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December 2014

In this newsletter:
- General Resources & Announcements

- Graduate School Information
- Research Opportunities
- Internships, Jobs & Recruiting Events


How will you be spending J-term?
January is a great time to network with professional contacts, to build or update a professional resume, or practice your interview skills. The Lazarus Center for Career Development is open during J-term.

Emory University STEM Research and Career Symposium
March 25-27, 2015 at the Emory Conference Center
Atlanta, GA

A great opportunity for students to present their research, attend career development workshops, and learn about career and training opportunities at Emory and elsewhere.  Application and registration for the conference are free. Students from underrepresented groups (racial minorities, disabled students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds) will be eligible to apply for travel awards that will provide for their travel and housing. This premier research conference is for undergraduates interested in learning about PhD, MD/PhD or postbaccalaureate programs; graduate students contemplating postdoctoral training; and the advisors of these students. The application deadline is January 15th. Due to the success of last year’s symposium and the restricted number of attendees, we expect competition for acceptance to be spirited. Only abstracts that report outcomes/results will be competitive.  Awardees will be notified by mid-February.  Up to ten students will be selected from the submitted abstracts to present a platform talk, and their advisors will also receive a travel award if necessary. All remaining student participants will be expected to present a poster on their research.


Gathering Letters of Recommendation for Graduate Study?
Visit the Lazarus Center for Career Development’s Recommendations page for tips on how to request letters and how Inferfolio can be used to store confidential letters.


Pathways to Science
A great resource for locating STEM research and internship listings for undergraduates.

Offers a variety of internship programs for undergraduates. Applications for summer 2015 internships are accepted until March 1, 2015.

U.S. Department of Energy Mickey Leland Energy Fellowship Program (MLEF)
Summer research (10 weeks) with the DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy
The MLEF Program provides students with an opportunity to gain and develop research skills with the Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy. For 20 years, this program has increased awareness of DOE research opportunities to students pursuing STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering and math). The goal of the program is to improve opportunities for women and minority students in these fields, however all eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.  Stipends start at $600 per week and eligible Fellows will receive an additional travel and housing allowance. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at time of application; be a U.S. Citizen; have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0; and be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university (sophomore year or higher) or had a Ph.D. conferred on or after January 2, 2014 in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree. Application closes Friday, January 2, 2015

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
STEM Summer Internship Program

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sponsors a 10-week summer internship program. This program offers the opportunity to enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. Faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, will engage in research that provides opportunities to help advance the DHS Areas of Research and strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers. Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Centers of Excellence and DHS. Undergraduate students receive a $600 weekly stipend. All participants may be eligible to receive housing and travel allowances. 10-week research experiences are offered at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers). Areas of research: Engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological / life sciences, environmental science, emergency and incident management, social sciences, and more. U.S. Citizenship is required. Application deadline: December 15, 2014


This is a selection of current listings. Use E-Access to find additional postings and details on the opportunities below.

Engineering Intern (Summer), Nestle Purina PetCare Company E-Access Job ID# 33396
Our interns are provided the opportunity to make meaningful contributions to our business during the summer. During your internship, you will find yourself engaged in various engineering projects and tasks in a hands-on, manufacturing environment. Interns gain exposure to real-life situations and have the opportunity to apply engineering concepts alongside experienced colleagues. Members of the Factory Management team provide our interns with constructive feedback and guidance regarding performance, progress, and organizational information. You are encouraged to network and engage directly, actively, at all levels, and across the organization. Candidates must be willing and able to work a minimum 10 consecutive week internship from May-August 2015. Internship positions in Denver, CO and Jefferson, WI.

The Simons Fellowship in Design Engineering
Sponsoring institutions: Marcus Autism Center, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine
Fellows are immersed in a two-year training program aimed at the integration of design engineering with neuroscience research. Successful applicants will be expected to develop innovative hardware solutions to answer basic and advanced questions in the field of social neuroscience. These solutions offer an opportunity to explore human factors engineering, product prototyping and the design of environments for neuroscience research. The fellowship is an opportunity for creative engineering, in which basic design challenges are defined, but the routes to solutions are open-ended. The selected fellows will be mentored by the program directors and involved in a highly active research community. The fellows will learn about neuroscience and autism while applying their own design skills to answer future experimental questions.College graduates who will have received a bachelor’s degree by June 2015 are eligible for the program. Submission deadline: January 9, 2015. Award amount: $32,000

Summer Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI)
U.S. Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory,
Oak Ridge, TN

ORNL is the largest science and energy laboratory in the Department of Energy system. Areas of research include materials, neutron sciences, energy, high-performance computing, systems biology and national security. Visit to discover some exciting reasons why ORNL offers a great internship experience!
Benefits: 10 engaged in a research project under the direction of a laboratory scientist/ engineer; career development workshops/ lab tours; $500 per week stipend and limited travel reimbursement /housing allowance (for those who qualify). Applications due January 9, 2015.



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