College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Other Opportunities 2011.11.04

November 4, 2011

- Nov. 11 | Become an ES Mentor
- Nov. 21 | Fight infectious diseases and win a cash prize
- Dec. 1 | Win a cash prize
- Fall/Spring 2011 | Get a FREE GRE Practice Test
- Fall/Spring 2011 | Save our oceans with CALPRIG
- Fall/Spring 2011 | Become an on-campus ecoAmbassador
- Fall/Spring 2011 | Help the Berkeley Student Food Collective with Publicity and Outreach
- Fall/Spring 2011 | Join "Forums to Action" and help make Cal a 100% clean energy campus
- Fall/Spring 2011 | Team up with Friends of Northern Uganda
- Fall/Spring 2011 | Volunteer with BareAbundance
- Spring 2011 | Join the IGERT in Climate Change, Water, and Society initial cohort

Nov. 11 | Become and ES Mentor
ESSA is proud to announce the inaugural launch of the ES Mentorship Program! Designed to assist underclassmen in navigating their way through the vast possibilities of the ES program and the Berkeley campus, the ES Mentorship Program hopes to create a more tightly-knit ES community, connecting underclassmen with upperclassmen. So whether you are a senior wanting to give back and share your experiences or a freshman looking for Telebears advice, we welcome all class levels to participate! If you'd like to join the ES Mentorship Program, please fill out the form here by Friday, November 11th. We hope to have the kick-off meeting sometime later in November before finals start. For more information or questions about the program, please contact Jeffrey Wong at jeffrey.ja.wong@gmail.com.


Nov. 21 | Fight infectious diseases and win a cash prize!
The Center for Emerging & Neglected Diseases is sponsoring a competition with a $10,000 prize open to UC Berkeley students and postdocs. The focus is new tools and strategies to fight emerging and neglected infectious diseases. We are particularly interested in bioscience, engineering, chemistry, economics, and law/policy projects with promise to substantially impact global health.

DEADLINE is NOVEMBER 21st. http://bigideas.berkeley.edu/

Your proposal should should represent a new direction or enterprise in global health (as opposed to ongoing academic lab work). We particularly encourage interdisciplinary teams to apply. Proposed projects can include applied academic research, translational R&D, entrepreneurial activities, or pilot social/economic/policy initiatives. You can partner with outside companies, NGOs, or universities but must have a UC-based faculty mentor affiliated with the project. The Big Ideas contest has awarded over $750,000 in prize money to student teams with big ideas since 2006. Many grantees have gone on to win Harvard and MIT business plan competitions and start new social enterprises.


Dec. 1 | Win a cash prize
Write an essay or a poem, submit a musical score, take a great photograph--- and win a prize! Cash awards are offered in a great variety of fields - Creative Writing, Political Science, Philosophy, Classics and many others.

Prize amounts vary from $50 to $2000. All competitions are open to students of any major. The deadline for most entries is Thursday, December 1, 2011.

More complete details about these competitions can be found on the prizes website: http://students.berkeley.edu/finaid/undergraduates/types_prizes.htm


Fall/Spring 2011 | Get a FREE GRE Practice Test!
Preparing for the GRE? Take a free practice test! Go to http://www.princetonreview.com/ChooseProducts.aspx?&testtype=TCA&producttype=FRE&productdetail=OnlineFreePracticeTest

Fall/Spring 2011 | Save our oceans with CALPRIG
California Interest Research Group (CALPIRG) Save Our Oceans Campaign’s goal is to clean up our oceans from plastic pollution. Every year, millions of sea animals like turtles and seabirds die from plastic pollution through choking, suffocation, or ingestion. In addition, there is a large mass of plastic in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is TWICE the size of Texas called "The Great Pacific Garbage Patch"! The good news is that right here in Berkeley we are working to ban one of the worst types of pollution, single-use plastic bags. Be part of the solution and sign our petition below to ban plastic bags in Alameda County!

https://secure3.convio.net/engage/site/Advocacy?cmd=display&page=UserAction&id=2924

Of course, the companies that make and sell 11.9 billion bags are fighting to maintain the status quo, fronted by the lobbying team from the American Chemistry Council. But we need to do what is best for the Pacific Ocean and our future. Luckily, we have the support of our very own Berkeley City Councilmember Kriss Worthington. He has been quoted in the Daily Cal stating, “Plastic bags kill,” Worthington said. “I am delighted to advocate that Berkeley be the first city in the world to ban plastic bags. However, we are way too late. Twenty countries and countless cities have already done this.

CALPIRG – Save Our Oceans Campaign
303 Eshleman Hall


Fall/Spring 2011 | Become an on-campus ecoAmbassador!
The OnCampus EcoAmbassador Program is a program in which students are able to “green” their campuses and promote environmental awareness by using readily available EPA resources. Through the OnCampus program, students can educate fellow students through informational events or initiate environmental change on their campus through longer term projects. The program lasts the duration of the school year. Students can choose from a variety of events and projects within the categories of energy, water, land, waste, air, health and advocacy.

Some of our past ecoAmbassadors have improved recycling efforts, initiated composting programs certified campus buildings as Energy Star compliant, and investigated Integrated Pest Management (IPM) options for their campus. Students benefit directly by developing valuable leadership, research, and teamwork skills in addition to working closely with an existing EPA program or initiative. To get involved, students select an activity and school sponsor, register their project or activity online, then organize their event and report their results.

Students benefit by developing valuable leadership and project management skills; marketable aspects for future resumes. The most active ecoAmbassadors will have the opportunity to interact with EPA employees at the Regional offices, Headquarters, and lab facilities.

Students can register now and any individual or student organization can participate. Students must register their events on our website. Check out our website and Facebook page for more information! http://www.facebook.com/epaoncampus OR http://www.epa.gov/ecoambassadors


Fall/Spring 2011 | Help the Berkeley Student Food Collective with Publicity and Outreach!
Publicity and Outreach committees are looking for enthusiastic members to take on some awesome tasks this year. If you are interested in design, marketing, public speaking, tabling, or anything else revolving around publicizing the Collective, these committees are for you! Help is always needed tabling at the Berkeley Farmer’s Market, on Sproul, and all through the community and we are aiming to hit our semester goal of two new fliers every week! Publicity and Outreach Committees meet every Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 at Musical Offering and always feel free to email outreach@foodcollective.org or publicity@foodcollective.org with any questions you may have


Fall/Spring 2011 | Join "Forums to Action" and help make Cal a 100% clean energy campus!
Focus the Nation, an organization based in Portland, works with college students from all over the country. Their project, called "Forums to Action," involves assembling a team of students from different backgrounds - engineers, journalists, political science majors, biologists, economists, etc., reaching out to various community organizations and leaders in clean energy, planning a clean energy forum in February, and coming up with an action plan to implement some facet of clean energy on campus. Focus the Nation provides support and resources for the program, including weekly webinars with clean energy professionals from around the country, a "coach" from their office, fundraising and budgeting support, and more. You can read about Focus the Nation at their website: http://focusthenation.org/ and specifically the Forums-to-Action program: http://focusthenation.org/f2a

Students interested in helping pass a bill in the ASUC to make UC Berkeley a 100% clean energy campus at some point in the future should consider joining these efforts! There is a lot that is up in the air, and a lot of specifics to work out, but we are trying to assemble a team of people with great ideas, excitement, and devotion to the cause so that we can move forward and take tangible, intelligent steps toward our goal. We are really hoping to develop a strong team of people with all different kinds of skills and backgrounds. If you are interested in getting involved, please email Meredith at mjacobson20@gmail.com so that you can get on the email list; we don't have a set-in-stone weekly meeting time yet but we are meeting every week. In this environmental, economic, and political climate, working on the clean energy transition and collaborating with different fields is especially important. I really hope you consider joining this exciting project!


Fall/Spring 2011 | Team up with Friends of Northern Uganda!
Are you passionate about human rights issues? Would you like to advocate for the rights of child soldiers in Uganda? Do you want to know more about one of the longest running civil wars in Africa?

Friends of Northern Uganda (FNU) is an ASUC sponsored club with the purpose of bringing awareness to the University of California, Berkeley campus and the surrounding community in regards to the war and the use of child soldiers in Northern Uganda. We work closely with the Concerned Parents Association, a non-governmental organization in Northern Uganda, to achieve our goals.

We have several upcoming fundraising events planned, as well as some socials! Meetings are regularly scheduled for Monday evenings at 7:30pm, in 104 GPB (room subject to change). If you are interested in joining, would like to be added to our mailing list, or would like more information please contact us at fnuatberkeley@gmail.com!


Fall/Spring 2011 | Volunteer with BareAbundance
BareAbundance is an ASUC sponsored, non-profit service organization dedicated to food justice and waste reduction in the Berkeley and Oakland areas. We have been recognized as a newly established student group by the Blum Center, the Associated Students of University of California, as well as the UC Berkeley and have recently won the BigIdeas Competition for our
work. Our mission is to facilitate the development of healthy and sustainable food communities through a multifaceted education program targeting vulnerable populations. We hope to teach students how to make nutritious meals during our after school program, while simultaneously encouraging the formation of ‘food-driven’ values that focus on the issues of health, sustainability, and homelessness in our local communities.

We are looking for undergraduate or graduate students who would like to join the BareAbundance team this fall semester and, ideally, continue throughout the academic year. There are positions on our team for members of all types and commitment levels, however, we are currently striving to find dedicated and committed students to fulfill the positions of Secretary, Treasurer, Grant-writer, and Media Relations Coordinator as well as Director of sustainable Practices, Director of External Affairs, and Director of Membership. Please note that this can also be counted as your local practice experience for the Global Poverty and Practice minor! If you are interested in these positions, or want to know how to get more involved, please contact us at bareabundance@gmail.com with questions and
comments.


Spring 2011 | Join the IGERT in Climate Change, Water, and Society initial cohort!
Climate change and related water problems pose some of the most formidable challenges to science and society today. The IGERT in Climate Change, Water and Society (CCWAS) at UC Davis is designed to provide a new generation of scientists with the disciplinary depth and the multidisciplinary breadth to address effects of climate change on water resources, including unification of hydrologic and climate science toward a more advanced understanding of hydroclimatology and better translation of science into action.
In partnership with our cooperating institutions – the Colorado School of Mines, California State University, Fresno, and University of Concepción, Chile -- the CCWAS IGERT will provide transformative interdisciplinary training spanning...
hydrologic science
atmospheric science
ecology
engineering
geology
resource economics, and
political science.
We seek talented students to apply to the CCWAS training program. CCWAS trainees will receive a stipend of $30,000 per year plus fees for two years.

For more information, go to ccwas.ucdavis.edu, or contact our academic coordinator, Carole Hom (clhom@ucdavis.edu).