Following are local, special STEM programs available for students:
Girls Advancing in STEM Conference
April 12-14, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT
The goal of the conference is to create face-to-face contact between high school girls interested in STEM and women who are working in STEM-related fields. Students will tour local institutions and businesses including Google and Lab Central, hear about research being conducted by women in STEM and engage in small group discussions with women working in STEM fields.
Details and registration information can be found at gainsnetwork.org. We hope you will consider encouraging upper school girls to participate in this three-day event. Each school can register up to five students and two teachers.
Summer Pathways @ BU
BU is pleased to announce that Summer Pathways will take place July 10-17, 2015. Summer Pathways, now in its ninth year, is an exciting seven-day, residential program for high school girls entering their junior or senior year in September 2015. The program targets girls from Boston area high schools who show promise and/or interest in science, math, or engineering. The program will include an overnight on the historic Roseway, a 137 schooner built in 1925. Tuition is $675 and includes room, board, all travel and activities. Scholarships of up to $575 are available to students with demonstrated financial need.
Participants will live in a BU dormitory, and during this week, will have the opportunity to engage in many hands-on science activities and gain first hand knowledge of a wide range of careers in STEM disciplines. Participants also visit laboratories, listen to career panels, visit local companies, and learn about the college admissions process. On the Roseway, they will learn about marine life, the physics of sailing, and be active participants alongside the crew.
Information about the program can be found at: http://www.bu.edu/lernet/spathways. Students who would like to participate in the program should complete and submit an online application via the website. In addition, each applicant is required to obtain two recommendations from past or present teachers. Teacher recommendations also should be submitted via the website. All applications and letters of reference must be received by May 1, 2015. If you have any questions, please send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Student Resource for Tech Internships!
Tech Generation (TechGen) is a new platform being organized by the New England Venture Capital Association (NEVCA) to serve as a one-stop, “common-app” for connecting students to tech internship opportunities. TechGen is geared specifically to support tech companies, startups, and students in their internship experiences. The program matches students with internships in local tech firms and connects them with the greater tech community through TechTreks, MeetUps, Block Parties and workshops. Interns participating in TechGen will be part of a larger community of up and coming local talent representing the next wave of innovators in Massachusetts.
More information about the program and the online application are available at thetechgeneration.com.
Summer Camp in Boston for Science-Loving Teens: Register Your Child Now for STEM in the City!
This fun, innovative summer camp will enhance students knowledge about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) subjects, STEM careers, and educational paths needed to attain their goals.
Each camp day includes a trip to a Boston-area STEM organization and a related hands-on science activity. Students will also explore college life and academics through campus tours and discussions with college students and staff.
When: July 6-10, 2015, 9AM - 4PM
Who: Rising 8th and 9th graders
Where: Wheelock College in Boston
Cost: $400 (includes lunch and snack)
Learn more and register at wheelock.edu/stemcamp
AMP It Up Challenge
Right now, students across the state are creating videos about a product made in Massachusetts. Sign your students up, and they could win recognition, prestige, and $5,000 for your school. Products include video games, jet engines, medical devices, and more. Visit ampitupma.com/challenge for a list of manufacturers in MA.
Be one of eleven lucky winners.
One middle school and one high school from all five regions in the state will each win $2,500 in grant funding. And one video will take the grand prize of $5,000. That's a total award of $30,000 provided by the Manufacturing Futures Fund. Download our Teacher Kit to get all the exciting details.
AMP It Up Challenge
Mass. Society for Medical Research Student Competition
MSMR's 24th Annual Student Competition - "That's News!" - opens for submissions on January 5, 2015.
The Competition is for middle school and high school students throughout New England. Winning students and their parents and teachers are invited to receive their recognitions and awards at the MSMR Annual Meeting (June 26, 2015).
There are cash, book and certificate awards for the students who most compellingly explain a recent biomedical research breakthrough using an essay, poster or webpage of their own creation.
Students may be in any educational setting: public, private, parochial or home-school, anywhere in New England. The life sciences breakthrough must have been announced in 2013 or 2014. The students' task is to understand the breakthrough and report it in a clear and engaging way as if to a group of their own peers - high school science students. Teachers of winning students receive classroom grants.
Middle school students (Level I) and high school students (Level II) are judged separately. Details of the submission process and entry requirements are on line, here.
The deadline for submissions is May 9, 2015.
Please spread the word to your friends and colleagues.
Mass Life Sciences Center Launches 2014-15 Internship Challenge!
Their year-round internship program has been renewed for a sixth year! The Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for life sciences companies in Massachusetts. The program will offer paid internships for over 400 college students and recent graduates who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences. Host companies will commit to providing a dedicated mentor and meaningful internship opportunity that relates to the academic focus of eligible students.
Studies have shown the value and necessity of providing students with internships, and we hope that this opportunity to explore a career path will enhance the students' academic training. Previous years of the Internship Challenge have been an extraordinary success. The MLSC has placed over 1,400 interns at more than 370 different companies across Massachusetts
We accept applications from eligible students via our website (link below) year-round. Companies that register with us to host interns are granted access to review applications and are instructed to contact students directly for interviews. The MLSC is offering to reimburse companies (with 100 or fewer employees in MA) for intern stipends of up to $7,200 for students selected through the program. Any student enrolled in a Massachusetts college or university is eligible to apply, provided that they meet the following eligibility requirements:
• 2-year/Community College/Certificate students must be enrolled in an Associate's Degree or Certificate program or have completed one within the past year.
• 4-year college or university students must have or will complete(d) at least their sophomore year the semester before the internship, or have graduated within the past year.
• Graduate students must be enrolled in a Master's Degree program or have received their Master's Degree within the past year. Ph.D. and M.D. candidates are not eligible.