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January 21, 2008
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Muskingum College Home Page

Please direct questions and comments to: stippel@muskingum.edu

In this issue:

  • REU Site for Polymer Science & Engineering
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Virginia Tech
  • Physical and Occupational Therapy Open Houses
  • Seasonal Positions Available at the Wilds
  • Space Career Fair

Science Bumper Stickers

  • "Radioactive cats have 18 half-lives."   
  • "I like you, but I wouldn't want to see you working with subatomic particles."
  • "Microbiologists Are Cultured"
  • "186,000 miles/sec: Not just a good idea, it's the LAW!"
  • " Entropy isn't what it used to be."


  • Please check the bulletin board outside of Dr. Perera'w office (SC 320, Boyd Science Center) for internship opportunities.

    If you are interested in a position at the Wilds this summer, don't forget the deadline for applying is Feb. 5, 2008 (see below).

    Need help with your career plans? Sign up with MentorNet. It's free!


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    REU Site for Polymer Science & Engineering
    Deadline for application is March 1, 2008

    The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering offers a competitive summer research experience for undergraduate (REU) students.  Students will participate in a 12-week summer internship to investigate a fundamental question within the broad field of polymer science, involving either theory, simulations, and modeling of polymer properties, polymer synthesis and kinetics, polymer engineering or physical properties of polymers.  Each week, all interns participate in a career development activity and a seminar series, and meet on Fridays to discuss their research progress and/or visit a local/regional company.  The summer will culminate with an oral or poster presentation of each intern's research results at the Northeast Ohio NSF-REU Undergraduate Research Conference.

    Stipends for Summer 2008 (12 weeks) are $6,000.  The internships are sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with additional internships sponsored by Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

    The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering is located in the Goodyear Polymer Center and the Polymer Engineering Academic Center.  The college has 76 research laboratories with state-of-the art research instrumentation in NMR spectroscopy, GPC, thermal analysis, rheooptics, x-ray diffraction, polymer processing and electron and other microscopies.

    If you are interested in a progressive, multidisciplinary research project that bridges the fields of biology, chemistry, and/or physics, application instructions can be found at http://www2.uakron.edu/cpspe/intern.html. Send questions and/or applications to Ms. Marj Riccardi (330-972-7539. mericca@uakron.edu):

    The University of Akron
    Department of Polymer Science
    Akron, OH 44325-3909
    Attn: Summer Internships

    Please submit application materials by March 1, 2008. Awards will be announced beginning February 1, 2008 and will continue until all positions are filled.

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    Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Virginia Tech
    High Performance Materials and Polymer Chemistry
    May 20-August 8, 2008

    Planned areas of Research for 2008:

    • Field Responsive Materials
    • Materials and Processes for Proton Exchange
    • Membrane Fuel Cells
    • Macromolecules at the Interface with Life Sciences

    • Earn $5,850 during the 12-week program
    • Conduct research with science and engineering faculty mentors
    • Rising juniors and seniors (U.S. Citizen or Permanent U.S. Residents only)
    • Application Review and Selection Process Begins February 1, 2008

    For more information and to apply online, visit our website at http://www.mii.vt.edu/SURP/index.html.

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    Physical and Occupational Therapy Open Houses

    The University of Indianapolis is hosting physical and occupational therapy open houses.

    Physical Therapy Open House
    Saturday, February 23, 2008
    9:00 a.m. Check-In, Schwitzer Student Center

    http://pt.unidy.edu/openhouse/
    800-232-8634

    Physical therapists and physical therapy assistants enjoy rewarding careers while making a positive difference in the quality of life for their patients. Whether working with a disabled child, a construction worker with an injured back, or a senior citizen suffering from arthritis, PTs and PTAs take a personal approach in meeting individual needs. Learn more by attending our open house!

    Register online today!

    • The University of Indianapolis physical therapy program is ranked in the top 10% of graduate programs nationally, according to U.S News & World Report.
    • Our faculty and program directors will be on hand to discuss your educational and career goals.
    • Chat with students and staff over a complimentary lunch.
    • Learn about the application and financial aid processes.

    PT degree programs:

    • Professional Doctor of Physical Therapy
    • Associate in Science, Physical Therapist Assistant Program

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    Occupational Therapy Open House
    Saturday, February 23, 2008
    9:00 a.m. Check-In, Schwitzer Student Center

    http://ot.unidy.edu/openhouse/index.php
    800-232-8634

    Enjoy a rewarding career while making a positive difference in the lives of others. Whether working with a disabled child, a construction worker, or a senior citizen, OTs make a difference! Learn more by attending our open house!

    Register online today!

    • The University of Indianapolis occupational therapy program is ranked in the top 30% of graduate programs nationally, according to U.S. News & World Report.
    • Our faculty will be available to discuss your educational and career goals.
    • Chat with students and staff over a complimentary lunch.
    • Learn about the application and financial aid process.

    OT Degree Programs:

    Join our faculty for sessions about our degree opportunities. We offer professional programs at the graduate level:

    • Entry-Level Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

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    Seasonal Positions Available at The Wilds

    Seasonal positions are now open at The Wilds for 2008. Learn about your field while you work--wildlife conservation, outdoor education, wildlife husbandry, park peration, and visitor operations. The Wilds is a 9200-acre, non-profit, conservation facility dedicated to advancing conservation through science, education and personal experience. The Wilds is located in Southeast Ohio near the town of Cumberland. The Wilds is looking for:

    Camp Coordinator--Education Dept. (2 positions)
    Assist Conservation Educator with program development, camp scheduling, teaching field classes, and maintenance of facilities and trails. March to October. $410/week.

    Seasonal Naturalist/Counselors--Education Dept. (10 positions)
    Lead interpretive programs, conduct on-site visits, teach campers to appreciate the wild world, assist with wildlife research, restore habitats, and maintain trails. 3, 5, and 7 month terms starting April or June. $300-$350/week. Housing options available for $50/week.

    Conservation Education Interns--Education Dept. (10 positions)
    Get excellent experience and college credit. Assist natualists, work with wildlife, and teach young people as you learn. 2 week periods minimum 90 hours. Volunteer. Housing and meals provided while camp is in session.

    Interpretive Guides--Visitor Operations Dept. (50 positions)
    Be a Wilds ambassador that entertains and educates Wilds visitors. Learn about wildlife and share your love for wildlife with others. Get the conservation message out. Guide tours through the range pastures or from The Wilds unique destinations. Positions available April - October.

    Visitor Service Staff--Visitor Operations Dept. (20 positions)
    A summer job in one of the many Wilds retail venues such as restaurant, gift market, and a variety of destination locations all supporting The Wilds. Assist visitors, ring-up purchases, create an attractive environment. As a Visitor Service staff member you make a visit to The Wilds a special time. Positions available April - October.

    Deadline for applying is February 5, 2008.

    Contact Information:Education Jobs
    Al Parker
    aparker@thewilds.org
    740-638-5030 x 2116

    Visitor Operation JobsBobbie Dozer
    bdozer@thewilds.org
    740-638-5030 x 2052

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    Space Career Fair
    Thursday, April 10, 2008

    TAKE YOUR EDUCATION OR MILITARY EXPERIENCE TO NEW HEIGHTS!

    Join us at the Space Foundation's sixth annual Space Career Fair on April 10, 2008, held during the 24th National Space Symposium at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

    The Space Career Fair is open to college students in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business administration or for transitioning military. Combine your education and talents with your interest in space and take advantage of a dynamic networking lunch. (First 300 paid registrants receive a complimentary buffet-style lunch.) This event is hosted by the Space Foundation, its corporate members and sponsoring companies.

    Whether you are a college student or transitioning military veteran, discover how to make the best of your career by attending this event.

    • Pre-registration is required. Deadline for registration is April 4, 2008
    • Undergraduate and graduate students with a valid student ID or transitioning military with a valid military ID
    • Pre-registered check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 10 at the Broadmoor Hotel-Broadmoor West. Door prizes include airline tickets, small monetary college scholarships and space memorabilia
    • Cost is $14 (non-refundable) and covers registration, use of the Space Career Fair Cybercenter, and afternoon access to the 24th National Space Symposium-Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center. First 300 paid registrants receive a complimentary buffet-style lunch.

    The Space Career Fair features "Meet the Company" presentations with space industry representatives, entrance into the Space Career Fair Pavillion and a visitor's pass into the 24th National Space Symposium-Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center. Registrants may e-mail their resumes to the leading space companies in attendance at the Space Career Fair prior to the event for a possible pre-scheduled interview.

    Company representatives will be available to discuss current and future career opportunities, industry trends, and upcoming civil, commercial, and national security workforce needs.

    A valid photo identification card is required at check-in. Failure to produce proper identification on-site will result in cancellation of your (non-refundable) registration, and admittance into the 24th National Space Symposium-Lockheed Martin Exhibit Center will be denied.

    Go to http://www.nationalspacesymposium.org/education/ to register and for more information on sponsoring companies.

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