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AMSTEMM weekly e-newsletter. 3-23-2011.



Weekly E-Newsletter
Vol. 8, No. 9 - March 23, 2011
UK AMSTEMM Program Office, 113 Bowman Hall, Lexington, KY 40506-0059 Phone: 859-257-2613, E-mail: [email protected]
If there is anything you would like to see in future editions of the AMSTEMM E-Newsletter, please e-mail: [email protected]

In this Issue
Note from the AMSTEMM Advisor/Coordinator Research Opportunities & Fellowships Important Events & Opportunities Academic Resources

Note from Sue Scheff, AMSTEMM Advisor/Coordinator
The AMSTEMM Summer 2011 Fellowship applications are now available on the AMSTEMM website: Application deadline: April 15, 2011. AMSTEMM Peer Mentor Applications are also being accepted for Fall 2011—2013. On-line applications are available Deadline: March 31, 2011

Research Opportunities & Fellowships

Illinois College of Optometry ―Focus on Your Future‖ July 11-15, 2011: The Illinois College of Optometry is pleased to announce our annual summer program for underrepresented minority undergraduate students. The program is a week-long experience that will expose undergraduate students to the profession of optometry in a variety of settings. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and work with current optometry students, ICO Faculty & Staff, as well as practicing optometrists. Students will be housed at no charge in our Residential Complex. There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants are responsible for their travel expenses and/or transportation cost to and from ICO. For more information, please visit: Program Application deadline: April 1, 2011. Contact: Teisha Johnson, 312.949.7407, [email protected] For NASA-supported internships, fellowships and scholarships: Undergraduate Research Assistant in Entomology wanted: Gain research experience and earn money in an insect ecology laboratory. Duties include molecular techniques, behavioral observations, insect colony maintenance and ecological field work. For more information contact Cristina Brady at [email protected], Jen White at [email protected] or call 859-257-0592. The Ohio State University I-DOC August 1-3, 2011: The Improving Diversity in Optometric Careers program is an intensive three-day program for people from an underrepresented ethnicity interested in finding out more about an optometric career. The program provides information about optometry through hands-on experiences, and it aims to increase the number of underrepresented ethnic minority optometrists. Thanks to underwriting by the Vision Service Plan (VSP), there is no cost to attend the program and includes all meals and activities. There are also several scholarships for airfare and accommodations for out-of-state college applicants. For more information about the program and information regarding the application process, please visit the I-DOC webpage: Application deadline: May 1, 2011. Program Contact: Justin Griest, 614.292.8825, [email protected] For Financial Support in Graduate School Opportunities: Bridges, GK-12, IGERT and NSF Grad Research Fellowship programs provide generous stipend and tuition support for students through the National Science Foundation: Undergraduate Research Opportunities at the University of Michigan Biomedical Sciences: Summer undergraduate research experiences offer students the opportunity to participate in exciting projects, mentored by and working side-by-side with some of the brightest minds in science. For more information and application deadlines: Paid Summer 2011 Undergrad Research Placements: Over 400 programs - REU and Other Summer Research Opportunities for Undergrads.

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Research Opportunities & Fellowships

Internships and Visiting Students at Smithsonian Institute - Minority Awards Program: Summer internships and visiting student awards are available to increase participation of U.S. minority groups who are underrepresented in Smithsonian scholarly programs, in the disciplines of research conducted at the Institution, and in the museum field. This program is designed to provide undergraduate and beginning graduate students the opportunity to learn more about the Smithsonian and their academic fields through direct experience in research or museum-related internship projects under the supervision of research and professional staff members at the Institution's many museums, research institutes and offices. Internships and Visiting Student appointments are full-time (40 hours per week), for ten weeks during the summer, fall, or spring. Stipends are $500 per week, with additional travel allowances offered in some cases and a small research allowance for Visiting Students. Qualifications: Applicants should be currently engaged in undergraduate or graduate study, and an overall G.P.A. of 3.0 or its equivalent generally is expected. The relevance of an internship at the Smithsonian to the student's academic and career goals will be an important part of the evaluation of an applicant. Most successful candidates are students of the disciplines in which the Smithsonian conducts research. Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory: The Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory offer several programs for undergraduate students in STEM fields to participate in a summer internship. For a full list of programs, including others for grad students, faculty, postdocs, and other recent graduates, visit their website at:

Sensing and Signaling Research Experience for Undergraduates at UT-Knoxville: The Department of Biochemistry and Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is hosting a summer REU with the theme of ―Sensing and Signaling.‖ It is open to current sophomores and juniors, and priority given to juniors. The program runs from June 6 through July 29, 2011. This comes with a stipend and housing on campus. DEADLINE: March 30, 2011. For additional information visit:

Re-Imagine Appalachia and Win $500: Break the clichés and use your imagination: UK’s Appalachian Center announces a spring photography contest. Thirty finalists will be put on display at UK and featured in an upcoming calendar. The deadline for submissions is May 2, 2011 with judging to be completed by June 8. For more information visit

Important Events & Opportunities

UK Counseling Center: Are you confused about your major, experiencing anxiety about upcoming tests, feeling lost and alone here on campus? Don’t waste another minute..drop in to the UK Counseling Center, 201 Frazee Hall and attend a workshop or talk with a counselor. 859.257.8701 New course for SUMMER 2011– A&S Personal Strengths and Your Career Development: a 3 credit hour, 8 week summer course, with a prerequisite of sophomore standing or higher (30+ hours). The objective of the course is to analyze personal strengths and values and apply them to future career goals, in addition to learning and enhancing individual job search strategies (resume and cover letter developm ent, interview preparation, identifying transferrable skills and researching potential employment options). This course is taught from the Chaos Theory of Career Development perspective, and is intended for declared majors of decided students with an intended major. Pre-Dental Society Information: Mark your calendars for these important meetings: 3/26/2011 - There is a DAT workshop put on by UKCD after the Saturday morning clinic (which is already full) from 12-3 and a waxing demonstration may follow (more details to come) 3/28/2011 - Dr. Wallender, an oral surgery resident @ UK will be coming to speak to us about some special cases he has seen, oral surgery as a profession, what it's like to be a resident, and anything else you might have questions about (MN363 6-8PM) 4/4/2011 - Dr. Denison, a local general dentist, will be come to talk to us about dentistry as well as dentistry as mission work (MN363 6 -8PM) 4/18/2011 - Dr. Brown, a periodontist will be coming to talk to us about the field. (MN363 6-8PM)

For more information or questions on any of these events, contact Josh Stamper [email protected]

Health Professions Fair 2011 at the University of Cincinnati: Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 11am-2pm at the Tangeman University Center– 3rd Floor Atrium. Registration includes 6’ table, chair and lunch. Registration fee is $100. For more details and the registration form, visit http:// Registration deadline is Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The General Chemistry Learning Center: Located in CP-25 and open Monday-Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm and Friday 8:00am-3:00pm offers help with any 100-level general chemistry course. For more information visit Help with Organic Chemistry is available in King Science Library 310K. Open M-F from 9:00am-4:00pm, it is staffed by organic chemistry lab TAs but they can also provide help with the lecture courses.

Important Events & Opportunities

Application Preparation Extreme (APEX): The University of South Carolina’s Office of Pre-Professional Advising is hosting its annual intensive five-day program that assists pre-med students as they prepare for their med school application. APEX is a residential program that offers personal attention to each attendee and a host of activities to help them prepare a compelling application. Cost: $895, includes deluxe accommodations at the Inn at USC, breakfast and lunch, transportation while attending the camp, activities, workbook and handout. To fill out an application and pay the $50 deposit, go to Application and deposit are due by April 1, 2011. SOCIETY OF THE PROMOTION OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (SPUR): An active student organization that seeks to provide opportunities for undergraduates interested in engaging in scholarly work with faculty. We serve as student mentors, host workshops, panel discussions, & the Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars. SPUR website: SPUR email: [email protected] SHOWCASE OF SCHOLARS: Registration begins February 14 through April 17, 2011. Showcase is scheduled for April 27, 2011. MCAT REVIEW TOOLS: Kaplan has provided online tools to help you prepare for the MCAT and they are FREE. Download instructions http:// (Nook, iPad, iPhone, Sony eReader) Books Vanderbilt University 5th Annual Health Professions Fair: The fair will be held April 7, 2011 from 2:00pm-6:00pm in the ballrooms of the Student Life Center. As of March 7th, 42 different institutions representing 80 programs will be participating in Vanderbilt’s Annual Health Professions Fair. Students from any school are welcome as are advisors. There are still spots available for presenters. Contact Karen Laws at 615-322-2446 or [email protected] to register. First Scholar’s Living Learning Community Mentors: If you are interested in being a mentor for the 1st Scholars Living Learning Community for Fall 2011 you need to 1) have applied for housing for Fall 2011 2) have prior experience living in the residence halls 3) have a 2.75 or higher GPA. For more information and an application, contact Matt Deffendall [email protected] Undergraduate Studies Information Sessions: The office of Undergraduate Studies will be conducting Applicant Information Sessions for students preparing to apply to medical, dental, optometry and podiatry schools. For more information about registration and an application contact John Hurak [email protected] Upcoming Session Schedule: Information sessions will be held in 102 Miller Hall unless otherwise noted on myUK. March 28 10:00-11:00am

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The Peace Corps at the University of Kentucky presents the 50th anniversary information session. Come find out about the opportunities available to serve abroad and the benefits of service. Information session will be on March 30, 2011 at 3:00pm in the UK Student Center-Center Theater. Office hours will be March 30, 2011 from 10:00am-12:00pm in the James W. Stuckert Career Center, Room 202. The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM) will be holding a Spring Open House on Saturday, April 30, 2011. This program is designed to provide individuals who are interested in becoming a physician with information on admission requirements, financial aid, and osteopathic medicine. For more information and registration go to Or RSVP by calling 1-888-276-7836. The Pre-Optometry Club will have a meeting on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:30pm in the Gallery of W.T. Young Library. Two optometrists will speak. For more information, please contact Chelsey Johnson at [email protected] The UK College of Dentistry Admissions Office will hold an information session this Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 5:30pm in the College of Medicine– Room MN 363. They will be answering all your questions about admissions into the dental program. For more information, contact Josh Stamper at [email protected] Looking for an On-Campus Job for Summer 2011? Wildcat Assistant on the Summer Advising Conference staff. Students must apply online at UK Jobs– the job title is STUDENT: Wildcat Assistant, requisition #js534377. JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=750411.

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Academic Resources

The Medical Center undergraduate mentoring program seeks to connect undergraduate students to current students, faculty and alumni in each of the graduate and professional programs in the Medical Center colleges by holding regularly scheduled sessions where undergraduate students can hear from and connect to current students. For more information, contact: Christopher L. Johnson, [email protected] Next meeting: THURSDAY, March 24th, @ 6pm. Student Center 117.

UK Counseling Center Drop-in Workshops: Career Decision-Making: This 45-minute interactive workshop gives you an overview of the career decision-making process and gets you thinking about your interests, values, and skills. You will leave this workshop with instructions on how to take the Strong Interest Inventory online. After taking the online inventory, you need to make an appointment with one of the UK Counseling Center counselors to go over the results. Schedule this early as classes fill up fast! Test Anxiety: This workshop is for those of you who prepare well for exams but consistently receive low test scores, which may be due to many factors such as test anxiety or concentration/focus problems. Other workshops offered: Relaxation: Mondays, 4 pm, 357 Student Center, starts 1/24 Yoga: Wednesdays, 5 pm, Blazer Hall Rec Room, starts 1/19 International Students: Fridays, 1 pm, 108 Bradley Hall, starts 1/28 Visit their web page ( for more information on the above workshops and many more.

Student Support Services Workshop/Study Skills Class Schedule: Taking Academic Control: Every Monday at 1:00-2:00pm SSS Conference Room. Every Tuesday at 2:00-3:00pm SSS Conference Room. Every Wednesday at 5:00-6:30pm SSS Conference Room. SOS/UK 110 Major/Career Exploration: Every Monday at 3:00-4:00 SSS Conference Room. Every Friday at 2:00-3:00 SSS Conference Room. SSS Workshops: Common Writing Errors Workshop. Wednesday March 23, 2011 at 5:00-6:00pm. SSS Conference Room. Career Workshops: Effective Resumes and Cover Letters. Wednesday March 23, 2011 at 12:00-1:00pm. Student Center Room 230.

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Department of Physics & Astronomy Resource Room—310J C/P Spring 2011, Problems with your physics class this semester? Help is available Monday through Friday (until 1:30p.m.on FRI) in the Resource Room. Chemistry Private Tutors: A list of names of Department of Chemistry staff (usually graduate students) willing to be paid tutors for general chemistry can be obtained from the General Chemistry Office (CP-120). SAACS (Chemistry Student Organization) Officers and Members can tutor or mentor students free of charge. Simply stop by CP-144 if interested. Campus Libraries: The library system maintains a humanities, social sciences and life sciences collection in William T. Young Library as well as subject libraries in several colleges and departments around campus, each library holding materials related to the particular discipline it serves. There are 16 libraries, find them at: UK Career Center: Take a look at what is happening at the Career Center this Spring Semester 2011. It doesn’t matter what year you are: freshmen through senior, you should get to know the folks at the Career Center. For a handy timeline of what you should be doing when, click here: UK Health Professions Colleges and Health Center Student Diversity Services Office will host an Undergraduate Mentoring Program for the Spring 2011 semester. The next meeting will be Thursday, March 24, 2011 from 6:00-7:30pm in the Student Center 117. The topic will be ―MD/Ph.D‖. Mathskeller: The center is a computing and mathematics learning center of the Mathematics Department and the Mathematical Sciences Computing Facility at the University of Kentucky. The center is located in CB 63, which is close to the loading dock in the basement of White Hall Classroom Building. The Math Resource Center is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Faculty, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Assistants for 100 level courses hold office hours in the Mathskeller. FREE Tutoring in Ingles Hall 6:00 - 8:00p.m. every Monday. Advanced math courses, physics, and engineering courses included. FUSION 2011 is currently accepting applications for the FUSION Executive Team, FUSION Coordinator/Committee Member, and FUSION Site Leader positions! Each one of these roles plays an essential part in the planning process and execution of this fall event. These positions are great ways to serve our campus and community and to develop your leadership skills. To apply for any of these positions, please go to the Application Station on the UK Student Involvement Website You can also pick up applications at the front desk of the CSI in the 1st FL. Student Center. We encourage you to join us in leading FUSION 2011 this year and look forward to receiving your application!

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Academic Resources

UK Writing Center: Located on the 5th floor, west stacks of Young Library. Open M-Th 10-2; F 12-2, and Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9pm. Offers individual consultations on any writing project at any stage in the process and are happy to meet regularly, even every day, if needed! It is a free service offered to all students, faculty and staff. The James W. Stuckert Career Center Spring 2011 Program and Events: Career Assessment Workshops: Learn about careers that will fit your personality and interests through the assessments offered by the career advising staff. Register and take the assessments on-line at least one day before the workshop. Call the Stuckert Career Center to RSVP. The next workshop will be Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 3:30-4:20pm in the Career Center, Room 101. Internship Information Sessions: Learn about the process of acquiring internships to gain valuable experience while also earning academic credit in these weekly sessions. The next session will be Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 12:30pm in the Career Center, Room 203. Professionalism Series: Enhance your complete package of job searching skills through this series of workshops. The next session will be March 23, 2011 at 12:00pm in the Student Center Room 230. Last Minute Job Search: Are you about to graduate but still looking for a job? Attend this informative workshop and choose from a variety of breakout sessions to help you maneuver your job search, including interviewing tips, branding and advice on your resume and cover letter. Lunch is provided and all attendees will receive a complimentary leather portfolio and business card holder. Cost is $5 per person. Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 10:45am-2:30pm. King Alumni House, 400 Rose Street. Please RSVP by calling 859-257-8905 or online at The ―How Do I Become…‖ Lecture Series presents ―How Do I Become a Research Dietitian?‖ Featuring Barbara Rice, a research dietitian with the Johnson Space Center. This event is free and open to the public and will be held Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the W.T. Young Library Auditorium. For more information, contact Meg Phillips at [email protected] or Alyssa Thornton at [email protected]

UK Academic Enhancement Center: 3rd Floor, Complex Commons In addition to ―free tutoring‖ available at ―THE STUDY‖ in the Academic Enhancement Center, you will also find GRE & GMAT Prep Courses, Academic Consultations, and the ―Student Smarter Seminar‖. This Seminar is an intensive, 4 hour, non-credit earning seminar offered in several evening sessions throughout the course of each semester. The total cost of the seminar is $40.00 and includes a formal learning assessment, 4 hours of instruction, and all course materials, which you may keep and use as a resource to reference throughout the semester. Course topics include time management, note taking, study skills, critical reading, memory enhancement, exam preparation, and more. When you register, let them know you are an AMSTEMM student, and you will only need to pay $20.00! For more information : Helpful Links:– Free, multi-disciplinary, interactive health careers designed to explain the array of health professions and provide easy access to students seeking information about health careers. The Office of Undergraduate Research. Learn about opportunities for undergraduate research!– The Office of Student Involvement. Learn about ways to get involved in student organizations and volunteer opportunities on UK’s campus.– Professional Education Preparation Program (PEPP). Program established to assist students from medically underserved areas of the Commonwealth, who intend to pursue a career as a physician or dentist and hope to return to their home county or similar underserved area of Kentucky to practice medicine or dentistry.– Saturday Morning Clinics (SMC). University of Kentucky College of Dentistry. Observation opportunities for anyone considering dentistry as a profession.– Podiatric Medicine Internship Programs (Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine). Internships designed to provide insight into the many facets of podiatric medicine and the education involved with obtaining the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree.– Podiatric Medicine Internship Programs (Temple College of Podiatric Medicine). Internships designed to provide insight into the many facets of podiatric medicine and the education involved with obtaining the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine Degree.– Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF). Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine’s summer research opportunities for undergraduate students interested in careers in medicine or biomedical research.

If you have any announcements you would like to see appear in future editions of ―AMSTEMM Newsletter‖, please send to Hannah Trusty, [email protected]

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