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Upcoming Diversity Focused STEM Conferences

Tapia Diversity in Computing Conference
Sept 18-21
San Diego, CA 

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing
October 1 – 4 
Orlando, FL

Great Minds in STEM
September 25 – 29th
Lake Buena Vista FL


Sacnas 
October 31 – November 2nd 
Honolulu, Hawaii

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) 
October 30 – November 2nd
Phoenix, AZ

Society of Women Engineers
November 7 to 9 
Anaheim, CA

Out in Stem
November 14 – 17th
Detroit, MI

ABRCMS
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students
November 13 – 16, 2019 
Anaheim, CA

National Society of Black Physicists
November 14 – 17
Providence, RI 

National Society of Black Engineers
March 25-29, 2020
San Antonio, TX

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Tips for Attending Your First STEM Conference

Fall is definitely conference season.  As a STEM major there are many valuable conferences that you may wish to attend.  If you’re planning to attend a conference whether it be a regional or national conference here are some tips to optimize your experience.

1) ALERT YOUR PROFESSORS

Since you’ll likely be missing a few days of class you should let your professors (and TA’s) know as soon as you find out you’re going to the conference. Email is best but be sure to do this well in advance. If you don’t get a response then talk to them in person. Once you’ve confirmed then follow up with an email thanking them for accommodating you so that you can attend the conference.

What do you say? As with most professors a concise email is best but be sure to explain the nature of the conference. Spell out any acronyms and include a link to the conference site to give them even more information. If you’re presenting a poster or giving a technical talk even better. I once had a student whose professor asked her if she wanted to present her research talk to the class to prepare. The professor was so impressed with her talk that he invited her to work in her lab as a researcher. Professors are very supportive and understand the value of these types of professional development opportunities. But remember the sooner you let them know the better.

2) MAKE A SCHEDULE

Take a look at the conference schedule and plan out the workshops that speak to you. 
Although you’ll likely get a hard copy of the conference at the registration be proactive and make up your own schedule.  Some workshops might be limited or require advance registrations so you’ll be glad that you have looked at the schedule beforehand. 

3) UPLOAD YOUR RESUME & BRING PRINTED COPIES

If you have the option, upload your resume.  Many conferences ask that students upload copies of their resumes.  Before you upload your resume go to your campus’ Career Center or another reliable source to get your resume critiqued. Always save your resumes as PDF that way you can be sure the formatting isn’t weird. 

4) BRING BUSINESS CARDS AND USE THEM

Who do you give business cards to?  Speakers, students from other schools,upper division students,  industry representatives, and anyone else that you’d like to connect with after the conference.  

What should you include on your business cards? 
You can easily create business cards and include the basics such as:
Your first and last name
Major
Year you will graduate
Phone number 
LinkedIn URL (optional but recommended)
If you do include a LInkedin URL be sure to customize it as much as possible.  
If you have your own website include that as well. 

5) UNPLUG YOUR LAPTOP AND PLUG INTO THE OPPORTUNITIES THAT AWAIT YOU

If you’re flying to the conference then this is a great time to catch up on homework, however,  once you step off the plane plan to fully engage. Do not stay in your room the whole time studying. Remember the reason why you decided to come to the conference in the first place which is to network and for professional development.

6) GO TO THE CAREER FAIR AND/OR RESEARCH FAIR

If your conference has a Career Fair be sure to  scan the list of all of the companies scheduled to attend.If you’ve uploaded a copy of your resume you’ll likely be contacted.  Be sure you know what the company does before you talk to them at the career fair.

Research Fairs are similar to career fairs but instead of companies you’ll find universities and labs promoting research programs (REU programs) and graduate school programs. 

It is never too early or too late to visit either the Career Fair or the Research Fair. Thinking about graduate school?   Ask if the graduate program has a Graduate Preview Day. Many schools will fly students out to schools (for free) to introduce them to their graduate programs.

Fun Fact: many schools will give graduate school fee waivers to conference attendees so don’t be shy about asking about fee waivers

7) DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Business casual is always a good option but business professional is even better. Maybe even bring something formal is there’s a formal banquet.  But formal doesn’t mean club clothes it means business professional. Think about what you might wear to an interview because attending a conference in some ways is an interview and if you play your cards right at the career fair you’ll likely get an interview!  

Collared shirts or a nice blouse are good choices. No ripped jeans or faded jeans. If you do wear jeans make sure that they are dark jeans and pair them with a nice blazer.  No shorts or tank tops. Also, if you’re wearing a suit be sure to wear dark dress socks. Nothing ruins a great suit worse than a pair bright white gym socks.  Always wear comfortable shoes since you’ll likely be doing a lot of walking.  If you’re a West Coast person you’ll notice that folks on the East Coast tend to dress a little more formal.  You might even see snow for the first time!  

Quick Tip:  Wear your school sweatshirt or t-shirt when you’re traveling to the airport of during times when you can wear casual attire. It’s a great way to connect with people especially alums from your school who might be attending the conference.

8) WEAR YOUR CONFERENCE NAME BADGE

There’s nothing worse than getting up early going downstairs to start your day at the conference and forgetting your name badge. Forget your badge and you’ll either need to walk back (or even worse take the shuttle) back to your hotel and get it. If you lose it, you might even have to pay.  Think of your name badge as your key because it literally is, it’s your key to getting into the conference so don’t lose it.

Once you attend you’re first conference then you’ll likely be looking to attend more. Check out these upcoming Diversity Focused STEM Conferences.

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Winter & Spring Internships

Brookhaven National Lab

Winter College Mini Semester at Brookhaven
Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Office of Educational Programs (OEP) seeks applicants for the Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists (WDTS) Mini-Semester Program. Selected students from college programs will be invited to participate in a six-day program developed to introduce participants to BNL’s science.

The 2020 College Mini-Semester program will be held January 06 – 11, 2020.
Participation in the course is limited to 20 students.

Citizenship Requirements: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents

Accepted candidates will have their housing and travel fully funded.
Deadline to Apply: November 1st
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Department of Energy SULI Program

The Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) program encourages undergraduate students and recent graduates to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.

Levels: Full-time undergraduates and recent graduates
Citizenship Requirements: UC Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: October 7th (for consideration for the Spring Internship program)
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Department of Energy CCI Program

The Community College Internship (CCI) program seeks to encourage community college students to enter technical careers relevant to the DOE mission by providing technical training experiences at the DOE laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 16 participating DOE laboratories. They work on technologies or instrumentation projects or major research facilities supporting DOE’s mission, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers.

Levels: Full-time community college students
Citizenship Requirements: UC Citizens & Permanent Residents
Minimum GPA: 3.0
Deadline to Apply: October 7th (for consideration for the Spring Internship program)
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National Community College aerOSPACE Scholars

The National Community College Aerospace Scholars, or NCAS, program is an educational experience for community college students interested in exploring careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program provides selected students with a four-day, in-person learning experience at a NASA center.

As part of the program, students will participate in a five-week online workshop, consisting of discussions, live video chats with NASA experts and various mission design challenges. Students will then apply for the opportunity to spend four days at a NASA center, getting an inside look at NASA missions and science, networking with NASA scientists and engineers, and developing a presentation to showcase their work to a panel of judges.

Levels: Community College Students
Citzenship Requirements: US Citizens
Deadline to Apply: October 16th
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Scholarships to attend Grace Hopper!

The Anita Borg foundation’s annual Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing will take place October 1st to 4th in Orlando, Florida. Last year’s conference brought over 18,000 attendees celebrating the achievements of women in CS. With such a high demand its no surprise that this year’s conference is already sold out. But don’t worry here are a few scholarships that you can still apply for:

Twitter Grace Hopper Scholarship
Due JULY 21st!!!

Levels: Full Time Undergrads graduating in 2020 or 2021.
Interested in computer science, computer engineering, hardware, machine learning, network security, product management or data science.

Citizenship Requirements: Students must be studying in the United States including Puerto Rico, Canada, or Mexico.

Be sure that you are able to attend the entire conference before applying.
Deadline to Apply July 21st
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NetApp Grace Hopper Scholarship

Net App is offering scholarships to attend the Grace Hopper Conference. Students must be able to attend the entire conference and be willing to share a room with another scholarship awardee.  Selected students will be invited to attend the NetApp candidate dinner and internal employee event at Hopper.

Levels: Full-time undergrads and graduate students.
Minimum GPA: Not Specified
Citizenship Requirements: Not Specified
Deadline to Apply July 30th
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Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W)Conference Scholarships

Association for Computing Machinery-Women (ACM-W) provides support for women undergraduate and graduate students studying computer science to attend CS related research conferences  Students to do not have to be presenting to be eligible in order to apply. 
Deadlines correspond to the dates of conferences so if you’re applying to Hopper the deadline is August 15th.
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Summer Reads For Engineering Students (And Their Parents)

Starting College this year? I’ve compiled a short summer reading list that you’ll find useful whether you are beginning college this fall as a freshmen or planning to transfer from a community college.

#1 Studying Engineering by Raymond Landis

Literally the “go to” text book for engineering orientation courses. I love this book for many reasons. Not only does this book introduce you to the various branches of engineering, this book also gives a practical glimpse into the study skills needed to be a successful engineering major covering everything from time management techniques to having a growth mindset. Aside from being a guidebook on the engineering profession the book also gives students a mechanism to explore their individual learning styles. One of my favorite lines that I often use with my own students is “No Deposit, No Return.”

#2 Learn to Program by Chris Pine

I especially like this book for students who have not yet taken a coding class. Why? Because it teaches you the art of programming while emphasizing the process not just the end result. Even if you have zero programming experience Chris Pine does an outstanding job that even a newbie can follow. I’ve seen many students read this book over the summer and have a great understanding of the art of programming and the tips and tricks to save time, work more efficiently and be bug free.

#3 Cracking the Coding Interview by Gayle Laakmann McDowell

So you know how to code but do you know how to survive the technical interview? If the only thing standing between you and your dream job/internship is a whiteboard then this is a must read! It’s the “true Hollywood story” version of behind the scenes interviews from companies such as Apple, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and several other tech titans. Aside from helping you ace the technical interview the book also gives tips on salary negotiations and declining offers.

#4 CLiftonstrengths for Students by Gallup

This book is not specific to engineers but it is an amazing resource to help students understand their individual strengths. Developed by the Gallup organization this book includes the Strengthsfinder access code that allows students to recognize their top signature themes. By understanding one’s signature themes and learning to recognize the strengths that others bring, students can maximize their college experiences and optimize team projects. A growing number of engineering programs have adopted the strengths based curriculum so why not get a head start on recognizing your own individual strengths this summer.

#5 The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

I can almost guarantee that next fall when you go into your professors’ offices you’ll find copies of Covey’s iconic book proudly displayed on their bookshelves. Engineers will love the usage of Venn diagrams. I’d recommend a hard copy not an e-book because you’ll want to highlight things in this book.

For Parents

The Naked Roomate: For Parents Only by Harlen Cohen
There are many books available that give college freshman tips on surviving their first semester. However, few are written specifically for the new college parent.  Packaged as a lighthearted “how to” guide for parents The Naked Roommate does a good job in preparing parents for their first year as a college parent. Whether the student is going across the country or attending the local community college, parents will find the first hand testimonies from college freshman throughout the book useful.

One of the book’s highlights is its chapter on the role that technology plays in family communication.  Weekly long distance phone calls to mom and dad have been replaced by Skype sessions. Letters home are now sent via text message or emailed through Facebook.  If parents choose to “friend” their kids on Facebook they are encouraged to use the site as a means of catching up with their kids, not catching them in wrongdoings. Having one’s kid add them as a friend on Facebook is a privilege not a right. Therefore, parents who chose to add their freshman kids on the social media site should do so sans judgments even if they are curious about what’s inside those red plastic cups in all those photos…  This is where college advisors and career counselors can intervene by reminding college students about the importance of managing their online personas.

The book emphasizes the important role that parents play in ensuring that students fully engage themselves in the college experience.  First generation parents are encouraged to investigate resources available to their first generation college students as research has shown that these students are less likely to participate in enrichment activities such as internships or study abroad.  However, once the semester begins, parents should detach with love and resist the temptation to try and instantly fix everything. For instance, each time the freshman is checking in with their parents to vent about their roommate, express homesickness, or ask for help, the less time they’re communicating with campus resources such as counselors or academic advisors.   Helicopter parents are gently reminded that it’s never ever ok to contact their kid’s professors and how FERPA laws change once your child turns eighteen.   I would recommend this book to advisors because of the range of topics that the book addresses.  This book leaves no stone unturned when it comes to addressing serious topics, including topics such as what to do if your child is arrested and coming out in college.  Advisors will appreciate the author’s willingness to bring up real life situations and not simply rely on surface talking points such as how to do laundry or how to use a credit card.  The Naked Roomate is a good resource for those designing parent orientations.

Maximizing Your Summer Research Experience

By now many of you have started your summer research experiences.  Whether you’re in a formal ten-week REU program on a different campus or you’re doing research on your home campus here are 10 tips on how to get the most out of your experience

1) Understand the culture in your lab. 
Your lab might be super laid back or more formal than you might be use to. In either case, always be professional and always on be time.  Don’t be that person who saunters in just when everyone else is leaving to go to lunch.

2) Understand that the first week or two might be boring. 
Are you spending the majority of your time downloading journal articles? Many times students get antsy because they feel like they’re not making meaningful contributions to the research project.  If you’re knee deep in reading journals and are starting to get bored don’t worry this is completely normal.  Believe me, in no time you’ll be fully immersed in data and will be too busy to be bored.

3) Go to Everything.

If your lab invites you to paintball on Saturday then go to paintball on Saturday! If your graduate mentor and one of the Post Docs ask you if you want to join them for Boba then go with them to get Boba.  An REU program is a networking opportunity like no other.  Be an active participant in the lab even if you’re not physically in the lab.  You’ll find that those social activities will be infused with conversations about the research

4) Communication is key so make it a habit to confirm things via email.
This is important for two reasons first, you may have completely misunderstood what you’ve been asked to do and second, there are times when you need to have something in written form particularly if you need something from folks outside the lab.  Here’s an example, I once had a student request card key access to a specific lab.  Her faculty mentor told her to request access because she wasn’t a student at the university. Her faculty mentor went out of the country so when she requested lab access from the school they asked her for something explaining why she needed access.  Without a “paper trail” aka an email from her faculty mentor she was forced to wait until her faculty member came back.  She lost valuable time and sometimes had to camp out in front of the lab waiting for someone to let her in! 

5) Make it a point to connect with at least two other faculty members. If you’re in an REU program and you don’t make it a point to meet with other faculty then it’s a missed opportunity.  Think of it like visiting San Francisco and not seeing the Golden Gate Bridge. You can attend lectures or schedule an office visit to talk to faculty about their research. If you’re applying to that specific graduate program in the future then you need to make it a point to let researchers know that you are looking for graduate programs.  Don’t assume that people will seek you out. They won’t. 

6) Ask your graduate mentors about the major conferences in your research area.
Learning about these niche conferences will be important. Having publications at these conferences will give you something to strive for particularly if you’re applying to competitive Masters or PhD programs.

7) Do not wait until the last minute to work on your poster.
Most REU’s require a poster presentation at the end. Give yourself a deadline that’s before the “official deadline” so that you are not frantically working on your poster. There’s nothing worse than seeing a poster that was clearly a rush job and doesn’t reflect the work that you’ve done over the summer. And if you don’t know what they mean by “poster” don’t worry here is a great resource that explains the purpose of the poster and some general tips on creating a scientific poster. http://www.csun.edu/plunk/documents/poster_presentation.pdf

8) Regularly ask for feedback. Make it a point to schedule times toask your graduate and faculty mentors for honest feedback. What are you doing well?  What are areas for improvement? Don’t assume that every “mentor” has been primed for the “mentor” role. 

9 If you’re applying to MS and PhD programs let your graduate and faculty mentors know. You’re going to want to get strong letters of recommendation so it’s important for your faculty and graduate mentors to be aware of what you’re hoping to achieve this summer and beyond. Even if your faculty member is not accepting new PhD or MS students (or doesn’t seem that they will accept you) you can still ask so they will prepared to provide you a letter.
Not so fun fact: Not having a letter from an REU that you’ve listed on your CV is a huge red flag in graduate admissions. 

10) Last but definitely not least, if you found your REU on REU finder, let us know so we can encourage others to apply for next years program.

Best of luck and enjoy your summer!

2019 Women in CyberSecurity Scholarship

Morphisec is providing scholarships to women studying cybersecurity and related disciplines including:
▪ Computer Science
▪ Cybersecurity
▪ Information Assurance
▪ Information Security
▪ Information Systems Security
▪ Other cybersecurity-related STEM disciplines

Levels: Female undergraduate and graduate students currently studying for degrees in cybersecurity and related disciplines.
Minimum GPA: Not Specified.
Citizenship Requirements: Citizens or Permanent
Legal Residents of the United States, Israel or a European Union member country.


In addition to a short application applicants must complete a 200-300 word essay addressing “What made you become interested in cybersecurity or information security?”
Deadline to Apply: June 15, 2019
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Scholarships for Latinx students in STEM. Undergrads, Grads, and Graduating High School Seniors

Established in the early 1970’s the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is the premier STEM organization for Latinx students. Through its corporate partnerships SHPE has a number of scholarships for undergraduates, graduate students, and college bound graduating high school students.

Here is a listing of current Scholarships available to SHPE members for the 2019-2020 academic year. All of the Scholarships listed are due on June 30, 2019 and students must be full time students and members of SHPE.

Majors: Civil & Electrical Engineering Majors
Scholarship Available: American Transmission Co. Scholarship
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Citizenship Requirements: US Citizens

SHPE Undergraduate Scholarship
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Citizenship Requirements: Students must be enrolled in a STEM program in the United States or Puerto Rico.

SHPE Scholarship for Graduating High School Seniors
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Citizenship Requirements: Students must be planning to enroll in a STEM program in the United States or Puerto Rico beginning fall 2019.

SHPE Scholarship for Graduate Students
Minimum GPA: 2.75
Citizenship Requirements: Students must be planning to enroll in a STEM program in the United States or Puerto Rico beginning fall 2019

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Computing for Change Competition – All Majors & No Citizenship Restrictions

Computing4Change is a competition for students from diverse backgrounds in all majors interested in creating positive change in their communities while simultaneously enhancing their data analysis skills.  

Levels: Freshmen, Sophomore, Juniors, and Non-Graduating Seniors
Citizenship Requirements: There are no Citizenship Requirements, however, students must be enrolled in a school in the US at the time of the program
Minimum GPA: 2.5   If selected students must be available for the SC19 student program (https://sc19.supercomputing.org/) that will be held in  Denver Nov 16-22, 2019.

Deadline to Apply:  May 17, 2019 
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To learn more about the program please visit
https://www.sighpc.org/for-our-community/computing4change