Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

UMD Hosts conference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues in International Education

On Friday, June 12th, the University of Maryland will host “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (SOTR), an all-day conference on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues in International Education.
The SOTR conference will gather international education professionals from across the country and internationally to discuss and present on LGBTQ Issues in International Education. Programming and workshops will include topics of interest to International Students and Scholar Services and Education Abroad professionals, and others involved in related international and LGBTQ-focused fields and communities . Please visit our website for the latest updates to scheduling and programs:
All are welcome and encouraged to attend the conference. Through May 31st, Regular Registration is $125 per ticket and Student Registration is $50 . To register, visit:
Questions? Please contact the SOTR Conference Committee at:

Monday, May 11, 2015

Memorial Chapel Wind Down Wednesday

It's Wind Down Wednesday Week !!!  Do you need a way to unwind before finals? Well, join us at the last Wind Down Wednesday of the semester this Wednesday, May 13th from 12:30-2pm for relaxation, live music, and free food! You can drop in at any time!
 Be sure to call (301-314-9866) or email ( us prior to Wednesday to RSVP and reserve your lunch preference.

U.S. Dept. of State Pathways Internship Experience Program

We are accepting applications for the U.S. Department of State Pathways Internship Experience Program (IEP).

Visit USAJobs to start the online application process and view the following vacancy announcement numbers.

Please note the cutoff number for each position; These vacancy announcements will be open from 05/11/2015 to 05/15/2015 or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancies will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. All applications received before 11:59pm on the day either condition is met will be considered. Therefore, timely submission of applications is important.
Vacancy Announcement Number
Appt. Type
Link to Vacancy on USAJOBS
Student Trainee (Architect)
Student Trainee (Budget)
Student Trainee (Foreign Affairs)
Student Trainee (Human Resources)
Student Trainee (Realty)

The Internship Experience Program (IEP) allows for non-temporary appointments that are expected to last the length of the academic program for which the intern is enrolled. IEP participants, while in the program, are eligible for noncompetitive promotions.

This program allows for noncompetitive conversion into the competitive service following successful completion of all program requirements. Veteran’s preference applies. So consider a Pathways internship with the U.S. Department of State, witnessing and participating in the formulation and implementation of U.S. foreign policy, working closely with the U.S. diplomats and civil servants who carry out America’s foreign policy initiatives.

Should you have any questions, please contact

Visit our forums if you have any questions, or to search for topics of interest. The forums can be found under Connect on the website. You can also search our FAQs for more information.

We appreciate your interest in a career with the U.S. Department of State.
U.S. citizenship is required. An equal opportunity employer.

START Summer Classes

Have you ever wondered about the science or science policy behind the threat and use of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons? Do you want to complete your Natural Sciences or Natural Sciences Lab course requirement this summer in College Park? If this applies to you, enroll in BSST240 and BSST241 this summer. From June 1-July 10, 2015, you’ll explore the scientific method and fundamental principles of the hard sciences and you’ll bring together multiple different fields into one classroom. By the end of the course, you’ll be able to test hypotheses, use basic statistics, interpret results, and apply your new knowledge on CBRN weapons ant their threat to practical applications within public health, emergency management, epidemiology, and threat assessment. Further, if taken concurrently BSST240 and BSST241 satisfy the General Education Natural Lab Science Requirement.
 If you have questions about this exciting course, send them to!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Summer Course Offering: LASC448X: Art and Sexuality in Latin America

FULBRIGHT - Final info sessions - English Teaching and Study/Research Grants

Are you interested in pursuing prestigious Fulbright international study/research or English teaching opportunities after you graduate?
Attend an info session to learn about the Fulbright Fellowship Program, the nation’s largest and most prestigious global fellowship program! Juniors and Seniors are eligible to apply, but interested Freshmen and Sophomores are welcome to attend!
Fulbright awards are designed to give recent B.S./B.A. graduates (who are also US citizens) opportunities for international experience, personal enrichment and an open exchange of ideas with citizens of other nations. About 1500 Fulbright fully-funded grants are currently available to over 150 nations. There are two distinct types of grant: study/research awards for students who wish to investigate timely and significant topics abroad, and English Teaching Assistantships. You will find below some brief introductory information about Fulbright awards. For detailed information please visit the Fulbright US Student Program website at:
The National Scholarships Office at the University of Maryland is hosting information several workshops on Fulbright study/research and teaching opportunities – please RSVP using the links below if you plan to attend (and let us know if are interested but unable to attend by writing to
FULBRIGHT GRANT WORKSHOPS: Please specify which day/time you plan to attend in your response
Monday, May 11 at 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – RSVP to
Tuesday, May 12 at 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – RSVP to
Wednesday, May 13 at 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – RSVP to
Thursday, May 14 at 12:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – RSVP to
Thursday, May 14 at 4:30 pm – 2403 Marie Mount Hall – RSVP to
Who Can Apply: US Citizens – Current Juniors and Seniors, Recent Grads – All Majors – GPA of 3.0 or higher recommended – Campus Deadline: Tuesday, September 1, 2015
There are two types of Fulbright grants:
--Fulbright Academic Study/Research Grant: Opportunities to conduct research are available in over 150 countries. Students design their own study/research projects. These grants generally provide round-trip transportation; book and research allowances; living costs for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; supplemental health and accident insurance; tuition, in some cases; and language or orientation courses, where appropriate.
--Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships: Opportunities to teach English language and conversation classes are currently available in 68 countries (the list is regularly updated and enlarged) including:
  • Asia: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Korea, Kyrgyz Republic, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, ThailandVietnam
  • Europe: Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia/Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech RepublicFrance, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine
  • Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Venezuela
  • Middle East / North Africa: Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco
  • Sub-Saharan Africa: Rwanda, Kenya, SenegalSouth Africa;
A stipend is provided based on living costs in the host country. The Fulbright award covers round-trip international travel, health and accident insurance, and orientation costs.
Award Amounts: In general, Fulbright grants for study and teaching cover the following costs: Round-trip transportation to the host country; Maintenance for the academic year, based on living costs in the host country; Medical Insurance; and orientation programs, in some cases. Fulbright study grants may also provide: Book and research allowances; Full or partial tuition, in most cases.
Duration: Approximately one academic year; length and timing of awards varies by individual country and/or region.
UMD Campus Deadline: September 1, 2015 – contact us at for details.