College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Opportunities 6/3/11

June 2, 2011

I. Free MCAT Course!!
II. Idealist Graduate School Fair
III. Course Offering: Introduction to Research Methods in Biology
IV. New Course in Research Techniques
V. Volunteer with Golden Gate Audubon Eco-Education Program

I. Free MCAT Course!!
The Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education (COEDME) in the Stanford School of Medicine will offer a FREE MCAT Academy this summer! The Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) is a critical component of the medical school admissions process. Low MCAT scores are often a prime factor in the rejection of many applicants to medical school. Some factors that contribute to poor performance in the MCAT are: test anxiety, poor time management, and lack of a "plan", inadequate and inefficient preparation.

The Center of Excellence in Diversity in Medical Education (COEDME) MCAT Preparation Academy is designed to minimize these factors and to optimize preparation and performance for the Medical College Admissions Test.

The program is structured to strengthen the student’s strategies on how to approach and prepare for the MCAT. It is not intended to be a content review course, yet many of the key subjects will be discussed as part of the curriculum. In addition, a group study schedule and a tailored individualized study plan will be incorporated to meet the needs of the individual student.

This Stanford School of Medicine MCAT Preparation Academy is designed to assist in preparing qualified pre-medical students for the upcoming Medical College Admissions Test. The program is structured to strengthen the student’s strategies on how to approach and prepare for the MCAT.

Eligibility Criteria:
Must be planning on taking the August-September 2011 MCAT and applying to medical school within one year of the exam.
Must have an overall college GPA of 2.75 or above.
Must have a minimum of 2 to 2.5 years of college, including the completion of the following courses:
General Biology
General and Organic Chemistry
English 1 series
Physics
Pre-calculus
Must be from an educationally and/or economically disadvantaged background
Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States (Bay Area).

For an application, please contact Fred M. Tovar at: 650-725-5342.


II. Idealist Graduate School Fair
Thinking about grad school? Want to move your social change career forward? Good news: our first two Idealist Grad Fairs of the summer are coming soon to California!
Details about the June 13 fair in LA: http://bit.ly/SummerFairLA
Details about the June 16 fair in San Francisco: http://bit.ly/SummerFairSF

Both of the fairs are free to attend. Stop by anytime from 5:00-8:00pm to learn about 70+ different degree programs such as social work, public health, public administration, international affairs, and more. You can also sit in on a panel about graduate admissions and financial aid from 6:00-7:00pm. To RSVP, just sign in and click the blue "Attend Fair" button on the top right corner of the page.

Special thanks to our generous hosts, the University of California, Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs (LA fair) and Presidio Graduate School (SF fair). Both venues are wheelchair accessible. To request additional accommodations, please email at gradfairs@idealist.org as soon as possible.


III. Course Offering: Introduction to Research Methods in Biology
Are you interested in biological research? Then consider taking our 2 unit summer course, IB 87, "Introduction to Research Methods in Biology" which will be offered in session C - room is still available! Please come talk to me (rhenderson@berkeley.edu) if you are interested. We are located in 2018 VLSB.

This is a great opportunity to learn about what biological research is, how it is done, and to interact in a small setting with faculty members and graduate students who do research. If you think you might want to do biological research during your time at Cal, this course will help prepare you and may make you a stronger candidate for research positions and programs.

Course description :
Introduction to Research Methods in Biology -- Integrative Biology (INTEGBI) 87 [2 units] Course Format: One hour of lecture, one hour of discussion, and three hours of laboratory for eight weeks. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor. Description: This course provides a functional understanding of hypothesis/data driven research and exposure to current approaches and methods in biological science. The lectures address foundational concepts of the scientific method, research ethics, scientific communication, and how to understand scientific literature. The labs provide exposure to faculty research and experimental methods.

You can find more details in the summer course catalog http://sis.berkeley.edu/OSOC/osoc?p_term=SU&p_dept=integbi


IV. New Course in Research Techniques
Want to hone your skills as a researcher? Want to explore Berkeley’s—and California’s—online archives? Want to learn about California’s “water wars”? Want to satisfy the American Cultures Requirement?

College Writing 50/150: Researching Water in the West: its presence, its absence, and its consequences for the peoples of California Water: its presence and its absence are central to an understanding of California history. In this three-unit class, we will explore the subject of water in California, drawing upon multiple genres, for example, film, photographs, memoir, essays, scholarly articles, and Congressional legislation. We will also immerse ourselves into the new world of online archival research, with the help of teaching librarian Corliss Lee, of Moffitt Library.

In the course of this exploration, we will examine how the history of water leads us deeper into other aspects of California history. The story of California water is often a story about people and culture---Native Americans who were forcibly displaced and then erased from the site’s history, people who waged economic and land wars to control water rights, conservationists who fought to preserve these sites, and people who found themselves in the dry places left in the wake of the water’s diversion---in the case of the Owens Valley, for example, Japanese Americans who were forcibly relocated to Manzanar, one of the relocation camps built in the “empty” places of the American West. One of our primary goals in this class will be to study these peoples through a shared experience: how their stories intersect through their connection to this contested resource. Open to lower-division students as CW 50, and to upper-division students as CW 150.

Prerequisite: completion of first half (Part A) of the R&C requirement.
Satisfies American Cultures Requirement.
MWF 1:00-2:00, Dwinelle 233
CCNs: 16567 (for CW 50) and 16597 (for CW 150)
Instructor: Pat Steenland


V. Volunteer with Golden Gate Audubon Eco-Education Program
It's spring field trips time for our 3rd - 4th graders and we need help! We would be forever grateful if you could provide assistance with any of our creek trip activities such as birding, "meet a tree" game and study, plant investigation and freshwater aquatic invertebrate assessment.

Again, you don't need to be an expert, just enthusiastic! Take a look at the following dates and see if you could join us:
1. May 20 at Alvarado Park in Richmond, 9:15 - 1:45
2. May 25 at Knowland Park (Oakland Zoo) in Oakland, 9:45 - 1:45
3. May 26 at Alvarado Park in Richmond, 9:15 - 1:45
4. May 27 at Alvarado Park in Richmond, 9:15 - 1:45
5. May 31 at Knowland Park in Oakland 9:45 - 1:45
6. June 1 at Knowland Park in Oakland 9:45 - 1:45
7. June 2 at Knowland Park (Oakland Zoo) in Oakland, 9:45 - 1:45
8. June 3 at Knowland Park (Oakland Zoo) in Oakland, 9:45 - 1:45
9. June 8 at Knowland Park in Oakland, 9:45 - 1:45
10. June 9 at Knowland Park in Oakland, 9:45 - 1:45
11. June 10 at Knowland Park in the Oakland Zoo in Oakland, 9:45 - 1:45

Golden Gate Audubon, established in 1917, is the largest Audubon chapter in California. Our award-winning environmental education programs provide a year-long, watershed-wide, community-based outreach for traditionally disadvantaged elementary students in the East Bay. We endeavor to inspire stewardship and inspire new leaders in wildlife conservation.

Please contact the Eco-Education Program Manager, Anthony DeCicco, at: adecicco@goldengateaudubon.org.