Summer Fellowship: Horizons Fellowship, Horizons School of Technology

The summer is approaching and I thought I’d resend this information your way about the Horizons Fellowship.

The Horizons Fellowship is a summer opportunity that supports outstanding undergradute and graduate students (of any year) in their pursuit to combine technology into their existing course of study. The Horizons Fellowship gives students the ability to learn about real-world technology and build advanced software products.

Our world is becoming increasingly multidisciplinary in nature. Horizons is designed to provide access to a modern technology skill set for students like those in your department.

I would be thrilled and honored if you could forward out this opportunity to your students.

Interested candidates can start an application here!

Thank you,
Abhi Ramesh

Co-Founder, Horizons School of Technology
Class of 2014, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

The Horizons Fellowship

The Horizons Fellowship supports 200 outstanding university students in their pursuit to become multidisciplinary leaders using technology. Our fully-funded program provides real-world technology courses geared towards high-achieving college students.

Horizons students have gone onto work at a variety of amazing companies – Google, Facebook, Visa, The Stanford Research Institute, Slack, Yelp, Amazon, McKinsey, Bloomberg, J.P. Morgan, EA Games, and more.

Past Horizonites have come from a variety of schools and backgrounds. Students have hailed from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, UPenn/Wharton, Columbia, Northwestern, Brown, Michigan, state schools, community colleges and more. The world is becoming multidisciplinary in nature. We’ve had computer science majors, math majors, economics/business majors, biology majors, english majors, and art majors all take our program.

Interested students can start an application here!

Summer Fellowship: National Audubon- work on an island in Southern or Midcoast Maine

National Audubon Fellowship

Application Deadline: Monday April 1, 2018.

Click here to apply for a National Audubon Fellowship

Location:
Southern and mid-coast Maine at an island field camp
Housing:
Housing and meals are provided (see details below) and provides a biweekly stipend of $525
For more info:
National Audubon Maine Coast seabird nesting sanctuaries

Position Description: Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program operates seven island field stations along the Maine coast as critical seabird nesting sanctuaries. Research Interns will work under the direction of the Island Supervisor, participating in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring, and management that take place at the field station. The majority of research projects focus on studying the nesting success and foods fed to seabird (tern and alcid) chicks, with most work focusing on terns.  Work includes, but is not limited to: conducting population censuses, monitoring productivity and chick growth; conducting seabird diet studies; banding and resighting birds; removing invasive vegetation; educating island visitors; and assisting with predator management.

Research Interns will live on island (a single island or group of islands) for the duration of the field season.  Interns assigned to inshore islands will have occasional trips to the mainland for logistics and resupplying the field camp, returning to the islands to work and sleep. On offshore islands, food, supplies, and mail are delivered approximately every 2 weeks. Research Interns will remain offshore for approximately eleven weeks. In a seabird colony, the birds are loud, and the terns defend their nests by dive-bombing anyone moving through the colony. Living conditions on the islands are primitive.  A cabin or wall tent serves as the base of field operations, and field team members sleep in their own tents (wooden tent platforms provided). Island field stations have limited electricity (solar panels power research needs), propane stoves, composting toilets, and no running water (rainwater is collected for washing; drinking water is brought from the mainland).  Communications with the mainland are via cell or VOIP phone, depending on location, with VHF radios available as a back-up mode of communication.  There is no Internet access.  Cooking, cleaning, and camp maintenance duties are shared by all island team members. Compensation is $262.50 per week. Food is provided.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in seabird studies including, but not limited to: bird trapping, banding, and resighting; observations from blinds; conducting seabird diet studies; conducting nest censuses; monitoring productivity and growth of chicks; computer data entry; blood or specimen collection; vegetation management; predator monitoring and control;
  • Use binoculars and spotting scopes to aid in the collection of data as specified by the Island Supervisor;
  • Perform 3-hour-long observation stints in small, wooden observation blinds overlooking seabird nests;
  • Accurately and neatly record data on specified data sheets;
  • Enter and proof data in computer databases;
  • Educate occasional island visitors about seabird natural history and work on the island;
  • Protect the seabird colony from human disturbance;
  • Conduct predator management or control as necessary under the direction of the Island Supervisor;
  • Maintain field equipment and facilities as directed by the Island Supervisor;
  • Conduct trail maintenance and invasive plant removal;
  • Assist Island Supervisor with landing of equipment and new personnel on the island;
  • Operate power or row boats under guidance of Island Supervisor. Use of personal flotation devices is mandatory;
  • Maintain and properly care for NAS-issued equipment, including but not limited to: spotting scopes, cameras, GPS, cell phones, radios, and other research equipment;
  • Assist with inventory of all island equipment and closing of the field station at the end of the season;
  • When on the mainland: procure supplies; pack groceries, research supplies, and mail in waterproof island transport bags; clean and fill water jugs for supplying research stations; assist with cleaning and storing equipment at the end of the season; assist mainland-based staff as needed.

Qualifications: Applicants should be an upper level undergraduate working towards a B.S. in biology, conservation biology, or a related field.  Previous field experience, especially with birds, is preferred. Career goals should include a career in conservation biology. Applicants must be in excellent physical condition (capable of climbing over rugged terrain and slippery rocks and able to lift approximately 50 lbs.) and have wilderness camping experience. Must be willing to get dirty while working and living outside (showers are a luxury, not a daily occurrence) and be capable of working long hours outdoors in variable weather conditions.  Must be able to work independently and with others as part of a team, and get along with people of diverse backgrounds.  Adaptability to ever-changing circumstances is a must, as daily schedules are weather dependent.  Must be able to sit in a small blind for three hours and maintain focus on data collection; reading and listening to music while in the blind collecting data are not permitted. A sense of humor, willingness to learn, dedication to wildlife conservation, and interest in seabirds and isolated islands are basic requirements.  Previous experience with bird banding, rowing, and hunting/trapping are helpful, but not necessary.  Must provide own binoculars, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, daypack, and water bottle. General camping equipment such as dishes, pots and pans is provided.

About the Organization: The National Audubon Society Seabird Restoration Program (SRP) has its beginnings in 1973 (known then as Project Puffin) with an effort to restore puffins to an historic nesting island, Eastern Egg Rock, in the Gulf of Maine. Through this successful effort, seabird restoration techniques were developed, including the use of decoys, mirrors, and sound recordings to attract birds to the islands. In Maine, Audubon used these techniques to restore terns and alcids to seven historic nesting islands. Today, these islands are staffed during the summer breeding season to study and protect the breeding birds. The restoration techniques developed in Maine are now used to restore seabirds to historic breeding grounds around the world.

Undergraduate field research research: amphibians and microbes in the Sierra Nevada, Mountains, CA, Apply by April 7

Undergraduate field research: amphibians and microbes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA. (DEADLINE EXTENDED) This position was posted previously. The application deadline has now been extended to April 7, 2018.

OVERVIEW

An NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) fellowship is open for an undergraduate student to participate in a project studying Sierra Nevada amphibians affected by a chytrid fungal pathogen, and the role of the skin microbiome in disease resistance. The aim of this research is to understand if symbiotic microbes on the skin of frogs explain why some frog populations are able to co-exist with the fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), while other frog populations suffer catastrophic declines. The successful candidate will work closely with a senior researcher to conduct surveys of frog population persistence, pathogen infection status, and symbiotic microbes.  This work entails strenuous long-distance hiking, back-packing, handling of sensitive amphibians, and collection of microbial skin swabs. The incumbent will receive experience and training in field ecology, disease ecology, and microbial ecology.

SUPPORT, DATES, LOCATION

This fellowship includes a stipend of $500/week. Housing is provided at the Sierra Nevada Aquatic Research Lab (SNARL). Limited funds for travel are available. Dates of the field work are approximately July 15 through August 30. Exact dates to be determined.

QUALIFICATIONS AND ELIGIBILITY

To be considered for this position, you must have have extensive backpacking experience, including backpacking at high elevations (>10,000 feet). Must be able to safely carry a heavy pack long distances over rugged terrain, be comfortable spending days to weeks in the backcountry, working in remote areas often in uncomfortable conditions (e.g., inclement weather, mosquitoes, no access to phone, internet, running water while in the backcountry) and be in excellent physical condition. You must have a strong work ethic and a passion for field research, as well as the sensitivity and attention to detail required for handling fragile amphibians and microbial samples. Must have own backpacking equipment, including broken-in boots, tent, and pack. The ideal candidate will have a strong interest in microbial ecology or disease ecology.

You must be an undergraduate student (enrolled in a degree program in biology, ecology, or related field, part-time or full-time, leading to a baccalaureate or associate degree); students graduating in Spring 2018 generally are not eligible.  Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident. Students from underrepresented groups and institutions with limited research opportunities are especially encouraged to apply.

APPLICATIONS

Applications should include the following: current transcripts (unofficial OK), resume, 3 references (include reference’s name, position, affiliation, and context from which he/she knows you), and a statement of interest specifically describing (1) why you are interested in the position; (2) your qualifications, including field research and experience backpacking at high elevations and in remote areas (be specific about when, where, under what conditions you have experience); (3) your professional goals; (4) specify your dates of availability.

Note, there is no need to provide letters of recommendation, only the contact information for references and context in which they know you.

Where to send applications:

Send all application materials, PREFERABLY AS A SINGLE PDF FILE, to Andrea Jani (jania-at-hawaii.edu). Name the application file with the applicant’s name. For example: Doe_Jane.pdf.

ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEVED BY MARCH 23, 2018 APRIL 7, 2018.   Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Two year Fellowship: Island Fellows Program, for graduating seniors Deadline to apply: March 23)

Island Institute Fellows Program
The Island Institute is presently hiring recent grads and graduating students for their Island Fellows Program.

The Island Institute’s Island Fellows support Maine’s island and coastal communities by (1) strengthening capacity for the local management of historical, cultural, natural, economic, and information resources and (2) assisting in local research, planning, education, and technology projects. Fellows receive two-year placements within these communities

Application Deadline: Friday March 23
More information: http://www.islandinstitute.org/program/community-development/island-fellows

Summer Fellowship: National Audubon, Seabird Restoration (Deadline extended)

This just in…
The National Audubon Fellowship deadline to apply is now a rolling deadline, until further notice. The fellow in this position works with Audubon’s seabird restoration programs, which operate seven island field stations along the Maine Coast as critical seabird nesting sanctuaries. The fellow works under the direction of the Island Supervisor, participating in all aspects of seabird research, monitoring, and management that take place at the field station.

Internship: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Youth Education Programs, Apply by 2/28

COASTAL MAINE BOTANICAL GARDENS

Education Programs INTERNSHIP: Youth Education Programs

Position: Education Programs Intern :Youth Education at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

CMBG Mission: The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants and nature through horticulture, education and research.

Internship Mission: This internship prepares students to enter the field of environmental or museum education by providing hands-on experience with informal youth and family education, programming and interpretation. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is regarded as among the foremost public gardens in the country. This internship allows students to participate directly in a wide variety of educational programs for school groups, youth, and family groups, and to learn how the Education Department works in a public garden setting to deliver programming to a diverse range of audiences.

Academic/Experiential-Learning Nexus:  Youth, family, and school group programming in relation to horticulture, botany, and natural history

Position Summary: The Youth Education Programs Internship provides hands-on experience supporting and implementing a wide variety of school group, youth, and family programming at the Gardens. Under the supervision and mentorship of the Youth and Family Program Coordinator, the Youth Education Programs Intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Carry out daily informal educational activities in the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden such as storytime, garden puppet theater, and pop-up educational offerings.
  • Assist with the implementation of our summer camps and day programs for children.
  • Assist with the daily upkeep of the Bibby and Harold Alfond Children’s Garden play areas and structures.
  • Assist with the daily care and maintenance of the Learning Garden and greenhouse.
  • Welcome and orient visiting student field trip groups, and participate in curriculum delivery
  • Plan and carry out Fairy Friday activities in the Children’s Garden every Friday during July and August.
  • Learn the art and science of live interpretation as you help to facilitate Discovery Carts and Nature Investigations in the Gardens’ new butterfly exhibit and in the Bibby and Harold Aflond Children’s Garden.
  • Learn best practices in customer service.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be comfortable and enjoy interacting with the public and with students of all ages.  They should have solid organizational skills, an interest in plants, gardening and nature, and a desire to learn more about the role of education in a public garden setting. Some coursework/experience in the field of education or the natural sciences is required.

Summer Schedule: 40 hours/week, including weekend days from approximately mid-May to late August.  Flexible start and end date. There is an hourly wage for this internship.

All candidates must have their own reliable transportation.

 By February 28, 2018, e-mail cover letter, resume and references to: Erika Huber, Youth and Family Program Coordinator at ehuber@mainegardens.org

Internship: Visual Storytelling to mobilize policymakers- Water Security & Climate Change (Spring-Summer, 2018)

I’m working on a project with the Roddenberry Foundation and a number of other partners to use visual storytelling to inspire action among community members. Would it be possible to send this internship opportunity to current students?

We are seeking fellow Polar Bears to join us as we use visual storytelling to mobilize policymakers and community leaders on the issue of water security and climate change. This internship will be for the remainder of the spring semester, with an option to continue through the summer. We can provide a $500 stipend and as we grow, so will our funding for interns.

Currently, we are seeking two vision-driven, responsible and excited to learn Polar Bears – one focusing on digital/social media and communications and the other focusing on water security and climate policy. Experience shooting and editing video/stills is a plus.

Please email alex@alexcornell.org with a resume or Linkedin Profile. We will consider candidates on a rolling basis.

Alex Cornell ’06 (Gov & Legal Studies Continue reading

Internship: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Adult Education, Apply by Feb 28

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Education Programs INTERNSHIP: Adult Education and Interpretive Exhibits

 Position: Education Programs Intern: Adult Education and Interpretive Exhibits at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

CMBG Mission: The mission of Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants and nature through horticulture, education and research.

Internship Mission: This internship prepares students to enter the field of environmental or museum education by providing hands-on experience with classes, demonstrations, interpretation, and informal education in a public garden setting. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is regarded as among the foremost public gardens in the country. This internship allows students to learn how the Education Department leverages the incredible landscape and resources of the gardens for a wide variety of learning modes and settings to serve our diverse customer and visitor base.

Academic/Experiential-Learning Nexus:  Public programming in relation to horticulture, botany, and natural history

Position Summary: The Education Programs Internship provides hands-on experience managing and implementing a wide variety of adult education programming at the Gardens, including supporting Adult Education classes, assisting with our Therapeutic Horticulture program, and supporting written and live interpretive exhibits in the Gardens. Under the supervision and mentorship of the Interpretation and Exhibits Coordinator, the Education Programs Intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn the art and science of live interpretation while supporting the development of  a new exhibit for 2018 – our Native Butterfly House
  • Interact with students and visitors by providing informal educational experiences in both structured and unstructured settings
  • Support CMBG’s Therapeutic Horticulture program by providing direct assistance with specialized programming for the elderly, visually impaired, and developmentally disabled
  • Support our Adult Education programming, including our Certificate in Native Plants and Ecological Horticulture, by assisting with course registration and student management; corresponding with students and instructors;  and supporting the evaluation of our programs
  • Gain experience in all aspects of coordinating a busy Education Center
  • Learn best practices in customer service.

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be comfortable and enjoy interacting with the public.  They should have solid organizational skills, an interest in plants, nature, and the outdoors, and a desire to learn more about the role of education in a public garden and museum setting. Some coursework/experience in the field of education or the natural sciences is also required. Experience using databases and spreadsheets is preferred.

Summer Schedule:  40 hours/week, including Saturdays from approximately mid-May to late August.  Flexible start and end date. There is an hourly wage for this internship.

All candidates must have their own reliable transportation.

By February 28, 2018, e-mail resume and cover letter to: Vanessa Nesvig, Interpretation and Exhibits Coordinator at vnesvig@mainegardens.org

 

Fellowship Opportunity: Bowdoin ES Summer Fellowship Opportunities (Deadlines in February)

If you haven’t applied yet, please consider applying for an ES summer fellowship. Applications for Environmental Justice/Sustainability, and the Cooke Fellowships are due Monday, February 26 at noon. Feel free to contact Rosie Armstrong (rarmstro@bowdoin.edu) or Eileen Johnson (ejohnson@bowdoin.edu) with any questions. See below and the website for more information, and be sure to contact me or Eileen with any questions!

Environmental Studies summer fellowships

ES summer fellowships are open to sophomore and junior ES majors, minors or students who have taken ES core courses. The Environmental Studies program provides 13 summer fellowships for students for summer 2018. 

This is a great way to gain experience in the field, work with environmental professionals, and connect your summer experience to your academic experience.

Environmental Studies Fellowships (Sustainability and Environmental Justice)  (2-3 available) – funds students to work for an organization of their choosing.  You can work in Maine, in your community, or anywhere in the world.  Deadline: Monday, February 26th at noon

Cooke Fellowship (1-2) – Funds students to conduct community based research under the guidance of a faculty mentor and in partnership with a community organization of the student’s choice. Deadline: Monday, February 26th at noon

National Audubon Fellowship (2) – Funds students to conduct research on seabirds, while living on islands in Casco Bay.

Deadline: Wednesday, Feb. 7th at noon

Contact Eileen Johnson: ejohnson@bowdoin.edu or Rosie Armstrong: rarmstro@bowdoin.edu  with questions.

Summer Research Opportunity: Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island (Apply February 2018)

Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island Summer Research Information

Spend Your Summer Doing Research or Art
in one of the World’s Most Beautiful Places

Patricia Jones, Director Ian Kyle, Assistant Director

Now: Develop project topic; touch base with the Kent Island Director, Professor Patricia Jones, (and with off-island mentor if applicable)

Before Feb 15:  Email a brief ‘intent to submit’ to the Director at pjones3@bowdoin.edu
Feb 28 by noon:  Email your full application as a PDF to the Director
Mar 15:  Decisions will be conveyed to students via email

How to Choose a Science Project

Approach 1: Choose from the list below and develop the idea further in discussions with the Director. This is the most common approach.

Approach 2: Work with a Bowdoin professor (or with the Director) to develop your own idea that’s not on this list. Recognize that this approach takes additional initiative on your part, but we encourage and support you.

How to Choose an Art or Writing Project

Consult with a Bowdoin professor to develop a focus for your work and a possible way for her/him to provide support and feedback during the summer. Do some background research to understand the Kent Island environment and how it can inform/inspire your proposed work.

Kent Island Cook

We need a cook to prepare dinner for the group 6 days a week. This is a fellowship position that involves part-time work as a scientist or artist/writer.  If you’re potentially interested, contact us right away for details.

Contact Info

Director:  Professor Patricia Jones
Email:  pjones3@bowdoin.edu

Assistant Director: Ian Kyle
Email:  ikyle@bowdoin.edu

Potential Science Project Ideas (ask us for details)

– Pollinator communities on wild blueberries
– Floral constancy in different pollinator groups
– Mate-searching behavior by Leach’s storm-petrels
– Storm-petrel recognition of predator vocalizations
– Pathogens of storm-petrels in relation to MHC
– Coordination of egg incubation in storm-petrels
– Host plant specificity of spittlebugs
– Inbreeding depression in irises
– Ontogeny of vocalizations in yellow warblers
– Ecological responses to the eradication of snowshoe hares
– Factors affecting reforestation success in coastal field habitats
– Abiotic stressors of low tide in the Basin
– Intertidal community: effects of removing rockweed and periwinkles
– Spider web characteristics and capture success
– Eider ducks: nest success and/or adult relative abundance and sex ratio over the summer

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden: Or, Life in the Woods

“You need three things to become a successful novelist: talent, luck and discipline. Discipline is the one element of those three things that you can control, and so that is the one that you have to focus on controlling, and you just have to hope and trust in the other two.”
– Michael Chabon