AMSTEMM Weekly E-Newsletter

see in future editions, please e-mail: Page 1 Fall 2010 Schedule Peer Mentor Applications Note from AMSTEMM Coordinator/Advisor Academic Resources

Volume 5, No. 9 March 9, 2010

The AMSTEMM (Appalachian and Minority Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Majors) E-Newsletter will be sent out weekly on Tuesdays. If there is anything you would like to Page 2 Research Opportunities & Fellowships Scholarship Opportunities MedPrep Seminar Page 3 Important Events & Opportunities UK Career Center Spring 2010 Programs

In this Issue

The Fall 2010 class schedule is now available on the web at or through your MyUK account! AMSTEMM Peer Mentor applications are now available at: Deadline: March 26, 2010 at 4:00PM in 113 Bowman Hall From the Coordinator/Advisor, Sue Scheff: The AMSTEMM Program currently assists over 200 first and second year students registered in the program by providing mentoring, advising, tutoring opportunities, and personal contact with plenty of encouragement. If you are experiencing academic difficulties in your classes this semester, and are in need of advising, please schedule an appointment with me by logging on to MyUK (Click on AMSTEMM) For juniors and seniors, I would love to help you with your job search, or application to professional or graduate schools. Please logon and schedule an appointment when convenient.

Academic Resources - new events in red
Midterm grades will be posted on Monday, March 1, through Friday, March 12 You have until Friday, April 2 to drop courses or withdraw from the University. After this date, you may withdraw only for non-academic reasons, with the consent of your college. FREE Tutoring in Ingles Hall 6:00 - 8:00p.m. every Monday. Advanced math courses, physics, and engineering courses included. Visit Academic Enhancement's "The Study"! Offering a variety of tutoring for different subjects, academic consultations from AE's staff, exam reviews and more. All for FREE. The schedule as well as a full list of services offered can be found at: SAACS (Chemistry Student Organization) Officers and Members can tutor or mentor students free of charge. Simply stop by CP-144 if interested. Find the Physics Resource/Tutoring Room Hours at: The General Chemistry Learning Center is open Monday-Thursday, 9-5 and Friday 9-12 and is located in CP-25. Help is available from gen chem TAs for all 100-level chemistry classes. Students can see who is there when the schedule is posted on Blackboard. The Department of Chemistry also maintains a tutor for hire list which is available in CP-120. SSS Provided workshops: RSVP by email or call 257-9797 - 3/3, Career Workshop, 11am-2pm, Starbucks Student Center; 3/6, Final GRE Test, 9am-1pm, Student Center Rm. 231; 3/10, Career Workshop, 11am-2pm, Starbucks Student Center; 3/10, What Are YOU Interviewing For?, 5pm-7pm, SSS Conference Room; 3/24, Career Workshop, 11am-2pm, Starbucks Student Center; 3/24, Money & Stress, 5pm-7pm, SSS Conference Room; 3/31, Graduate School Information, 12pm-1pm, SSS Conference Room SSS Study Skills Classes (Provided every week in the SSS conference room): TAC - Tuesdays at 1:30-2:30 & Thursdays at 12:00-1:00; SOS - Mondays at 3:00-4:00; ME INC - Fridays at 12:00-1:00. RSVP by email or call 257-9797 UK Writing Center: Located on the 5th floor, west stacks of Young Library. Open M-Th 10-2; F 12-2, and Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9pm. Offers individual consultations on any writing project at any stage in the process and are happy to meet regularly, even every day, if needed! It is a free service offered to all students, faculty and staff. Mathskeller: The center is a computing and mathematics learning center of the Mathematics Department and the Mathematical Sciences Computing Facility at the University of Kentucky. The center is located in CB 63, which is close to the loading dock in the basement of White Hall Classroom Building. The Math Resource Center is open from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday. Faculty, Graduate Students, and Undergraduate Assistants for 100 level courses hold office hours in the Mathskeller.

AMSTEMM, 113 Bowman Hall, 0059, Phone: 859-257-2613, Fax: 859-257-8734, E-mail:

Research Opportunities & Fellowships - new opportunities in red
The 2010 University of Maryland School of Public Health Summer Training and Research (STAR) Program is designed to provide traditionally underrepresented undergraduate students with 2 consecutive summers of a 10-week research training and career development program to enhance their potential to apply for and complete graduate degrees in biomedical and behavioral science relevant to preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. Applications are due March 15th, 2010. More information is available at The NEESreu is a dynamic 10-week summer research program for upper division undergraduate students interested in civil engineering, computer science/engineering, seismic risk mitigation, or engineering education. Each participant will be assigned to an individual project that contributes to the goals of an existing NEES research project or to development cyberinfrastructure tools and/or educational modules. The program period runs from June through August, with exact dates depending upon location. Applications will be reviewed beginning March 15 and continue until program is full. Apply online at Bucks for Brains students are placed in research settings ranging from plant biochemistry to computer science to American history. Participation in the program requires a minimum of eight weeks (actual dates will be determined by faculty placement). Students participating in this program receive a $3,500 stipend and are permitted to take one class concurrent with this experience. Those who elect to take an academic course must accept responsibility for paying all tuition and fees. Please read Guidelines to determine if this is the summer program for you. Student application deadline is April 15, 2010 University of Michigan has a NIH-funded Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP) designed to help underrepresented students who want to further prepare for application to top-ranked Ph.D. programs in the biological and biomedical sciences. In addition to research, PREP students have opportunities to participate in a variety of activities designed to help prepare them for graduate school applications. Applications to the Michigan PREP will be accepted until April 16, 2010, however admissions are rolling so early applications are encouraged. For more information on participant eligibility and how to apply, please visit the PREP web site. National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. For more information: Check out this great website for Co-op/Internship Opportunities for 2010 in Biomedical Research and for Pre-Medical Studies Students

For summer laboratory opportunities, check out:
Summer Research Opportunities at Virginia Tech: REU Site: Modeling and Simulation in Systems Biology (MSSB) Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institute (BBSI) REU Site: Microbiology in the Post Genome Era Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) Opportunities at Virginia Tech For Prospective Graduate Students: For the graduate program, degrees are granted through Virginia Tech. For a specific specialization please see the Genetics, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology graduate program ( or the Virginia Tech Departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics or Biological Sciences. Assistantship opportunity:"Transdisciplinary Team Science in the Life Sciences" Fellowship opportunity: VT-Initiative to Maximize Student Diversity (VT-IMSD)

Scholarship Opportunities - new opportunities in red
The Beckman Research Scholar Award application process is now open and the deadline to apply is March 5th. To apply, a student must be a sophomore or junior at UK, majoring in Chemistry, Biology, or a closely related discipline (such as chemical engineering or agricultural biotechnology), and have already completed at least one semester of research experience, and must carry out his or her Beckman research in the lab with an approved mentor. The list of mentors, along with further application information can be found at the following link: Student Development Scholarship Opportunity: each Spring ten $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded due to a donation from Kennedy's Bookstore and Joseph P. Kennedy. Students can find the application of the SDC website at the following link page=Scholarships. Deadline for submission is March 12 to the Sturgill Development Building. Physics Scholarships: March 22 deadline: GE - Appliances & Lighting's Diverse Scholars Program (DSP), is an entry-level talent development program focused on identifying and cultivating diverse talent. This is a highly competitive two year program that will consist of scholarships, paid summer internships and continuous leadership and professional development. For more information, please visit Applications will be accepted March 1 - 31, 2010. The Gilman Scholarship Program will be piloting a special Summer 2010 award cycle for STEM disciplines. For information, visit: Content/NavigationMenu/Programs7/Gilman_Awards/Home8/PilotSummer2010FactSheet.pdf Deadline: April 6, 2010

Are you interested in MEDICINE?

The MedPrep seminar series will discuss improving YOUR APPLICATION to MEDICAL SCHOOL or the BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES. March 10th: Distinguish Yourself - Volunteer - 7pm in nursing auditorium (NURS115). -Jay Perman, MD, Dean, UK College of Medicine, Vice President for Clinical Affairs -Bonnie Thornton, Director, Volunteer Services Office, UK Hospital -Evie Russell, Student Advisor/Programs Coordinator, Office of Undergraduate Research and Creativity

Important Events & Opportunities - new events in red
MAPS meeting: Tuesday, March 9, 2010 at 7pm in Young Library, Gallery Room. Guest Speaker: Cynthia S. Beeman D.D.S., Ph.D., Service Project: Clothing Drive for Kentucky Refugee Ministries The University of Kentucky College of Dentistry students have been offering free clinical checkups for needy Lexington area children for over 25 years. These clinics are from 9:00 a.m. - Noon and provide wonderful observational opportunities for undergraduates. March 13, 2010. To observe, interested students should arrive at 8:45 a.m. for introductions and a short informational session, and plan to spend the entire morning. No reservations are necessary. For more information call 859.323.6071 or email Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars - As a culminating event each academic year, the Office of eUreKa! (Experiences in Undergraduate Research and Kreative Activities) and SPUR (the Society for the Promotion of Undergraduate Research) co-present The UK Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars each spring. On-line registration for the Showcase is now open to all undergraduates on campus. Please also remember to nominate your favorite faculty mentor for the Faculty Mentor Award on the same form. The deadline to register is March 26, 2010 at Showcase/REGISTRATION_2010.html. The date for this year’s event is Wednesday, April 28, 2010, from 4-7 pm in the Student Center Ballrooms.
FREE MCAT Class: Learn some of Kaplan’s exclusive strategies and methods to raise your MCAT score. An expert MCAT teacher will provide information on the structure and scoring of the exam, strategies you can use on tough questions types, and an overview of Kaplan’s MCAT course and materials. There are two opportunities to attend this exciting event: March 11 at 5:00 pm, Whitehall Classroom Building Rm. 204, April 14 at 5:00 pm, Whitehall Classroom Building Rm. 335. To sign up, please go to If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Essid at or call 859.269.1172 x2003.

The K Week office is giving one lucky UK freshman the opportunity to address thousands of new students and their families at the New Student Induction Ceremony during K Week 2010 in August.. The student speaker will deliver a 4 – 6 minute formal speech to new students and their families. To apply, please submit your application to 518 Patterson Office Tower by Friday, March 12, 2010, at 4 p.m. Download the application at: http:// Join other K Crew members in planning, organizing, and facilitating K Week events. You can find an application at Be sure to return your application by Friday, March 12, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. in Patterson Office Tower room 518. UK 101 Peer Instructor Applications are now available. If you are interested, start by downloading an application at Once you have filled it out, turn it in to 518 Patterson Office Tower by Friday, March 12, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. UK PEPP STEP II Medical / Dental School Preparation Summer Program, June 16-July 14, 2010. See application on our blog at http:// Applications are due March 12, 2010. The Office of Undergraduate Admission and University Registrar is now accepting applications from current UK students to be Wildcat Assistants. The application can be found online at or by searching job requisition number js529205 under Search Postings on the UK Jobs website. Apply by March 24, 2010. MCAT-DAT Review Summer Workshop at the University of Louisville, July 13-August 11, 2010. Books, materials, housing and a meal stipend provided for eligible participants. Applications Dec. 1, 2009 - March 31, 2010. Contact: Katie Farmer at 502-852-7159 or Undergraduate Studies Prelaw Event: The LSAT Prep Weekend - Friday-Saturday, April 9 -10 (information attached). A basic introduction to the LSAT and what to expect. Friday evening: sample questions, explanations, tips and strategies. Saturday morning: take a recent official LSAT test under timed conditions. Students may attend one session ($20) or both sessions ($30). Preregistration is required. Contact Undergraduate Studies, 109 Miller Hall, 257-3383, for details. The Call for Letters of Intent to Submit for publication in Volume XI of Kaleidoscope, the University of Kentucky Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship is now open. Deadline for submissions is April 22, 2010. Complete information and submission guidelines are included on the journal Web site at EXAMKRACKERS is excited to announce….Starting May 29th – We are now offering our live MCAT 9 Week Course in Lexington! Enroll before May 5th save $150 !! Classes start May 29th (Tuesday & Thursday Evenings 6-10) complete schedule available at To prepare you for the Aug/Sept/Oct MCAT : This course is our Comprehensive MCAT Review, runs for 9 weeks, and covers absolutely everything on the MCAT. Contact Janis Stott for more information – – 1-386-585-7280 The Georgetown Summer Medical Institute (GSMI), a program of the Georgetown School of Medicine, will be offering medical school courses, seminars and workshops for premedical (rising juniors and seniors), post-bacc, graduate and medical students this summer. For undergraduate and postbacc premedical students, this is a unique opportunity to experience the medical school environment, get to know medical school faculty, and get an in depth education in an actual medical school course. Register by June 4, 2010.

UK Career Center Spring 2010 Programs
Career Exploration Sessions - Held at the Career Center, RSVP Required: 257-2746 - Mar. 4 - 3:30-5pm, Mar. 26 - 11am-12:30pm JUNIORS: Career Blitz for YOUR Senior Year Success! Get important info on job searching, grad school, and life after college: Mar. 30 3:30 - 4:30pm, Mar. 31 12 - 1:00pm and Apr. 1 11am-12pm in Student Center room 230. Spring Career Fairs - Dress professionally, bring 15+ copies of your resume, research companies beforehand! Kentucky Teachers Network Career Fair April 13 3:30 - 6pm, Student Center Ballrooms Quick Questions - Stop by the Career Center table in the Student Center near Starbucks anytime 11am-1pm to get information on these topics: Mar. 3 - Interviewing Success * Mar. 10 - Internships & Summer Jobs * Mar. 24 - Resumes & Cover Letters Watch for future events to be announced here or check out the calendar for the full semester at