College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Internships, Fellowships, Research, and Grad School Opportunities

November 20, 2009

Resources for Students Pursuing Degrees in the Sciences!
FOR UNDERGRADUATES:
Paid Summer 2010 Undergrad Research Placements!
Over 400 Programs - Undergraduate REU and other Summer Research Opportunities:
See: http://pathwaystoscience.org/summerresearch.asp

FOR THOSE CONSIDERING GRAD SCHOOL:
Opportunites at over 150 colleges and universities: http://pathwaystoscience.org/grad.asp

Professional Development and Support: Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP): see http://www.agep.us

For Financial Support in Graduate School Opportunities:
Bridges, GK-12, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend ($30,000 per year) and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation: http://www.PathwaysToScience.org/Grad.asp

2009-2010 CEGA Intern - Center of Evaluation for Global Action
The Center of Evaluation for Global Action (CEGA) is a research center at UC Berkeley focused on rigorous evaluation of anti-poverty programs. We are seeking an intern for the 2009-2010 academic year to work closely with faculty and academic staff on a number of web-based projects.

The Position: The intern will coordinate enhancement of CEGA’s website. Responsibilities will include 1) writing scripts for the web site (Perl, javascript) and updating MySQL databases that provide content to the site, 2) editing policy briefs and short articles describing the outcomes of faculty research, 3) advising on improvements to the website, including layout, content, and use of web 2.0 tools. A portion of time will also be devoted to seeking out new forums, both online and in print, for dissemination of CEGA materials. This position will require 5 to 10 hours a week over a six month period, with possibility of paid work in summer 2010. Course credit may also be available.

The Successful Candidate will ideally have:
• Knowledge of HTML, MySQL, Perl, and web 2.0 tools plus an interest in online media
• Excellent written and verbal communication
• Interest in international development and/or economics
• Some coursework in economics or related field is desirable (e.g. Global Poverty and Practice minor)

Applications: Applicants should apply by sending their resume and cover letter summarizing their interest and relevant experience to cega@berkeley.edu with the subject line “CEGA intern”

About CEGA: Founded in 2006, CEGA's mission is to improve development outcomes by designing and rigorously testing strategies for poverty alleviation in low- and middle-income countries. The Center's faculty members have led some of the most influential studies in recent years, using innovative methods for understanding the effects of complex, multi-sector interventions. Our investigators have also studied development programs at a range of scales—from district-level pilots to projects, like Mexico's Oportunidades, delivered on a national scale.

Center for California Studies: Capital Fellows Program
Fellowships include:
-Calfornia State Fellows
-Executive Fellowship Program
Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program
-Judicial Administration Fellowship Program

The nationally recognized Capital Fellows Programs, sponsored by the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento, are an outstanding opportunity for college graduates to engage in public service and prepare for future careers. Fellows work 10-11 months as full-time staff members in the California State Assembly, Senate, Executive or Judicial branch. They participate in policymaking and development and gain first-hand experience in governance and leadership of the most diverse, complex state in the nation.

Prospective Capital Fellows must have a bachelor's degree in any major and a demonstrated interest in state government and public service. Applicants may apply to one or more of the programs that meet their interests and qualifications, and graduate, postgraduate and mid-career applicants are welcome. Individuals must complete application forms and submit the required information by the postmark deadline of: February 24, 2010.

Brochures are available online or from:
-the Center for California Studies, (916) 278-6906, calstudies@csus.edu;
-career center offices at California colleges and universities; and
-local district offices of California State Senators and Assembly Members.

If you have questions regarding the Capital Fellows Programs, please contact the Center for California Studies at (916) 278-6906 or calstudies@csus.edu.

Uganda Village Project Summer Internship
Due Date: Jan 15th, 2010

Uganda Village Project (UVP) is a public health and development nonprofit in rural Uganda is now accepting applications for its 2010 Summer Internship Program. The UVP is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that collaborates with diverse partners on the design of sustainable rural health and development solutions through networking, advocacy, and project innovation in the Iganga District. Interns will spend 8 weeks living and working in a village in rural Iganga District, Uganda, gaining experience in community education and public health while organizing education programs, and working in partnership with local NGOs and community groups which focus health-related issues.

To learn more, please visit the UVP website: http://www.ugandavillageproject.org/
And for the summer internship:http://www.ugandavillageproject.org/get-involved/summer-internships/

Internships and Fellowships in Paris Pasteur Institute
Due Date: Dec 11, 2009

These 10-week internships at the Institut Pasteur, one of the world's leading private, nonprofit centers for infectious disease research, offer hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduates contemplating a scientific career. Applicants must be U.S. citizen. Living allowance is $400 per week. See our website for information and downloads: http://www.pasteurfoundation.org Also, three-year fellowships positions are open to American post-doctoral scientists wishing to pursue research at the Institut Pasteur. With 2500 people of 60 nationalities and the 130 research labs of the institute Pasteur are devoted to the basic science of improving global public health with particular emphasis on infectious diseases. The packages are $70,000 per year for three years. Calls for applicants are held periodically; for more information and deadline information, see website: http://www.pasteurfoundation.org or e-mail:PasteurUS@aol.com.

Princeton in Africa Fellowships
Princeton in Africa (PiAf) offers yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. PiAf Fellows work in service-oriented positions in many different fields, including humanitarian aid, public health, conservation, and education. Since its launch in 1999, PiAf has placed almost 200 Fellows in 28 countries. Graduating seniors and young alumni from any U.S. college or university are eligible to apply. For more information, visit http://www.princetoninafrica.org, call 609.258.7215, or email piafapp@princeton.edu.

Mabelle Arole Fellowship 2010-2011
Due Date: All materials received by Jan 19, 2010

A Pre-Med Opportunity in India - Undergraduate student that is interested in international community health may be interested in the Mabelle Arole Fellowship, awarded annually since 2002 through JSI Research and Training, Inc. The Fellow, who receives $8,000 to cover all expenses, spends 10 months at the Comprehensive Rural Health Project at Jamkhed (in Maharashtra), one of the best examples of how mobilized/empowered communities can significantly improve their health/nutrition status. All relevant information is available on the AMSA website: http://www.amsa.org, which has link to Jamkhed site (below). Any questions can be directed to Dr. David Pyle at: dpyle@JSI.com or 202-258-4474.

Jamkhed site:
http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/MemberCenter/ForPremedicalStudents/MabelleArole.aspx

Environment and Community Master's Program Accepting Applications
We are pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for Fall 2010 admission to our interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Social Science Environment and Community Program. Attached is a brochure that describes some of the program’s unique elements. The application deadline for Fall 2010 admission is March 1, 2010.

This is an exciting time to consider applying to the Environment and Community Program. Not only are the program’s core themes as relevant as ever, but we have recently shifted from a two-year to an annual admission cycle. As a result, beginning in Fall 2008, the number of graduate students in the program substantially increased. This increase has enabled us to develop and offer new graduate seminars and expand the research methods component of the program. We have also identified three key thematic areas to organize the program’s expanding repertoire of core graduate seminars. These are 1) Economic and Political Dimensions, 2) Socio-Cultural Dimensions: Race, Class, Gender and Place, and 3) Ecological Dimensions. Please explore our website http://www.humboldt.edu/envcomm for more information.

The 2010 National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for Undergraduates Program
During the summer of 2010, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program from June through August. Engineering and science students with broad interests across disciplines focusing on nanotechnology are eligible to apply (see restrictions and eligibility requirements below).

The chosen undergraduates taking part in this ten-week program will receive hands-on nanoscience and technology experience through research with applications to bio-engineering, chemistry, electronics, materials science, optics, optoelectronics, physics, and the life sciences. The research projects are designed and supervised by the faculty and technical staff at the participating NNIN research facilities. Interns work with faculty and graduate students on projects using the unique resources offered at their award site.
Find information on the NNIN sites at http://www.nnin.org/ or http://www.nnin.org/nnin_sitedescriptions.html

A scientific convocation, attended by all NNIN REU interns, is held in August to allow interns the opportunity to present their work to their peers in a concise scientific presentation. Interns also must complete a written report, akin to a research paper, summarizing the findings of their research project. These reports are published as the NNIN REU Research Accomplishments and distributed to the interns and sites, The National Science Foundation (NSF) and many others.

Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, plus housing and all travel expenses to their research site and the convocation site. They may be responsible for their own meals. Full participation in the site program, network convocation and reporting is mandatory.

Restrictions and Eligibility Requirements for NNIN REU Interns:

1] If you have already participated in an NNUN or NNIN REU Program, you are NOT eligible to participate again.

2] Undergraduate student interns must be citizens of the United States of America or its possessions OR, if citizens of another country, must be permanent residents of the United States. If you are a permanent resident, a copy of your green card is required as part of your application.

3] An undergraduate student is a student who is enrolled in a degree program (part-time or full-time) leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree. Students who are transferring from one college or university to another and are enrolled at neither institution during the intervening summer may participate.

Students who have already received a 4-year college degree of any kind or will receive their degree before the end of the program in August 2010 ARE NOT eligible to participate.

4] Liability and the use of hazardous materials in research demands that our interns be 18 years of age or older.


APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Along with your completed four-page application, we require the following materials RECEIVED BY Wednesday, February 17th, 2010:

1. Your Current Official College Transcript(s). Request that your college(s) mail an official transcript to Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison directly and make your request early--transcripts can take quite awhile to arrive. Frosh: Feel free to send a high school transcript also, as back up to your college transcript. However, even if your college transcript has no grades on it yet, we MUST have your official college transcript.

2. A Personal Essay. Your personal essay is critical to the selection process. It is through your words that we ascertain your 'fit' with our program. Please submit a well-written essay, 1-2 pages long, in which you discuss the relationship between your present studies and a career in engineering or scientific research. As preparation, you may wish to discuss your career interests with one or more professors, and include any insights you gain from these discussions, and any other sources, which explain how this program might help you prepare for your future. Note any honors and awards that you have received that are relevant, as well as any prior research experience and / or any research field you are most interested in. If you do not believe your grades reflect your potential, please explain them in this essay. You may also send your resume, but a resume is not a substitute for the essay!

3. A Letter of Recommendation from a member of faculty who knows you well and can comment with authority on your research potential. OR If you can identify a person better qualified to evaluate your abilities, i.e., a graduate student TA, a co-op adviser or industry mentor, please feel free to have that person write your recommendation. Recommendations can be submitted online, following the instructions on the appropriate web page or they can be mailed to Ms. Mallison, to arrive no later than Wednesday, February 17th, 2010. E-mailed recommendations are unacceptable, but last minute letters can be faxed to 607-255-8601. Be sure the fax is followed up with the original recommendation. More than one recommendation is acceptable but not necessary.

4. If you are a citizen of another country AND a permanent resident of the USA, you MUST include a copy of your Green Card (both sides) in your application materials. You may snail mail the copy or email it to Ms. Mallison as a PDF attachment.

(If you are a citizen of another country and you ARE NOT a permanent resident, you are not eligible for our program!)

Do not include your social security number on any document. It is illegal for us to distribute your SS#!

APPLICATION NOTES
* While you will receive several automatic emails when you apply online, you will also receive personal emails from Ms. Mallison when your application arrives, and when it is complete. If you do NOT hear from Ms. Mallison, she has not received your application!

* USPS express mailed originals are greatly preferred, but last minute components can be faxed to 607-255-8601. FedEx is very expensive and should be avoided!

* The online application can be found at http://www.reu.nnin.org/

MAIL ALL APPLICATION COMPONENTS TO:

Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
NNIN REU Program Assistant
250 Duffield Hall, CNF
Cornell University, Ithaca NY 14853-2700

Good Luck! And again, thank you for your interest in our program.