Month: March 2012

Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program

Louis Stokes Scholars Program Application due Thursday, March 29:

 Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) will award 10 scholarships to students who plan to enroll or are already enrolled in a degree program at a full-time undergraduate accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical school during the 2012-13 academic year.  The Louis Stokes Health Scholars, sponsored by the UnitedHealth Foundation, program seeks to increase the number of qualified, yet underrepresented, college students entering the health workforce.  Preference will be given to students from underserved communities who demonstrate an interest to work in their own communities.  Students currently attending two-year institutions are strongly encouraged to apply.

Up to $8,000 for the 2012-13 academic year.  CBCF will disburse up to $4,000 at the beginning of each semester, contingent on maintaining the minimum academic requirements.  All scholarships are to be used to cover all education-related expenses.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legal U.S. residents who have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Applicants must also be currently enrolled or planning to enroll in a full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university, or technical school.  The anticipated degree must be in a subject that will lead to a career in a health field.  The ideal candidate is a student at a two-year institution who plans to complete a four-year degree and seek work in an underserved community.  Additionally, the candidate will demonstrate financial need.  Employees or immediate family members of UnitedHealth Group and its affiliates, CBC Members, the CBC Foundation staff, the CBC Foundation Board of Directors or the CBC Foundation Corporate Advisory Council are not eligible.

March 29, 2012

Application Materials

  1. A completed application form
  2. A personal statement essay from the student (500-1,000 words) that addresses all four (4) of the topics listed on the application in one cohesive essay
  3. Two (2) letters of recommendation. One recommendation should come from a community or public service leader (i.e. church leader, community leader, volunteer organization). Email addresses will be requested of each recommender for electronic submission of the letter. Hard copy letters will not be accepted.
  4. Copy of detailed Federal Student Aid Report (SAR); this report comes from the US Department of Education, not your institution
  5. One (1) page resume listing extracurricular activities, honors, employment, community service and special skills
  6. A recent photograph suitable for publication; i.e., a cap and gown picture, or other professional quality and professionally dressed photograph
  7. Graduating high school seniors must provide proof of enrollment into institution of study for 2013
  8. Official sealed transcripts from all institutions attended. Freshmen level students must also submit high school transcripts to be sent to:

Louis Stokes Health Scholars Program
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.
1720 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036


Call (202) 263-2800 or email for additional information.


Interactive Biomaterials REU at Syracuse Biomaterials Institute

Interactive Biomaterials REU at Syracuse Biomaterials Institute

2012 REU Program: June 4 – August 10, 2012

Syracuse Biomaterials Institute seeks applications from undergraduates interested in research on biomaterials: synthetic and natural substances to treat disease or injury.

Possible Research Areas: Students have the opportunity to do research in any of the following areas: Understanding bacteria-material interactions by surface engineering; Functionalization of biomimetic interfaces via engineered proteins; Control of Natural Polymers for Drug Delivery; 2D and 3D Active Cell Culture; Neurite Outgrowth on Substrates with Modulus Gradients; Smart Drug Release: Furanone release from a shape memory hydrogel; Electrochemical Atomic Force Microscopy of Cell-Surface Interactions

Eligibility: Undergraduate students majoring in the following disciplines: Engineering, Chemistry, Biology or Physics with an interest in Biomaterials Science. Most Students will have completed their junior year, although talented students with less experience will be considered for acceptance in the program. Students must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident

Benefits: All participants will receive a stipend of $5000, as well as University housing at no additional expense.

Application Deadline:  April 1, 2012

Interactive Biomaterials REU Contacts:

Dr. Julie Hasenwinkel
Program Director

Dr. Patrick Mather
Associate Program Director

Karen Low •
Program Coordinator
Phone: (315) 443-3544

Interactive Biomaterials REU
318 Bowne Hall
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York 13244-1200
Main Number: 315-443-3500
Fax Number: 315-443-7724

Team Leader Assistant Program General Mills – Buffalo Plant

If students are interested in applying for the “Team Leader Assistant Program”, I would suggest they send their cover letter and resume to Mr. Quinniey’s email address  at

Team Leader Assistant Program

General Mills – Buffalo Plant

The Team Leader Assistant Program is designed to provide individuals with an opportunity to learn as much as possible in a limited time span about the manufacturing Team Leader function at General Mills.  The individual will also receive and orientation to the total General Mills operation at the specific location.  In addition, the program allows the assistant to demonstrate to the company their own personal performance characteristics.

The General Mills Buffalo Plant Operation mission is to provide managerial support for the production, packaging and distribution of Big G Cereals.

The Team Leader Assistant will have exposure to similar experiences assigned to a Team Leader, including one or more of the following responsibilities:

  • ·         System audits and improvement engineering (establish operating parameters, troubleshooting, installations and start-ups of major new systems);
  • ·         Development of safety and sanitation programs;
  • ·         Identification and implementation of cost-savings opportunities;
  • ·         Capability studies-productivity, ingredient loss, system reliability, and overall capability;
  • ·         Ensure quality compliance – perform lab analysis;
  • ·         Shadow Team Leaders and Operators – Learn and perform daily activities/procedures
  • ·         Understand the roles of support and administrative departments.

At the completion of a 3 month summer program, a formal evaluation of the Team Leader Assistant’s contributions and performances are reviewed with the individual.  Additionally, a critique from the Team Leader Assistant’s viewpoint is solicited of the strengths and weaknesses of the program.  If the individual performs well and continues to be interested in the Team Leader role, we would consider having the assistant work part-time during the school year (16-20 hours) and/or returning the following summer as a Team Leader Assistant.

Normally only a few positions are open, and competition is quite keen.

Location: Buffalo, New York

Degrees Preferred

  • ·         Completed Freshman, Sophomore, or Junior year working towards a BS/BA Industrial Engineering/Technology


  • ·         College student (sophomore level or higher) studying an engineering technology(mechanical, chemical, electrical or industrial management).
  • ·         Willing to work both shifts and weekends during the summer.
  • ·         Available to work part time during the fall/winter/spring.
  • ·         Strong computer skills


  • ·         Strong leadership potential.
  • ·         Excellent interpersonal, communication and listening skills.
  • ·         Commitment to corporate value of Total Quality & Continuous Improvement.
  • ·         Demonstrated problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • ·         Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • ·         Good analytical and business judgment.
  • ·         Effective written and oral communication skills.
  • ·         Committed to results and execution.
  • ·         Self starter with high energy level.
  • ·         Strong conceptual skills and ability to implement change.
  • ·         Ability to adjust to multiple demands, shift work priorities and change.
  • ·         Decisive.
  • ·         Risk taker/change agent.

Department of Energy (DOE) Carlsbad Field Office Fellowship Programs

Looking for a great opportunity with DOE?  Apply TODAY!
Department of Energy (DOE)
Carlsbad Field Office Fellowship Programs

Now Accepting Applications for
Spring 2012 BS/MS/PhD Graduates and recent Alumni

Computer Science/Engineering, Information Technology, Cyber/Computer Security or other related
Engineering and Technology degrees

Application closes April 8, 2012
Visit CBFO Fellowship Programs<> to apply!

The Department of Energy (DOE) CBFO Program provides the opportunity to conduct mission-oriented research in DOE’s CBFO in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The CBFO Fellow will study needs for automated access control and secured wireless computing for use in the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant<> (WIPP) repository.
The Fellow will become familiar with Homeland Security Presidential Directive12, Public Key Infrastructure and secured wireless local area networking.
The Fellow will also become familiar with key recommendations regarding the integration and deployment of information technology systems
for optimized use  and cost saving applications  without sacrificing performance or security.

Applicant must have strong analytical, research and communication skills and demonstrated capacity for creative thinking.  Applicant should have a strong technical background and interest in being part of a multi-disciplinary, fast-paced environment, focused on energy technology research and development.


Visit CBFO Fellowship Programs<> for more information and/or to complete application or<>.

California State University LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate

The California State University Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) has designated Cal State LA as the  performance site for its 2012-2014 LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Program, should the project be funded by the NSF.  Although BD applications are not yet available, it is important that students who might be interested in participating in CSU-LSAMP’s BD Program be encouraged to apply NOW for admission to Cal State LA for Fall Quarter, 2012 and to the specific Department that offers the student’s intended major.  In order to be eligible for the LSAMP-BD program, a student (a) must have been a participant in an LSAMP as an undergraduate, which will require verification from the campus LSAMP program; and (b) must have been accepted into a STEM discipline (see list below) graduate program at CSULA.  Therefore, we would appreciate it if you would advise students that, in addition to applying for admission to the University through CSU Mentor, most Departments require submission of a separate application with a much earlier deadline (e.g., early March) than the general University admission deadline.  Departmental specific applications and deadlines can usually be found on Departmental websites.  Students will also have to complete an application for acceptance into the BD Program when they become available.  Dr. Margaret Jefferson, Professor of Genetics, who will serve as lead project director if the project is funded, has provided the following links to assist students in finding out more about the application process and deadlines.  Questions regarding the project  should be directed to Dr. Jefferson, whose contact information is also provided below.

Margaret Jefferson, PhD

Professor of Genetics and LSAMP Coordinator

California State University, Los Angeles


5151 State University Drive

Los Angeles, CA 90032-8201

e-mail address:

voice phone #: (323) 343-2059

fax phone #: (323) 343-6451


For specific information about Graduate School Admissions Procedures see













Diversity Week at UB

The IDC has been diligently working in preparation for Diversity Week, which will take place from March 26-30 this year. This week long series of events will incorporate programs, workshops and activities sponsored by various campus offices and student groups, including the Undergraduate Academies, ISSS, Accessibility Resources and Late Night. Click the link for more info!