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September 10, 2007
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In this issue:

  • MentorNet: Students Tap Experience
  • 2008 Materials Design Competition

Science Quotes of the Week:

  • The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of everyday thinking. -Einstein
  • It isn't that they can't see the solution: It's that they can't see the problem. -G.K. Chesterton.
  • The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers. - Sidney J. Harris

Please RSVP to for the Science Scholars Reception on Wednesday, September 19!
Please stop by the Science Office, Room 318, and pick up a free carabiner while they last.

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MentorNet: Students Tap Experience

MentorNet was recently honored with a 2007 Impact Award from the Silicon Valley San Jose Business Journal at its 2007 Philanthropy Awards event. Founded in 1997, MentorNet pairs undergraduates and graduate students with mentors in science fields for eight-month periods of correspondence. During this time, a mentored student can seek advice from a professional of their choice selected from a list that fits their personality and goals provided by MentoNet at no cost. Mentors, profiled by MentorNet to meet certain requirements for joining the program, offer their time for free.

Students seek answers to questions running the gamut from work-life balance to career coaching and self-confidence issues, according to MentorNet founder Carol Muller. Many MentorNet subscribers are women or minorities trying to navigate their way into fields currently dominated by white males. MentorNet grew out a pilot study conducted at Dartmouth College in 1995 to understand and alleviate the uneven representation in math, science, and engineering.

More details can be found by reading the full article in the Silcon Valley/San Jose Business Journal.

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2008 Materials Design Competition

The Materials Interest Group of AATCC announces its Materials Design Competition and invites research proposals from both graduate and undergraduate students. First place is $1,000 and second place is $500. Winners will also receive a complimentary student registration for the 2009 AATCC International Conference & Exhibition in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where their entries will be displayed during the poster session. The three themes of this year's competition are:

  • Industrial/Technical and Sports Material
  • Medical, Biomedical/Protective Materials and Devices
  • Smart/Electronic/Optoelectronic, and Nano-matierials

The preliminary design proposal submission should be submitted by March 3, 2008. By May 1, 2008 the final material product or device design should be submitted in the form of a text proposal, along with an electronic/digital poster board of their proposal. Winners will be announced on June 2, 2008, and awards will be sent to all winners on June 16, 2008.

For more information on how to participate, please to to

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