PRISM Scholars Newsletter

October 2021

Voice of Inspiration

"STEM education is very important to mankind just like the water we drink and the air we breathe in, we need it to produce more critical thinkers, problem solvers, innovators, and the world best economy drivers.”
Bamigboye Olurotimi

Bamigboye Olurotimi is a Writer, Poet, Technologist, and a Mentor. He is also a Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Enthusiast.


Upcoming Events

Applying for Paid Summer Research Opportunities in STEM at Augsburg University

Friday, November 12, 2021



This will be a virtual event designed to help students learn more about how to apply for summer research opportunities nationally as well as locally. This event will support local research programs in working toward equitable participation in their programs by sharing information about research opportunities for summer 2022.

Applying for Paid STEM Internships through SciTech

Tuesday, November 16th or 18th, 2021


This workshop will explain how to effectively complete the application process for the SciTech Internship Program. The workshop will be available virtual or in-person.

This event is presented by the SciTech Internship Program. The mission of SciTech is to connect college students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to paid internships in small to mid-sized companies.

Read on to hear how a SciTech internship may lead to an exciting future!


Career and Graduate School Opportunities

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NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) builds a diverse future STEM workforce by engaging two-year degree seeking students in authentic learning experiences. NCAS is a blended-learning experience comprised of a five week online course and a unique NASA experience. Students get a closer look at NASA’s unique missions, diverse workforce, and world-class facilities and learn how to develop their talents, interests, and passion to become future STEM professionals. NCAS offers the online course twice a year with NASA experiences happening throughout the year.

Application Information

To complete the application you must provide the following.

1. Current community college transcripts that must include:
  • Your name
  • Your school's name
  • 9 hours of STEM courses, either completed or in progress
2. Contact information
3. Recommendation form to be completed by a professor
4. 300 word essay

List of application questions

If you have any questions or experience any difficulties during the application process, contact the NCAS team via email

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University of Minnesota: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology

Virtual Open House

for current undergraduate students from any college/university

Friday, November 5th, 2021

Informational program: 9am-12:30pm

Virtual poster session: 12:30-2pm

  • Learn more about bioinformatics and computational biology research at the University of Minnesota.
  • Learn what it's like to pursue a graduate degree in computational biology.
  • Network with Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program graduate students and faculty.

Examples of research initiatives:

  • human health, public health, microbiome, agriculture, machine learning, genomics, data mining, neural networks, bacterial and viral infections, epigenetics, personalized medicine, metabolomics, veterinary health, mathematical models, quantum mechanics, medical device, drug design, information science, image recognition, and more

BICB graduate program partnering institutions:

  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota -Rochester
  • Mayo Clinic
  • IBM
  • National Marrow Bone program--Be the Match
  • The Hormel Institute

Please click here to register.

For more information, contact: Chad Myers, Director of Graduate Studies, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program


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Quantitative Finance and Statistics Graduate Student Career Events

Friday, Nov. 5 and Friday, Nov. 12, 2021
1-3 p.m.
Venue: Slack event platform


Students invited to attend include:

UMN School of Mathematics

  • Financial Mathematics M.S. & Fundamentals of Quantitative Finance certificate students
  • Mathematics Ph.D. and M.S. students
  • Actuarial Mathematics undergraduate students
  • Mathematics undergraduate students

UMN School of Statistics

  • Statistics Ph.D. and M.S. students
  • Statistics undergraduate students

UMN Student Associations

  • Financial Mathematics Student Association
  • University of Minnesota Actuary Club
  • MN Quants (made up of graduate and undergraduate engineering, mathematics, statistics, computer science students)

The event will be held on Slack’s virtual event platform. You can place information, as well as internship or job postings, on your own company Slack channel. Once you register, we will send you more instructions on how to set up your company channel and interact with students.

Registered employers will also receive a link to our fall 2021 electronic resume book. Students will be able to upload their resumes to your company channel and set up meetings with you during the event.
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Is graduate school in your future? Explore top-ranked master’s and doctoral degree options available to you at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

On November 10, the University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate School is hosting its Fall 2021 Virtual Open House. Meet with staff and faculty from many of our 160+ graduate degree programs, gain insight into the application process, and discover the array of services and resources available to graduate students at UW–Madison.

You can register now:

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