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Summer internship at the Economist

January 21, 2013 Leave a comment

Are you looking for potential opportunities to use your science knowledge outside of academia?  How about an internship as journalist writing about science and technology?  The Economist has a call out for applications to be a summer intern and to write about science and technology for 3 months.

Deadline to submit a cover letter and a writing sample is February 1st.

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Wanna win some cash? Of you do! Apply to the IGPS today!

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

The Interdisciplinary Graduate and Professional Symposium (IGPS) is a chance for you to show off your research to the rest of campus, and to folks from industry. This is a great chance to present your work, make meaningful connections, and best of all – win some cash!

Prizes for the best:

$5000 – best talk

$1000 – best poster

$1000 – best visual or performing art

$2500 – best Student-run Session

And there will be more!

Apply before Feb 1st – be careful to read the detailed SmartSite instructions for uploading your application (must be completed in Adode Acrobat Reader, also label your Abstract as your Kerebros user name)

Good luck!

Concerned about the Job Market? Seeking a Career beyond Academia?

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

3 Workshops for Career Success!

(register at

1) Interview Etiquette: Strategies for Success

Unsure about how to present yourself for an interview? This workshop will focus on points of etiquette that will make your interview flow smoothly and will leave your interviewer with a great impression of you! Topics will include greetings, attire, interviewing over a meal, networking at social events and much more.

Workshop Leader:
Joaquin Feliciano, PhD, Greek Life Coordinator, Student Housing, UC Davis

2) Negotiating Your First Position (Beyond Academia)

Join us for an informative discussion of the do’s and don’ts of negotiating your first position outside academia.  Our workshop leader will offer expert advice on how to put your best foot forward and successfully negotiate your new position including information about salary and benefits negotiation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn a skill vital to your career success.

Workshop Leader:
Robert Enzerink, MBA, Partner, The MarkeTech Group, Principal, MEDGroup


3) An Inside Look at an Interview (Beyond Academia)

Come watch an actual (mock) interview. Our workshop leader, Mary Johnson, will lead you through the interview process as she interviews a graduate student, for a position outside of academia. Dr. Johnson will lead the audience in a critique of the interview to enable you to determine for yourself what works or doesn’t work without actually being in the hot seat!

Mock Interviewer:
Mary G. Johnson, PhD, Human Resources Director at Haemonetics

Mock interviewee:
Cory T. Ellison, Harmer Lab Graduate Student, Plant Biology Graduate Group

All graduate students and postdocs are invited to these workshops which are part of the

Pathways Career Symposium
Saturday, January 28th, Wellman Hall

To register for the symposium (free) and for information on other workshops and panel discussions click on

You can come to one workshop or attend as many as you’d like!

Sponsored by the Internship and Career Center and the Office of Graduate Studies

Research Independence

January 8, 2012 Leave a comment

PI’s in the BMCDB graduate group can have radically different ideas about what their students should be doing and how much freedom their students should have. A successful graduate student should talk to a prospective advisor before joining his or her lab about how much research freedom they will have. Furthermore, once in a lab, students should listen to his or her advisor about how long potential projects may take and how risky they may be (they’ve been there and they know better than you).

In a recent article on, Maryrose Franko of the HHMI says that students can benefit most from multiple projects that balance the needs of the lab with those of the student as well as riskier and safer projects. She adds that the riskier projects, if successful, more often lead to an independent research career.

Careers with Sandia National Laboratories

October 27, 2011 1 comment

This blog has brought to your attention that alternative career options are very relevant to today’s graduates with a PhD. In that alley, Sandia National Labs is having a recruitment session. Read below.

Careers with Sandia National Laboratories for Advanced Degree Holders

Wednesday, November 2
Noon-1:30pm | Room 114 South Hall

For all interested M.S. and Ph.D. science, engineering, and computer science students and postdocs

  • Learn about the excellent opportunities at Sandia National Laboratory
  • Meet Technical Members of Staff and UCD Alums –
    • Jack Skinner, PhD in Mechanical Engineering from UC Davis
    • Mien Yip, PhD in Civil Engineering from UC Davis

Bring Your Resume!  Don’t have a resume?  Or have a resume that needs some work? Attend our Resume Writing Workshop for Grad Students and Postdocs in advance of the information session

Food and drinks will be provided.

Find more information at or at

Sponsored by Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Career Services at the Internship and Career Center and the Office of Graduate Studies (Professional Development Series)

Categories: Job Opporunities

Masters in Science Communication Program at UCSC

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

Are you considering a career in science writing? Or do you want to become a good writer as part of your skill-set? Maybe you want to consider taking the Science Communication Program at UC Santa Cruz. This is a one year, intense course in science writing and many of their alumni have gone to great careers in the media, such as NPR or various news papers in LA, Detroit or Philly.

They also started their own blog The Crashing Edge, so can have a taste of the work they produce.

Go GREEN, go Costa Rica!

October 5, 2011 Leave a comment

Have you ever thought about mixing Adventure with Culture? Social Responsibility with cutting edge Education?

The GREEN Educational Adventure Programs in Costa Rica offer a unique way to satisfy your intellectual curiosity while experiencing unforgettable adventures, gaining a cultural experience, and giving back to the community though socially responsible projects.

The Programs in Costa Rica are focused on Renewable Energy Education, Adventure, Culture, and Social Responsibility.

The 12-day trip gives students a chance to explore the topics of RENEWABLE ENERGY and SUSTAINABILITY through interactive lectures and exclusive hands-on site visits to functioning power plants, like wind farms and geothermal plants, and residential facilities, such as organic sustainable farms and green-centric housing developments. The benefits of the educational component are enhanced by the excitement of the adventure and cultural excursions that make Costa Rica the epicenter of EcoTourism and travel.

Students who attended this program in the past have cited it as “one of the best experiences of their life”. Some have returned to Costa Rica for summer internships in the renewable energy sector. Others applied their experiences to succeed in internships and jobs in the United States.

The Global Renewable Energy Education Network (GREEN) inspires University students to explore the fields of renewable energy and sustainability. In doing so, we aim to assemble motivated collegiate minds in engineering, business, policy, ecology, and other related fields, to spark a flame of though and passion centered around renewable energy, sustainable living, and improved societal standards. Our objective is to do so by pipe-lining these students into the GREEN industry through an intensive educational adventure program.

GREEN is happy to announce the launch of our 2012 Programs! Several programs will take place this year enrolling students from top Universities across the nation.

For more information, please see the “GREEN 2012 Program Package” attached.  To Apply and see further details, such as the curriculum, itinerary and photos from past programs, visit our website at

Watch our 2012 Season Preview video to see what you can take part in this year.

Want to come with friends? Feel free to contact us for our group rates!

Spots on our Winter Program (January 4-15) are still available and registration for the Summer has begun. Please visit our website for more details and to apply!

Brady Halligan

Global Renewable Energy Education Network

Director of University Outreach

“An Educational Breakthrough in a Costa Rican Paradise”

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