College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Opportunities 1/21/11

January 21, 2011

I. Tutor Writing at the Student Learning Center!
II. Insurance Workshop for Students with Dependents
III. Summer Volunteer Opportunity in Tanzania!
IV. UCDC Opportunity
V. Study Strategies & Resources Course for Research and Thesis
VI. Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship

I. Tutor Writing at the Student Learning Center
The Student Learning Center Writing Program is currently recruiting tutors for the Spring 2011 semester. Help students increase their skills and confidence as writers while improving your own writing and communication skills. As a Writing Tutor at the SLC, you will join a dynamic and diverse community of writers and educators. All SLC Writing Tutors receive training in composition theory and valuable experience in educational practices. We have limited paid positions available for new tutors, and English 310 or Ed 97/197 units are also available.

For further information and to download an application, please visit our website at http://slc.berkeley.edu/tutor/tutor_writing.htm or contact the Writing Program Coordinators, Alberto Ledesma (aledesma@berkeley.edu) and Carolyn Swalina (cbs@berkeley.edu).

As always, if you have any questions about tutoring opportunities at the Student Learning Center, or you have questions about Writing Program tutoring services, or we can be of any assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know.

II. Insurance Workshop for Students with Dependents
If you are a students with a spouse and/or children who need information about health insurance, UC Berkeley's University Health Services will be presenting two workshops on individual health insurance options for students with dependents (spouses and children). Workshop dates are Wednesday, January 19, 2011 and Thursday, January 27, 2011 from 3 to 4:30. Location: Tang Education Center.

RSVP: ship@uhs.berkeley.edu. More information: 510- 642-5742 or www.uhs.berkeley.edu/students/insurance/families.shtml.


III. Summer Volunteer Opportunity in Tanzania!
ONEHEARTSOURCE is a student-led volunteer opportunity in Tanzania, Africa. Right now, it is estimated 25 million children are orphaned by AIDS. Tanzania alone is home to more than 2.4 million orphans, 1.1 million of whom have been orphaned by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. You can help turn this reality around. Volunteer with One Heart Source, the first academic-intensive orphanage in Africa for children made vulnerable by the AIDS epidemic. Gain international experience working in Tanzania, learn Swahili, involve yourself in development & aid, global health, childhood education, and much more!

SUMMER 2011: Programs ranging from May 23 - September 17
FALL 2011: October 3 - November 25

*Teach HIV/AIDS awareness/education, community health, and literacy at local schools as well as in the community.
*Act as a mentor to children living in local orphanages through planning and implementing tutoring and after-school activities.
*Work on community development projects such as health teachings at local hangouts, community agriculture initiatives, and school restoration and beautification.
*Live in a homestay with a Tanzanian family and become an integrated member of the community.
*Work with a dynamic team of international volunteers.

We are active members of humanity who refuse to believe in any explanation that validates the current reality in which millions of children do not have the basic right of LIFE. If you believe in a better way, now is the time to stand up and be the change you wish to see in the world. Join us in enacting lasting, positive social change!

Deadlines: Summer and Fall program applications due: February 2nd!
For more information and to download the program application, please visit: www.oneheartsource.org/volunteer!


IV. UCDC Opportunity
http://ucdc.berkeley.edu
Each Fall and Spring, the UCB Washington Program sends undergraduates to Washington, D.C., to complete academic research projects of their own design, and to participate in internships related to their research. The Program is open to juniors and seniors in any major, and graduating seniors may participate during their final semester at UCB (but not after they actually graduate).

To apply, you must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have junior or senior standing in the semester you plan to attend. You must also have taken at least two upper-division courses on the UC Berkeley campus, which provide background for the topic you intend to research. Internships are available in a wide variety of DC-based government agencies, nonprofit organizations, policy think-tanks, media outlets, and businesses. Students live in the brand new UC Washington Center at Scott Circle and UCB financial aid is transferrable to DC. Students earn a full semester of UCB academic credit.

Applications for the Fall 2011 UCDC Program are due Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 4 p.m. Candidate interviews will be conducted in mid-March 2011 for the Fall 2011 UCDC Program. Accepted students will be notified in the 12th week of class in the semester they apply.

I will conduct several information sessions during the early weeks of Spring Semester. An alum of the UCDC Program will speak about his or her experiences and answer your questions. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns, feel free to schedule an appointment with me.
All UCDC info sessions will be held in Barrows Hall:
Tuesday, Jan. 25 12 noon-1:30 P.M. 291 Barrows
Weds., Feb. 2 12 noon-1:30 P.M. 291 Barrows
Thurs., Feb. 10 4-5:30 P.M. 291 Barrows
Weds., Feb. 16 4-5:30 P.M. 202 Barrows

Information about how to locate internships in DC is available on a bulletin board outside the UCB Washington Program Office and at the Information Sessions. The Program Office is at M24 Wheeler Hall, and generally will be open 9-12 and 1-4 on Mondays through Thursdays. More details about the program can be obtained by e-mailing ucdc@berkeley.edu, by visiting M24 Wheeler Hall, or by calling 510/642-9102.


V. Study Strategies & Resources Course for Research and Thesis
The Study Strategies & Resources Program, located at The Student Learning Center (SLC), is proud to once again offer a section of Education 98/198: To the Capstone & Beyond”, a 2 unit P/NP course to support upper division students who are preparing for, or are currently composing a culminating senior thesis, research project, and/or other creative endeavor. Our course supplements existing departmental and campus resources that are available to students at various stages of their research processes.

Through individual written assignments and collaborative discussions, students will:
• Define their research objectives and project scope
• Practice written and oral presentation skills in framing their work
• Participate in discipline-specific and interdisciplinary conversations
• Strategize approaches to faculty/mentor feedback
• Learn to actively apply relevant study strategies (i.e., time management, goal-setting, reading & writing strategies, motivational techniques, etc.)
• Consult with the instructor to help monitor individual goals

Day & Time: Thursdays 2-4pm (beginning the first week of instruction), in 151 Chavez

EDUCATION 98 (LOWER DIVISION STUDENTS):
CCN: 23683 Section #: 16

EDUCATION 198 (UPPER DIVISION STUDENTS):
CCN: 23911 Section #: 16

For more information about the course, or to learn more about the Study Strategies & Resources Program and other SLC services, contact me directly (see below) or visit us at http://slc.berkeley.edu/.


VI. Soil and Water Conservation Scholarship
California-Nevada Chapter of Soil and Water Conservation Society awards a $1000 scholarship for the 2011-2012 academic year. Deadline to apply is 1/31/11. Eligibility: must have successfully completed two years of study at an accredited college, 2) be enrolled in an undergraduate curriculum related to soil and water resources, 3) have a GPA of 2.5 or better. See for details on evaluation factors and application procedures: http://www.caswcs.org/index.php/scholarships.html