career development and picker engineering program

November 2014

In this newsletter:
- General Resources & Announcements

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


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.

Engineering and Medicine: Third Annual SINAInnovations Conference
November 18-19, 2014,Stern Auditorium, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
Free, but registration is required.
An outstanding list of speakers and demonstrations will explore the expanding interface between engineering and medicine, and how it is transforming all aspects of health care. Keynote Speakers include: Eric Topol, Director, Scripps Translational Science institute; Jun Wang, Director of Beijing Genomics Institute; Miguel Nicolelis, Duke University;  Andrew Conrad, Director, Google[x]; Shirley Jackson, President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Benedetta Piantella, Co Founder, GROUND Lab. Session topics include:  Breakthroughs in material science, nanotechnology and imaging; Genomics and personalized medicine; Transformative technologies including apps, software and mobile technologies; Engineering to improve global health.

Summer Jobs and Internships for STEM Students
Wednesday, November 5, 4:30-5:30pm, Ford Hall 240
This Lazarus Center program will provide an overview of specific resources and techniques for securing a summer position in the STEM field. Students of all class years are welcome to attend, and please bring your questions!


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.


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


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

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: Jan. 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: 16 weeks (January 5- April 24) 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)

Data Science Engineer - Class of 2015
athenahealth, Watertown, MA

E-Access Job ID#ID 32781
About You: Ambitious, articulate and creative. Loves building tools to analyze and transform data, and is equally interested in sleuthing through the data to uncover key insights. You pride yourself on being able to bring the right tools and methods to bear on problems, and to learn or even create new tools and methods when the need arises.

Keywords relevant to you: Analytics, Business Intelligence, Data Mining, Experimental Design, Machine Learning, Predictive Modeling, Statistics, Weblogs, Claims Data, Electronic Medical Records, Outcomes Research, Healthcare Economics and Policy, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Reform, Economics, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Science, Python, Perl, Java, C/C++, SQL, PHP, HTML, Bash Shell Scripting, Linux, System Administration, Data Automation

About the Position: You will work closely with key decision makers across our data-driven company to analyze and communicate insight and drive strategic outcomes. There will be plenty of opportunities to build out systems to automate and deliver this intelligence to continuously supply the company with the data it relies on. This provides the opportunity to learn our application deeply, which removes barriers to answering questions and enables you to become an athenahealth expert. Finally, you will engineer analytic solutions to scale our ability to learn from our growing network. Bachelors/Masters degree in Economics, Statistics, Engineering, Computer Science or other quantitative field. You may be a software engineer, or you might be doing this type of work off the side of your desk (or even at home). Ability to formulate hypotheses, draw conclusions and deliver results. Sense of humor and effective interpersonal communication skills. Healthcare experience is not required; you will learn from A-team colleagues! Experience in applying quantitative analysis to business operations is a plus but not required



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