volunteers!

The Undergraduate Research Program is recruiting Volunteers for this year's 17th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium happening on Friday, May 16th from 11am - 6:00pm in Mary Gates Hall. Our Volunteers are critical to the success of the Symposium, and we invite you to Volunteer and to forward this announcement on.

Here is the link to view volunteer shifts and to sign-up: http://www.washington.edu/research/urp/symp/volunteer.html. Volunteers can sign-up for multiple shifts as long as the times do not conflict.

We hope to have you Volunteer, and we appreciate your support of the UW Undergraduate Research Program and the Research Symposium!


Exciting Research Positions: Monitoring Snow in the Mountains

We are planning to fill the following positions, to start work on June 16, 2014. Pay rate $13 to $15 per hour, dependent on experience.

Summer-only research field technicians:

3 to 4 people are needed to deploy digital cameras and measurement poles in remote regions of Olympic National Park. (2 people will be needed both for instrument preparation and for fieldwork, with a 2-month minimum commitment.  1-2 people will be needed only for 3 field trips of approximately 7 days each.) The cameras will be taking photographs of snow accumulating on the poles throughout the winter to quantify spatial patterns of snow in these mountains for the OLYMPEX field campaign (http://www.atmos.washington.edu/~brodzik/html/olympex/). Applicants must have an interest in snow and mountains and an ability to hike long distances over uneven terrain while carrying heavy and potentially odd-shaped objects (e.g., sections of PVC pipe and solar panels). Applicants must be available for training in late June, and in August and early September for deployments. (Note:Fieldwork will not conflict with regular UW classes.) The following skill/experiences are desired (though applicants with most but not all of these will be considered): 1) ability to fix things relying only on supplies you carry (e.g., experience with circuits, fixing cars, construction, home repair), 2) ability to work well with others in potentially harsh weather conditions, 3) good communication skills, 4) good organizational skills (e.g., experience with organizing/leading outdoor trips and/or with teaching/instruction/management), 5) ability to think quickly on one’s feet and innovate (e.g., solve problems not seen before).

Long-term undergraduate research aide:

1 to 2 people are needed to work up to full time in the summer and part time through the academic year to 1) maintain instrumentation at Snoqualmie Pass (see http://depts.washington.edu/mtnhydr/research/intermitsnow.shtml), 2) maintain web presentation and archiving of data collected (see http://depts.washington.edu/mtnhydr/cgi/plot.cgi) , 3) process field data from various data sites across the western United States, 4) procure field equipment as needed, 5) copy and scan material as needed, 6) attend group meetings and 7) provide progress reports and updates to supervisor on a weekly basis. Past students in this position have won Mary Gates Undergraduate Research scholarships, and many have gone on to graduate school. Computer experience is required, with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel and Matlab (or other similar programming language) highly desirable. Experience with GIS, circuits, and web(html)-programming also desired.Must be hard-working, organized and reliable.

Potential combined position:

Students interested in both Olympic National Park fieldwork and longer term snow research are particularly desirable. Please specify if you would like to be considered for a long-term position participating in all of these activities.

To Apply:

If you are interested in any of these positions, please fill out the web survey at:

https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/jdlund/233885

before 5 pm on May 1st. We will be contacting highly-ranked individuals for interviews in May. Specific questions may be directed to Jessica Lundquist at jdlund@uw.edu.

Research Funding: WRF Fellowships and Levinson Awards

Announcing two research funding opportunities. These two opportunities share a common application with a deadline of May 30 with funding starting next academic year.  Please share widely.

Washington Research Foundation Fellowships


Washington Research Foundation Fellowships (WRFF) for advanced undergraduates support promising students who work on creative and sophisticated science and engineering research projects under the guidance of UW faculty. WRFFs target undergraduates who have already participated in undergraduate research for at least three quarters and who are working beyond an introductory level in a project that requires creativity and advanced knowledge.

Undergraduates who are interested in devoting a significant portion of time to research, which both complements their coursework and furthers their professional goals, are especially encouraged to apply.

View more information here: http://exp.washington.edu/urp/wrff/
Deadline: May 30


Levinson Emerging Scholars Program

The Levinson Emerging Scholars Program supports talented and highly motivated UW juniors and seniors who want to pursue creative and advanced research in biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, genetics, neuroscience, and related fields.

As Levinson Emerging Scholars, selected outstanding UW undergraduates will receive funding to support their research in these disciplines, including funding to present their findings at a professional conference.

By funding ten scholars each year, the Levinson Emerging Scholars Program nurtures a growing cadre of high caliber academic researchers who, in turn, will further innovation in biotechnology-related fields and enrich the future of academe.

View more information here: http://exp.washington.edu/urp/levinson/
Deadline: May 30


To apply for either or both of these opportunities, visit: http://expo.uw.edu/expo/apply/323

Lily is Hiring

Our company, Lily (www.getlily.com), is making the first autonomous camera in history. It is a camera on a quadcopter that autonomously follows you around and takes amazing pictures and videos!

We are looking for hackers who, like us, are obsessed with personal robotics. We are a small but growing team located in Berkeley, CA. Lily is well funded and launching this summer. More details here:

www.getlily.com/join_us

If you are interested we would love to tell you more about Lily!

APR 24-25: D.C. Internships Info Sessions

Are you interested in doing an internship in Washington, D.C. and earning UW credit?

If yes, come to one of the six information sessions for The Washington Center that are scheduled this week on Thursday and Friday:

 Thursday, April 24
  930-1020 in DEN 306
 1230- 120 in EEB 003
  330- 420 in SAV 156

 Friday, April 25
 1030-1120 in CMU 243
 1130-1220 in EEB 031
 1230- 120 in BAG 106

The Washington Center (TWC) runs a full-time internship program in Washington, D.C., that is open to all UW students (all majors welcome) and provides comprehensive service, including internship placement and housing. Placements include government agencies, corporations, nonprofits, museums and international organizations, and associations,. Hundreds of UW students have participated in this program since UW's affiliation in 1977, and many made connections that led to post-degree employment.

At the informational meetings, a Washington Center representative and I will discuss the structure of the program, scholarships and the application process.

For 2014 the quarterly program cost is $5,995 and the housing cost is $4,200 (there are additional charges for the semester program). In addition, students pay for 15 UW credits, transportation, and personal expenses. Students are eligible to use their financial aid for this program and many scholarships are available that often bring the cost of attending close to the cost of a quarter at UW. For Autumn 2014, TWC guarantees scholarships to all UW students, at least $2500 for residents of WA State and at least $1000 for non-residents (total cost is usually less than a quarter at UW for non-residents).

TWC's facilities are accessible to students who have disabilities. In addition, their Disability Services Coordinator will assist with accommodation at the internship and programming sites.

These are the upcoming application deadlines (for a full list of organizations that have earlier deadlines see http://www.twc.edu/node/11029):
 Autumn Quarter (Aug-Nov)/Semester 2014 (Aug-Dec)
    *Priority: 5/7/13, Regular: 6/14/13
 Spring Semester 2014 (Jan-May)
     *Priority: 10/15/14, Regular: 11/19/14
 Summer Quarter 2015 (Jun-Aug),
     *Priority: 2/18/15, Regular 3/18/15
  * Deadline for most scholarships

Regardless of your major, there is an internship in D.C. for you! Whether you want to do an internship this year or in three years, come to an information session to learn more. If you can't make it, you can make an appointment to meet with me individually (to use our online system go to https://depts.washington.edu/polsadvc/signup.php; if none of the appointments with me work with your schedule, email me to find another time). Information is also available at TWC's website, www.twc.edu

Undergraduate Nominations for 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

The UW’s Tolo Chapter of Mortar Board invites all undergraduates to nominate an outstanding professor who has inspired and has made exceptional contributions towards education of UW undergraduates.

Mortar Board’s Excellence in Teaching Award annually recognizes an extraordinary professor who has proven to be particularly dedicated to the intellectual success of undergraduates. Over the years, selected professors have represented a diversity of academic departments.

All nominations for the 2014 Excellence in Teaching Award must be received by Friday, May 9th at 5pm. Nominations are submitted through catalyst at this link: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/mortarbd/233772

Mortar Board is the oldest continuing national honor society at the University of Washington, which recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership, and service. Mortar Board, Tolo Chapter, was founded at the University of Washington in 1909, and has included numerous distinguished alumni.

For more information, email Mortar Board, Tolo Chapter at mortarbd@u.washington.edu or visit our website at https://sites.google.com/site/uwtolo/

Friday, April 18, 2014

City of Lacey Temporary Electrical Maintenance Technician Position

The City of Lacey is looking for a six-month temporary maintenance technician. For more details, please see http://agency.governmentjobs.com/laceywa/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=822700