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The Southeast and Southwest Regions of NOBCChE are excited to announce the 2016 Joint Annual Southeast and Southwest Regional Meeting, April 21-23 at Louisiana State University.
The meeting will feature a keynote address from the 2014 Percy Julian Awardee and 2015 National Medalist in Science and Technology, Dr. Cato Laurencin of the University of Connecticut. In addition to student technical presentations, career development and tours of a local brewery, the regional meeting will feature a Chemistry Block Party: Community Service Event and Crawfish Boil.
Registration for the conference is free for students and $150 for non-LSU professionals. Click here for more information on registration and housing.
If you are still not convinced you should attend #JARM2016 check out the following video from the LSU-NOBCChE Chapter!
JARM 2016 Announcement from LSU.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center is embarking on great missions, which requires new talent and fresh ideas! Don't miss out on the opportunity to become part of the NASA team and develop cutting edge job skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, as well as Business fields. NASA is not only recognized for its extraordinary contributions to humankind, but also as one of the best places to work in the Federal government by the Partnership for Public Service.
GSFC will be accepting applications via USAJobs from March 28 to April 4 for Pathways IEP opportunities for students who can begin working in late August 2016. Please note this is not a summer intern program. For more information, please click here.
Important Election Dates for 2016
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- April 15: National Elections open and ballots are sent electronically.
- May 15: National Elections Close.
- May 18: Results of the National Elections are communicated to the NOBCChE membership.
Click here to submit a nomination.
Click here to submit an application
University of Pittsburgh
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Chemistry is hosting a summer undergraduate research fellowship for summer 2016. The 10-week program includes a $3,500 stipend and housing on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh.
The program is holding five positions for students from underrepresented groups in chemistry.
For more information click HERE.
To access the application click HERE.
Rochester Institute of Technology
The Future Faculty Career Exploration Program is a cornerstone of our faculty recruitment strategy. It is designed to increase the diversity of faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology. This innovative program is key to RIT's strategic plan and its diversity goals, as it attracts scholars nearing the end of their doctoral MFA or post-doc studies, as well as junior faculty, to visit RIT for a prospective look.
For more information and to apply, click here.
American Association for the Advancement of Science
The American Association for the Advancement of Science needs scientists, engineers, mathematicians and physicians to assist K-12 STEM teachers in the Washington DC Metro Area, during the 2016-17 school year.
Details of the collaboration are worked out between the teacher and the volunteer, and may involve giving demonstrations, assisting in lab experiments, lecturing on special topics, assisting with homework, etc. The hours are flexible, and volunteers attend a one-day training in September before being assigned to schools. To see how volunteers are assisting their teachers, view the video clips at www.seniorscientist.org.
A brief presentation about the program can be found here.
If you care about K-12 STEM education and have time to share your knowledge with students and teachers, please contact email@example.com.
University of Delaware
Women are underrepresented in STEM fields. It's a well-documented fact that fewer collegiate women seek and earn degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related programs than their male classmates. Why does this gap exist? Some reports suggest that women may feel intimidated by being the minority in science classrooms or face work-life balance hurdles getting an advanced degree while raising a family. U.S. Census data from February 2016 shows that women make up 14 percent of engineers, around 45 percent of mathematicians and statisticians and 47 percent of life scientists. But, the number of women in STEM is slowly trending upwards.
The Huffington Post
Age stereotypes can strongly affect people's choices about who to hire, according to new research published in the Journal of Social Issues.
The University of Kent study found that between two equally qualified job applicants, the one who displays stereotypically "young" characteristics is more likely to be hired than the one with stereotypically "old" characteristics. The young stereotype was described as a candidate "good at using IT, creative and quick to learn new skills." The older stereotype candidate was "good at understanding others' views, settling arguments and being careful."
National Science Foundation
The number of science and engineering graduate students at U.S. academic institutions rose by 3 percent between 2013 and 2014, owing largely to a 13.1 percent increase in foreign graduate enrollment.
According to a new report from the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics, in 2014 a total of 587,161 students were enrolled in masters’ or doctorate programs in science and engineering, up from a comparable number of 570,300 the previous year.
When it comes to job interviews, questions such as listing your strengths and weaknesses are increasingly old school.
Instead, companies are coming up with some quirky questions that are aimed at making applicants show they can think on their feet, apply analytical skills in stressful situations, and have creative ways of thinking. It's not a new strategy, given that Google became famous for the approach over a decade ago, but it may flummox some job hunters, especially if they last looked for a job several years ago.
As the science community reels from ongoing revelations of sexual harassment and discrimination, a new study in Psychology of Women Quarterly, by Wellesley College researcher Linda Carli, offers important clues as to how women scientists are perceived and how stereotypes might lead to prejudicial treatment. The paper, entitled "Stereotypes About Gender and Science: Women ≠ Science," shows that despite significant progress made, women are still thought to lack the qualities needed to be successful scientists, and the findings suggest this may contribute to discrimination and prejudice against women in those fields.
High technology permeates every corner of every enterprise, from global computing corporations, to social media and search establishments, to retail giants. Not surprisingly, these industries offer attractive playgrounds for Ph.D.-level scientists and engineers.
The Huffington Post
There are commentaries about the lack of women in tech — and by extension STEM fields. There are profiles of those who have broken through or have advanced in their field. There are studies that show us the disparities — many disparities — from sheer number of employees to wages to fields of study, including a recent McKinsey study. There are declarations that we must change all of this. There are promises by companies to diversify. There are even more sets of data collected over the course of the next year.
Many of the Black and Hispanic undergraduates majoring in sciences at the two most selective University of California campuses during the 1990s might have been better off academically and financially if they had attended lower-ranked UC counterparts.
That's one of the conclusions in a new study examining UC's minority science graduation rates that published this month in "The American Economic Review." The UC is widely considered one of the most prestigious public institutions nationally.
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