ElevatED: STEM Pre-Teaching Society

ElevatED> 69% of high school graduates are not ready for college-level science and 54% for math
> The U.S. is ranked 23rd in science and 31st in math on international exams
> Females and minorities are under-represented in STEM fields

To turn this situation around, the U.S. needs to ensure that we have a high-impact teacher in every classroom. That is why we are forming a national STEM Pre-Teaching Society and seeking USC students who want to found their campus’ chapter.

To learn more about founding the pre-teaching society, RSVP for our info session on March 4 (6-7pm) and/or read this overview document which covers:

* Why a STEM pre-teaching society
* The mission and purpose of the group
* The resources & support provided to chapter founders

If you have any questions or would like to request more information, you can use this form or email founding president Manny Soriano directly (mssorian@usc.edu)

As a founder of the ElevatED Pre-Teaching Society at USC, you will not only leave a legacy on campus, but also encourage the next generation of math/science teachers. We will organize seminars and internships in teaching. We plan to host a STEM enrichment after-school program for middle schoolers over spring break and we will organize a STEM enrichment day at Columbia during spring semester.

Just like a pre-law or pre-med society serves as a community of students interested in those professions and supports them to explore the profession, ElevatED enables students to explore the teaching profession to determine how they can be involved in improving STEM education and ending educational inequity.

Students at Stanford, NYU, and Columbia are forming like-minded student groups, and ElevatED is spreading to the top 100 universities.

Email Manny Soriano (mssorian@usc.edu)

Dornsife Degrees Get Jobs! Learn From Successful Alumni

Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Time: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Trojan Presentation Room (TPR), Student Union B3 (basement)

Are you trying to figure out your career choices after college? Ever wonder what you can do with your undergraduate degree?

A student’s major does not dictate their career options or possibilities. The Dornsife Advising Office will be hosting a panel of Dornsife Alumni who graduated from the college with one major and are now successfully employed in a different field. The panel will consist of alumni from a range of majors including Spanish, Economics, Psychology, Political Science, and Art History who are now working in areas such as sales, research, business, law, and management. Learn about their experiences as undergraduates and how they were able to able to make the most of their time at USC.  Discover the importance of transferable skills and how they contribute to your success when searching for a job and internship.

Cancer Research Internship

Cancer Research Internship
Keck School of Medicine of USC
GWAS of Colorectal Cancer in Hispanics

The GWAS of Colorectal Cancer in Hispanics is a NIH-funded, population-based, case-control genome-wide association study (GWAS) that will investigate the genetic risk factors for colorectal cancer in Hispanics. We plan to recruit 2,500 Hispanic men and women diagnosed with colorectal cancer using population-based cancer registries in California. We are seeking students as interns to assist in patient recruitment and interviews. We are looking for motivated students interested in becoming involved and making an impact in our cancer research study to begin this semester. Potential applicants will play an important role by directly interacting with colorectal cancer patient participants and contributing to the first study of its kind in the Hispanic population.

Duties will involve:

  • Attending and participating in training sessions and meetings
  • Initiating contact with potential study participants
  • Scheduling participants for interviews
  • Conducting thorough and detailed study interviews in English and Spanish (by telephone)
  • Entering data clearly and completely into a tracking database
  • Maintaining study documents
  • Other duties as needed
  • Commitment of at least 10 hrs/week

Current full or part-time USC student; have general computer knowledge; be flexible, organized, reliable and dependable; detail-oriented; excellent personal and telephone communication skills; fluency in Spanish; paid position after training period

Students should be willing to commit to at least 10 hours per week. The position will be based in the Norris Topping Tower on the Health Sciences Campus. Interns will have flexibility in scheduling and work hours will be available during weekdays and weekends in the morning, afternoon and evening. Special consideration will be given to students during university holidays, breaks and final exam periods.

To be considered for this position, please contact Ugonna Ilhenacho at ugonna.ihenacho@med.usc.edu with your cover letter, resume and available days/hours.

Problems without Passports in Dakar, Senegal

Dakar, Senegal awaits! Culture, cuisine, history, nightlife, and beaches…experience all of these while learning about and researching Senegal’s rich literary traditions and contemporary literati.

This Problems without Passports class, French 499, invites any and all students with a good knowledge of French (intermediate recommended) to apply for this unique course. After one week at USC, we will travel to Dakar, Senegal to spend three weeks with writers, publishers, artists, Senegalese university students, and the like. USC students in anthropology, comparative literature, history, global studies, IR, narrative studies, global health, ASE, sociology, and of course, French, would all gain from this opportunity. For example, if you’re interested in history, your research could focus on writers whose works rewrite and reimagine postcolonial history. Global health? Choose a novel that treats disability and/or disease in Senegal.

INFO SESSION to be held Tuesday, January 27, 3 – 4:30pm in Taper 120.

Refreshments served!

Ask @DeanSteveKay About #Koolscience


USC Dornsife Dean Steve Kay invites you to ask him questions about his research and scientific expertise on Twitter at @DeanSteveKay (http://twitter.com/DeanSteveKay) using the hashtag #Koolscience. Kay regularly uses this hashtag to call out interesting scientific news on Twitter.

One of the top experts on genes and circadian rhythms, Dr. Kay’s research is contributing to the development of new drugs that treat metabolic disorders such as Type 2 diabetes as well as to understanding how plants can better adapt to climate change. And he was recently named by Thomson Reuters as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.”

Dr. Kay welcomes questions on everything from food security and GMOs to the best time of day to make a big decision. Below are links to more information about his laboratory and research as well as links to media outlets in which he has offered expert commentary.

Submit your questions on Twitter by Friday, November 7 and follow @DeanSteveKay (http://twitter.com/DeanSteveKay) to find out the answers to your questions on Nov. 12-14, 2014.

For those who are not on Twitter, you may submit your question online: https://jfe.qualtrics.com/form/SV_eh3ZQsVEPLlNmpT.

More details at http://dornsife.usc.edu/koolscience/

Graduate School: The STEM Major Approach

Are you in love with science? Do you plan to pursue a PhD? Well, what’s your next step? Join The Center for Excellence in Teaching Undergraduate Fellows for a stimulating and informative workshop on how to properly prepare for graduate school. Learn about the admissions process, and what graduate school admission officers want in an applicant.

Panelists include:
-Steve Lund (Earth Sciences Faculty Graduate Advisor)
-Dawn Burke (Biological Sciences Graduate Advisor)
-Chih-Chieh Hsu (Electrical Engineering Graduate Student)

This event will be held on Thursday, October 30th, 2014 from 3:30pm to 4:30pm in VKC 100. Pizza and drinks will be provided on a first come, first served basis.

Please RSVP for this event here: http://bit.ly/1wqT3aW.

Job Announcement: Joint Education Project (JEP) – YSP Teaching Assistant

Joint Educational Project (JEP)– YOUNG SCIENTISTS PROGRAM
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YSP Teaching Assistant

JEP is searching for two undergraduate students pursuing degrees in the sciences with at least one year to commit to the Young Scientists Program (YSP). The YSP Teaching Assistants will be placed at five elementary schools in our immediate USC community to teach hands-on science lessons that will support teachers and students in science education.

This position requires:

  • An interest in science education;
  • Strong communication skills;
  • Strong organization skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and responsibilities;
  • A self-starter, able to take initiative and work independently;
  • 5 hours per week available to dedicate to the position (pay rate $10/hour);
  • Attendance at regular staff meetings.

Job responsibilities include:

  • Presenting meaningful, hands-on science lessons that will be implemented in the at assigned school;
  • Organizing and maintaining the Science Lab Materials at the school;
  • Assisting classroom teachers and students with science activities to promote the development of science education;
  • Other responsibilities which match specific program needs.

To apply, contact Tina Koneazny:
Deadline to apply: Friday, September 5th, 2014