Thursday, January 30, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 2/3

Summer Opportunities

Application Deadlines During the Week of 2/3

Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites this week:

Hartford Hospital Fellowship Programs: The SUMMER Student Research Fellowship Program
The SUMMER Student Research Fellowship Program is designed exclusively for premedical students completing either their junior or senior year in college. It offers the student an introduction to research methodology, patient treatment, and ethical issues in medicine as well as exposure to a broad spectrum of health care providers within a large community teaching hospital.
Deadline: February 5, 2014
Location: Hartford, CT

Harvard Stem Cell Institute Internship Program (HIP)
The goal of the HSCI Internship Program (HIP) is to provide undergraduate students with a focused and challenging SUMMER research experience in a cutting-edge stem cell science laboratory, and to expose them to different professional options within the scientific arena. This is accomplished through a stem cell seminar series, a career pathways presentation, and a weekly stem cell companion course. Interns will present their SUMMER research findings, both orally and in poster format, at the HIP Symposium - a requirement of all program participants.

This program represents an exciting opportunity for undergraduates to gain hands-on experience in stem cell research while working in a Harvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) laboratory under the supervision of an experienced researcher. Internships will be for a period of ten (10) weeks (or longer, by agreement with the mentor and Principal Investigator) during the SUMMER of 2012. Interns are expected to work full time in the host laboratory for the duration of the internship, attend the weekly seminar and stem cell companion course.
Deadline: February 5, 2014
Location: Cambridge and Boston, MA

Cornell University SUMMER Program in Astronomy and Astrophysics
Undergraduate Research Assistants will work directly with members of the Cornell Faculty and research staff on projects covering a wide range of disciplines in radio, infrared, and radar astronomy, and related theoretical topics. In addition to conducting individual research projects, students will also participate in group activities such as seminars.
Deadline: February 7, 2014
Location: Ithaca, NY

Harvard University's Harvard Forest SUMMER Research Program in Ecology
Each student will participate in an on-going research project with a researcher from Harvard University, University of New Hampshire, Marine Biological Laboratory Ecosystem Center or other institutions. Responsibilities may include field sampling, laboratory studies, data analysis and scientific writing. In addition, students attend weekly seminars and workshops given by nationally known scientists on topics regarding ecosystem research, career planning, and graduate school preparation. Harvard Forest research focuses on the effects of natural and human disturbances on forest ecosystems, including global warming, hurricanes, forest harvesting, and invasive organisms. Researchers come from many disciplines, and specific projects center on population and community ecology, paleoecology, land-use history, aquatic ecology, biochemistry, soil science, ecophysiology, and atmosphere-biosphere exchanges.
Deadline: February 7, 2014
Location: Petersham, MA

Explorations in the Genome Sciences (NSF-REU)

Engage in revolutionary research at Duke University through the 10-week SUMMER Fellowship Program, Explorations in the Genome Sciences, within the
interdisciplinary Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy. Gain an appreciation of major questions in genome sciences, ethics and policy through faculty mentored research projects, weekly lectures and discussions, a SUMMER genome retreat, and student research presentations. Areas of research include: computational, evolutionary, medical, population, structural and/or functional genomics.
Deadline: February 7, 2014
Location: Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy, Durham, NC

Quantitative and Physical Science SUMMER Undergraduate Research Fellowship at UT Southwestern
The Quantitative and Physical Science SUMMER Undergraduate Research Fellowship (QP-SURF) program at UT Southwestern is an intensive, 10 week SUMMER research training experience which leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions at the interface of quantitative science and basic biomedical research. Ten fellows gain experience in modern research techniques, and have a chance to plan and execute an experimental strategy to answer a scientific question. The program introduces students to the sorts of projects encountered during postgraduate research training and leads to an understanding of the planning, discipline, and teamwork involved in the pursuit of basic answers to current questions in the quantitative/biological sciences. Applicants must be enrolled in a physics, computer science, mathematics or chemistry degree program at the undergraduate level, have completed the sophomore year, and be a U.S. citizen. Forty five participating faculty offer training in biophysics, computational biology, and quantitative and analytical chemistry. In addition to a world class research experience, SURF fellows participate in weekly research seminars and social events, as well as a university-wide poster session at the conclusion of the program.
Deadline: February 9, 2014
Location: Dallas, TX

National Institutes of Health Biomedical Engineering SUMMER Internship Program (BESIP)
In a partnership of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, and the Whitaker Foundation, a Biomedical Engineering SUMMER Internship Program (BESIP) is being offered at the NIH. This ten week SUMMER program allows undergraduate biomedical engineering students to participate, under the mentorship of world class scientists in cutting edge biomedical research projects in NIH laboratories in Bethesda, Maryland. Students will have the opportunity to indicate preferences from a list of available NIH projects that involve areas of engineering or physical science expertise. The students will participate in group meetings, attend planned lectures and laboratory visits, and be encouraged to submit posters to the NIH Poster Day where SUMMER interns from all disciplines present their projects.
Deadline: February 9, 2014
Location: Bethesda, Maryland

If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Smithsonian Internships 2014

Smithsonian-Wide (SI)

Listed below are the centrally funded opportunities that place interns throughout the Smithsonian. To learn more about the  internships and fellowships available click here.

General Smithsonian Internship Pool: To apply for an internship from the general pool you can use the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) available through the Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI) webpage here.

Smithsonian Unit Internship Opportunities:
These are internship opportunities available at each of the Smithsonian’s various museums, research centers, and other units. Click here  for more information about each opportunity, and how to apply.

  • Anacostia Community Museum (ACM)
  • Accessibility Program (AP)
  • Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (CFCH)
  • Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum (CHNDM)
  • Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery (FSGA)
  • Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG)
  • Museum Conservation Institute (MCI)
  • National Air and Space Museum (NASM)
  • National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC)
  • National Museum of African Art (NMAfA)
  • National Museum of American History (NMAH)
  • National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)
  • National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)
  • National Portrait Gallery (NPG)
  • National Postal Museum (NPM)
  • National Zoological Park (NZP)
  • Office of Advancement (OA)
  • Office of Communications and External Affairs (OCEA)
  • Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)
  • Office of Equal Employment and Minority Affairs (OEEMA)
  • Office of Exhibits Central (OEC)
  • Office of Facilities Engineering & Operations (OFEO)
  • Office of Facilities Management & Reliability (OFMR)
  • Office of Fellowships & Internships (OFI)
  • Office of General Counsel (OGC)
  • Office of Human Resources (OHR)
  • Office of International Relations (OIR)
  • Office of Investments (OI)
  • Office of Policy and Analysis (OPA)
  • Office of Special Events & Protocol (OSEP)
  • Office of Sponsored Projects (OSP)
  • Smithsonian Affiliations (SA)
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery (SAAM)
  • Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO)
  • Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (SAPA)
  • Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access (SCLDA)
  • Smithsonian Enterprises (SE)
  • Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC)
  • Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)
  • Smithsonian Gardens (SG)
  • Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA)
  • Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL)
  • Smithsonian Traveling Exhibitions (SITES)
  • Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC)
  • Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC)
  • Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI)
  • The Smithsonian Associates (TSA)

Summer Opportunities: 2014 Field School

 2014 Field School Opportunities

There are two 6 week Advanced Methods sessions and two 3 week Practicum Sessions for students to choose from. The Practicum sessions also offer a medical anthropology focus for those students interested (one focus will be on teen pregnancy and HIV prevention, the other will be on health, nutrition and diabetes). The 6 week advanced methods students are also encouraged to participate in these two medical anthropology practicums.

Ethnographic Field School is a great resource for any student of Anthropology, from beginner students to those more advanced in their studies. Many disciplines study issues of Culture and the Environment, political economy, or other cultural studies programs, like Latin American studies, not just Anthropologists -- and anthropology is not the only discipline that utilizes Ethnographic Field Research techniques.

The location, the Mexican Caribbean island of Isla Mujeres, is an ideal location for putting the learned methods into practice through a focus on culture and environment.
Each week students will experience Field Work with their Local Expert Mentors, along with Excursions, such as taking a Lanchero (small fishing boat) to the Contoy Island Nature Preserve, swimming in the open Caribbean Sea with Whale Sharks, touring the Isla Mujeres Tortugranja Turtle Preserve, diving or snorkeling at the Cancun Subaquatic Museum, and visiting the Mayan ruins on the island and at Chichén Itzá.

The Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School provides:

• Practical experience in Ethnographic Methods, Research Design, analysis and
ethics through formal training and field research

• Engagement in Cross Cultural Processes to gain an on-the-ground perspective of
everyday life through internships with local native mentors, families and
cultural activities

• Study in the complex social and political contexts of the relationship between
Culture and Environment in an amazing location that thrives on eco-tourism and
environmental protection

• PADI Open Water Dive Certification and Spanish Language Boot Camp

• Informed Career Counseling and Direction by experts to further your career in
the competitive professional and academic field of Anthropology

Please visit their website,, or Facebook page for more information.

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 2/3

Summer Opportunities

Application Deadlines During the Week of 2/3

Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites this week:

High Altitude Observatory (HAO) SUMMER Undergraduate Student Visitor Program

 The aim of the program is to foster interest in solar physics, solar-terrestrial physics, and related astrophysics among qualified students contemplating graduate studies. Successful participants in the undergraduate program who elect to pursue Ph.D. studies in these areas would enjoy a competitive advantage in applying for an HAO-funded graduate assistantship.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Boulder, CO

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) SUMMER Intern Program
The program is geared towards students pursuing a career in the physical sciences. Research opportunities exist in all areas of astrophysics, including observational and theoretical cosmology, extragalactic and galactic astronomy, interstellar medium and star formation, laboratory astrophysics, supernovae and supernova remnants, planetary science, and solar and stellar astrophysics. SUMMER interns will also have visits to nearby observatories, informal lunch-time talks from staff scientists, a computer workshop, and a research symposium to present their projects. Minority students may also apply to the Smithsonian Institution Minority Student Internship Program.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Cambridge, MA

Stanford SUMMER Research Program/Amgen Scholars Program
Each participant is matched with a member of Stanford’s distinguished faculty and will work in one of Stanford’s state-of-the-art research facilities. Participants will work with both a faculty member and a lab mentor to craft a research project. The lab environment provides challenging projects, involve a broad range of research techniques, and are feasible within the eight week period. The program then culminates with a research symposium, where students present individual talks and posters on their SUMMER projects in front of the faculty, lab mentors, and University administrators.

Each participant also joins a mentoring group led by a Stanford graduate student or post-doctoral fellow. Weekly group sessions expand students’ knowledge of scientific fields and guide them in the process of applying to graduate school. The mentors also coach the students on how to present their data and help them polish their presentation skills.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Stanford, CA

USC Viterbi SUMMER Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering SUMMER Research Intern Program is for outstanding undergraduate engineering students who will begin their senior year next fall. Students will work with enineering faculty on projects of current interest. Possible projects in the fields of biomedical, systems, electrical, mechanical, aerospace, and civil and environmental engineering.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: USC

Emory University: SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE)
SURE allows undergraduate students to conduct supervised research with a faculty mentor at Emory University. Students receive training in the research methods applicable to their research plan, analyze their data and create written and oral presentations of their results. At the end of the SUMMER, each participant takes part in a formal research symposium. Students can select a mentor and a project in a discipline that interests them the most, including Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Genetics, Math and Computer Science, Microbiology and Immunology, Neuroscience and Psychology, Pathology, Pharmacology, Physics, Psychology, as well as Primate Research at the Yerkes Primate Center.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

American Dance Festival SUMMER Internships
Since 1934, the ADF has drawn together choreographers, dancers, teachers, critics, musicians and scholars to explore and create within the expanding field of modern dance. During its SUMMER season, ADF offers internships in all areas of arts administration and production. 2006 internships include opportunities in Box Office, Executive, Food and Housing, Marketing and Press, Merchandising, Performance, Production, Administrative, School, School Video Production, and Video Production and Archives. Internships are intended to provide hands-on experience for those interested in a career in arts management. Production interns are involved in the crew and technical aspects of the many various ADF seasonal performances. All interns work as an integral part of the ADF staff in an invigorating arts environment and play a key role in supporting ADF's mission to serve dance, dancers, choreographers and artists in related fields.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Duke University campus in Durham, North Carolina

Columbia University/Barnard College Amgen Scholars SUMMER Research Program
Through the generous support of the Amgen Foundation, Columbia University and Barnard College now offer a SUMMER research program to a select group of motivated undergraduate students who will benefit from the opportunity of hands-on biology related laboratory research. This is a chance to experience the joys of discovering something completely new while learning to overcome the challenges inherent in scientific research. The Amgen Scholars Program is competitive, with awards based on grades, recommendations and career plans.

During the 10 week program, students work full-time (about 40 hours/week) on independent research projects under the guidance of a research scientist. Once a week, students gather to hear a scientist describe his or her research, to hear about a peer's research, or to present their own research to the other Amgen Scholars. Amgen Scholars are required to write an original research article (due after the program ends) and present their findings orally to their peers. Additionally, all Amgen Scholars participate in the Amgen Scholars National Symposium in California.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: New York

University of California, Berkeley SUMMER Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
The goal of this program is to increase the level of diversity among students who enter Ph.D. programs to pursue careers in university teaching and research by providing research opportunities to undergraduate students that have been underserved. Program objectives are: to provide students with the preparation to become research scholars; to stimulate serious consideration of graduate study; and to increase the number of successful underserved applicants and subsequent enrollment of these students in graduate school.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Berkeley, CA

Neurological Sciences Institute SUMMER Fellowship Program for College Students

The Neurological Sciences Institute welcomes college undergraduates interested in neuroscience to apply for the Neurological Sciences Institute SUMMER Fellowship Program. Research projects use biochemical, biophysical, electro-physiological, histochemical, immunological, mathematical, molecular and psychophysical techniques to study functions and disorders of the central nervous system. Experimental procedures in use include neuronal cell cultures, organ cultures, animal models and human subjects, including patients with neurologically related diseases.

The Institute invites SUMMER fellows to work as part of a research team in an established laboratory at our brand new building on the West Campus of OHSU, alongside a staff member whose research interests complement the student's own. A special neuroscience lecture series, weekly research seminars, and access to other laboratories at the Institute combine to make this program a comprehensive, creative and accelerated learning experience.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Beaverton, OR

Amgen Scholars SUMMER Research Program in Science and Biotechnology at University of Washington
The University of Washington's Amgen Scholars Program provides a new and important opportunity for some of the nation's top undergraduates to explore and prepare for careers in biotechnology. This SUMMER program supports selected students in premiere research experiences and related activities. It enables students to explore connections between their undergraduate major areas of study and graduate or professional work focused on biotechnology and related fields. In addition to intensive research experiences, participants benefit from graduate student, post-doctoral and faculty mentors. UW Amgen Scholars attend weekly research seminars focused on current topics in biotechnology-related research and workshops that provide training in research skills and ethics. Faculty research mentors represent a range of departments including biology, bioengineering, bioinformatics, chemistry, engineering, pathology, pharmacology, and genome sciences.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Seattle, WA

Amgen-UROP Scholars Program at MIT
The Amgen-UROP Scholars Program invites undergraduates to participate in faculty-mentored SUMMER research at MIT in the science and biotechnology areas. Students admitted to this program (known as “Amgen Scholars”) will have opportunities to conduct research, analyze data, present research results, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and develop working relationships with MIT faculty mentors and other research staff.

Participation has many benefits. Amgen Scholars learn how to collaborate effectively in research settings while investigating areas of research interest within a specific discipline and gaining practical skills and knowledge for both graduate study and post-graduation careers. Participants become fully integrated in MIT’s SUMMER research community, interacting with faculty mentors and fellow undergraduates while participating in research seminars and other networking events. Most importantly, Amgen Scholars become involved in exciting research and contribute to the advancement of science in an area of interest.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Cambridge, MA

Amgen Scholars at UC Berkeley Undergraduate SUMMER Research Program in Sciences and Biotechnology
The Amgen Scholars Program is a national program to increase research opportunities for students committed to pursuing careers in the sciences. This program provides outstanding science undergraduates with research experience and increases participants’ competitiveness as candidates for admission to prestigious graduate and professional institutions. Additionally, this program encourages participants to pursue a PhD or MD/PhD degree and research careers in the sciences and biotechnology. Applicants from diverse populations and backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Deadline: February 3, 2014
Location: Berkeley, CA

If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Monday, January 27, 2014

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 1/27

 OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 1/27

This Week at Mason:

S-CAR World Cafe Film Series: Girl Rising
January 28, 2014 
2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Arlington Campus, Jon Burton Library

The movie tells the stories of nine girls from different parts of the world who face arranged marriages, child slavery, and other heartbreaking injustices. Despite these obstacles, the brave girls offer hope and inspiration. By getting an education, they're able to break barriers and create change. Each girl's story was written by a renowned writer from her native country. Light foods will be provided.

S-CAR Events, (703) 993-1301,, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

The King Coversation: Exploring the Dream 50 Years Later
January 28, 2014 
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Hanover Hall, Multipurpose Room

Signature Event for 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration.

For more information visit:

Walter Parrish, (703) 993-2700,, Office of Diversity Inclusion and Multicultural Education

Mason Lobbies 2014
January 30, 2014
7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Richmond, VA

Help Student Government represent the George Mason student body in front of the Virginia state legislature. You can assist in providing support as we ask for more state funding.

Melissa Masone, (703) 993-1314,, Student Government

Webinar: Finding Jobs/Internships/Contract Work with International Organizations
January 30, 2014 at 8:00 am
January 30, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Virtual - Online

Webinar: Finding Jobs/Internships and Contract Work with International Organizations

Note: Webinars will be held at 8am and 3pm EST and you must register in advance. To register for Webinars, login to your account at and click on Webinars in the blue bar near the top of any page.

Call George Mason University Career Services (703-993-2370) for the instructions on how to register for a passport career account.
Career Services, (703) 993-2370,, Career Services

Lecture & Reception: Dr. Jane Hooper
January 30, 2014
6:30 pm
Mason Hall, Meese Conference Room

Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers. Lecture and Reception featuring Dr. Jane Hooper (Assistant Professor, History & Art History).

Please RSVP: or

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 1/27

Summer Opportunities

Application Deadlines During the Week of 1/27

Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites this week:

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)
SOARS is dedicated to increasing the number of African American, American Indian, and Hispanic/Latino students enrolled in master's and doctoral degree programs in the atmospheric and related sciences with the goal of increasing ethnic diversity within the scientific community of the future. SOARS offers SUMMER research internships to undergraduates exploring a career in an atmospheric science or related field such as biology, chemistry, computer science, earth science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, physics, or social science.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Boulder, Colorado and Puerto Rico

Virginia Tech SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program in High Performance Materials
The faculty will want you to work intensely. They will contact you weekly concerning the investigation. A graduate student will be available to give daily guidance on methodology in your research, your notebook and the organization and presentation of your data. Participants are required to attend one SURP group meeting per week where career-enhancing topics are presented. An oral presentation of your research is required during a symposium on August 8-9, which highlights our SUMMER investigations.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Blacksburg, VA

Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health: SUMMER Internship Program (SIP)
This SUMMER internship program provides experience in research laboratories to underrepresented minority students and other students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have completed two or more years of college. The purpose of this exposure to biomedical and/or public health research is to encourage students to consider careers in science, medicine and public health.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Texas A&M University -Electrical Engineering Applications to Homeland Security, REU
This is a National Science Foundation / Department of Defense funded 9-week undergraduate research program based at Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, Texas. The purpose of the program is to involve in a SUMMER research experience outstanding electrical engineering students who have completed at least their sophomore year. The program focuses on research topics in processing, communication, and transmission of timely information in resource-constrained environments. TAMU electrical engineering faculty, whose research includes novel high-performance and low complexity solutions for state-of-the-art problems in the dynamic area of Homeland Security, will serve as mentors for REU students.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: College Station, TX

Northwestern University SUMMER Research Opportunity Program (SROP)
The SUMMER Research Opportunity Program (SROP) is an eight-week competitive research experience at Northwestern University for sophomores and juniors from colleges and universities across the United States. All fields of research at Northwestern are open to SROP participants including the social sciences and humanities, physical sciences, chemical and biological sciences, technology, math and engineering fields.

Each selected participant is thoughtfully matched with a Northwestern faculty member and will carry out an appropriate full-time research project. Some faculty mentors have agreed to work with students to craft an independent research project based on the student’s interests, and other mentors will have students contribute to an ongoing project.

The research training is coupled with activities that prepare students for the graduate school application process, success in graduate school, and the development of their professional careers. Workshop topics include preparation for GREs, research presentations and communication skills. The SUMMER research experience culminates with students writing a final paper and presenting their findings, and many SROP students go on to present their research at national research conferences. The SROP is designed to position students for success in their graduate and professional careers.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Evanston, IL

Harvard Medical School SUMMER Honors Undergraduate Research Program
SUMMER research opportunities will be available in a variety of biological and biomedical sciences including (but not limited to): cellular and developmental biology, cell cycle regulation, cardiac and vascular functions and pathology, studies of blood cells, endocrinology, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, receptor structure and functions, transmembrane signaling mechanisms, study of clotting mechanisms, and virology. The research experience will be supplemented by an informal student-faculty seminar course, in which students meet on a weekly basis during supper to discuss their research projects with other student participants and faculty. Students also participate in a weekly career discussion luncheon series, in which they learn about the career paths of current minority faculty and graduate students and about many aspects of choosing graduate programs, preparing applications, and preparing for interviews. There are also informal social opportunities for students to meet current minority and majority faculty and graduate students.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Boston, MA

Cornell University - Travelers SUMMER Research Fellowship Program
The Travelers SUMMER Research Fellowship Program is designed to give 25 premedical students deeper insights into the field of medicine, including issues that greatly affect the health of traditionally underserved groups. Through the experiences of laboratory or clinical research, the student learns how to pursue a specific research problem under the supervision of a faculty member, thus providing an early education into basic research techniques that could be applicable to any area of medicine. A lecture series explores topics in cardiovascular physiology, exposing the students to basic science concepts that are relevant to a more specific understanding of hypertension and cardiovascular disease, both of which are major problems in minority communities. The SUMMER fellows attend a series of talks by minority physicians about various medical specialties, addressing issues of concern in these physician's daily work plus views of the bigger picture in health care to minority communities. Rounds in the hospital with advanced year students provide further exposure to the clinical facets of medicine. Students in the SUMMER program receive counseling on financial planning for medical school and how to examine the financial aid package.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Cornell University - Weill Medical College

Leadership Alliance: SUMMER Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)
The Alliance seeks to create a core of outstanding leaders and role models for coming generations by providing excellent educational opportunities through its activities and initiatives. Undergraduate students work for eight to ten weeks under the guidance of a faculty or private sector research mentor gaining theoretical knowledge and practical training in research and scientific experimentation and other scholarly investigations. All participants are expected to participate in the Leadership Alliance’s annual, national symposium and to make oral or poster presentations of their research. * Note: The SR-EIP is not designed for students pursuing non-academic careers in law, business administration, clinical medicine, clinical psychology or the allied health professions.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Varies

MIT Haystack Observatory Research Experiences for Undergraduates
This program includes: seminars, tours of nearby facilities, group meetings, final reports and seminar, conferences, and follow-up academic year program. The approach that we have adopted at the Haystack Observatory is to match students with specific members of the research staff for their SUMMER activities. To obtain further information about the projects, please contact the sponsoring staff member noted on the program's Web site.
Deadline: February 2, 2014
Location: Cambridge, MA

Jackson Laboratory SUMMER Research Program
Students learn how to conduct research by working on an independent, original project under the mentorship of a research scientist. With guidance from their mentor, students design the project, implement the research plan, analyze the data, and report the research results (orally and in writing). Techniques and fundamentals of biology are taught because this knowledge is essential in research, but the emphasis in this program is on methods of discovery and communication of new knowledge, not on the mastery of established facts. On the final day of the program, students present their results at the annual SUMMER Student Symposium, which is attended by their mentors, peers, and parents. An objective of the SUMMER Student Program is that research experience acquired during participation in the program will enable high school students to enrich the science curriculum at their high schools. Eight major areas can be described as the research focus of TJL: cancer; bioinformatics and computational biology; developmental biology; immunology and hematology; metabolic diseases; neurobiology and sensory deficits; genomics; and resource-related research.
Deadline: February 2, 2014
Location: Bar Harbor, Maine

If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 1/27

Summer Opportunities

Application Deadlines During the Week of 1/27

Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites:

University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center SUMMER Research Program

The UT-Houston SUMMER Research Program for Undergraduates matches college sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors with faculty scientists to conduct biomedical research in labs throughout the UT Health Science Center at Houston (UT-Houston). All program participants also attend weekly, one-hour seminars on cutting-edge biomedical research topics. At the conclusion of the 10-week program, the students write a brief abstract--listing their name and a description of their project--for inclusion in the annual UT-Houston SUMMER Research Program Abstracts. Students will be provided with instructions and an outline, and will have faculty help in preparing their abstract. UT-Houston is a large academic institution located in the Texas Medical Center near Houston's beautiful museum district. UT-Houston comprises six schools: Medical, Dental, Nursing, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health and Allied Health Sciences.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Houston, TX

American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research Fellowship
The ASM Undergraduate Research Fellowship (URF) is aimed at highly competitive students who wish to pursue graduate careers (Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D) in microbiology. Students will have the opportunity to conduct full time research at their home institutions with an ASM member and present research results at the ASM General Meeting the following year.
Students will:
◾Conduct a research project for a minimum of 10 weeks beginning in the SUMMER of 2014
◾Work with faculty mentors who are ASM members and who are employed at the students home institutions, and
◾Submit a research abstract for presentation at the 2015 ASM General Meeting.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: The research laboratory of an ASM member at home institution or at a sponsoring U.S. institution (locations vary)

Mayo Graduate School SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program

This nationally recognized, highly competitive program offers "hands-on" research experience for motivated undergraduate students pursuing training and careers in biomedical research. Participants have access to a wealth of seminars, workshops and faculty resources to help them explore biomedical research and make informed career choices.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Rochester, MN

Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the development of gravitational-wave astronomy through the LIGO Project. This intensive SUMMER program takes place each year at Caltech, funded in part through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program of the National Science Foundation. Undergraduate students from all institutions (both U.S. and foreign) are invited to apply to the LIGO SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program. Research awards include a SUMMER stipend and some funding for travel to Caltech as needed.
LIGO Background
Information The LIGO Project is an NSF-supported endeavor to design, build, and operate an astrophysical observatory for the detection and study of gravitational radiation. The observatory includes two sites (Hanford, Washington and Livingston Parish, Louisiana) with laser interferometric detector systems. (More information on LIGO can be found on the LIGO home page, and from "LIGO: The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory," A. Abramovici, et al., Science, 256, 325, 1992.) The aim of the LIGO SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program is to organize the participation of undergraduate students in research associated with the LIGO Project.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Caltech, Pasadena, CA, Richland, WA, or Livingston, LA

Hunter College, City University of New York SUMMER Program for Undergraduate Research
The Hunter RCMI’s SUMMER Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) is an 8-week program that gives undergraduates hands-on experience in one of 53 research laboratories at Hunter College, CUNY in NYC. Our goal is to train and encourage undergraduate students to pursue graduate study in biomedical research, and in drug abuse/addiction and neuroscience.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Manhattan, NY

Bioscience Undergraduate SUMMER Research Programs at the University of Utah
The Graduate Programs in Molecular Biology and Biological Chemistry and the Bioscience Undergraduate Research Program at the University of Utah are pleased to offer 3 SUMMER undergraduate opportunities.

These programs provide opportunities to gain research experience in a variety of biological fields, including biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, ecology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, and neurobiology. Participating students will be matched, according to their interests, with faculty sponsors. Students will spend ten weeks working in a state-of-the-art research laboratory, as part of their sponsor’s research team. The research experience will be supplemented by students giving a verbal presentation, writing a short proposal about their individual projects and presenting a poster at the end of the Program. We believe this experience will prove invaluable for participants as they prepare for professional careers in research or medicine. A number of group activities will be coordinated by the programs to introduce students to and facilitate exploration of the unique Utah landscape.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Minority Health Disparities SUMMER Research Opportunities Program (University of Arizona)
The objective of the program is to help prepare, motivate, and support students who aspire to obtain a Ph.D. and pursue a career in research. Each student is paired with a faculty mentor who conducts research in the biomedical sciences (particularly pulmonary, heart and vascular, and blood diseases and disorders) in which they have a specific interest, participate in weekly seminars offered by UA faculty on health issues disproportionately affecting minority populations, attend weekly workshops on graduate school preparation and presentation skill development, attend a GRE Prep Workshop, and present their work at the University of Arizona's end of SUMMER research symposium.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Tucson, AZ (University of Arizona)

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program
The SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University offers college students the unique opportunity to work in a research laboratory at one of the world's top-ranking scientific institutions. SURP represents a rare opportunity for young people interested in science to get an early start and potentially accelerate their academic careers. Students will have the opportunity to work in a laboratory within one of the following science departments: Anatomy and Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Developmental and Molecular Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Molecular Genetics, Molecular Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Pathology, Physiology and Biophysics.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: New York City, NY

Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at New York University School of Medicine SUMMER
The purpose of the program is to give students who may be interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences (M.D.-Ph.D. or Ph.D.) the opportunity to conduct research and to be exposed to the excitement of an academic medical environment at a major research center. Students may work with faculty in the disciplines of biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, developmental genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular oncology, neuroscience and physiology, parasitology, pharmacology, and virology.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: New York, NY

UC Berkeley Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program
Work with a world renowned faculty member and a graduate student mentor on such research areas as energy scavenging, sensing, electronics & wireless, and mobility.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Berkeley, CA

University of Pennsylvania SUMMER Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)
The internship program provides an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences. Interns complete ten weeks of full-time laboratory research, attend state-of-the-art research seminars, and receive career counseling from program faculty and administrators. The program seeks to encourage and prepare talented students to pursue careers in scholarly research. Areas of research include biochemistry and molecular biophysics, cell and molecular biology, development biology, genetics, genomics and computational biology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology, virology, neuroscience and pharmacological science.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA

SUMMER Undergraduate Research Program in Educational Psychology & Ed Policy
This fully funded 8-week internship that is designed to encourage students from groups traditionally underrepresented in the field of education research to consider careers in academic, policy, or research organizations. Rising seniors are eligible for these paid research internships at UVA during SUMMER 2012. Interns will work with faculty on ongoing research focusing on schools, classrooms, and other youth settings as contexts critical to child and adolescent development. They will have the opportunity to collect and analyze data, write a section of a research paper, participate in research meetings, attend a research conference, and participate in related workshops and a GRE prep course.
Deadline: February 1, 2014
Location: University of Virginia

If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 1/20 This Week at Mason:

OSCAR's Top 5 Picks of the Week 1/20

This Week at Mason:


Black and White and Thread All Over: Work by Sonya Clark
January 21, 2014 to February 21, 2014

Art & Design Building, Fine Art Gallery

Sonya Clark explores issues of identity, race, and culture through the use of textiles, combs and hair, blurring the boundaries between art and craft. Her work has been exhibited in over 250 museums and galleries around the world and has received numerous honors and fellowships. This exhibition is in conjunction with and supported by African and African American Studies at George Mason University in celebration of Black History Month.

Exhibit: Africans in India
January 22, 2014 to January 30, 2014

Meese Conference Room- Mason Hall

Africans in India: From Slaves to Generals and Rulers.
Supporting Mason’s continued quest to be a University For the World, the Office of Global and International Strategies and its India Advisory Committee have secured a unique exhibit of maps, paintings, and photographs.

Breakfast and Networking with AOES
January 23, 2014 

7:15 am to 9:00 am
Exploratory Hall, Room 3301

Join fellow Mason alumni and students for our monthly breakfast and networking event. This month, the department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Earth Sciences(AOES) hosts two speakers: Mark Uhen and Guiseppina Kysar-Mattietti.

Mark Uhen - "Where Did Whales Come From? An Exploration of Whale Evolution in Relation to Climate Change Over the Last 50 Million Years."
Giuseppina Kysar-Mattietti - "What Lies Beneath Rome: Delving into the Past of the Eternal City to Shore up its Future"

-Breakfast and Networking: 7:15 am
-Presentations: 7:45 am

Seminar: Evidence-Based Policing for Law Enforcement Supervisors
January 24, 2014
8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Arlington Campus, Founders Hall, Room 134

The Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy (CEBCP) and the Center for Justice Leadership and Management (CJLM) are jointly hosting a free leadership seminar for first/second line law enforcement supervisors.

C4I Seminar Series
January 24, 2014
1:30 pm
Engineering Building, Room 4705

C4I Seminiar Series Presents: Efficient User Assets Management by Trade-based Asset Blocks and Dynamic Junction Tree for Combo Prediction Markets,Dr. Wei Sun.

An informed and diverse group usually out-performs individual experts on forecasting and estimation tasks. The key question: how best to aggregate those diverse judgments. Seminar discusses ongoing improvements to the SciCast forecasting engine. Visit for background knowledge and general questions about prediction markets.

Sun, a research assistant professor of GMU’s Sensor Fusion Lab and the C4I Center is a recipient of an Academic Excellence Award in 2003 and PhD Fellowship, 2003-2007.

Italy Preservation Field School & Athens Trip

Summer Opportunity:
Italy Preservation Field School – Buildings, Ceramics, Paper, Books and Art

Summer 2014 field school opportunity with the San Gemini Preservation Studies Program, now in its 15th year, is dedicated to the preservation of cultural heritage and offers students the opportunity to study and travel in Italy. Courses are open to students from various disciplines, both undergraduate and graduate. All lessons are taught in English. To find out more about our program and review the syllabi, please click here.
*Deadline for applications is March 15, 2014.

The programs offered are listed below:
  • Building Restoration(June 2nd thru 27th)
  • Ceramics Restoration(June 2nd thru 27th)
  • Book Bindings Restoration(June 2nd thru 27th)
  • Paper Restoration(July 14th thru August 8th)
  • Traditional Painting Materials & Techniques(July 14th thru August 8th) 
  • Preservation Theory and Practice in Italy (July 14th thru August 8th)

Field Projects Include:
  • Restoration of the façade of the Church of San Carlo (13th Century)
  • Surveying the San Giovanni Battista Church complex (12th Century)
  • Archaeological survey of the public baths in Carsulae

Summer Opportunities:
Athens Trip: Heritage and Modernity

Exploration of the coexistence between historic and modern Athens. This program is a 13 day exploration of the history, preservation and conservation issues facing the city, including lectures and visits lead by some of the world’s foremost archaeologists, architects, historians, conservators and planners who have been dealing with the problem of surveying, planning, and preserving monuments and cultural heritage in the midst of a growing modern city. Please visit their website and syllabus to see a complete list of faculty, lectures and visits.

There are two opportunities to participate in this trip:
  • Spring (March 16 - March 27, 2014 *Deadline approaching: February 1st)
  • Summer (June 29 - July 10, 2014)

Please feel free to contact Polly Withers at with any questions about this program.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Summer Opportunities: Deadlines During Week of 1/27

Summer Opportunities 

Application Deadlines During the Week of 1/27
Not going to be at Mason over the summer months but still looking for a great way to make the most of your time off? Take a look at these great opportunities for Summer 2014!

Here are some of OSCAR's favorites this week:

CDC Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH)

This is a 10-week SUMMER environmental internship for undergraduate students majoring in Environmental Studies, Environmental Engineering, Ecology, or related fields who are passionate about the environment, about human health, and about the link between the two.

Interns will be placed in environmental health programs at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at CDC's Chamblee Campus (address). Over the course of the SUMMER, interns will be exposed to a broad overview of environmental public health issues at the federal level.

Interns will participate in environmental health projects, interact with federal officials and scientists, and visit important environmental health sites in Atlanta. Other activities may include "brown-bag" lunches with CDC staff, as well as attending lectures from important environmental health leaders in the Atlanta area. In addition, interns will be able to attend the many seminars offered by CDC during the SUMMER.
Deadline: January 29, 2014
Location: Atlanta, GA

Space Telescope Science Institute Space Astronomy SUMMER Program

The SUMMER Student Program is centered around one-on-one student interaction with a scientist working at the Institute. The diverse range of scientific interests includes the study of our own solar system, interacting binary stars, quasars at the edge of the universe, and our quest for intelligent life elsewhere. The goal is to place students in a true research environment, and students will participate directly in research, including data acquisition, reduction, and interpretation. At the end of the program students will present their SUMMER's work at an informal symposium of their peers and mentors.

In addition, students will have an opportunity to participate in a program that shows the research done by the scientific staff of STScI, the ways in which modern research is supported and conducted, issues related to research careers, and the many and diverse activities that support the operations of HST and preparations for the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Baltimore, Maryland

Kitt Peak National Observatory SUMMER Research Assistants

Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO), a division of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (NOAO), has available six SUMMER research assistant positions through the NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. The KPNO REU program provides an exceptional opportunity for undergraduates considering a career in science to engage in substantive research activities with scientists working in the forefront of contemporary astrophysics. Each REU student is hired as a full-time research assistant to work on specific aspects of major ongoing research projects at NOAO which include the origin, nature, and evolution of stars, galaxies and stellar systems, observational cosmology, analysis of Hubble Space Telescope images, and cometary studies. As part of their research activities, REU students gain first-hand experience with KPNO's state-of-the-art telescopes and develop expertise in astronomical data reduction and analysis.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Tucson, AZ

University of Michigan's Health Management & Policy SUMMER Enrichment Program

The SEP encourages undergraduates to consider health management and policy as an attractive career option through which they can address health disparities by familiarizing them with the field through a structured SUMMER work experience. Each placement is designed to offer a stimulating opportunity for awareness, learning and growth.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Flint, Michigan

Broad Institute SUMMER Research Program in Genomics (SRPG)

Broad scientists use genomic information to study human evolution, population and disease genetics, cellular networks, and the biology and evolution of pathogens. Our research draws on students and scientists from a wide variety of backgrounds, including: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, and Computational Biology. The SUMMER Research Program in Genomics is designed for non-graduating underrepresented minority (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives), or natives of the Pacific US Territories) undergraduate students with an interest in genomics and biomedical research. Students will spend the SUMMER in a laboratory at the Broad Institute, where they will perform original scientific research. The program also features components to support both academic and scientific growth, including scientific seminars, a journal club, and workshops on scientific writing, graduate admission, and fellowships.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Cambridge, MA

Eastern Virginia Medical School Department of Pediatrics SUMMER Scholars Program

Mentored SUMMER research opportunity for rising college seniors and graduate students who are considering careers in the fields of medicine, biology, psychology, public or environmetal health. Students work on research projects designed by their mentors, give research presentations, and may shadow physicians in various pediatric speciality fields of medicine at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. The program offers a $3000 stipend.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Eastern Virginia Medical School and Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters, Norfolk, Virginia

University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center SUMMER Fellowship Program

The University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center is pleased to offer a SUMMER fellowship program to support undergraduate students that are interested in cardiovascular research. Any student who is currently enrolled at any degree granting University or College is eligible to apply, with preference give to those students interested in a career in research.

Each student will be matched, based on their interests, to a laboratory that is led by a faculty member of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center. This collection of laboratories is involved in nationally recognized research, in topics such as atherosclerosis, genetic cardiomyopathies, blood clotting disorders, cardiac arrhythmias, vascular biology and heart failure.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Ann Arbor, MI

Colorado School of Mines Research Experience for Undergraduates in Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (REMRSEC) Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at the Colorado School of Mines invites exceptional undergraduate math, science, and engineering students to participate in a ten-week SUMMER research program addressing fundamental materials issues related to the science and technology of renewable energy while nurturing a greater sensitivity of our place and role in the world in which we live. This highly interdisciplinary program focuses on multiple areas that are open to all materials science, engineering, physics, chemistry, mathematics, chemical engineering, and computer science undergraduate majors.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Golden, CO

MIT SUMMER Research Program (MSRP)

The MIT SUMMER Research Program (MSRP) is an institutional effort to address the issue of underrepresentation of African Americans, Mexican Americans, Native Americans, and Puerto Ricans in engineering and science in the United States. This program seeks to identify talented sophomores and juniors from around the country who might benefit from spending a SUMMER on MIT's campus, working in a research laboratory under the guidance of experienced scientists and engineers, who are MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to alleviate underrepresentation in critical fields of scientific investigation.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

ACS International Research Experiences
International Summer Opportunity for U.S. Undergraduates: Know a talented undergraduate student looking for a summer opportunity? The ACS International Research Experiences for Undergraduates (IREU) program is now accepting applications. In summer 2014 the program is providing paid, 10-week research experiences in Germany, Singapore, Italy, and the United Kingdom to 17 U.S. undergraduates. Visit to learn more.
Deadline: January 31, 2014
Location: Varies

If you don't see any research/ internship opportunities in your area try searching your specific location here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Save the Date: IIR Spring 2014 Colloquiums

The Institute for Immigration Research [IIR] is excited to have another great lineup of speakers for the IIR Spring 2014 Colloquium series. The following is the colloquium schedule. All talks are held at the IIR office building: 4087 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22032, Third Floor. For more details and full event description visit:

Please do feel free to circulate and/or include the events on your course syllabi!

-Caring for Workers and Workers Who Care: Gender and Migration Issues in U.S. Policy and Planning: Dr. Jane Henrici, Institute for Women's Policy Research (IWPR). January 29, 1:00PM

-Immigration and Women: Understanding the American Experience: Susan C. Pearce and Elizabeth J. Clifford. February 26, 1:00PM

-Following Workers, Migrants, and Corporations Across the Americas:
Kathleen Schwartzman. March 3, 12:30PM.

-April 30, 2014 Colloquium: TBA. Please check for updates.

If you have suggestions for future speakers contact Safiya Khalid:

Friday, January 10, 2014

URSP Fall 2013 Student Marcus Daum's First Conference Experience

My First Conference 
by URSP Student Marcus Daum

While working during the summer in the ASSIP program, one day in the middle of the summer Rob Cressman, my project mentor, brought up to me that I would be sending in an abstract to an American Physical Society (APS) conference in Pittsburgh, PA just as a small aside in conversation. As usual, that was really all we spoke about it until the day of the deadline, which is our preferred way of getting things finished. After submitting the abstract, we heard a couple of weeks later that the abstracts that Zrinka and I had submitted were both accepted into the conference to give talks. Again, that’s all we really spoke about it until about two weeks before the conference.

At two weeks, I knew the conference was coming up, and I hadn’t started to prepare for it yet. As to be expected I was starting to feel a little stressed from the knowledge that I hadn’t done anything for it yet. Rob sat me down and we outlined the PowerPoint for the talk that I would be giving, which was a huge relief to me. For the next two weeks, I created the PowerPoint, asking Rob’s opinion on every figure and movie that I would make for the presentation.

Finally, it is the night before we are to drive together to Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, I don’t sleep that night at all due to work I needed to finish up before the conference and nerves. When I don’t sleep, I get sick to my stomach and can’t function. So for the car ride up, I was lying down in Rob’s backseat trying not to be sick, while Zrinka kept Rob company as shotgun. I felt terrible for not being awake for the majority of the trip, especially because we had planned to get work done during the car ride up. Rob and Zrinka didn’t seem to mind though, which was a relief.

We get to the conference center in Pittsburgh, and as soon as we stepped out of the car, a gust of freezing wind, which must have had a wind chill in the single digits, blasted us. To me, this was more than welcome, because it made me feel much less sick to my stomach. After registration, we went to a couple of talks, but eventually we settled down in a corner of the convention center and started working on out talks further. Zrinka has been to multiple conferences with Rob, and she summed up the experience quite perfectly. She said something to the extent of that Rob doesn’t work on a presentation, deem it perfect and then sit on it. Instead, he works on the presentation, up until your talk starts.

So that was the majority of the first day, we worked on our talks in different parts of the building, got food, worked on talks, went to a few talks, worked on talks, and so on. Eventually the first day came to an end. Now, Rob went to the University of Pittsburgh for his Ph.D. and his Ph.D. advisor was there, so we met him for dinner. His name is Dr. Walter Goldburg, a very old, but mobile man. We went with him and other colleague of Rob’s to a Chinese restaurant where Walter told us about all of the trouble that he had been getting up to (it is a favourite habit of his). After dinner, Rob drove Zrinka and me to the places where we were staying, mine being a house of a high school friend who goes to Pitt.

Rob picked me up in the morning, and day two was similar to the first day, except both Zrinka and I were giving our talks on this day. Zrinka’s was in the morning while mine was in the afternoon. So for the morning, we worked on Zrinka’s talk. When hers was finished, we worked on my talk.

Eventually, we deemed the talk good enough to present, so we started practicing. First, I wanted to hear how Rob would give the talk, and then I tried to mimic the information that he was conveying as best I could. Luckily for me, I was giving the first talk in my session. Now, I wasn’t really nervous, because I had done debate for four years in high school. The real issue was getting through the presentation in the time limit. Roughly two hours before my talk, my presentation was at least 10 minutes. We then decided to add three videos making the talk at least 13 minutes. However, my talk was allotted to be 12 minutes with two minutes for questions and one minute to transition the next speaker.  As a result, I would have to ignore my conclusion slide and just put it up there for people to read during questions.

The presentation itself was easy, just like a debate really. I was only asked one easy question, so the questioning period was fine as well. I made it in time, but that is probably due o the fact that one of the videos we had added in the hours before my talk didn’t work and I just put up my conclusion slide to be viewed.

After my talk, we just had Rob’s session left in which he was chairing (running to room) on the third and final day of the conference. So really after my talk, we got to just hang out, relax, and go to the talks that were related to our research or that we wanted to see.

Overall, the conference was a fantastic experience. Because of Rob and Zrinka, I felt very prepared for my talk, and I feel as though I got everything across that I needed to get across. I am really looking forward to my next conference, which will hopefully be NCUR in early April.