Friday, October 31, 2014

Project Success II


MIDCM Global Classroom Course Deadline Extended! Apply before Tuesday, Nov. 4th

GVPT356, Section 0201 & PUAF689L, Section 0101
Capstone in International Development and Conflict Management
Spring 2015 Semester

Instructors: Dr. Stacy J. Kosko (UMD), Dr. Brian Polkinghorn (TAU)
Time: Wednesdays 9:15 am – 11:45 am
Room: 1101 Van Munching Hall
Prerequisites: Undergraduates: GVPT354, junior or senior in good standing; Graduates: 
prior coursework in international development or conflict management.
Admission: By instructor approval only; requires application

COURSE DESCRIPTION
A pilot initiative sponsored by the University of Maryland’s Office of International Affairs, this blended-format course (part traditional, part online) will pair 10 UMD students with 10 Tel Aviv University students in the International Program in Conflict Resolution and Mediation. They will spend the bulk of the semester collaborating in teams comprised of equal numbers of UMD and TAU students, working to research and produce creative, viable, and sustainable solutions to major contemporary development problems. Each team will be challenged to build expertise about a specific problem in a specific locale. The search for solutions to these problems will be complicated by a context of violence, in the form of a humanitarian emergency, post-conflict reconstruction, or another aspect of conflict prevention, management,or transformation. The primary assignment and “deliverable” for each team of UMD and TAU students will be a jointly written professional brief. By the end of the course, all students should develop both hard skills and issue expertise. This course will be team-taught by faculty members from the two participating programs.

OTHER IMPORTANT DETAILS:

  • This course satisfies the GVPT356 requirement for completing MIDCM. This course is for elective credit for IDEV and ISEP but is not a project course.
  • This course may satisfy the Global Studies Signature Course elective requirement (determination pending).
  • Students should be aware of the distinct demands that the blended format and remote international collaboration will require, especially around communications and the coordination of activities with the time difference.
  • All students must set aside the normal meeting time as a dependable commitment in their schedules throughout the semester.
  • As part of the blended format, the instructors and students will not convene in classrooms for every session. Instead, some sessions will meet in classrooms (with a remote connection established between UMD and TAU), while some sessions will occur entirely online.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Students who are juniors or seniors in good standing and either (1) will have completed 
GVPT354 in advance of taking this course, or (2) are enrolled in GVPT or a Global Studies minor and will have completed coursework on international development and/or conflict 
management in advance of taking this course.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Interested students should submit (1) a resume, and (2) a brief statement (300-500 
words) addressing the following questions:
Why are you interested in this Global Classroom course? What features of 
this course attract you? In what ways are you suited to handle the 
challenges that a blended-format course and international collaboration 
can present? Why do you feel you would make a constructive contribution 
to this Global Classroom initiative?

Applications should be emailed to MIDCMinfo@umd.edu by 5:00 pm on Tuesday,
November 4, 2014.

By applying, you are committing to follow the parameters of the course as outlined
above. In particular, this will entail (1) taking the initiative to acquire the necessary 
technology or to utilize the facilities and resources that are provided, and (2) making 
appropriate efforts to interact and work collaboratively with your project team, 
including scheduling meetings to accommodate time differences.
Decisions will be made and students notified by Friday, November 7, 2014.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Opportunity to Join Hinman CEOs Program

Hinman CEOs Program LIVE with active and aspiring entrepreneursLEARN in a vibrant, experiential communityLAUNCH real companiesApplications Now Open for Fall 2015 Class  Overview As the nation's first living-learning entrepreneurship program, Hinman CEOs is a groundbreaking initiative placing entrepreneurial students from all academic disciplines into a unique community. Students live together, learn about entrepreneurship, and can launch new ventures during this two-year experience. All undergraduates from the University of Maryland are invited to apply for this competitive program. Brian Hinman, University of Maryland alumnus and successful entrepreneur, provided funding to initiate and support the Program. LIVE Entrepreneurial Community
  • Live in South Campus Commons 2
  • Room with classmates and potential partners/co-founders
  • Participate in dynamic activities
 Startup Incubator Environment
  • Form cross-disciplinary teams with classmates of different majors
  • Build 100% student-owned ventures
Available Facilities
  • Meet in our a board room
  • Utilize our prototyping lab
  • Access our co-working space '24/7'
 LEARN Experiential Learning Environment
  • Experience our courses, seminars, workshops, and competitions
  • Earn course credit and connect with engaging entrepreneurial leaders
  • Merge entrepreneurship academics with real-life applications
 Courses for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneurs
  • Learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and investors
  • Enroll in face-to-face and flipped classroom-based entrepreneurship courses
  • Develop business ideas, prototypes, and business models for class credit

Minor in Technology Entrepreneurship
  • Earn 12 of the 15 required credits for the Minor during the 2 year experience
  LAUNCH Coaching for Students
  • Benefit from business coaching and entrepreneurs-in-residence
  • Meet with veteran entrepreneurs and investors
Seed Funding
  • Access a $25,000 seed fund reserved for Hinman CEOs and Mtech students
  • No pay-back or equity requirements
  • Helped raise over $300,000 in grants and non-dilutive capital for student ventures
 Career Mentoring
  • Connect with 500+ Hinman CEOs alumni for advice on joining startups, top graduate schools, and innovative employers
  • Meet with program staff to discuss career aspirations and career development strategies
 We Invite Your Questions Vincent Bellitti

Senior Specialist

Hinman CEOs Class of 2013

(301) 314-9441

Hinman CEOs Program

South Campus Commons Building 2

4250 Knox Rd

College Park, MD 20742

Opportunity to Join the University Student Judiciary


The University of Maryland is a part of a small group of universities across the country that allows students to participate in the adjudication of academic and non-academic misconduct cases. The University Student Judiciary (USJ) is a student organization that is of the utmost importance on this campus as we hear cases that affect the university community on a daily basis. In order for University Student Judiciary to continue to be a successful organization we need students who possess both strong academic traits as well as strength in areas of integrity, character and ethics. 
More information about USJ can be found here.
Please go to ter.ps/usjapply to apply to USJ! 
Deadline is November 3, 2014 at 11:59pm. 

START Risk Communication & Community Resilience Research Internship



Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research- Summer 2015 Research Opportunities


Are you a freshman, sophomore or junior interested in PAID summer 2015 research opportunities in life or physical sciences, engineering, mathematics, or social sciences. 

The Maryland Center for Undergraduate Research is hosting brief (30 minute) information sessions to introduce students to a wide range of opportunities for Summer 2015:
For ALL STUDENTS in the Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Social Sciences – Learn about the hundreds of PAID summer placement opportunities offered by National Science Foundation REU’s, National Institutes of Standards and Technology SURF, and other programs:
•           Tuesday, November 4, at 11:00 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 4, at 12:30 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Thursday, November 6, at 6 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Monday, November 10, at 11:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Monday, November 10, at 1:30 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Thursday, November 13, at 6:30 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Friday, November 14, at 10 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Monday, November 17, at 12 noon – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 18, at 10:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
PLEASE  EMAIL TO ugresearch@umd.edu WHICH SESSION YOU PLAN TO ATTEND – SPACE IS LIMITED!!!

For students who are members of groups UNDERREPRESENTED in Sciences, Mathematics, Engineering, and Social Sciences research communities - – Learn about the hundreds of PAID summer placement opportunities offered by National Science Foundation REU’s, National Institutes of Standards and Technology SURF, the CIC SROP, the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP, and other programs:
•           Friday, November 7, at 11:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Friday, November 7, at 2 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 11, at 9:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 11, at 12 noon – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Friday, November 14, at 4:30 pm – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Monday, November 17, at 9:30 am – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor
•           Tuesday, November 18, at 12 noon – 2100 D McKeldin Library, 2nd Floor

PLEASE EMAIL TO ugresearch@umd.edu WHICH SESSION YOU PLAN TO ATTEND – SPACE IS LIMITED!!!

Boren Scholarships- Language Study in Critical Regions

The Boren Scholarship is aimed at undergraduates (US citizens) who want to study abroad for one or two semesters (preferably) in 2015-16 in non-traditional regions and countries, and who are interested in learning the languages of those areas. Eligible regions include Africa, Asia, Central & Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East. (Boren Scholarships MAY NOT be used for study in Western Europe, Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.) Boren Scholarships for 2015-16 may be used for study abroad in Summer 2015, Fall 2015 and/or Spring 2016. More details are provided below.The UMD deadline to apply for the Boren Scholarship will be January 23, 2015. You can learn more about the Boren Scholarship program here: http://www.borenawards.org/boren_scholarship
*The Boren Scholarship is a U.S. Government-funded award that seeks applicants who have a strong interest in future Government service; the award carries a one-year service expectation.*
Maryland has ranked # 1 in the nation in Boren Scholarships awarded for the past 3 years!!!
To learn more about the Boren Scholarship program, and to see if it is a strong fit for your language learning and career aims, please contact Francis DuVinage at nsepboren@umd.edu as soon as possible.

All Maryland applicants for the Boren Scholarship must take part in a required campus review process which is designed to help you strengthen your application. The deadline for Maryland¹s review process is JANUARY 23, 2015.  If you are interested in learning more about the Maryland review process for the Boren Scholarship, please contact the National Scholarships Office at: nsepboren@umd.edu