Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Environmental Finance Center Student Assistant

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Preinkert Hall, Bldg. 054
College Park, Maryland, 20742

Student Assistant Summer 2017

Who We Are:
The Environmental Finance Center (EFC) at the University of Maryland is one of ten University-based centers across the country providing communities with the tools and information necessary to manage change for a healthy environment and an enhanced quality of life. The EFC believes that environmental finance can be used to develop a shared community vision. Our focus is protecting natural resources and watersheds by strengthening the capacity of local decision-makers to analyze environmental problems, develop innovative and effective methods of financing environmental efforts and educate communities about the role of finance and economic development in the protection of the environment.

What We Are Looking For:
The EFC is seeking to hire a student project assistant to support the Municipal Online Stormwater Training (MOST) Center.  The student project assistant should have the following:
  • availability to work up to 20 hours weekly
  • ability to work independently
  • strong organizational skills
  • strong communication skills
  • strong research skills
  • experience with social media, including Twitter and Facebook
  • experience with or desire to learn animation software
  • educational background or interest in environmental issues such as stormwater management and resiliency
What to Expect:
Students will work collaboratively with faculty and other students, but are generally expected to be able to work independently and be self-motivated.  Students will be compensated on an hourly basis (10-20 Hours/Week) at a rate of $10-$18/hour depending on experience and academic status.

How to Apply :
Interested students should provide their resume to Toni Ames at  Deadline to apply is May 26, 2017.

Project Sidewalk Summer Internship

2017 Summer Internship Opportunity at Makeability Lab, HCIL

Makeability Lab in the HCIL is investigating new methods and tools for urban accessibility data collection and analysis under Project Sidewalk. They are looking for talented, creative, and self-motivated undergrad research assistants with strong programming skills, technical background and an interest in urban accessibility to work on novel tools and applications for people with mobility impairments.

They're specifically looking for students with one or more of the following qualities and with a keen interest in expanding abilities in these areas:
  • Experience designing front-end and back-end web components (e.g., Javascript, Java/Scala, D3, HTML, CSS, PostgreSQL)
  • Experience in working with geographical data and developing map based tools (e.g., Mapbox, Leaflet)
  • Experience prototyping iOS/Android applications (e.g., writing and deploying apps)
  • *Bonus* Experience in developing tools using crowdsourcing such as with Amazon Mechanical Turk
  • *Bonus* Interest in image processing with OpenCV and/or similar tools
  • *Helpful* Interest in Data Science and comfort in using Python or other scripting languages

For more details on potential projects, visit

You will be working in the HCIL Hackerspace, will attend weekly research group meetings, and will join a team of other talented undergraduate and graduate students.  By the end of the summer, Makeability Lab hopes that you will create some exciting tools, help them submit a publication to CHI2018, and have an enriching learning experience!

For best consideration, please send your CV and unofficial transcripts to and CC Use the subject line: "Summer 2017 Intern: << Your Name >>". Qualified candidates will be contacted to setup interviews and request other materials.

About Project Sidewalk
Roughly 30.6 million individuals in the US have physical disabilities that affect their ambulatory activities; nearly half of those individuals report using an assistive aid such as a wheelchair, cane, crutches, or walker. Despite comprehensive civil rights legislation for Americans with disabilities, many city streets, sidewalks, and businesses remain inaccessible. The problem is not just that street-level accessibility affects where and how people travel in cities but also that there are few, if any, mechanisms to determine accessible areas of a city a priori.

Project Sidewalk has a two-pronged vision: (i) To develop scalable data collection methods for acquiring sidewalk accessibility information using a combination of crowdsourcing, computer vision, and online map imagery, and (ii) To use this new data to design, develop, and evaluate a novel set of navigation and map tools for accessibility. Our overarching goal is to transform the ways in which accessibility information is collected and visualized for every sidewalk, street, and building fa├žade in America.

Try out our crowdsourcing tool at and take a look at the code on github.    

Monday, May 1, 2017

Summer Tutoring Positions

If you are interested please contact the advising office for an extension to the deadline.

ASTS tutoring is free and available to all UMD undergraduates in need of academic support in some of the university's most challenging courses. Peer tutoring is provided in one-on-one and small-group settings. Below you will find the website where students can create appointments with one of our tutors.  Appointments are available from 9AM to 9PM and the tutor will contact the student directly after an appointment has been made to agree on a meeting place. Our tutors are excellent students, most are faculty recommended and all have earned a B or above in the course they are tutoring.  This semester, we are offering tutoring in 
  • BMGT110, 220, 221, 230, 340
  • BSCI170, 171, 201, 202, 222, 223
  • CCJS100
  • CHEM131, 132, 231, 232, 241, 271
  • CMSC131, 132, 216, 250, 330, 351
  • ECON200, 201, 330
  • MATH 113, 115, 140, 141, 220, 241, 246
  • PHIL100, 170
  • PSYC100
  • STAT100