Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Minor in International Development and Conflict Management

Apply now to the Minor in International Development and Conflict Management!

The Minor in International Development and Conflict Management (MIDCM) is currently accepting applications. MIDCM is a 16-credit undergraduate program open to students of all majors who are interested in the theory, practice and professions related to development and conflict – and their intersections – around the world. Apply now to begin the program in fall 2018!

To apply, go to our page https://cidcm.umd.edu/landing/MIDCM and complete the online form.

Notifications about admissions will be sent before Spring Break.

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at MIDCMinfo@umd.edu

UMD LGBT Speed Networking Event

Branch OUT! UMD LGBT Speed Networking Event
March 1st, 7:00pm in the UMD Career Center (Hornbake 3100)

Networking is a critical skill for exploring careers, searching for a job or internship, or advancing in your chosen field. At this event, students will be paired with individual alumni for brief conversations about career paths, industry insights, and advice for success in the job search.  Every eight minutes, participants will rotate to their next assigned networking partner.  The quick tempo produces an energetic atmosphere where lots of knowledge and connections are exchanged in a short time.

Students will be informed of their assigned networking partners in advance.  The event will commence with hors d’oeuvres, refreshments and a brief primer on networking.  At the conclusion, students will have a chance to meet other alumni volunteers.


ACES Program at UMD Scholarship

The ACES Program at UMD is opening its applications for the CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service program. Applications open Monday, February 19th, and close Friday, March 16th.

This exciting scholarship provides funding for students at UMD completing the ACES Minor. Please check out the Scholarships webpage for more information!

Benefits include:
Tuition and fees covered
Annual stipend ($22,500), book and professional development allowance
Health insurance reimbursement\
Internships and full-time government positions
Our first information session for interested students will be Friday, February 23rd at 11AM in Prince Frederick Hall, 1105.

GIS Internships with New Light Technologies in DC

The New Light Technologies, a GIS and IT services company based in DC, has posted some wonderful internship opportunities. Please e-mail the contacts listed below if you are interested!

Disaster Imagery Analysis
Contact: Madeline Jones madeline.jones@nltgis.com

Project idea that would be good for an upper level student with a GIS and Remote Sensing background as well as an interest in natural disasters. Through our work with FEMA, we have a lot of pre- and post- hurricane imagery over Puerto Rico from Hurricane Maria and I would love to have some help developing a geoprocessing workflow for detecting debris in roads and near homes to guide search & rescue/disaster response teams following major hurricanes (or other wind/flood-related disasters). I would eventually script up and automate this workflow on a larger scale to use for future disasters, but it would be great to have someone focus full time on the research and development piece of the workflow with some sample imagery from the recent crazy hurricane season. If they have experience in Python that's a bonus but not necessary. The student would be able to use ENVI or ArcMap or any other common or open source imagery software they are already comfortable with.

Vector Tiles and/or Hazard Modeling
Contact: Brad Bottoms brad.bottoms@nltgis.com

Looking for someone who can work with implementing vector tiles in our humanitarian mapping platform. What they would be doing is taking services that we are already generating in JSON and converting those to vector tiles in our AWS environment. Taking some time to come up with the most efficient specification for dissemination. Vector tiles are becoming the standard for visualization of geospatial data in web maps and every year tons of people present on them at conferences such as FOSS4g so it would be a fantastic opportunity for a student to get exposure and have materials to present on. The intern would also be exposed to a team of emergency management GIS professionals who have worked on many disasters such as Maria, Harvey, Nepal, and many more.

Other needs include assistance in doing research on shelter and commodity needs for people affected by disasters. We do hazard modeling to determine the percent chance of someone needing assistance based on the level of exposure then apply some planning factors to that to determine how many people need shelter and how much food and water to send. We are looking to modify some existing standards and refine the methods. This task would require someone that either has heavy environmental modeling desire for the hazard modeling or someone who has a more human geography hope for their career to assist in the socio-economic commodity needs analysis. We are currently working on the problem so either would be of assistance and will certainly produce research-grade papers if we can't find a development-oriented student for the vector tile initiative.

BSOS Student Experience Funds

Apply for BSOS Student Experience Funds!

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences is launching the BSOS Undergraduate Experience Funds!

These funds assist undergraduate BSOS majors engaged in experiential learning outside the classroom, such as unpaid internships, research, service learning, and professional or academic conferences. The funds are intended to help offset expenses related to such activities like travel/transportation expenses, professional attire, and other opportunity costs (for example: the need to give up a part-time paid job in order to take an unpaid internship).

If you are a BSOS student with financial need that is preventing you from taking advantage of an unpaid opportunity, we encourage you to apply for BSOS Undergraduate ExperienceFunds.

Applications for the summer 2018 and fall 2018 experiences are due on March 28, 2018 by 9 a.m. Click here to apply. Before submitting your application, make sure to review the eligibility criteria here.

Questions regarding the funds or the application process can be e-mailed to bsos-scholarships@umd.edu.

Diversity Etiquette Dinner (March 5)

2018 Diversity Etiquette Dinner: 
Professional Preparation for Your Career Success
Monday, March 5, 2018
4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

RSVP is required 

The University of Maryland is consistently selected for recruitment by employers hoping to meet our talented, ethnically and racially diverse students for career opportunities. It’s not uncommon for a job interview to take place during a meal. This might be because the employer has a busy schedule or because they want to get an idea of your social skills or how you present yourself under pressure. 
To be prepared, come learn the etiquette for professional interactions while eating with prospective employers or future clients.

Pierre Campbell with The Leadership Network, Inc., will powerfully engage you on how to build your confidence and self-awareness, while also training you on professional dining etiquette for career success. 

Seating is limited so please RSVP now for the 2018 Diversity Etiquette Dinner.  Professional Business Attire is encouraged. (No shows will be charged $30) 

RSVP at go.umd.edu/2018DiversityEtiquetteDinner by February 28, 2018,

For more information contact Pamela Allen, University Career Center & The President's Promise Program Director, at pallen@umd.edu or 301-314-7244 

NSF REU Summer Fellowship (Undergraduate Research)

NSF REU Summer Fellow Opportunity
7 weeks from June to August 2018
The NSF Spatiotemporal Innovation Center (STC) is looking for 4 - 6 undergraduate research assistants to serve as NSF REU Summer Fellows in 2018. They will potentially work at George Mason University Site (Fairfax, VA)Harvard University site (Cambridge, MA), or University of California, Santa Barbara site (Santa Barbara, CA).

This opportunity is supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) I/UCRC and Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Programs which enable undergraduate students to obtain research experience and consider a career path in spatiotemporal domains (e.g., GIS, CS, Geosciences, etc.). NSF REU Student interns will work in a team with graduate students, postdocs, and faculty at one of the three center sites and will conduct research related to spatiotemporal issues. NSF fellows also have the opportunity to attend a professional conference to present their research results. Students may participate in various projects.
To know more about the center, please visit http://www.stcenter.net. Please refer to the "Projects" tab on this website for the brief introduction of the undergoing projects.
  • Applicants must be undergraduate 
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident status is required
  • Applicants should be able to work as NSF fellows for 7 weeks. Starting date is flexible.
  • NSF REU fellows will receive stipend and reimbursement for travel to a conference.
  • Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged.
A complete application includes:
  • A CV
  • One page double spaced statement of interest.
  • Contacts (email and phone #) of two references.
Application Deadline: Review of application will begin on March 20, 2018 and end until the position is filled up. 
Submit your application at: stcenter.net/stc/REU2018
For more information about the NSF REU Fellow Opportunity contact Manzhu Yu (myu7@gmu.edu).