Monday, November 28, 2011

Wait tables, paint houses, or research this summer?

A summer research position can serve many purposes: (1) many are paid positions; (2) they introduce you to research-based graduate school; (3) they look great on resumes and applications; (4) they let you see what other universities are like if your experience is off the South Bend campus.  

As an example, the University of Texas at Dallas offers two types of undergraduate research programs.  Each is 10 weeks with a stipend of $4,000. Housing costs are covered as well.  Such programs are competitive so you will need at least decent grades and excellent letters of recommendation from your IU South Bend faculty.  The following websites describe the two  programs at Dallas. 

UT-Dallas "SURF"    
UT-Dallas "QP-SURF"
If you are interested in a summer research experience, inform a faculty member so that he/she can let you know of opportunities.  A limited number of SMART grants are also available from IU South Bend to support research at this campus - see your favorite research professor for more details.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Science Outreach for Chemistry Week

The Biology-Chemistry Club had an evening of outreach at River Park Public Library a few weeks ago during "Chemistry Week".  IU South Bend students entertained and educated both kids and parents with eye-catching demonstrations and activities. A bit more colorful than in our labs!  

Visitors had a wonderful time and so did our students who were very impressed with the turnout.  Thanks to Biology-Chemistry Club for devoting their time and experience to make this event such a success.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Medical School Admission / Research Opportunities

The Biology-Chemistry Club has arranged two events.  The first is a presentation about medical school admissions by Professor Robert Stahelin of the IU School of Medicine located on the Notre Dame campus. Anyone interested in medical school is encouraged to attend.  

Even if you will not be applying this year, it would be good to learn what is involved - and possibly what actions could increase your chances for acceptance.  His talk is on Tuesday, Nov 15, in NS 152 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM.

The second event is a talk about undergraduate research opportunities at Notre Dame given by Professor Michelle Whaley.  She is campus's director of the NSF funded summer undergraduate research program.     Some research experience looks very nice on a student's application to graduate school.  It could also help you decide if you are interested in a career or further study involving research.  Her talk is on Friday, Nov 18, in NS 152 from 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM.