Thursday, December 2, 2010

WORKSHOP: Applying to Summer Research Programs

Friday, Dec. 3, 3:30-5pm, in OUGL 220

Thinking of applying for summer research programs? Come learn how to approach the application process, write the personal statement, ask faculty for letters of recommendation, and get the most out of your summer research experience. Note: Many summer programs provide funding for travel, living expenses, and stipends so don't let $$ concerns prevent your from checking into these great opportunities.

To register, please visit:

For more information on summer research programs at UW and elsewhere, visit:

Questions? Contact the staff of the Undergraduate Research Program at

Brought to you by the Undergraduate Research Program and the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium.

Forum on Science, Ethics and Policy General Membership Meeting & Happy Hour

Please mark your calendars and attend the general meeting of the Forum on Science, Ethics and Policy ( next Wednesday (12/8) at 4:30 PM in MGH 228. We are a multidisciplinary organization of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows hosted by the Graduate School that provides a unique opportunity for dialogue about the impact of science in our world. A few of the interesting topics covered in past events include Energy Policy, Climate Change, Science Funding, Science Outreach, Stem Cells, Gene Patenting, Healthcare Policy, Evolution and the Environment. We would love to hear your suggestions/ideas on future seminar speakers and discussion topics, as well as meet you! Food and beverages will be provided as an extra bonus. And if you can't make the meeting, join us at the College Inn at 5:30 (following the mtg.) for our 2nd happy hour of the quarter.

EMPLOYER INFO SESSION: nLight info session on Friday Dec 10 3:30 ME in Design Studio

Scott Keeney, ME alum, CEO and founder of nLight is coming to campus looking for UW engineering students!

Scott will be hiring new graduates for entry-level engineering jobs as well as co-op jobs, so if students have an interest in learning more about this great company, please come! A flyer is attached, and you can contact us with any questions.

EMPLOYER ON CAMPUS: nLight – High Power Semiconductor Lasers

DATE/TIME: Friday, December 10, 2010: 3:30pm – 5:00pm

LOCATION: ME Design Studio (ME annex, behind ME building)

WHO SHOULD COME: Engineering students who are interested in hearing more about nLight and their work in high power seminconductor lasers. Opportunities at this company are opening up for both entry-level engineering and current students, so come by and meet the employer!

Ana Wieman, Engineering Co-op Program * 014 Loew Hall * 206-685-1789

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

""Scientific Communications: Translating and Communicating Data for the Public"."

Arun Divakaruni, Ph.D
Scientific Communications Director, Weber Shandwick

*Refreshments and Snacks Provided*

Thursday, December 2, 5-6pm, UW, Health Science Building
Room T-739 (T-wing)

The ability to effectively communicate science to a wide variety of audiences is very important for
biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Dr. Divakaruni is a life science specialist for the
Healthcare practice of Weber Shandwick, a leading global public relations firm. He provides an added
level of expertise and rigor to scientific communications, including competitive positioning, issues
management, strategy planning and traditional healthcare/science PR programming.

Since starting his career at Weber Shandwick, Dr. Divakaruni has worked with blue-chip biotechnology
and pharmaceutical clientele, including Genentech, Gilead Sciences and Merck. As a director in the
Scientific Communications team, he manages communication activities for major medical meetings, data
announcements and drug approvals. He received his doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
from UCLA.

For the schedule of future speakers and other resources check out our website:

This seminar series is only possible because of generous support from the
Departments of Biochemistry, Biological Structure, Comparative Medicine,
Genome Sciences, Microbiology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physiology and
Biophysics and Radiology; and by the Graduate School Fund for Excellence and
Innovation (GSFEI), the Molecular and Cellular Biology Training Grant, the
Graduate Program in Neurobiology and Behavior, the Office of Research and
Graduate Education in the UW School of Medicine and the Pharmacological
Sciences Training Grant.

AfterCollege Engineering Scholarship Deadline Approaching

The deadline to apply online for the AfterCollege Engineering Scholarship is December 31st. Please take a few minutes to complete the short online application today.

AfterCollege awards four $500 scholarships annually to students seeking a bachelors, masters or doctorate in the field of Engineering or Computer Science.

Best of luck, and happy holidays!

Engineering Professional Portfolio Studio, ENGR 498 C/D/E/F

All current and prospective engineering majors are encouraged to enroll in a one-credit course next quarter, in which you will produce a portfolio that communicates your preparedness for professional engineering:

Engineering Professional Portfolio Studio
ENGR 498 C/D/E/F, Winter 2011
Sections C/D* on Tuesdays, 3:30­5:20 pm, Loew 105
Sections E/F* on Wednesdays, 3:30­5:20 pm, Loew 205

Past portfolio studio students have described the sessions as uniquely valuable for preparing for job applications/interviews and graduate school admissions. They also said they benefited from the chance to identify, reflect on, and integrate their engineering learning experiences and professional goals.

All engineering students are invited to enroll. Pre-major undergraduates intending to major in engineering are also welcome.

This studio is offered as a course meeting in five, two-hour sessions. This is a one-credit course, and grading will be credit/no-credit. See the time schedule for details:

*NOTE: Sections C&D may be combined if enrollment in each section is low. The same goes for Sections E&F. The instructor will contact all registered students, in this case.

Please direct questions about this course to Ken Yasuhara .

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

2011 Amgen Scholars Program Application Now Live!


Interested in learning more about science and biotechnology research as a career? The UW Amgen Scholars Program provides a transformative opportunity for some of the nation's top undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in scientific research. For more information, visit:

Applications for this summer's UW Amgen Scholars Program are now available! APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2011.

To learn more about the program, register to attend an Amgen Scholars Program Information Session:

--Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm in room 258 MGH

NASA Opportunity - Microgravity University - "Grant Us Space" Reduced Gravity Flight Week

The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program in partnership with NASA’s Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program announces the opportunity for students attending colleges and universities affiliated with Space Grant consortia to conduct research in a unique reduced gravity environment.

The “Grant Us Space” opportunity will enable selected student teams the opportunity to propose, design and fabricate a reduced gravity experiment and subsequently test and evaluate their experiment aboard a microgravity aircraft, which flies about 30 roller-coaster-like climbs and dips to produce periods of micro and hyper gravity, ranging from 0 g’s to 2 g’s.

Students interested in testing an experiment in this unique environment need to submit their proposals by *_February 2, 2011_*.

Interested students should also submit a letter of intent by _January 12, 2011_. This step is optional, but serves as an introductory notice that a team plans to submit a proposal for the upcoming competition.

NASA will announce the selected teams _March 16, 2011_ to fly in _July
2011_. Once selected, teams may also invite a full-time, accredited
journalist to fly with them and document the team’s experiment and
experience. All applicants must be currently enrolled students, at
least 18-years-old and be U.S. citizens. Flyers that have participated
in the past NASA RG program will not be eligible to participate as a
flyer or alternate for this program.

A total of 14 flight teams will be selected. Selections will be made according to the following regional allocations:

_Number of teams per Space Grant Region_

· Western Region: 5

· Southeast Region: 3

· Great Mid-Western Region: 2

· Mid-Atlantic Region: 2

· Northeast Region: 2

This opportunity is a flight week exclusively for students attending colleges and universities of Space Grant consortia. This opportunity provides the usual flight week benefits of NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program (; however, only Space Grant-associated student teams may be selected. Student teams will still need to secure funding for their experiment, travel and per diem, and other expenses outlined in the attached FAQ, Question #8.

Consortia are strongly encouraged to seek participation by minority-serving institutions, community colleges, and institutions that have not previously flown. In order to expand the number of students participating in student-led flight activities, no student flyers that have participated in the past NASA Reduced Gravity program will be eligible to participate as a flyer or alternate for this program.

With this program, NASA continues its tradition of investing in the nation’s education programs. It is directly tied the Agency's major education goal of strengthening NASA and the nation's future workforce.

For more information about the Reduced Gravity Education Flight
Program and instructions on submitting a proposal, see the attached

If you have any questions, Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program
personnel can be contacted at,

*Open Proposal Process: *November 17, 2010*
Letters of Intent (Optional) Due:* January 12, 2011
*Proposals Due:* February 2, 2011
*Announcement of Selected Teams:* March 16, 2011
*Test Equipment Data Package Due: *May 25, 2011
*Flight Week at NASA JSC: *July 7-16, 2011
*Final Reports Due: *September 7, 2011

Ocean 506 A Science & Technology News and Feature Writing

Winter 2011
Ocean 506 A
Science & Technology News and Feature Writing
Credits: 3
MW, 2:30-3:50
Location: OCN 425
SLN: 16677
Qualifies for W credit

Instructor: Dr. Deborah Illman

Course Description:

This course provides graduate students and upper division undergraduates with an advanced experience in science and technology writing.

We explore issues of accuracy and the treatment of scientific uncertainty by journalists and sources. Other topics include the structure of feature
writing, the editorial process, layout and display issues, and freelancing a story.

Students develop advanced skills in science news writing through a
combination of writing assignments, readings, discussion sessions, writing
clinics, and special guest presentations by practicing science writers.
Articles developed by students may be considered for publication in
Northwest Science & Technology (

Students completing this class should possess the conceptual understanding as well as the practical experience needed for a variety of writing, communication, or public outreach positions.

Add code required--Email the instructor at


January 22, 2011

Submit your resume NOW at!
Deadline for submission: Friday December 3, 2010
Registration is free!

ECF 2011: What to expect?
  • January 22, 2011 - Career Fair Day with exhibits and presentations by representatives from industry, academia and research.
  • January 23 - 24, 2011 - Interviews for selected candidates. ECF-affiliated seminars on career development, opportunities and other activities.

ECF 2011: Why should you attend?
  • It's big! The ECF is the largest career fair of its kind in the US with more than 130 companies and over 4000 participants.
  • Variety! ECF aims to represent the full breadth of the European job market, whether you are looking for a job in industry or in the non-profit sector.
  • Diversity! ECF welcomes candidates from all backgrounds and all levels of experience.
  • Interviews! Our searchable database allows employers to view your resume, and schedule interviews with selected candidates.
  • Networking! You will have the opportunity to connect with many employers and other candidates on the day of the Fair.
Submit your resume today!

For more information visit our website at

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Monday, November 29, 2010

Summer Research at Caltech

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.


The MURF program aims to increase the participation of underrepresented students (such as African American, Hispanic, and Native American, females who are underrepresented in their discipline, and first-generation college
students) in science and engineering Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech's programs more visible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.

Support: MURF students will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program.
Additional housing and travel support may be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 12, 2011.

For more information, please visit


Caltech's Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $5500 award, round-trip air transportation, a generous housing allowance, and a food allowance.

Application: Online applications are due February 15, 2011.

For more information, please visit

Multiple Scholarship Information Sessions This Week

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards will be offering several scholarship information sessions this week. Sessions will provide students with essential information needed to determine interest, eligibility and suitability for these competitive scholarship programs. Sessions will also contain information about the campus application processes.

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Arts Award -
Information session: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 3:30-4:20pm, MGH 120.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually. Supported fields include: Art, Performance & Studio Arts, Creative Writing, Dance, Design, Drama/Theater Arts, Fine Arts, Industrial Design, Music, Radio, TV, Film. Applicants must be undergraduates planning to graduate by fall 2011, or alumni who have graduated within the past 5 years and have not yet begun graduate studies, have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better, have significant unmet financial need, and have plans to begin their first graduate studies in fall 2011. UW is able to nominate two students per year to compete for this national award. Campus Deadline: Jan. 10, 2010.

Beinecke Scholarship -
Information session: Tuesday, November 30, 2010, 4:30-5:20pm, MGH 120.
For students graduating between December 2011 and August 2012 with financial need and planning to attend graduate school in arts, humanities or social science fields (professional programs, like Law or Business, are unfortunately not supported). Applicants must be U.S. citizens, or U.S. nationals from American Samoa or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Beinecke Scholarship program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated juniors to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. The UW is able to nominate one student per year to compete for this national award. Each Beinecke Scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Campus Deadline: Jan. 11, 2011.

Boren Scholarship -
Information session: Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, 4:30-5:20pm, MGH 120.
The Boren Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for U.S. students to study abroad. Boren awards scholarships to American students for study of world regions critical to U.S. interests (including Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin American & the Caribbean, and the Middle East). The countries of Western Europe, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand are excluded. The scholarship provides up to $20,000 for a full academic year, $10,000 per semester or $8,000 for summer (summer only awards are limited to STEM students). All proposed programs must include formal study of an appropriate foreign language. Applicants with an interest in federal work are encouraged to apply and a federal service commitment is required of scholarship recipients. Campus Deadline: Jan. 11, 2011.

Foreign Language & Area Studies (FLAS) Undergraduate & Graduate Fellowships -
Information sessions: Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2:30-3:20pm, MGH 258 & Wednesday, Dec. 1, 3:30-4:20pm, Thomson 317.
Undergraduate, graduate and professional school students planning to take intensive foreign language courses (in eligible languages) during Summer 2011 or intending to study eligible foreign language and area or international studies during Academic Year 2011-12 are eligible and encouraged to apply. To qualify, students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Campus Deadline: Jan. 18, 2011.

Scholarship 201: Continuing Students - The Search for Undergraduate Scholarships & Graduate Fellowships:
Thursday, Dec. 2, 3:30-4:20pm, MGH 120.
This workshop provides assistance to continuing students looking to fund undergraduate academic years and graduate school. This will include information on discipline specific scholarships, campus funding opportunities, scholarship search sites, and tips to develop competitive applications.

Public Policy Scholarships -
Information session: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2:00-3:00pm, MGH 120.
The Public Policy Information Session will provide students with information on various programs that offer students intensive summer programs that focus on preparing students for graduate programs in public and international affairs and careers as policy professionals, public administrators and other leadership roles in public service.